Linky McLinkerson – 57 Days Until the Games Start!

Sorry for my enthusiastic use of exclamation points. Sometimes when the spirit moves me, I must use them.

  • Lately, it feels like I’m writing for Law Review, not an Olympics blog. Justin Gatlin, a gold medalist in Athens, is suing to compete in the Olympic Trials. Gatlin was banned for four years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for using Adderall, a medication he claims is to control his ADD. The lawsuit claims that the ban is a violation of the American with Disabilities Act.
  • I have a feeling that we are going to become huge Allyson Felix fans. The Sunday school teacher won three golds at the 2007 World Championships. Sports Illustrated has a profile on her and her father, a preacher. My favorite line from the story: When she speaks of her faith, she doesn’t come across as an athlete who blindly attributes a winning shot or lucky punch to a higher power, but as one whose lifestyle choices have ennobled her to achieve them.
  • From ennobling to noble – the Queen of England’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, will not compete in the Olympics because her horse, was injured. The same thing happened in the 2004 Olympics – same horse. Zara, I assume you have the money. Did you ever think of getting another horse for competition, and using Toytown to tromp around the countryside? Just an idea.
  • Sports Illustrated reports that Coach K and the other men’s basketball head honchos decide that tryouts are not so necessary, and they will announce the team by the end of the month.
  • Finally, poor Nick D’ Arcy. The Australian swimmer was kicked off the Aussies’ Beijing squad after getting in a bar fight and giving some guy a broken jaw, broken nose, fractured eye socket, crushed cheekbone and fractured palate. I have no idea why the Australian authorities are so prickly!

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