* Wordslinger sent me an e-mail today that’s worth posting…
The summer Olympics begin today in swingin’ London and some Illinois athletes rate a shout out.
Ellis Coleman, the pride of Oak Park, is the most dangerous Greco wrestler in the world. He may be skinny, but I can assure you from personal experience, the dude eats a lot. Check out his signature move, the “Flying Squirrel,” as demonstrated on this poor Bulgarian last year at the World Championships.
There are three athletes competing from the Springfied area. Lance Brooks from New Berlin in the discus, Kelci Bryant from Chatham in diving, and Andre Iguodala from Springfield in basketball. I’ll be watching as much as I can!
Like Bejing, I’m most excited to see if Michael Phelps can live up to the hype again this year. And though it might not be that competitive, Team USA basketball is always entertaining.
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There is no finer athlete in these games than Ann Romney’s dressage horse, Rafalca. I will be glued to his every dance step. And the best part is that it’s a sport that all Americans can relate to. USA! USA! USA!
Ross and Grant James are the real deal. Although a bit of a dark horse this year, the practice times the men’s 8+ is posting these days should get them into the final, and if the stars align, a shot at the medals.
Team Kirk obviously didn’t have someone familiar with sports as they left off the most prominent Illinois name and that would be Deron Williams (even though he is from Dallas, he made his name in Illinois). Illini fans should also look out for another familiar face as former center Robert Archibald is on the Great Britain national team and I am sure there are other athletes from other schools that may come from other states or countries that kirk left off. Former Bull Tyson Chandler is also on the US team.
Can any of the Quinn or City of Chicago folks confirm what the city is doing to celebrate Chicago getting the games in 4 years and whether after years of political will and money being spent to get the 2016 games the city will be getting the handoff at the closing ceremonies?
Wrestling without a doubt. Also, I know this isnt the olympics, but the illinois freestyle and greco teams dominated this year at nationals………again. This seems to becoming a tradition, and ellis coleman is a result of wrestling in the great state of illinois. Wait, it already is a tradition.
Slightly off topic. I don’t know if we’ve talked about how stupid and annoying those links are in every Tribune article, including the one about the James twins, but my favorite was the link to the word “port,” as in “port and starboard” which somehow took me to a yellow pages link of places in Atlanta with the word “port” in their name. I guess it’s their advertiser, not the Tribune, but it still makes them look like dopes.