I didn't watch much of the Beijing Olympics when it was on, but it seemed like every time I did they were always criticizing athletes for over celebrating. I don't get it. How can you over celebrate? They just won a freaking Gold medal. It's not like you can just go back next week and win one. This is a lifetime achievement. The moment isn't just an individual victory...it's a victory for your country. After years of work, training and sacrifice it all comes down to that moment...and you WIN. How can you not celebrate?
The top photo is of Jamaica's Usain Bolt as he celebrates winning his third gold medal after the final for the men's 4x100-meter relay. The press was really getting at him about starting his celebration before his race was over in the men's 100-meter. I can see if it caused a problem with another racers time. What if he had fell and ended up losing? We would be talking about how it was a stupid move. He is the fastest man in the WORLD!! He was by far the most entertaining person at the Olympics. And I like the little dance he did!!
I can't leave out James Degale of Great Britain celebrating his victory in the Men's Middle (75kg) Final Bout (photo below). He was booed by the crowd after his win. From the reports I saw it was described as a wrestling match and not a boxing match. Just because the crowd wanted their favorite to win, doesn't mean he shouldn't celebrate his victory. I'm glad he had his moment!!
I could understand if a person or team did something that was unsportsmanlike. The best example I've read about is Cuban Taekwondo athlete Angel Matos and his coach Leudis Gonzalez getting banned for life. Wondering what a person has to do to get banned from the Olympics...well this will do it. Matos was disqualified for taking too much injury time. He then angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden in the face following the bronze-medal match disqualification. And just to top things off he spat on the floor before getting escorted out. Now that's how you get kicked out of the Olympics. After that, a little extra celebrating doesn't seem like that big of a deal.
Medal counts (click here for the full list):
USA 110 - (Most Silver Medals - 38; Most Bronze Medals - 36)
China 100 - (Most Gold Medals - 51)