July 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

I watched a lot of Olympic events over the weekend. A lot of events. Even when I went out, the Olympics were there. (Who knew karaoke and men’s floor exercises went together so well?) And I was going to write a post about all the tiny things that bothered me about the coverage – the different products male and female athletes are used to sell (guess who models shampoo and who test drives sports cars?), or the fact that I know way more about how Kerri Walsh Jennings has been changed by motherhood than I do about the family life of any male USA volleyball player – but I got tired of that just thinking about it.

The thing is, the athletes are beyond awesome, and I don’t want all that other crap to get in the way of constant amazement at their awesomeness. Awesome-osity. Awesome-ing. And they’re not the ones who are making the conversation about a female swimmer’s weight, or what physical appearance has to do with how much the funding a female weightlifter receives. They just want to do their thing and compete.

So here are some heartwarming pictures of athletes! Because in spite of differing social norms for expressing emotion and friendship, these men and women are just as open in supporting each other right now in London. And that’s pretty awesome too.

Photo by Daniel Ochoa De Olza — AP Photo, found at http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/30/2276569/kentuckians-in-the-games-july.html

Photo by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY, found at http://btn.com/2012/07/30/nus-grevers-wins-swimming-gold/

Photo by MARK J. TERRILL / The Associated Press, found at http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2012/07/30/olympic-highlights/

Photo by Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning News/MCT, found at http://www.nj.com/olympics/index.ssf/2012/07/london_olympics_misty_may-trea.html


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