Feeling Olympic!

We love sports in our house. We’re huge Nuggets fans, and we’ll cheer on the Rockies and Broncos when we get a chance. We love those special, memorable moments that sports can bring – the kind of individual or team performance that gives you goosebumps, inspires, or just plain makes you jump off the couch in disbelief. Carrie and I play and have played enough sports that we appreciate the physical effort and mental concentration it can take to perform at a high level on the grand stage.

Catching some of the amazing shots that Tiger Woods had when he recently won the US. Open on one good leg was memorable. However, the Olympics consistently has created some great memories over the years.

The Men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay instantly goes into my top 10 all-time favorite sports moment memories.

In case you didn’t see it or hear about it, Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones, and Jason Lezak combined to shatter the world record by nearly 4 whole seconds to edge out the French team by 0.08 seconds for the Gold Medal. It was Phelps 2nd gold in the Beijing Olympic games in his quest to break Mark Spitz’s long-standing record of 7 gold medals in a single Olympic games. What made it all the more amazing was that despite incredible performances in the first three legs of the relay, the final US swimmer – Jason Lezak found himself nearly a body length behind with 50 meters to go, facing a swimmer from France that had recently owned the fastest ever recorded time in the 100m freestyle event. Somehow, Lezak started to close the gap, and with less than 25 meters to go, he had cut the lead in half. He kept gaining as the finish rapidly approached and somehow stretched past the French swimmer at the last possible millisecond to take the Gold. Carrie and I screamed and I definitely jumped off the couch. 🙂

A photo of that Olympic relay team:

Golden US Swimmers
Golden US Swimmers

More photos: NBC Day 3 Gallery

NBC Video of the swim

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