Time for more gymnastics updates! And let me tell you, the event finals were SO AWESOME. I won’t go through everything or list every winner though, I’ll just tell you my favorite parts.
I’ve never seen a gymnastics competition as emotional as the men’s floor finals. I couldn’t even be upset that the US didn’t medal because those guys who did (Max Whitlock of Great Britain, Diego Hypolito and Arthur Mariano of Brazil) were so ridiculously happy and grateful. You couldn’t look at their faces and not smile. I swear I had tears in my eyes. (In case you all can’t tell, I’m actually a huge sap.) And I just loved the clip below when they were waiting for the final score to come in and Mariano couldn’t even handle it and was just on the floor lol. I don’t know what it is, but the male gymnasts are so much more emotional when they win than the females. I love it because the happiness is infectious. Their competitions also just seem to be more dramatic lol.
Then there was women’s vault—HOLY CRAP. Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) is not only 41 years old, she also competed the HARDEST vault that there is for women, the Produnova. If you look it up on Google, you’ll see it referred to as “the vault of death.” Very few female gymnasts have ever successfully completed it. She fell on her landing, but she still made it to her feet. Dipa Karmakar (India) also did the vault. Both were impressive. Video here.
But, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, Igor Radivilov (Ukraine) did an even CRAZIER vault, one that has never been competed before. Instead of two front flips like in the Produnova, he did THREE front flips!!! Video here. And numerous others did 2 flips with a half twist. And Kenzo Shirai (Japan) also did a new vault with insanely fast twisting! As the commentators said, it seemed like the guys were just throwing the biggest, craziest skills they had in an all-or-nothing fashion, taking the risk of not medaling at all in order to go for the gold.
I was also majorly impressed by Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece) on rings. I’m not normally a huge rings fan, but wow! Video here. Sanne Wevers’s beam routine (Netherlands) was also incredible—those turns! Turns on beam are so much harder than they look. Video here. Both won well-deserved gold medals.
Also notable was Epke Zonderland (Netherlands) who took a rough fall on high bar, even had a visible red mark on his forehead where it slammed into the mat, but he got back up and finished one hell of a routine and didn’t hold back. Video here. But I just have to say, it really pisses me off that if you Google this, almost all the article titles are like, “Gymnast Falls Flat on Face!” One called it an “epic fail” even. What about how fucking amazing his routine was? And how much guts and hard work it takes to even do that skill in the first place? And how he got back up and perfectly redid the same skill he fell on even while he had to be shaken and in pain? (The video I linked to doesn’t even show how bad it looked from the side.) I’d like to see the jerks writing these things just try and hold their body up on a bar. (Here, I’m including this Buzzfeed video of non-gymnasts trying gymnastics as proof of how hard it is.) It really bothers me when people don’t have respect for the gymnasts that fall. EVERY gymnast falls. Every. Single. One. They also do those skills perfectly a million times. It just depends what happens in that one routine during competition.
Anyway, it was also just really great seeing how respectful and supportive all the gymnasts were of each other. And of course Jonathan Horton’s commentating was so much fun. He also has so much respect for all those gymnasts, and it really shows. Plus his personal stories are the best lol.
Wow! Ok, long intro. Sorry, guys! Probably no one read any of that. If you did, you’re my new favorite. Now let’s talk about books!
Last week I complained about the new Bloglovin’ feed, but then Sunday night, I think it was, I realized you can actually change it back! So for anyone who doesn’t know, you just have to click the three dots at the top and choose “List View.” :-)
Also, if you don’t hear from me and wonder why, check your spam folder because one of my comments went to spam on Lola’s blog, and my comments didn’t show up on one or two other blogs even though I think they were blogs I had commented on before. So weird comment stuff has been happening.
Books I Received for Review:
Wriggle & Sparkle has the best content warning ever on the publisher’s website: “Wriggle & Sparkle contains explicit content, including some descriptions of sexual acts involving tentacles.” And on Goodreads, apparently they were just like fuck it because it’s literally just, “Warning: Contains tentacle porn.” So yep, that’s right, guys, I’m gonna try tentacle porn! First time for everything, right? ;-)
Books I Finished:
Something Wicked took me forever to finish because it was slow-paced and I was in a reading slump (not a good combo), but it actually was a good, atmospheric vampire book. Cages… I had too many issues with it. With some editing, I think it might’ve made a better short story. As Wings Unfurl wasn’t bad, but I don’t think it was quite right for me. Just couldn’t get into it. But it was great reading about a main character with a disability (his lower leg was amputated) who was just a normal character, as in, the story wasn’t about his disability.
Song of the Week:
No song this week. Too busy watching the Olympics, no time for music!
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared book covers featuring mountains.
– I reviewed Slowly We Rot by Bryan Smith, an emotional, psychological, dark “zombie book” that was more about alcoholism and people than zombies. (Seriously, people, this book affected me. I don’t give 4.5 stars often.)
– I discussed whether or not it’s worth it to read series that have been abandoned.
– I reviewed Pale as a Ghost by Stephen Osborne, a light, fun M/M ghost paranormal.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)