Sunday, June 29, 2008

Seattle Times Olympic column by Meri-Jo Borzilleri...

Here's a link to a Seattle Times column by Meri-Jo Borzilleri on the cut-throat nature of the US Olympic Track & Field trials, published Sunday.

It talks about some of the more memorable miscues in recent Trials history, including the double hammy whammy suffered by both Maurice Greene & Michael Johnson in the 200 meter finals at the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento.

For your viewing pleasure, here it is (it's about 6 minutes into the clip)...

The most infamous blow-up that Meri-Jo writes about was decathlon star Dan O'Brien's infamous no-height in the pole vault at the 1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. His no-height literally destroyed a Reebok Dan & Dave advertising campaign, though Reebok was able to save some face on it, and O'Brien would win the Olympic gold medal four years later (wearing Nike).

Here's the YouTube clip of those Reebok commercials:

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