Sports, Jankovic wins Indian Wells, Kramer World Champion speed skating

22 03 2010

Not Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova or Justine Henin won the crown at the big tournament in Indian Wells the last fortnight, but surprisingly it was Jelena Jankovic. She beat Caroline Wozniacki in the finale with 6-4 6-2. It was the first big win of Jankovic in ages and I am happy for her, always liked her. Sharapova is injured and Clijsters and Henin desperately need more match rhythm, that combined with the absence of the Williams’ sisters makes this not so likely to be repeated by Jankovic in Miami this week.

At the last tournament on the speed skating calendar in a sold out stadium in Heerenveen, the Netherlands(the only place to get a full stadium in a tournament after the Olympics) Sven Kramer became World Champion Allround. This is a two-day tournament over 4 distances. Jonathan Kuck from the U.S was the big surprise at number 2, number 3 was Havard Bokko. With the ladies Martina Sablikova from the Czech Republic was the best, before Canada’s Kristina Groves and dutch Ireen Wust was number 3.

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Gay news; Sven Kramer pro-gay, Chad Hedrick at Pat Robertson’s showShocker,not!!! Roy Asburn, Sean Hayes come out of the closet, Johnny Weir denied skating in Stars on Ice, school bans prom because of lesbian

12 03 2010

I was sick for a few days so did not blog about these things so some of it might be old news for you guys.

Two speed skaters showed two different sides of the gay spectrum this week. Dutch Sven Kramer spoke out in defense of his teammate lesbian Ireen Wust and said being gay was normal and does not define who a person is at all. American Chad Hedrick was at evil anti-gay Pat Robertson’s 700 club yesterday. Yuck!!!

Roy Ashburn, state senator from California, came out of the closet this week after being arrested outside of a gay club. Something I talked about last week. He admitted to being gay and told he had a lot of trouble with admitting that. He also said he will continue to vote against gay rights and only does that because the people in his district want him too. What a self-hating idiot.

Sean Hayes, aka Jack McFarland, came out of the closet officially this weekend as well to Advocate magazine. He is also kinda pissed for the Advocate pressuring him in the past to come out because he said he was never in. He also thinks he has done enough for the gay community anyway by playing the flamboyant Jack. I understand what he says but also do not understand why he did not officially come out before and all of a sudden now he does.

Johnny Weir was deemed not family friendly enough aka, too gay for the sponsors of Stars on Ice. Ridiculous for someone who is putting his brother through college and supports his family financially because his dad has disability. He obviously is very close with his family, so this reason is ridiculous.

A high school in Fulton, Mississippi cancelled the school prom because lesbian student Constance McMillan was gonna bring her girlfriend. They first tried to ban her from bringing her girlfriend or wear a tuxedo and after they figured out they did not have the right for that, they just banned the whole prom. Making the girl the scapegoat for other students. Very evil.





Olympics unfortunately over

1 03 2010

It were overall mediocre games with extreme sad lows like the death of the Georgian Luger, the death of Joanne Rochette’s mom and the at times very bad circumstances(trouble with the ice at the speed skating, conditions on the ski slopes) and highs with dutch golden medals, extremely tight/nerve-wracking races and Canada winning a record amount of golden medals. The overall medal count and deciding who the winner is, proves to be difficult. What is more important, the amount of medals overall or the most gold??. My bf and I decided to be fair, the gold was 5 points, silver 3 and bronze 1. That makes Canada the winner, before the U.S and Germany in third.  Norway is a strong number 4 and then there is a big gap. Holland is in 10th, pretty good. My personal highlight were the gold of Mark Tuitert, Ireen Wust and the great performances of the German biathlon girls. Biggest disappointment the disqualification of Sven Kramer at the 10k and the miscommunications at the team relay that cost a sure gold.





Olympics last 2 days, Gold and Bronze for Holland, Raney anti-hero team U.S

28 02 2010

Friday Nicolien Sauerbreij won the first medal ever for the Netherlands at a snow event and it was Gold. She won the ladies snowboarding!! She has been good for 8 years but never made it to the top when it mattered most, except friday. And boy did she rip up the competition. That coming from a country without snowboard slopes is amazing. Well done!!

Friday and saturday the speed skating was all about the relays and exciting it sure was. I wish I would have been the coach for the U.S and dutch teams though, than the medals would have been different. The dutch men started according to plan but at the semi-finals the team of the U.S beat the dutch team very unexpectedly. Hedrick, Hansen and Kuck were ok, but the dutch team had a total miscommunication that cost them around 4!! seconds and the normally easy win. Kramer, Tuitert and Blokhuijsen took revenge with an olympic record and by far the quickest time the day after to win bronze, but it should have been gold. That is the thing that makes the team relay so exciting though, lots of surprises. U.S, in my opinion, made a mistake in the final by not letting Marsicano skate, who has more speed than longer distance skater Huck, but they did anyway and lost to a great Canadian team.

The ladies of the Netherlands had bad luck in the draw by having to skate against the German girl in the first round. If the draw on thursday would have gone different and the would have had the place of Japan, then the final should have been reached fairly comfortably. That did not happen though and Holland lost against Germany. They should have changed Groenewold ,who has been in terrible shape the whole year, for Voorhuis though and they still would have beaten Germany. The next day they did just that and with Ireen Wust and Diane Valkenburg they were 1.5 seconds faster than the German team and also almost 1.5 seconds faster than the day before. Grrrr. The U.S beat Canada very surprisingly in the quarter finals, biggest upset of the day. In the semis the U.S with Rodriguez, Swider Peltz Jr and Jileanne Rookard almost beat Germany with Beckert, Friesinger -Postma and Anschutz Thoms. Friesinger is a middle distance skater and could not keep up 100% with the end shot of stayers Beckert and Anschutz and she almost fell once and then when nearing the finish she did fall and swam across the finish to just beat the U.S and reach the finals. Germany barely beat Japan with Kodaira, Tabata and Hozumi(who all 3 did great) in the final and the U.S lost a sure bronze against Poland(with a very mediocre team) due to Catherine Raney Norman who replaced Swider Peltz Jr. that race. Last week she was annoyed by having to skate the 1500m and preferred to watch the ice hockey of the U.S instead and now she could not keep up with the other 2 U.S girls and single-handedly lost the medal for team USA. What a loser she is.





Olympics day 11, drama for Sven Kramer

24 02 2010

How unlucky was that. You are around 3 seconds faster than the number 2 at the time and seem to be easily cruising to a win and then your coach makes a mistake, thinks you are in the wrong lane and tells you to go and take the inner lane instead of the outer and you do just that because you only have a split-second to think. Just so sad and the Netherlands with 6.7 million people watching(around 2/5th of the population at 11 at night was mourning this. One of the darkest days in dutch sport. Feel not only sorry for Kramer but also his coach Kemkers. People saying he deserved this because he was rude to an american reporter after a win at the 5K are just ignorant. I think that if a dutch reporter would have asked Peyton Manning, minutes after winning the Super Bowl, if he would say his name and the sport he plays in the camera, I bet he would not have done that either. Korea’s Lee was handed the gold, silver for Skobrev and bronze for dutch De Jong.

At the biathlon it was time for the team relay and the German ladies were already handicapped before the event started. Two-time Gold medal winner at these Olympics, Magdalena Neuner, did not start because she was too tired after all her races. Germany won bronze anyway, behind Russia and France.





Olympics first day

13 02 2010

The first real day of the Olympics started with my favorite 2 sports. My number 1 is speed skating, as everyone in the Netherlands loves. I bet 1/2 of the country was glued to the TV today. And how great did it end, our hero and greatest dutch skater ever Sven Kramer won a gold medal at the 5k. He was good not as super as he sometimes is and had the disadvantage of skating the first of the favorites and having the pressure of the whole country on this shoulders, but it was more than enough to win in a time of 6.14.60. Lee from Korea surprisingly won silver in 6.16.95 and Skobrev from Russia bronze in 6.18.05. Dutch skaters De Jong and Blokhuijsen ended on the places 5 and 9. U.S  skaters Davis and Hedrick( religious freak, his twitters are ridiculous) ended in 12th and 11th place.

With Biathlon ,which is as popular in Germany as Speed Skating in the Netherlands, I am always rooting for the German girls and they did except for pin-up cutie Magdalena Neuner not too good. Neuner won silver though behind former Russian and now Slovak Irina Kuzmina. A huge surprise was french girl Marie Dorin who won bronze. Other germans Hauswald, Henkel, Wilhelm did not end in the final 20 which will be a huge disadvantage for the next event, the pursuit, where everyone starts in the order they ended this 7.5K sprint.