The Evening Post: I Am A Ukrainian


Geek Alabama Evening Post

First, the Sochi medal count.  The United States still has the overall medal count lead with 25 medals!

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Tonight, I wanted to share this video from the YouTube channel Whisper Roar.  It features a young women talking about why protests are going on in the Ukraine.  While some people have called this video propaganda, this video is a testament to the people who are protesting to demand change in the Ukraine Government.  The video has around five million views, enjoy!

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My Top 10 2012 Summer Olympic Athletes


 

I am a big sports fan and I am sad to see the 2012 London Olympics come and go.  Many people watched online and on TV and took in the British Culture while watching the athletes compete.  I thought London put on a great Olympic Games and the people of Great Britain were great hosts to the athletes.  But there were a couple of problems such as NBC showing the major Olympic events on a tape-delay while everyone already knew the results thanks to social media.  The Twitter hashtag #nbcfail was very popular during the games.  I was just glad there was multiple ways to watch the live-streams online!

Here is the final Olympic Medal Count.  The United States won 104 medals during the 30th Olympiad and the women dominated winning around 2/3rds of the U.S.A. gold medals!

I really liked the Olympic Cauldron at the London games.  Each pedal represents the 204 countries that were participating in the games.  And each pedal had the country’s name engraved on the pedal and the country got to take their pedal home!  Future Olympic games have their work cut out when they design their Cauldrons.  I just wonder why the designers of the 2012 London Olympic Cauldron decided to not have it seen by the people from outside the Olympic Stadium.  Past games had the Cauldron way up high so everyone inside Olympic Park and the city could see the Cauldron.  I bet in future Olympics we will probably see the Cauldron way up high again!

So after watching lots of coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games I have come up with a list of the top 10 Olympic Athletes of the 30th Olympiad.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps won four golds and two silver medals in the London Olympics bringing his medal total to 22 during his entire Olympic career.  I am sure many people are going to miss seeing Michael competing in the Olympic Games.

Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas was the first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion; and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.

Usain Bolt

This runner from Jamaica dominated the track during the London Olympic Games winning three gold medals and breaking records.  He has set the mark as the world’s fastest runner.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

Admit it.  You had to feel proud that the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team beat Canada in the last-minute and then beat Japan to win gold in the London Olympic Games.

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin has won the hearts of many people around the world.  She won five medals (four were gold medals) during the London Olympic Games.  Many people also like her because she has turned down endorsement money to stay as an amateur so she can compete in college.

Oscar Pistorius

This runner from South Africa ran with artificial lower legs during the London Olympic Games.  Although he did not win any medals he will do well during the London Paralympic Games later this month.

Mo Farah

This athlete from the home country of Great Britain is the best long distance track runner in the world.  He won two gold medals during the London Olympic Games and that caused the country to cheer for him big time!

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix won three gold medals during the London Olympic Games.  She also has a huge following by many people and is a great role-model.  She is tested often for drugs as she participates in the Project Believe program from the US Anti-Doping Agency.

Ryan Lochte

Ryan did very well at the London Olympic Games winning five medals including two golds.  With Michael Phelps now retired Ryan Lochte will become the top male swimmer during the 2016 Olympic Games.

U.S. Women’s 4x100m Team

Carmelita Jeter, Allyson Felix, Tianna Madison and Bianca Knight set a new world record with a time of 40.82.  This new record beat out a 27 year record formally held by East Germany.

2012 Birthday Week


It was so nice today that I decided to take a break from the blog.  The highs today was in the mid 80′s with very low humidity.  You just can not beat that in Alabama during mid-August.  But this week is a special week on Geek Alabama.  One; this blog is one year old!  I started this blog in August 2011 under the name Young’s Blog and renamed it Geek Alabama on April 2012.  And many people have come here to read the various posts I have put out.  And I thank you for that!  The other thing is on Wednesday August 15th is my birthday!  I will be turning 26 and that’s great!

The posts you will be seeing this week will be geared toward my favorite interests.  Click About Me up top to get an idea on what kind of posts you will be seeing this week.  And on Wednesday, on my birthday I will post about my wishes for the next year.  So please come back over the week and thanks for reading Geek Alabama!

And I did not forget about the Olympic Medal Count.  The United States finished with 104 medals.  This was a very successful year for the U.S.A.!

The Evening Post: Former Alabamian Olympic Winner


 

First the Updated Olympic Medal Count.  The United States takes a bigger lead in the medal count at 94.  (as of 8/10 10pm central)

Today’s Olympic moments starts with a new world record.  Carmelita Jeter, Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, and Bianca Knight set a new world record and won gold in the women’s 4×100 relay.  Congrats to them!

From USA Today.

Also today Jordan Burroughs won gold in the men’s wrestling 74kg freestyle.  Not bad for a guy whose Twitter handle is @alliseeisgold  Congrats!

From Associated Press.

Tonight a former Alabama citizen has won silver in what is one of the hardest Olympic events in the games.  Trey Hardee won silver in the men’s Decathlon.  The decathlon consists of the following events: 100m Run, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400m Run, 110m Hurdles, Discus Throw, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, and the 1500m Run.  You get points in each event in the decathlon depending on how you finish.  Trey Hardee and his American teammate Ashton Eaton who won gold pretty much dominated this competition.  Ashton Eaton finished with 8869 points while Trey Hardee finished with 8671 points.

From NBC Olympics.

Congrats to Trey Hardee from Austin, TX but was born in Birmingham, AL for winning the gold!

 

The Evening Post: Batman Parodies


First the updated Olympic medal count.  The United States had a great day today and has taken a large lead in the overall medal count at 90!  And the U.S.A. has taken the lead in the most gold medals as well!  (as of 8/9 10pm central)

Today’s Olympic moments first feature redemption.  The U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Team won gold today against Japan.  Congrats to the entire team!

From NBC Olympics.

And how about the Women’s Water Polo team winning gold today against Spain.  Congrats to the team!

From Reuters.

Here is some courage today.  During the 4×400 meter race Manteo Mitchell broke his leg in the race.  But he did not give up and continued racing.  That is some great commitment!

From Getty Images.

Tonight I wanted to share a couple of parody Batman videos all from that song that has parodied many times.  The song Call Me Maybe from Carly Rae Jepsen has been the best song ever to parody.  And these two videos are very good.  You can decide which Batman parody is better!