Aug 13, 2008

THE THRILL OF VICTORY, THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

Sometimes in sporting events the crowd is treated to magnificent displays of athletic prowess and delicate agility. Sometimes the audience is forced to endure the worst of agonies. This is one of those times. If you are a squeamish person, you may not want to gaze upon this video.

(*thanks to DListed for the video link)


That is Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai, doing the squirm/flop of PAIN. Take note of the efficiently Chinese way the event organizers set up a small screen to shield the audience from the ghastly trauma, un-bearable grimaces, and full-body spasms. The scary part is that, weightlifting being such a dangerous sport, the Olympic organizers knew enough to plan ahead of time, and have a crew of volunteers on hand for just such a situation.
Dislocations, breaks, torn cartilage, torn muscles, and yes, even bowel distention are part and parcel of the weightlifting game. Humans were not meant to lift that much weight, but we CAN, and we DO, and these athletes all know intimately the risk inherent in their sport.

1 comment:

sozavac said...

YOUR VIDEO LINK IS DEAD!! YOU SUCK!!!!@@@@@!!!!