Are you getting excited for the Summer Olympics? Normally, I'm a winter sports gal - gotta love those ice skaters, right? But leave it to the interwebs to get me geared up for the summer sports too. Check out these awesome images (via twentytwowords) of pole vaulters celebrating before they hit the ground...
Love that last guy - he looks like he's just laying out at the beach...
And as much fun as those shots makes modern sports look, take a look at some of the retired sports of past Olympics....
|Tug of War|
|Dueling pistols...wait, what?!|
Yep, those are Dueling Pistols -no actual contestants were shot, thankfully. Instead, participants shot at dressed dummies in the arena. Hard to imagine why they cancelled that exciting exhibition, in addition to other classics like the 12-hr bike race, the tandem bike race, and the tug of war.
Read more in this NY Times article.
And finally, the amazing grace and beauty of Olympic diver Patricia McCormick competing at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics where she earned a gold medal. Such a cool art piece, featured on my fav blog: A Cup of Jo.
Tell me, are you excited for the Olympics? What sport, present, past or imaginary, would you participate in? I'm all for the volleyball, baby... and the ice dancing!