An Olympic Faux-Hawk
Is it killing me not to be at Caps-Flyers? Yeah. Am I compensating by hoping against hope that someone with a real, genuine mohawk will walk through that door? Yeah, I guess I am.
This is diver David Boudia. He doesn't have a mohawk, but it's something. "Aerodynamic," is how he described it, but he said it's of no benefit in the pool. It is, though, the best hairstyle of the first two days of the U.S. Olympic media summit thing.
And this is swimmer Cullen Jones, who has the most interesting beard I've seen thus far. I know, I know, it's no playoff beard, but you take what you can get. "It's a little different," Jones said, which is indeed about as far as I would go in my praise. He said it was more noticeable than usual today, because he had recently done a photo shoot for Vibe, and they added mascara to make it stand out more or something.
What else did I learn? U.S. modern pentathlete Eli Bremer, the nephew of former U.S. administrator in Iraq L. Paul Bremer III, fields about 20 percent of his questions about politics, foreign affairs and his uncle. Eli Bremer's teammate, Mickey Kelly, who is a woman, used to play wide receiver on her high school football team. Jennie Finch, who I'd have guessed would be one of the 10 most bloggable Beijing athletes, actually received significantly less media attention that softball teammate Jessica Mendoza, who was quoted in every Olympic summit story today for talking about Team Darfur. Weightlifter Casey Burgener had to use his Olympic skills to help his mom move a 400-pound ceramic turtle. And the VP of Communications for the New York Red Bulls (featuring Olympic athlete Jozy Altidore) used to work for....the Washington Capitals.
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