Saturday, August 4, 2012
LONDON (AP) — The oldest 100-meter Olympic champion is back in London for the games — only this time as a celebrated athlete, not a scrawny kid from Cleveland who botched the hurdles only to win the gold in 1948. William Harrison "Bones" Dillard (born July 8, 1923) is a American former track and field athlete.
Harrison Dillard, 89, was honored at Britain’s Foreign Office where the 1948 torch from those London games is on display.
“It’s heavy!” the man, also known as ‘Bones’ because of his lanky youthful appearance, said as he held the silver torch.
As a world record holder, all eyes were on Dillard in 1948 to win the 110-meter hurdles. But when the day came, the American knocked down several hurdles and failed to finish the race.
He tried again in the 100-meter dash, winning in 10.3 seconds — a surprise to his teammate and favorite Barney Ewell, who did a premature victory dance thinking he had actually won.*
Four years after London, Dillard went on to win the 100-meter hurdles in Helsinki.
“That’s one of the beauties of the Olympic Games, that they occur every four years,” Dillard told The Associated Press. “The athlete who fails in the first, assuming that he can maintain the necessary physical ability plus the emotional and mental ability, has a chance to redeem him or herself. I certainly had that good fortune.”
Gold 1948 London 100 m
Gold 1948 London 4x100 m relay
Gold 1952 Helsinki 110 m hurdles
Gold 1952 Helsinki 4x100 m relay
*Side note: "The 1948 games were the first time that Olympic judges had the benefit of using photo finish technology, which helps the naked eye in determining who crossed the finish line first."
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Hello! Alistair Cookie, here.
Tally-ho, off we go! (Do they really say that stuff in England?) Pip-Pippa, no, that's the sister-in-law to Prince William... Duke William... Duke Ellington? (Being four years old has it's problems; largely I'm behind in history, etcetera, ad nauseam.)
So the Equestrian Competition was great, mostly. Our cameraman was at the volleyball park again and so purchased this photo. But it is one amazing shot! (I thought only the cow jumped over the moon... silly me.) My summation of the event: lots of jumping; lots of turnarounds; lots of high stepping; lots of guard rails knocked off; lots of 'OH NO!' and then, I got busy.
Over to my left lay a large field of lovely flowers; their scent rising up into my tiny nostrils. Delicate blossoms and amongst them a smallish creature, not unlike myself. We're off to ride The London Eye. Horses? What horses? All I see are pony tails. Tally-ho, Pippa!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Dixie here, introducing Mr. Austin Playfoot. He was chosen as torch-bearer for the 1948 Olympic games. Originally scheduled for 1944, they were postponed due to the war. Mr. Playfoot at that time was a member of the Royal Air Force (RAF)... and took leave to answer the invitation sent from the Olympic Committee. How ironic and yet lovely, that he was chosen to relight the Olympic Cauldron for 2012. Here are some notes from The Daily Mail.
[["Although it didn't die by accident, the London 2012 Olympic flame had to be extinguished for security reasons on Sunday evening.
By tradition, the Olympic flame must be kept burning inside its cauldron for the duration of the games, but technicians had to put it out while they moved the vessel to a new location inside London's Olympic stadium, the Daily Mail reports.
Before cutting the gas, torch bearer Austin Playfoot transferred the flame to an Olympic torch. Playfoot, who was a torch bearer for the games in 2012 and 1948, re-lit the flame from a cherry picker once the cauldron was moved.
The cauldron now burns in the southern end of the stadium — meaning that the Olympic flame is still not available to the many visitors who lack tickets to the Olympic Stadium.]]
"'When I ran with the Olympic Flame in Guildford I never thought I would get this close to the Cauldron," Playfoot says in The Daily Mail. "It brought me to tears when it lit up."
Mr. Austin Playfoot, a person of interest, with some 64 years between the two lighting-s and it would seem to have the same warm appeal. Congratulations of another round well done.
The spectacular Mall at Buckingham Palace! One of my favorite thingss to do is get on my tryke and go! However for this event you had to compete while on two wheels; I'm not quite there but it didn't squelch my excitement.
How do they stay balanced? How do they keep from falling or knocking into each other? Maybe that's what Mum means when she says, "Experience makes the man." No matter, I'll just ride along and keep out of their way!
Alistair and I agree that this event was gruelingly unfair. The South Korean fencer, Shin a Lam, won the match; at least she did in our eyes! We're using some excerpts from the following report:
This is so upsetting, but not the first time we've seen questionable events connected to the Olympics. We want the athletes to enjoy their time as best as they can, in light of this unhappy situation.
NO! What are the judges... bonkers? Even I know a second when I hear one. Mum often says, be there in a second, hun.... and five minutes later... there she stands, catching me with a handful of cookies.(smile). My 'Mickey Mouse' watch says it's time to get off the fence!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Such an amazing athlete. Alistair and I wanted to showcase him on our blog. We really hope you saw the Archery competition.
Does anyone know something about "Lord's Cricket Ground," or have you been there?