Michael Phelps desperately needs a PR flack. His post Olympics statements on NBC prove he is not ready for prime time interviews.
No matter what sport, profession or occupation you follow, Michael Phelps is an example of excellence. He is not always the winner but is always the best at what he does.
Last Friday I was invited to Shabbos dinner at my neighbor’s house. Boris gave a prayer for the twelve victims of the Munich Olympic murders. He framed the issue better than I did; the Olympic spirit was the twelfth victim of the terrorists.
As predicted the US Olympic swim coach figured Jason Lezak was over the hill and kept him out of the 4 x 100 meter relay final. On the anchor leg France’s Yannick Agnel passed our new fair haired boy Ryan Lochte and took the gold. It was the reverse of 2008. Agnel’s time was 46.74 and Lochte’s 47.74. In 2008, Lezak swam the anchor leg in 46.06.
The opening ceremonies of the London Olympics were inspiring and fun. The organizers and the International Olympic Committee took plenty of time to celebrate people. They celebrated young athletes. The celebrated child patients of Great Ormand Street Hospital. They celebrated the aging Paul McCartney and Mohammed Ali. They celebrated human rights defenders by having them carry in the Olympic Flag. They had a moment of silence for the victims of the World Wars. They had a video tribute to the 52 people who were killed in the suicide bombings in the London transit system the day after the city won the Games in 2005.