At least he wasn't twerking!
At least he wasn't twerking!
I don't know why anyone would believe that an athlete would train with the intent to be injured and unable to compete. Why is it so hard to comprehend that punishing the human body like that usually catches up with an athlete?
Now, should they try to continue when they are reaching that point? Maybe not. But that is not a decision fans get to make and Evan is certainly not the first athlete to perhaps push beyond his limits at an age when he should retire. He won't be the last, either. Every sport is full of them.
Oh dear gosh, let's don't get into what is fair? Some may say it wasn't or isn't fair that that Evan has gotten so much as it is. Some may say it isn't fair how Carolina has fluked out so many times to get world medals. some may say it isn't fair how Chan has won so much or how Joubert has won with so little. Some may say it isn't fair how much the American ladies and Evan spend on their costumes while other nations fight to put on new blades. fairness is in the eye of the beholder.
Still...in sports, 99% of the time girls get the short end of the stick. How can we begrudge one little sport where girls catch a break?
Man it look like it was over for Vika in the second set when she double-faulted THREE times to give Serena 4-1 lead. Some how, she managed to come back and win the second set and force Serena to play for another hour!
And Serena got $3 million for winner...and even as the loser" Vika got like $250,000, not bad!
Thanks for humoring me. That game was just so awesome. As you were.
Victoria is actually just as much of a physical specimen as Serena. She's got all the physical tools (needs a sharper serve, though Rafa shows that you can do pretty OK in today's game without the humongous serve).
The key difference between them, IMO, is an intangible (which seems to be the case at the very highest levels of anything, more often than not): Serena's got that alpha-female-this-is-my-house-so-get-back-to-your-corner-and-eat-your-mush-before-I-get-mad-and-spank-you thing going when she's in form, which Victoria still lacks.
Two questions that came to mind as I watched:
(1) Being that it was obvious that both Serena and Vika are sponsored by Nike, I was wondering whether what seemed like color-coordination of the two women's attire (and even their manicures) would have been at Nike's behest?
It seemed too good to be true that coincidentally they both chose that orangey-red color scheme.(2) Also ... is it possible/probable that Nike's contract with someone of Serena's caliber would include bonus money for winning a major? I'm thinking that it is possible that maybe even more than $3.6 million was at stake for Serena that day.
Or am I too cynical?
BTW, regarding the evolution of professional tennis for women:
The American Masters series on PBS has been airing a current (I believe) episode devoted to Billie Jean King. I have not seen it in entirety, but some of it is about BJK's vital role in the genesis of the Virginia Slims tour. It also covers her iconic match against Bobby Riggs.
(I do not know for sure, but I imagine that the documentary was completed well before the most recent speculation that Riggs was in cahoots with the mob to purposely lose the match [which I personally do not believe].)