Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (beautiful)
Today's Olympic hero is without a doubt Benjamin Boukpeti. Those of you with TVs have probably heard all about him, but he's worth talking about some more.

Boukpeti took bronze for Togo in the men's single kayak event yesterday, becoming the first black man ever to medal in a slalom event and winning Togo's first ever Olympic medal in a Summer Games.

When he finished the race he snapped his paddle in glee.



I'm beginning to think bronze medalists are the best kind. ;)

You can read more about Boukpeti's story here.

And, predictably, I made icons.

Rules:
[x] Comments are nice. :)
[x] Credit me
[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.

Samples:

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fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (beautiful)
Today's Olympic hero is without a doubt Benjamin Boukpeti. Those of you with TVs have probably heard all about him, but he's worth talking about some more.

Boukpeti took bronze for Togo in the men's single kayak event yesterday, becoming the first black man ever to medal in a slalom event and winning Togo's first ever Olympic medal in a Summer Games.

When he finished the race he snapped his paddle in glee.



I'm beginning to think bronze medalists are the best kind. ;)

You can read more about Boukpeti's story here.

And, predictably, I made icons.

Rules:
[x] Comments are nice. :)
[x] Credit me
[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.

Samples:

.:..:.

the rest under here )

meme time

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 05:30 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (lotus blossom)
I was tagged for this one by [livejournal.com profile] starfoozle.

Bold the things you've done.

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fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Olympics 3)
I'm only just getting the chance to watch the women's team finals in gymnastics, though I already know how it ends, and I'm anticipating all the falls with dread.

But right now I just have to say this. Brazil's Daiane dos Santos on floor rocks my world.

She might not have had the most astonishing technical feats, or gotten the highest score, but her presence on the floor was just stunning. Her entire routine was like a dance, and she never stopped moving. So many of the other gymnasts seem to be just filling space between their big leaping numbers, but every one of Daiane's movements seemed carefully choreographed and meaningful. Her routine was exuberant and joyful and alive, and watching her made me feel all those things, too.

I still don't know much about gymnastics, but I think that's the mark of a great athlete.

fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Olympics)
Men's all-around gymnastics is LIVE here.

Unfortunately, it seems to be getting a lot of traffic, so expect much annoying buffering... :(

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