I watched a lot of the Olympics. And honestly, I sat through most of it just to see the track & field. More to the point, while I’m happy for and proud of Gabby Douglas, nothing made me happier than watching Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter break a 32-year-old record by over 3/4 of a second. That’s incredible given that sprint contests are decided on hundredths of seconds. The old record dates back to 1980 when the East Germans dominated the sprints. Some said it was through performance-enhancing drugs. We’ll never know. The important thing to remember is that these four women did the damn thing and left us with some iconic images, such as Jeter (above) pointing at the clock.
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