Thursday, August 18, 2016

163rd post

If you have been following my life on my website since May of this year, you

can see that I've grown up some. I'd guess you'd call it that.

I started out as a Southern red-necked hillbilly with a turkey looking neck,

Gobble, gobble, into a Yankee (not meaning the New York Yankees, but the

Yankee name that was used by the Confederates when speaking of the Union

soldiers) with better spelling and better English composition and I don't like

it much, but they say there's good in everything, and maybe those who

could not understand that hillbilly talk before, can now understand my

grown up Yankee talk.

Christ the Redeemer:

Thanks to BBC News.

"Symbol of a nation

There is still a strong connection between the statue and those who live closest

to it. During Carnival, a street party called Christ’s Armpit, or “Suvaco do

Cristo”, weaves its way beneath Corcovado in tribute to the outstretched arms
overhead. Crowds of dancers and drummers samba through the streets

wearing T-shirts bearing the image of Christ."

The Olympic Rings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The current view of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is that the

symbol "reinforces the idea" that the Olympic Movement is international

and welcomes all countries of the world to join.... As can be read in the

Olympic Charter, the Olympic symbol represents the union of the "five

continents" of the world and the meeting of athletes from throughout the

world at the Olympic Games. However, no continent is represented by

any specific ring. Prior to 1951, the official handbook stated that each color

corresponded to a particular continent: blue for Europe, yellow for Asia,

black for Africa, green for Australia and Oceania and red for the Americas;

this was removed because there was no evidence that Coubertin had intended

it (the quotation above was probably an afterthought).... Nevertheless,

the logo of the Association of National Olympic Committees places the logo

of each of its five continental associations inside the ring of the corresponding


Michael Phelps continued from this morning:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Michael Fred Phelps II... (born June 30, 1985).... is an American competitive

swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time,... with a total of 28

medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals

(23),... Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals

in individual events (16).... In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing

Games, Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's record of seven

first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. Five of those victories were

in individual events, tying the single Games record. In the 2012 Summer

Olympics in London, Phelps won four golds and two silver medals, making

him the most successful athlete of the Games for the third Olympics in a row.

...Phelps is the long course world record holder in the 100-meter butterfly,

200-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley as well as the former

long course world record holder in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter

individual medley. He has won a total of 83 medals in major international

long-course competition, totaling 66 gold, 14 silver, and 3 bronze spanning

the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps's

international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the

World Swimmer of the Year Award seven times and American Swimmer of

the Year Award nine times as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in

2012. His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps Sports

Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.

After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps

Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting

healthier lifestyles. Phelps retired following the 2012 Olympics, but in April

2014 he made a comeback.... He qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics

in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,.... his fifth Olympics, winning five golds and one

silver. Phelps was chosen to be a captain of the 2016 US Olympic team,....

and was also voted by his team to be the flag bearer of the United States at

the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations."

This is day 13 of the XXXI Olympiad.

From CBS Sports Olympic medal tracker

USA:                       32 gold, 32 silver, 31 bronze for a total of 95.

Great Britain:          21 gold, 21 silver, 13 bronze for a total of 55.

China:                     20 gold, 16 silver, 21 bronze for a total of 57.

Germany:               13 gold, 8 silver, 11 bronze for a total of 32.

Russia:                   12 gold, 14 silver, 16 bronze for a total of 42.

Germany has taken over the 4th position from Russia by winning a gold medal

and the USA is within 5 Olympic medal wins of a 100 total medals.

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