Don’t read the title before you watch bc you *will* get spoiled lol
aaahhhhh loved this race so much
10/10 highly recommend
been reading a lot of articles and comments talking about strategy and I think this one summarizes it best:
“The free is a 46 second race for men & a 51 second race for girls, meaning the total time save is 5 seconds. The breaststroke is a 55 second race for men & a 65 second race for girls. In relays, the quality of athlete in each leg doesn’t matter as much as the overall average pace, & in any mixed event, there is a huge difference in the men’s pace vs the women so you want to maximize the boys time in the pool.”
In any other race it’s mostly about speed, technique, and endurance. I mean yeah there’s strategy involved in how you pace yourself for non-sprints but the mixed relays bring in so many other dimensions of strategy and it’s so fun watching how that affects the race. i hear a lot of people talking about how fly and breast should be the legs swum by men since they save the most time, but water wake also makes a big difference, so it’s good to pull out early too with two men on the first two legs.
me: I don’t give a flying fuck about sports
me whenever i get to watch soccer or swimming: YOOOOOO
Gandalf, taking a hit from his joint: Did you guys know that mithril is super expensive? Like insanely valuable? That it’s very much a finite resource mostly plundered from the earth and invaluable due to its many uses? And also Sauron has most of it so it’s now lost to its Elven and Dwarvish makers? And to think Bilbo’s precious gift of mithril mail is probably sitting in the local Useless Dumb Artefacts Museum. Just makes you think lol ...
Gimli, a dwarf who has lost most of his people’s cultural artefacts: ... I’m sorry Bilbo was given what and did what with it
Frodo, secretly wearing Bilbo’s mithril mail at that very moment but only after nearly 70 years of it sitting in the Useless Dumb Artefacts Museum gathering dust because Bilbo had no idea his cool shirt was worth approximately the net value of their entire country:
I simply cannot feel sorry for multi-millionaire Scarlett Johansson only earning $20 million instead of $30 million or what the fuck ever because Disney recognised that large parts of the world still can't safely go to the cinema on account of the deadly pandemic and released Black Widow on Disney+ at the same time as in theatres. But then I also support anyone suing Disney for any reason, so you see my dilemma
Most fun event I’ve ever had the opportunity to watch. I enjoy watching swimming not only bc it’s the best sport (I don’t make the rules), but bc it’s pure speed and you can usual gauge how a race will end by the halfway mark unless someone has a very strong finish.
But with the mixed medley all bets are off. You just can’t tell who’s going to win when the lead swings as dramatically as it does since all the genders are mixed together in no singular order.
Truly peak enjoyment. 10/10 would highly recommend the replay 😲
wish i had the same energy for the olympics this year as i did in 2016 lol
nostalgically going through my rio2k16 and rio2k16-blogging tags
also this remains the best podium ever lmao
i should spend some time tonight figuring out when events are so i can watch them live before my favorite events all end, which are swimming, diving, and gymnastics lol. but I do enjoy volleyball and track and field too.