August 24, 2008

2008 Olympic Wrap-Up


Jamaica earned eleven medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics; six gold, three silver and two bronze. We broke world records and Olympic records.

During the games, I featured only our gold medal winners. (The one exception to that was the dual silver medal won at the same time we won a gold.) That was in no way a slight to our athletes who earned silver or bronze medals. Instead, I wanted to focus on the best of the best, which in the Olympics is GOLD.

Now it is time to catalog our entire Olympic success story. We have so much to celebrate! Our Jamaican athletes made the world sit up and take note. I only hope our victories don't cause the Olympic Committee to put yam, dasheen and dumpling on the banned substance list!

GOLD:
Usain Bolt - Men's 100m
Usain Bolt - Men's 200m
Shelly Ann Fraser - Women's 100m
Melaine Walker - Women's 400m Hurdle
Veronica Campbell Brown - Women's 200m
Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell - Men's 400m Relay
SILVER:
Sherone Simpson - Women's 100m
Kerron Stewart - Women's 100m
Shericka Williams - Women's 400m
BRONZE:
Kerron Stewart - Women's 200m
Shericka Williams, Shereefa Lloyd, Rosemarie Whyte, Novelene Williams - Women's 400m Relay

Congratulations to our athletes, to their parents, and their coaches!

4 Shared Thoughts:

ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

Yam,dasheen and dumpling on the banned substance list! LOL!!But on a more serious note.I am like all J'cans extremely proud of the J'can Olympic team and is currently experiencing an extreme state of euphoria and I am hoping that this positive energy and vibrations will be captured/harnessed to create some semblance of national unity.Specifically,with regard to the issue of crime,with the state and the private sector working in tandem to create opportunities for our youths, that they can extricate themselves from despair and hopelessness.Lady Roots, as you do know, there are signiificant lessons to be learnt from our incredible performance in Beijing. One is seriously hoping that this moment is not a fleeting one, but one that will be used as a trajectory ,or, catapult that will take us forward as a society, a people and a nation.Copious respect!!ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID

LADY ROOTS said...

Idren Esteban,

That was the very thing my husband and I were discussing last night. As Jamaicans, we have so much to teach the world, but we have so many basic lessons we haven't learned yet.

As individuals we soar above the crowds. We shine in any spotlight!

As a nation, we struggle like crabs, hurting each other and ourselves with bad mind, red eye and lack of vision.

I agree with you. Let us unite in our national pride and begin to move forward with only positive strides!

Bless Up,
Lady Roots

New Age Bitch said...

Jamaica took the gold in the medals-to-population competition. Sure, China had the most actual golds, but its population is massive compared to that of Jamaica, whose population is clearly more statistically talented. Good on Jamaica!

LADY ROOTS said...

Sistren NAB,

Thanks for stopping by to BIG UP Jamaica and her incredible athletes.

For a tiny island nation, we have a world wide impact; whether in athletics, fashion, music, food, or hospitality.

Stop by again soon for another visit.

Bless Up,
Lady Roots