RE: Hi

  • From: "Donaldson, Alasdair" <alasdair.donaldson@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'cpt-fgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <cpt-fgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:33:32 +0000

@Paas - you know that gif that we say on AcidCow a while ago with the skater 
who crosses the line when everyone else just crashes into one another and we 
wondered if it was a real victory, or like the cycling, would need to be redone?
Well, apparently it was real and the guy did win - Australia's first gold at 
the winter Olympics.

#4. Steven Bradbury Just Waits for Everyone Else to Crash (and They Do)

[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/3/0/9/240309_v1.jpg]AP via Fox 
Sports<http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/the-adjudicator-gives-his-early-take-on-round-17-of-the-2011-super-rugby-season/story-fn6kmqab-1226070326074>

While not a bad speed skater, Australian Steven Bradbury was an underdog in the 
2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake 
City<http://corporate.olympics.com.au/athlete/steven-bradbury> simply due to 
being well past his prime. But what he lacked in sheer speed, he made up for in 
patience. And so, he decided he would simply hang back and wait for the others 
to 
fail<http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/2002/speed_skating/news/2002/02/16/bradbury_ap/>.
 Between the ultra-competitive South Korean team, the well-funded American and 
Chinese teams, and the "born for winter sports" Canadian team, there was a 
fierce pack of skaters up ahead of Bradbury. So why not just let them take each 
other out?

[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/6/9/240269_v1.jpg]NBC
Being Australian, he just assumed that everything would kill everything else.

Honestly, we believe that what happened next provides a valuable life lesson to 
all of us:

First, in the quarter-finals Bradbury came in 
third<http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/12/20/1040174394325.html>, but 
Canadian favourite Marc Gagnon had nudged another skater and was called for 
cheating, allowing the cautious Bradbury to advance. Then, in the 
semifinals<http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/more-sports/hall-of-fame-steven-bradbury/story-fnii0hmo-1226733679198>
 Bradbury was trailing in fourth place, waiting. And, sure enough, the other 
three skaters in the lead (all former medal winners) let competition get the 
better of them. They all crashed into each other, Stooges-style, allowing 
Bradbury to simply skate across the line into the finals, with a second-place 
finish.

[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/6/7/240267.jpg?v=1]NBC
[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/7/3/240273.jpg?v=1]NBC
[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/7/1/240271.jpg?v=1]NBC
[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/7/5/240275_v1.jpg]NBC
"And my coach said two packs a day was too much."

But that kind of vaudevillian wackiness is a once-in-a-lifetime thing -- it's 
not like you can make it some kind of long-term strategy. Right? See, kids, 
this is why we watch sports

The finals would include home favorite Apolo Anton 
Ohno<http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/2002/speed_skating/news/2002/02/16/short_track_ap/>
 and three other former medal winners. Again, Bradbury quickly fell behind the 
pack. And again, he simply hung back and waited for some kind of Mr. Bean-esque 
slapstick pileup to rescue him<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAADWfJO2qM>.

Going into the final turn, there's Bradbury way the hell in back, in fifth 
place as they enter the final turn:

[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/7/7/240277_v1.jpg]NBC

Then, just short of the finish line, the entire field crashes in front of him 
...

[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/7/9/240279_v1.jpg]NBC

... allowing Bradbury to calmly skate across the line for the gold:

[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/8/1/240281_v1.jpg]NBC
"You suckers bought skates? I just borrowed these from one of the 
figure-skating flower girls."

Bradbury raised his arms in disbelief, having won Australia's first Winter 
Olympic gold medal 
ever<http://news.bbc.co.uk/winterolympics2002/hi/english/skating/newsid_1825000/1825339.stm>.
 It was just like the plot of Cool Runnings, except this time the underdog 
competitor from a sunny country no one gave a chance to won just by deciding to 
chill out in the back and watch the super competitive skaters knock each other 
out. Hey, we'd watch that movie.


Read more: 
http://www.cracked.com/article_20877_the-5-most-insane-ways-underdogs-won-olympic-medals.html#ixzz2tBX9HqIo


From: Donaldson, Alasdair
Sent: 13 February 2014 8:30 AM
To: cpt-fgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Hi

Stupid moogle king quest needs me to do guildhests. NO!

From: cpt-fgc-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:cpt-fgc-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
[mailto:cpt-fgc-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of euraima tobias
Sent: 13 February 2014 8:16 AM
To: cpt-fgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:cpt-fgc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Hi


Nice, any loot for you? Rot is fun :P

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