By Chris Hassel
Lolo Jones ran her best race of the year but, this year, it wasn’t good enough. For the second straight Olympics, Lolo misses out on the medal stand. The Des Moines native finished in fourth-place in the 100m hurdles, just one-tenth of a second behind Kellie Wells. According to the Des Moines Register’s, Bryce Miller, Lolo was devastated after the race, uttering the words “I don’t know”, 21 times during a four-minute post-race interview. Lolo didn’t say much, except for the fact that she is, “heart-broken”. Lolo’s run of 12.58 seconds would’ve been good enough for silver in the 2008 games. This Olympics, the field was just too fast.
It was also a disappointing Tuesday for Gabby Douglas. The Chow’s gymnast fell in the finals of the balance beam, placing a stunning 7th out of 8 competitors. Still, the 16-year-old will return to Des Moines with two Olympic gold’s. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gabby remain in the gym, and return to the Rio Olympics in 2016.
China remains ahead in the medal-count. The Chinese have 73 overall medals, to Team USA’s 70.
I just returned from a 4-day trip to Sedona, Arizona. It was nice to escape the heat for a few days. We spent a small fortune, but with views like this on the golf course…it was well worth it.
I asked one of the locals what the most dangerous local animal/insect/reptile we should be on the lookout for. Without hesitation, he said “Watch out for javelina’s. They’re pissed off at the world.” That night, as we sat on the patio, in the dark, we smelled what we thought was a skunk. Then we heard a snort. Skunk’s don’t snort…but “skunk pigs” do. Apparently these beasts smell just like a skunk. It was no more than 10 feet away from us. I was the first one to run inside. The wife was none-too-happy.
Our flight from Minneapolis to Des Moines was delayed by 4 hours, Tuesday night. The reason? There were no pilots. What?! How is that even possible? Were the pilots stuck in traffic? Did they over-sleep? Did they not receive their schedule? Did we receive anything for our time? Nope.