Your Olympic Video Du Jour: The Amazing 4x100m Freestyle Relay Finish

Monday, August 11, 2008

Man, now I'm into the Olympics! What a finish to the 4x100 Meter Free Relay last night. Watch as Jason Lezak slowly catches up to France swimmer, Alain Bernard on the anchor leg of the relay and leads the U.S. to the upset victory over the French....

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That was just awesome. I wasn't really into the Olympics but after seeing Team USA beat Yao Ming earlier in the day, and now this stunning comeback....I'm fully on board. And who said swimming wasn't exciting? Oh that's right...me. Ummm, I take it back.

Also, great call by Gus Johnson, err Dan Hicks at the end there. Too much fun.

Lezak storms back as U.S. wins relay (NBC Olympics)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 12:16 AM

14 Comments:

Jeez, I got tired watching that. Amazing stuff.

And total caption contest material (if not already):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00788/georgebush1008ap_788656i.jpg

Anonymous said...
Aug 11, 2008, 2:13:00 AM  

SOOOOOO -- Monday morning -- will ESPN play the Dan Hicks' call and then will Hannah come out and say "that's my husband"!?!?
Or would the whiny dude doing the blog this afternoon get jealous?

Anonymous said...
Aug 11, 2008, 2:31:00 AM  

Watched this live last night and oh man. There have been so many awesome sport moments this year in 2008, it's causing my brain to overload. This just adds to it. Dan Hicks made an amazing call of it too even though he said "The U.S. will get a silver" only to have Lezak come back with like.. 15 meters left. Great, great moment! Swimming is awesome. Gogo Phelps and Team USA.

Anonymous said...
Aug 11, 2008, 2:47:00 AM  

Simply amazing!! It's moments like that that make me happy to see them LIVE!! Kudos to NBCm

michael said...
Aug 11, 2008, 3:06:00 AM  

Incredible comeback, I honestly still can't believe it. The record prior to the race for 100 meters (which was what each swimmer did) was 47.5 seconds and Lezak in the highest of high-pressure moments came through with a ridiculous 46.06 time?!?!? Stuff of legends right there...

sju38621 said...
Aug 11, 2008, 3:33:00 AM  

Total "Just Do It" material right there. I can see the marketing guys at Nike already making phone calls for the footage. Nike swim goggles anyone?

Anonymous said...
Aug 11, 2008, 6:40:00 AM  

USA! USA! USA!

Lammy742 said...
Aug 11, 2008, 7:35:00 AM  

Nike? How about Gatorade, "Is it in you?" With drops of gold as he gets out of the pool!

Anonymous said...
Aug 11, 2008, 8:14:00 AM  

This is why the olympics need to be live and not tape delayed. There's no way this would have been nearly as captivating if I had to dodge the news for 12 hours before seeing the race.

Justin Williams said...
Aug 11, 2008, 9:21:00 AM  

I almost leaped out of my manchair when I saw this last night. A 46 second 100m swim? Are you kidding me? I was screaming so loud I scared my dog.

As someone who lives in the south, it reminded me of the 1993 Sugar Bowl when Alabama's George Teague ran down, stripped and then pushed-down Miami All-American Wide Receiver Lamar Thomas to save a touchdown. Bama went on to win the game 34-13. It was voted the greatest play in Alabama history, although it was called back on a penalty on Miami.

Last night's 4x100 relay might be the greatest swimming event I've ever witnessed. Simply AMAZING. Lezak honked down a previous world record holder by swimming the fastest 100m EVER. Unbelievable. To steal a line from the 1980 Olympics..."DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?"

Snoop said...
Aug 11, 2008, 9:51:00 AM  

Dan Hicks is off the hook. Not in the slang sense. Hicks blew the finish of, if I recall, the prior race by calling who won before the superimposed graphics appeared in the pool. This more than makes up for it. Great call by Dan and Rowdy. USA!

Jim Williams said...
Aug 11, 2008, 9:53:00 AM  

It really does sound like Gus at the ends there, gives u chills

Anonymous said...
Aug 11, 2008, 11:02:00 AM  

Nike or Gatorade adverts. Ugh!

Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of markets and capitalism; however, my first instinct isn't to reduce a pretty cool moment to an ad campaign.

Anonymous said...
Aug 11, 2008, 12:15:00 PM  

they're showing these promos to hype up the 2010 Winter Olympics. man, I get pumped every time.

Sam said...
Jan 10, 2010, 6:23:00 AM  

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