May 30th, 2014

Second wind

Pretty astounding kick:

11 Responses to “Second wind”

  1. Daniel in Brookline Says:

    We shouldn’t compare fact and fiction, I know… but there’s a similar scene toward the beginning of “Chariots of Fire”, in which Eric Liddell tumbles head over heels at the beginning of the race. He rises, with fire in his eyes, and goes on to win the race. I always found that scene tremendously inspiring.

    It’s all the more inspiring when it’s real!

  2. Ymarsakar Says:

    Pain can ramp up adrenaline cocktails. Especially since women seem not to get high spikes, but more long duration injections.

  3. parker Says:


  4. Ymarsakar Says:

    This is like a Japanese drama story, Neo. Where there is a will, there is a way.

    Hard work will never betray you.

    Youth and courage will provide great life experiences.

  5. Mrs Whatsit Says:

    How the hell did she do that?! Wow!

  6. Charles Says:

    Ouch! And wow, that was so cool!

    And, I kind of feel sorry for the others as it must really suck to lose to the one who fell.

  7. Don Carlos Says:

    Looks to me that if she could go the full distance at the speed of her final lap, she might hold the world record.
    Truly wonderfully amazing.

    Charles: I believe the word “suck” as you used it is rooted in vulgar slang to mean fellatio, so I encourage its avoidance, though recognizing its very common current usage, especially by the young. Suck it up, sucker, etc do not descend idiomatically to that level. Just saying.

  8. gpc31 Says:

    Don Carlos, I agree. I substitute “that stinks” for “that sucks”. Works just as well. The only exception, and then only in certain company, is the motto: “embrace the suck” — very crude, but I like it!

  9. Ymarsakar Says:

    In the old days, humans didn’t need to be faster than the bear, you only needed to be faster than the guy behind you that just tripped and fell.

    People who tripped and fell, and didn’t get back up in time and surpass the guy in front… got eaten by sabre tigers.

    It truly is a second wind. She doesn’t even look out of breath compared to her team mate.

  10. Charles Says:

    Don Carlos & gpc31;

    get your minds out of the gutter!

    “suck” as slang for something bad (as I used) it does NOT mean fellatio.

    It actually has it origins in American jazz. The standard way to play a horn (trumpet, etc) was to “blow.” However, when someone couldn’t play it well the saying was that he was so bad that he must have been “sucking” the horn instead of blowing it.

    So, really, there is nothing sexual about saying “it sucks” unless you make it so.

    And, for whatever it is worth; this runner “blew” the others away is also not sexual – it too has the same origins in jazz.

  11. NCC Says:

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