Olympics Cram Session

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

So a lot of you trackheads are probably well aware of the team that will represent the RedWhiteandBlue (provided by the USATF) in London that began today. But all of us can’t be trackheads, some of us think this sport only has a world championship every four years, and that’s okay. For those of you who don’t know a steeple from a hurdle, here’s your opportunity to start a good ol’ fashioned college cram session – all-nighter not necessary. And then when you’re at your friend’s house, the bar, or the “water cooler,” you can impress all of your cohorts with all of this knowledge of running they never expected you to know. Please note that I am using the term “impress” loosely here… very loosely.

I scoured the internet in search of the perfect resources to get you up to date on what’s going on on the track and in the field during these Olympics. Don’t be that guy in the study group that doesn’t appreciate the work done for him — read up! At the time that I’m writing this, you’ve already missed the morning session, so you have some catching up to do.

P.S. Even if you consider yourself a trackhead, I bet there’s still something you’ll learn from the sites below.

Ok, so if you know squadoosh (can someone tell me how to spell that?) about track and field..

The playboys over at House of Run decided to hook it up with “The Non-Track Fan’s Guide to the Olympics” and it’s got a good amount of information on it, so don’t skip this part, continuously refer back to it as I am sure you will need to. Oh and you might be in a jam and unable to commit all of this information to memory right away so it might help to know…

The freaking Track & Field Olympic Schedule… sucka.

Straight off of the London2012 website comes the schedule. It was really easy to find. You could have done it yourself. But you didn’t because you’re lazy, and that’s okay. Check it out. That link sends you to the schedule so you can jump ahead in your guide to Olympics to big events going off on the day you need. My link sends you to August 3rd, but as you will see there’s an interactive calendar that makes things pretty darn simple. So now you should be able to make up the who, what, when, and for God’s sake I hope you know the where by now. The why can be answered with “It’s the freaking Olympics.” I’m going to go ahead and use up my artistic freedom as far as answering the ‘how’.

Seed times man, seed times.

So if you don’t know what a seed time is, it’s basically how you are placed into your heat based on how you performed before the Olympics. Remember how Michael Phelps was in lane 7 because of a bad time in the prelims? Same premise. Thanks to the IAAF, clicking this link will bring you to the start lists for each event that will break down who is in what heat and the time they’ve run in the past. It’ll also provide results as well, but in this “if it happened more than 30 seconds ago and I don’t have the news I’ll be peeved” Twitter society we now live in, I thought it might be useful to provide…

the twitter feeds and websites with up to the minute results.

Ok, so if you want to be hardcore about it you can watch the events live online, as with any other Olympic event at www.nbcolympics.com. Flotrack has hooked up a nice little post that’ll bring you right to each stream depending on what session you want to watch, pretty convenient if you don’t want to traverse the NBCOlympics site. At work? Can’t watch online? Fine! (I guess you’re not becoming the die-hard fan I’d hoped for, sigh..)

Here are some twitter accounts to follow if you’re not “down” with NBC’s tape delay…

@USATrack_Field
@Flotrack
@Runnerspace_com

No twitter account? Well runner space has hooked up their twitter account to comment on their results post, so no worries there.

Well, that’s basically it. You now have no excuse to know and enjoy all of the running, jumping, and throwing that will go on for the next 10 days. Hurry up, by my calculations the afternoon session is starting in 4 minutes

To the student in you,
Dels

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