Today was a long one. I’ve verified this fact by looking at my watch (it’s 3:20 a.m. and I just turned in my final story of the day) and its daily step counter (15,000+, a new Olympic record).
I attended a track press conference, wrote about Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen, who is competing in the 110 hurdles, covered the women’s gymnastics all-around, where Simone Biles and Aly Raisman went one-two, and shot some moving images pieces with T.J. Quinn for SportsCenter and Julie Foudy for ESPN.com and espnW. (Rio in 60 Seconds) (W2W4 on Friday)
Throughout the day, and throughout the week, we ask a lot of questions. Many, I have yet to have answered. Perhaps something will come to me in a dream …
- How many children born in the next five years will be named Simone? (Or Biles! Or Manuel!) What are the chances Simone will be the 2017 Baby Name of the Year?
- How many more PR pitches on cupping will hit my inbox before the Olympics comes to a close next weekend?
- Who paid Michael Phelps to have a cupping session before he hit the Olympic pool? He knew those circles would be there. He knew people would talk about it and Tweet about it. Who is Michael Phelps’ cupping sponsor?
- Which member of the Chinese swim team is smacking his/her head thinking, DAMMIT! Why didn’t I think of that?
- Why is there no gymnastics emoji? Or Olympic rings? Yet there is rugby and table tennis. How many times am I supposed to use the American flag or gold medal before the people I text grow tired of it?
- Why does it take FOREVER for the gymnastics judges to return a score, but milliseconds for them to reject an inquiry?
- Why does it take 30 minutes to walk to Olympic Park, which is 1.5 miles away, yet nearly an hour on the media bus?
- Why, until today, did I continue to take the bus?
- If allowed to tumble into it, could Simone Biles dunk a basketball? A volleyball? How good would she be at other Olympic sports? What would it take to convince her to try?
- Why is peanut butter an exotic food in Brazil?
- Why is the track venue, which houses the most popular events at the Olympics, an hour away from Olympic park?
- What happened to the Williams sisters?
- More entertaining: medal-worthy dives, or watching the men’s team from the Philippines?
- Is the water in the pool at the diving venue still green?
- Why, in 2016, IS THE OLYMPICS STILL TAPE-DELAYED in the States?
- How many countries is Michael Phelps beating in the all-time gold medal count? (He currently has 22.) When will he, in fact, become his own country?
- Am I having fun yet?
- What time is it?
- What day is it?
- Why am I still awake?