Darren Rovell today has a video interview with American gymnast Nastia Liukin, who unwittingly provides the definitive metaphor of what the modern Olympics have become.
As part of the report Rovell said, “Liukin told us that seeing her image on advertising before the games actually gave her confidence.”
(Nastia was inconsolable after learning of those pesky ATM transaction fees)
So her Visa ads boosted her up before her Olympics appearances? Sounds a little far-fetched, until you hear the same thing come out Liukin’s mouth: “I walked into the Olympic athlete village, seeing the Visa ATM machine with my picture on it and the Chinese character saying “destiny” … for some reason it just boosted my confidence.”
Liukin’s Olympic dream is inspired by an ATM machine? Perfect.
And this isn’t a case of me taking an obscure comment out of context (2,922 mentions of it at Google News!). That same ATM machine storyline has been covered by just about every media outlet, thanks to Liukin continuing to bring it up.
The whole thing is almost as ridiculous as if Nastia had her picture on a NASCAR entry whizzing around Talladega.
Oh, wait, she does.
Also, Liukin’s plans after her gymnastics career is over will shock you. She wants to get into “modeling and acting.”
(Nastia is ready to pounce on the myriad adult modeling opportunities sure to roll in!)
I know, I had my money on E! entertainment reporter, too.
Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket in Miami with yet another cool find:
Apparently a YouTube user recently claimed to have found a glitch in Tiger Woods’ EA Sports video game, which had Woods being able to hit the ball while standing on water. So in response, EA shot this cute reply with Woods walking on water.
Haven’t confirmed if EA concocted the whole idea out of thin air (and created a fake account to set up the spot), but it really doesn’t matter. Great idea.
Fun clip from an old SNL Olympics bit:
Much funnier: Dennis Miller looks like Gene Simmons after a hydroxycut bender.
On NBC’s “Today” show this morning, NBC’s Meredith Vieira read this promo: “We’ve seen them run and jump and swim and tumble, but what do the Olympic athletes do behind closed doors?”
It wasn’t made immediately clear what the segment was about. Perhaps Al Roker with an investigative report on the Albanians’ flossing habits. Now when I heard the read, this is immediately what popped. Into my head, that is:
Russian track & field athlete Yelena Isinbayeva.