Hehehe, I agree - the walking is a pretty stupid sport. It's like people who couldn't qualify in running made up a new event just so they could participate.
I didn't know who this "Paula Radcliff" was until I read CJ's post and went, "Ohhhh, the stupid whiney cow who didn't finish the race". I agree totally about her. Just because she wasn't winning, it's like she had a spack attack and decided not to bother. That's not what the Olympics is about at ALL and I wasn't sorry for her one little bit.
On the same note, I'm also unhappy about those relay runners who screwed up and then decided not to finish. Firstly, why not just finish the race for the sake of the sport and the spirit and yadda yadda? Secondly, whoever in the relay decides to stop is forcing that decision on all the other runners in their team. I mean, that's pretty selfish in my opinion. I saw on a couple of occasions various relay runners waiting and waiting for their partner to come in vain.
I only heard today about that Irish dickhead. Christ, I don't know where to start on him, but I share your sentiments on wishing he were run over.
While I'm on the downsides of this whole thing, I might as well mention the big hoo-ha we had over here in Australia about our rowing team bitching to the media straight away after one of our rowers stopped. Fair enough that they be disappointed, but they immediately ran to the media and bitched about her, someone they've no doubt been training intensively with for at least 4 years. Another unsportsman-like moment and I was ashamed it was the Australian team.
Other than things like that, I thought it was a great Olympics. I can't WAIT for Beijing (er, in a way... I really -can- wait).
I noticed there was no "Greatest Olympics Ever" in the IOC president's speech. Do you think he was just breaking with tradition since he's new and doesn't want to carry it on, or he really didn't think it was a good Olympics? Was that a tradition Antonio Samaranch started? I only heard about it this year so it's new to me.