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The Most Brutal Day in the History of Russian Sport?

Was Tuesday, July 31, 2012, the single most brutal day in the history of Russian sport? Who can say otherwise?

The day began with the USA not just defeating but crushing, in humiliating fashion, the Russian female gymnastics squad to win a team gold medal.  Gymnastics, of course, had long been the special province of the Russians, and a no-man’s land for the Americans. The world was reminded how very much times have changed, the USSR falling into the ash heap of history and the USA moving to spectacular glory.

The day ended when Michael Phelps of the USA anchored the gold-medal performance of the country’s 4×200 freestyle relay team.  In so doing, Phelps deposed Russian Larissa Latynina as the winningest athlete in the history of the Olympic games.

This left the USA with a whopping three times more total medals than Russia  (and five times more gold medals) one-third of the way into the competition.  And it all happened in London, one of Russia’s most bitter rivals.

How could it have been worse for Russia? We can’t think how.

14 responses to “The Most Brutal Day in the History of Russian Sport?

  1. oh sad day for Russia :/ i did feel bad for those poor tiny gymnast girls with all those ridiculous scrunchies and clips in their hair though…

  2. siber_troll ⋅
    shamans of republic of Tuva and Moscow promiced 38 russian medals of all sorts in Olympiade. they did not not specified amount of each kind of medal.

  3. siber_troll ⋅

    30 gold or 30 bronze medals? that is the question

  4. Bohdan ⋅

    Forget the gold for Russia. These medals are being cleaned out by the Chinese and Americans.

  5. Secondary Swedish Goalkeeper ⋅

    Russia is still 3rd in overall medal count. America has twice the population of Russia, and twice the medal count. Considering the economy, quality of life, sport academy conditions and financing in America is 5 times better than in Russia, Russia ain’t doing too badly.

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      Tjenare, andremålvakt!

      Det där kommer du att få rejält med skit för, pass på 🙂

    • Bohdan ⋅

      Secondary Swedish Goalkeeper, coming in third in a two horse race counts for “ZILCH,” dearie!

      Russia is a has been and will remain one as long as that KGB thug Putin remains in control.

      • Secondary Danish Goalkeeper ⋅

        Manfred – Jeg er ligeglad
        Bohdan – two horse race? i thought more than 150 nations were participating in the Olympics? LOL

        • Bohdan ⋅

          Secondary Danish Goalkeeper – I was figuratively speaking, your simple mind obviously missed that point.

          Never mind go back to sleep child, I will wake you up when the time arises!

          • Secondary Danish Goalkeeper ⋅

            Actually, I didn’t miss the point. The fact that you were figurateively speaking is evident even to the most oafish rube, captain obvious. It’s just I simply decided to troll you.

            You’re giving your intelligence a little bit too much credit.

            • Bohdan ⋅

              Well actually opposed to you, who has no intelligence, it certainly is.

              So like I said go back to sleep bird brain, I will wake you when the need arises. HA, ha and ha.

  6. “And it all happened in London, one of Russia’s most bitter rivals.” I honestly don’t know a single Brit who considers Russia a ‘bitter rival’ . Sure many dislike Putin , but they don’t hate everyday Russians.
    I only wished we were working together more closely against these scumbag terrorists who hit Moscow + London etc.

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