You pathetic piece of human excrement. I don't know how to post two links at once. Here's a pic of the two together. Major gay face for both of them. This story from Olympics is interesting. It seems like there's much more to the story than this. Jenny Thompson stepped on next, and took a giant step to the left. Torres shifted her shoulders in one direction. Thompson moved her hips in the other direction. Medals around their neck, the two American swimmers were supposed to be standing together in glory.
It looked, instead, as if they were standing together in a stalled elevator. The uncomfortable news for the U. The good news is that they didnx92t get into a shoving match during the Dutch national anthem. And you thought there was nasty chlorine in the pool x85 When Torres and Thompson touched the wall at the same time in the meter freestylex Torres has a famous exercise commercial.
Thompson posed for an infamously revealing photo. Torres, making a comeback at 33, joined Stanford and U. Coach Richard Quick last winter. Thompson, 27, had been with him nine years. Torres gets all the ink. Thompson, the most decorated U. Swimming the same events, vying for the same coachx92s attention, working in the same pool x85 Put it this way: Pretty soon they werenx92t working in the same pool.
The rivalry became so heated that Quick pulled Torres from the water and ordered her to work out at a different time and place. Even in a country with a meter pool in seemingly every neighborhood, Quick couldnx92t do anything about Thursday night. Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands, the eventual champion earning her second gold medal here, started the race in Lane 4 between the two Americans. But nothing separated them at the end. And everyone knew what that meant. As a still-dripping Torres walked out of the pool area, the first thing out of her mouth was the only thing on anybodyx92s mind.
Thompson walked up, stopped, and looked at her. Thompson kept looking at her. So Thompson spoke for a moment about finishing a nine-medal career without one individual goldx96x93It just wasnx92t in the cardsx94x96and then left. Every sports team, like every company or organization in just about every part of the world, has its feuds. What else can you do but laugh when those feuding parties swim the same length at the same time, then are rewarded for this vicious coincidence by being thrown together on the same three-foot space on worldwide television?
So the marvelously sculpted machines that have splashed through our consciousness for the last few weeks are humans like the rest of us. So maybe understanding this is not necessarily a bad thing. Then again, not everyone was laughing. Said Thompson tersely, x93We share a coach, we share a team, itx92s fitting that we share a medal stand.
Others say it was Beverly Hills-born Torres, returning to swimming after a seven-year absence, who caused the problems by demanding such attention. When dealing with athletes who compete in the same events, thatx92s not so unusual. Thompson took the microphone alone, spoke for 10 minutes, then left almost immediately after Torres joined her.
When asked to pose for a medal-winnersx92 hug at poolside with the other two top finishers, Thompson and Torres would not even put their arms around each other. It was cold enough to be the Winter Olympics. Quick said the chasm between the swimmers was even much more vast than it appeared. Jenny had just swum her last individual race with a goal she didnx92t accomplish.
Crack wise if you will about Thompson being swimmingx92s best designated hitter or field-goal kicker, how all seven of her gold medals have been in relays. But iron is iron. Cheer too, for Dara Torres, for the strength of anyone who squeezes into the old clothes and goes back to work. Just donx92t cheer for both of them in the same race unless you want water polo.