Saturday, August 16, 2008
women's marathon, extremely emotional
Constantina Tomescu-Dita, they said you were a fool. They said you were too old to win a gold in the marathon, being all 38 and everything. When you pulled way in front of the rest of the pack around mile 15, they said you were blowing all your energy to early on. They kept reminding us about how you'd had to drop out of the 2004 lead because of heat stroke, and they wondered if it would happen again. They said your form was falling apart; by mile 19 they were saying your arms were swinging around and you were too tired to hold your lead.
When you ran up the ramp into the Olympic stadium more than 400 meters in front of the rest of the pack, shouted "I told you so!" at those dumb announcers so loudly that my neighbor turned their lights on. You, Constantina, made me cry the hardest today (even harder than I cried for Dara Torres). And everyone knows I cry about everything.