I've been caught up in summer for the last couple of weeks and have let the mailbag slip in that time. No excuses....but that's my excuse. However, as a result we have a nice batch of questions to attack this week so let's get to it.
Remember, if you want your question in there it's RCTmailbag at gmail dot com
Q: Are you an Olympics fan? If so, what events are you most looking forward to?
From John N.
A: I am a huge Olympics fan. In fact, if you could take them as a whole then the Olympics are my favorite sporting event around. For two weeks every two years I am glued to the TV (and recently, internet) and if I could pick a title to win personally in my wildest dreams it would be an Olympic gold medal by far. The events I'm most looking forward to are:
I don't know if it's my favorite of the Olympic sports, but it's always one of the most compelling competitions around. This year there obviously is the Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte duel, but we'll also get to see if Missy Franklin breaks out like everyone says she will, Rebecca Soni retakes her spot as the best breaststroker in the world, and how much the US will win the medley relay by.
2. Volleyball (indoor and beach)
The US men's indoor team are the defending gold medalists, but are currently only ranked 5th in the world with a bit of turnover from the 2008 games, including Lloy Ball, who was one of the best setters in the world. The women meanwhile are defending silver medalists and currently ranked 1st in the world. Hugh McCutcheon, who coached the men to gold in Beijing, is now the women's coach.
As for the beach, the men's team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser are back and among the gold medal favorites, and while Misty May and Kerri Walsh are back yet again they will have to turn back the clock a bit to grab a medal. The US has seemed to perform a bit above their station at the past couple of Olympics in beach volleyball though, so I wouldn't count either team out.
Neither U.S. team qualified, but if it is on watch it. Trust me. It's also easily the answer to "Olympic sport the U.S. would never lose at if our best athletes played"
The U.S. has just 4 golds all time in the sport, but Brady Ellison is a gold medal favorite and the U.S. men's team has an outside shot at gold as well.
I don't really like gymnastics to be honest with you. My thinking is if the entire way of determining who wins is by judging it's not a sport. But Jordyn Wieber has a chance to be the 3rd straight all around champion from the U.S. and that's pretty cool.
Q: I don't know if anyone has ever done this type of thing of RCT but hopefully this question will make sense. Its something I think about when ever I look at Paul Pettengill's website.