In the words of the inimitable Harry Caray, HOLY COW! Did y'all see the nail-biter of the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay last night? It was AMAZING! For those that missed out, the U.S. men blasted the previous world record time and eked out a fingertip of a win over France, the gold medal favorites going into the race. The Superman award of the evening goes to Jason Lezak, the 32-year-old anchor who, despite hitting the water a half-second after then-world-record holder Alain Bernard, still wound up touching the wall first...by a mere 0.08 of a second. The victory means Michael Phelps still has the opportunity to beat Mark Spitz's record of seven swimming gold medals in one Olympics. And it means Lezak swam the fastest anchor leg ever - beating his own personal best by more than one second. And talk about an impressive field. The top five relay teams in the final - which included Australia, Italy and Sweden - all finished under the previous world record.
And to quote Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons, "Bonjourrrrrrrrr, yah cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys!" HA! I jest, of course. But there is a bit of poetic justice in beating a trash-talking French team that claimed victory days before the race. As former Olympian Gary Hall Jr. can confirm, it's probably not a good idea to badmouth your competitors before the big race. Back in 2000, the American announced his relay team would smash the Australian team "like guitars." He was forced to eat those words, however, when the Australian team took the gold - and then followed up their victory with a poolside round of air guitar.
So congratulations to Lezak, Phelps and fellow relay teammates Cullen Jones and Garrett Weber-Gale for their amazing win. The relay race will likely remain one of the stand-out moments of the 2008 Olympic Games. You can watch it here.
And just to show we don't harbor any grudge toward our French brethren, here is a low-cal, sugar-free French Toast recipe. Enjoy!