Shelly-Ann Fraser: Olympic Stud of the Day

Shellyannfraser_lI remember hearing once that some Olympians will go into a depression after the Games. Why? After finally achieving their goals, they can’t escape the overwhelming sense of what now? I wonder if viewers can experience that, too… I’ve spent so many hours watching swimming in the last week that when I go to turn off the air conditioner in the wall just above my bed in the morning, my right arm actually swings around to tap the off button as if I were finishing the 100M free. Though NBC did its best to keep the feel-good Phelps-story alive on Sunday (I’m convinced the network will now track down the kids who bullied him when he was younger), I was definitely feeling a bit of a letdown.

The equestrian team jumping event, aired in the afternoon, provided a few awe-inspiring moments — how high are those jumps and how awesome is it that Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa rides a horse named Rufus? But it was as though the evening broadcast wanted to break my spirit. Two of the favorites on the men’s floor, Romania’s hunky Marian Dragulescu and Brazil’s inconsolable Diego Hypolito, sat down. Alicia Sacramone finished fourth on the vault (cue uncomfortable scoring rant by Bela Karolyi). Alexander Artemev fell off the pommel horse and ended his fairytale. Shawn Johnson took silver on floor (okay, that’s not so bad), and China’s Cheng Fei left the mat in tears. Over at the Bird’s Nest, native Kenyan Bernard Lagat, now competing for the U.S., didn’t even make into the 1500M final, and China’s 110M hurdler/hero Liu Xiang had to withdrawal with an injury.

Luckily, I got a morale-boost from 21-year-old sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser (pictured), who led a Jamaican sweep in the 100M and celebrated accordingly. It looked like she passed out, but no, she just collapsed with her back on the track, put the flag over her face, and kicked her feet in the air. After so much  heartbreak, it was nice to see pure joy. (See also: China’s men’s badminton champ, Lin Dan, a.k.a. "Super Dan" to Bob Costas, who threw his racket and sneakers into the stands when he took gold.)

Now it’s your turn: Nominate your own Olympic Stud of the Day* — or second ours — below. (Then click here to check out our winning Studs from the previous days in Beijing.)

* Not just a man or woman who turns us on. (Necessarily.)

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  • jr

    Stud of the Day should remain Michael Phelps. ew.com was a little premature in it’s naming Phelps SOTD on the 16th. This shouldn’t negate the above’s accomplishment. Phelps is, however, @ this juncture, the greatest athlete.

  • AA

    My vote is for the Canadian Men’s 8 Rowing.

  • Gymbo

    Debbie Phelps

  • KG

    debbie phelps :D i loved the interview w/ michael phelps and his mom. especially the last part when she kissed him on the cheek. aww…

  • mehere

    Good choice of Shelly-Ann. Her joy was wonderful to see.
    Canadian men’s 8 – aye aye.
    XD

  • donner

    I loved seeing the BRACES shine bright on the big smile after Shelly-Ann won…and she was really fast! I think she coulda pulled away even further if she had farther to run…
    Loved the Phelps interview with his mom…how cool is it that she’s a principal? Can you imagine how neat it’d be if Michael attended an assembly at her school this year? Awesome!
    Alicia was robbed of a medal – the Chinese gymnast landed on her KNEES…you shouldn’t win a medal if you can’t land a vault, no matter how high the start value is…

  • x302

    Loved her smile, she was so happy!!!! That’s what the Olympics are all about-way to go.
    I have to say, that is one of my favorite moments of the games. I also liked to see the joy and pride in Debbie’s voice :)

  • Danica

    How about Ian Miller who, after 9 Olympics, finally has a medal.

  • Danica

    How about Ian Miller (Canada) who, after 9 Olympics, finally has a medal.

  • Christina

    I second the Ian Millar nod. At 61 in his 9th Olympics he’s finally got his first Olympic medal

  • AC

    The German (formerly Russian) gymnast Oksana Chusovitina who at 33(!!!) got the silver medal on vault. An amazing feat for anyone, but especially at that age in gymnastics.

  • RMG

    Rafael Nadal or the Williams sisters.

  • Celimene

    I’d like to co-nominate Fraser and Rafa Nadal. Unlike Roger “I don’t want to take pictures with the other athletes” Federer, Rafa stayed in the Olympic Village and really seemed to relish the experience of representing his country and meeting athletes from around the world. He’s a worthy world no.1. That said, I have to give some love to Shelly-Ann Fraser. She was adorable in interviews, and was clearly thrilled to have won the title. Her joy was palpable.

  • Tipper

    I loved watching Romania’s Constantina Tomescu-Dita win the gold in the Marathon! I think they named her the oldest medalist and she has a teenage son! Add to that all the negative energy the announcers kept throwing at her (“she’ll never keep it up.” “She’s really struggling.” etc) and I just loved that she proved them all wrong and triumphed! Yay Romania!

  • idigress

    Shelly-Ann was great! I was just talking about her with a friend of mine that missed the race!

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