Peggy Shinn Blog - Catching Up

Aug. 12, 2008, 2:02 p.m. (ET)

Every morning, there’s a sense that I have to catch up — to see what I missed while I was sleeping.

This morning, my inbox has eight “Medal Alert” messages from News — the Mother Lode of medals coming in swimming and one in shooting.

In swimming, Michael Phelps and Peter Vanderkaay took hardware in the men’s 200meter freestyle; Natalie Coughlin, Margaret Hoelzer, Aaron Peirsol, and Matt Grevers in 100m backstroke, and Rebecca Soni in women’s 100m breaststroke. In men’s double trap shooting, Glenn Eller has won a gold. Cool!

I can’t help feeling happy for the home team.

Yesterday, a “Medal Alert” brought news that , whom I profiled for in July, won a bronze in women’s trap shooting. The youngest shooter in the final, she was in a four-way tie for third and had to compete in a shootout. Not on primetime coverage, there’s a good video on The live commentary, written below the video like subtitles, flows slightly ahead of the action, telling us who shots and misses before they actually do, but it’s fun to see non-mainstream sports in action.

And now men’s gymnastics. I remembered to record the action after I went to bed last night and am now catching up with it on TV. I could have watched the video, but the high-def version on a 46-inch screen doesn’t compete with video on a laptop monitor. The only downside is that the recording stopped immediately after Alexander Artemev’s outstanding performance on pommel horse. Without the Internet, I would have had no clue what his score was or how the team ended up.

So there went my morning. Yes, I should have watched men’s gymnastics tonight. But then I would miss something else — like men’s beach volleyball, diving, another installment of the Michael Phelps Show, and can Katie Hoff win a gold in women’s 200m IM tonight?

And then there’s women’s gymnastics, slated for 11 p.m. — the hour in which I turn into a pumpkin (or the Wicked Witch). Which means I’ll be here again on the couch tomorrow morning, trying to catch up.


Peggy Shinn  is a freelance contributor for This blog was not subject to the approval of the United States Olympic Committee or any National Governing Bodies.