Some Hot Trini Chow in allyuh pueffen!
Good news for Trinidad and Tobago’s Rio 2016 Olympic couch surfers this morning as rower Felice Chow became the country’s first competitor to advance from the group stage in Rio de Janeiro. Chow, 39, placed second in her heat in the Repechage event to snare a spot in tomorrow’s Women’s Single Sculls Quarterfinal round.
Mr Live Wire was reliably informed too that Hannifer Dick has not emailed the relevant authorities to have her daughter compete in Chow’s place. Okay, that was one to go. No mas. Miss you, Marisa!
So Chow won’t be denied the chance to continue her medal chase but she will have the odds stacked her nonetheless. The postponement of the Single Sculls Repechage from Sunday to Monday, due to bad weather, means the rower will have less than 24 hours recovery time before she faces competitors who lasted rowed 72 hours ago.
Row your boat all the same, Chow Chow. Trinidad and Tobago is behind you!
Sailor boy Andrew Lewis got his feet wet today too, which is actually a health hazard if scientific reports of Rio’s polluted waterways are to be believed.
Lewis is competing in the Laser Men’s event, which is a gruelling ordeal of 10 races in less than a week before the top 10 athletes progress to the final. He placed 42nd in his first race today and 34th in the second while the 48 qualified competitors already whittled themselves down to 46, after two athletes failed to finish.
If London 2012 was any guide, expect Lewis to only get better as the going gets tough. Four years ago, he improved his position in virtually ever race to move from 46th to 37th by the final standings.
But then the 26 year old Westmoorings sailor is made of hardy stuff. The Laser blazer once took his dinghy on a nearly 12 hour ride from Pigeon Point to Maracas with only the wind to propel him.
Personally, Mr Live Wire thinks there are easier ways to get a bake and shark.
In other water events today, United States swimming legend Michael Phelps won silver for having the second most discussed torso in Rio—Tonga’s answer to Mark Wahlberg dropped the mic on the opening ceremony—as he took to the pool with circular marks on his back and arms.
It looked as though Phelps either had a soucouyant for company. Or had a wild night out with DJ Lurbz!
The truth was not quite as exciting, as the most decorated Olympian of all time had enjoyed an ancient massage technique—believed to originate in Egypt or China—in which air inside a cup is heated before being place on the skin to create suction in that cupped area.
It is called “cupping.” And it is not to be confused with what former PNM Senator Hafeez Ali got up to in his home video, two months ago.
More sailor mas for Lewis tomorrow and another serving of Chow Chow while 20 year old Dylan Carter takes to the pool for his Olympic debut in the 100 metre freestyle.
Repping 868 people!