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Thank God No Olympics In Ireland

In this summer that is not a summer – when we have floods, road closures, train derailments and mudslides, when we have a bad June and July and then the entire average rainfall of August drops from the sky in a single day, when August has passed the record for rain with half of the month still to go (and it doesn’t look like it will improve), when everyone is talking about little else and everyone from the postman to novelists are reciting mournful soliloquies on the subject, then I’m just grateful that Ireland is not hosting the Olympics and is unlikely to ever do so.

Imagine the embarrassment we would feel when marathons would have to be cancelled, when sailors would be blown to France in a gale, when hurdlers would slip on the soggy track or when javelin throwers would have to hunt for their spears in the fog. In fact, we’d probably have to come up with our own events, simply to make sure at least some of the games could continue. If there was indeed an Irish Olympics, here would be my suggestions for events that would not be cancelled due to bad weather (and we might even increase our chances for a medal):

Ireland’s Top Ten Rainy Olympics Events:

  1. Puddle Jumping
  2. Main Street Canoe Race
  3. Mud Wrestling
  4. Sand Bag Piling
  5. Rain Dancing
  6. Bucket Emptying
  7. Wet T-Shirt Contest
  8. Climbing the Walls
  9. Water Polo
  10. Ark Building

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6 Responses to “Thank God No Olympics In Ireland”

  1. August 18th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Tracey says:

    What? Wait…the Olympics are going on right now? You mean google isn’t adding those strange drawings to their log just for my own personal amusement…bleck call me horrible but I’d rather read read about leaping in the air any day than the Olympics. I don’t watch em, never have but I can guarantee you if Ireland ever starts your Olympics that you have listed there…I’ll be in the front row! haha

  2. August 18th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Jenny says:

    Sign me up for the puddle jumping, but I’ll pass on the wet t shirt contest!

  3. August 19th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Kitchen Goddess says:

    ’tis the same over here too. Roll on a late summer although I don’t hold out much hope ;)

  4. August 19th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Erik says:

    How about instead of medals you hand out scoops of ice cream? The gold medal, of course, would be a triple scoop. That might really give people a reason to compete!

  5. August 23rd, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Mark says:

    What great photos! Reminds me to get the Canon out this weekend for something other than work. Don’t complain too much about rain – I’d kill for some Irish weather right about now.

  6. October 4th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Fran says:

    Damm It………………………….. had to stop training the puddles dried up. (In October ????)

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