Big Up Jamaica!

Do you have Olympic fever? I do! I’ve been glued to my TV all weekend. Wasn’t that women’s 100 meter race AMAZING?

In case you missed it, Jamaica just made Olympics history! Adorable, braces-wearing 21 year old Shelly-Ann Fraser won in just 10.78 seconds, and Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson tied for silver at 10.98 seconds. Jamaica swept the fastest track races — Usain Bolt proved his last name was no misnomer, and this Trini was damn proud to watch QRC boy Richard Thompson take the silver in the men’s 100 meters.

In this SF Gate article, Shelly Ann gave a great explanation: “The secret of the team’s success?” said Shelly-Ann Fraser, the newly crowned Olympic women’s 100-meter champion. “Reggae power.” That’s a power I believe in too. Big up to all Caribbean athletes, making your people proud both at home and abroad!

** edited at 8:05 p.m. — I just saw that former Trinidadian track and field superstar Ato Boldon is now NBC’s sprint analyst, and is co-hosting alongside Bob Costas. Good look, Ato! Caribbean athletes represent!

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  1. miss_eddy says:

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  2. Yes, I believe in reggae power too! And soca power and calypso power! It looks like the Caribbean region is gaining some well deserved visibility and it’s a beautiful sight to see!

  3. I am loving it. I am happy for Phelps but I am so tried of hearing about him. I’m going to put on some vintage Shaba for the occasion

  4. I am SO proud of all these brown girls that have been KILLING it in these races. I just finished watching the hurdlers and the 100M races. Brown girls were dominating! Really makes me feel good…and envious because their bodies are extremely well-built machines. LOL!

  5. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    Conrats to the Jamaican Olympians they are fast.Congrats to my home town hero Michael Phelps also.

  6. Big up the team from Jamrock. I knew they would do good. Bit what happened to Asafa Powell. I am looking forward to the relays now

  7. WARRIOR11209 says:

    I was glued to my television all weekend! Big ups to the Jamaican athletes.

  8. Upfulsistren says:

    Those sistahs blew me away! I was screaming my head off this weekend! BTW – I am new to the blog as of the 15th and I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

  9. Its exciting and make me feel good that the JA team doing well. Its pure excitement in Jamaica now.

  10. It really was great to see JA get much deserved recognition. Often the WI athletes are overlooked but they can’t overlook them now…heyyyyyy
    side question….What ever happened to Ato Boldon?

  11. Caribbean Girl says:

    Usain Bolt was amazing! 6 out of the 8 finalists were from the Caribbean – ’tis a good year. And, much love to the Jamaican 100m women – gold, silver, silver. My Jamaican husband and I (not Jamaican lol) have been having a great time. Bella – I agree with you – I can’t wait for the relays.

    @Product Junkie Diva – Ato Bolden is doing track commentary for NBC – quite good stuff – I appreciate the insight that he offers.

    On another note – well kinda – NBC coverage has been very disappointing. Coverage of “live” events more than 12 hours later is simply not good enough. How in heaven’s name could they not even cut to the 100m men’s event (one of the premier events of any Olympics) for the mere 9.69s that the race took. And, then they bascially ignore their own guy who won the bronze – perhaps because it was not gold… sigh!

    CMC is providing a feed, but I can’t get it where I am. However, we have found a French channel providing marvellous coverage – they introduce everyone in the event and while they do wax poetically about their country men (as they should) they mix it up, showing a bit of everything even if there are no French in it.

  12. i am proud of all the medals won by all black women especially the lone medal won by francoise mbango from cameroon.hooray to all the very proud of u all

  13. she did the long jump

  14. QRC! Way to go! Now if Jules would just organise himself.

  15. I heart aches for Asafa Powell. This is second Olympics and it’s the second time he came in 5th place. He seems like such a nice man too. I hope he doesn’t break apart over this.

  16. mochachoc says:

    We were absolutely in awe of the Jamaican team. Like Sally-Ann Fraser said “…plenty yam, banana and dumpling gwayne eat tonite”. We loved it and felt enormously proud.

  17. jazzymelanin says:

    kudos to the jamaican women, awesome race.
    usain bolt – not feeling him so much – stop the hotdogging and just run
    michael phelps – 17 races, 8 days, 8 golds, 7 WRs – greatest athlete of all time (sorry tiger and jordan)

  18. That was a great race! I loved seeing Shelly-Ann’s reaction especially when they played it in slow motion, her face was dripping with joy.

  19. swissmiss261 says:

    Jamaica MASH UP de track & field!!! Much love and Much pride for my country!!!!

  20. Queenodnile says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Caribbean Girl – the NBC coverage is so biased! It’s an international event. I can’t stand that jingoist Bob Costas. I wish I could get CMC in VA! My mom has me watching the two Ethiopians, Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar who I hope will win the 5000m. They did really well in the trials.

    So happy for all the Jamaicans and Trinis out representing!

    And I’m tired of hearing about gymnastics controversies.


    Kudos to the BLACK,GREEN and GOLD!!NUFF RESPECT!!

  22. Trinidad and Tobago men won Silver in Relay!!!!

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