Through the Prism

After passing through the prism, each refraction contains some pure essence of the light, but only an incomplete part. We will always experience some aspect of reality, of the Truth, but only from our perspectives as they are colored by who and where we are. Others will know a different color and none will see the whole, complete light. These are my musings from my particular refraction.


Oh, Yeah, One More Thing

If it's a choice between watching this and the race coverage this weekend, then you should definitely watch the Tour. But if you're feeling ambitious and want to do both, you have an excellent opportunity to learn about pre-Armstrong U.S. cycling before we get too far into the post-Armstong era. Long before Lance got on a bike, Greg LeMond became the first American cyclist able to compete with the best in Europe. And he, too, made an amazing recovery from a near-death event. Greg burst onto the scene as an excellent young rider and became the best in the world as the first American to win the Tour in 1986. The coverage then wasn't nearly what it is now, but we watched every little bit of update we could. Less than a year later, he took a shotgun strike in his chest in a hunting accident and nearly died. After a long, slow recovery, he was on the verge of giving up when he found his form just in time for the 1989 Tour. He traded the lead back and forth with Laurent Fignon and headed into the final stage down 50 seconds. Almost no one gave him a chance to win at that point, but the final stage was a time trial that year. Greg set a Tour record for time trial speed (that stood until last year) and beat Fignon by 58 seconds on the day. His 8 second victory is the closest ever in the Tour and the most dramatic finish ever. It was incredible to watch. He went on to win again in 1990 as well. You have a chance to see this and learn much more about the man this weekend, as OLN is rebroadcasting a number of times the one-hour "Fearless" special it made about LeMond:
Saturday, 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 p.m.
Monday, 10:00 p.m.
Sunday (7/23), 10:00 p.m.


At 7/01/2006 9:42 AM, Blogger Hadrian said...

Do we need to have an intervention? because I think you're becoming obsessed with the Tour de France. If it were a person you'd be stalking it.

At 7/01/2006 2:45 PM, Blogger Degolar said...

So you're saying my attempts at evangelism aren't working? You haven't signed up for a month of cable so you can watch it on OLN?

Sports fan is a shortening of fanatic, you know. There's a big business around vacation trips to France in July to ride some of the course and see some of the race. On some of the big mountain stages they estimate one million fans show up, camping out along the road for hours and even days for a chance to see the riders fly by for a few minutes. This happens every day for 3 weeks.

At 7/01/2006 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every year we debate getting cable for one month on some trial deal and then canceling. We'll be in your 12-step group.
Hmm, something for the definitive blog id - reads blogs on cable delivered internet; does not have cable tv.


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