Christine at the opening ceremony.
Christine Sonali Merrill is a California born Sri Lankan who’s competing in the 400m hurdles at the 2012 Olympics. Round 1 of that is on August 5th. She’s especially notable because she’s hot, which has been getting attention online. You may also remember her from the cover of Hi! Magazine.
She only visits Sri Lanka for a few weeks a year, but she has citizenship (through her mother I think) and is proud to rep the country. So good for her. Hurdles is really hard, I hope she does well in the upcoming qualifier. And she’s an engineer. Super eligible. There’s a longer story about here here.
Christine in Hi!
Christine before the Olympics.
Hurdles is one of my favorite events, because there’s so much that can go wrong. So it’s mad tense. Check out this interactive from the NYTimes to see how precise the event is. This video of Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke is also ridic:
Via Andrew Sullivan, there’s been a study showing that over 85% of TV coverage was devoted to coverage of women’s sports in their skimpies though, to be fair, those are the best sports and people do compete in minimal clothes. I mean, the original Olympics were naked.
[N]early three-quarters of the women’s coverage was devoted to gymnastics, swimming, diving and beach volleyball. Notice anything they have in common? The researchers did. “It is now customary for the participants in all of these events … to wear the equivalent of a bathing suit,” they note in their analysis, which appears in the journal Electronic News.
Track and field, where the clothing is almost as minimal, made up another 13 percent of the women’s prime-time coverage. “The remaining sports represented—rowing, cycling, and fencing—are not, by traditional standards, ‘socially acceptable’ sports for women, and make up approximately 2 percent of coverage,” the researchers write. (psmag.com)
But, yeah. So Sri Lanka’s not doing so killer in the medal hunt, but we do have one of the hottest athletes. So there.