Monday, July 30, 2012

Synchronicity II

The first chapter in Jorge Castañeda's book Mañana Forever? concerns itself with the question, "Why do Mexicans suck at team sports?" (Short answer: Fuck you, that's why.)  So it's somewhat amusing to see that Mexico is becoming an absolute powerhouse in the world of synchronized diving - which, if not exactly a team sport (or a sport, but that's another argument), at least requires an enormous degree of teamwork, as you might expect from a competition with the word "synchronized" in its name.

After bringing home bronze in the women's 10-meter event in 2008, Mexico just scored its first medal(s?) of the 2012 games with a silver in the men's 10-meter.  Basically, when it comes to jumping off a 300-foot platform in a perfectly-coordinated fashion, you don't mess with Mex.

Look at 'em - they even hold their medals alike! Look at that form!



2 comments:

Mexfiles said...

You mean... like futbol, beisbol, ulamatzli...? Who takes Jorge Castañeda (besides the New York Times)seriously anyway?

pc said...

Also, one of his counterexamples is tennis. I checked when I read that, and I think the top ranked Mexican is like 330th or something like that.