Jason Lezak Made it Possible

That’s right, in case you haven’t been paying attention for the last month, Michael Phelps won like a bazillion medals and he would not have been able to set that record if not for the hard work of Orange County’s own Jason Lezak.

Wait. Who? Well I guess that’s the point really. Michael Phelps ended up on a cereal box and Jason flew back from the Olympics in coach. For fuck’s sake I don’t even fly coach and I’m a nobody. Come on people, he’s a champion, the least you could do is give the man some leg room! Anyway, for those who either don’t know or don’t care, he was the guy who swam the final leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay. He was behind and somehow managed to bring his team to victory by a mere 0.08 seconds. In other words he rocked it OC style!

The LA Times has a nice article about Irvine’s unsung hero and ok, so he hasn’t been totally neglected. He did appear on Oprah and he did get a new car as a gift and what was that other thing he did again? Oh yeah, he won a gold medal at the Olympics. He’s a year younger than me ya know? What have I done? He swam to victory while I, by comparison, sat on the couch eating Pinkberry watching him swim to victory. Hey, we all have our niche right?

I went looking for a royalty-free picture of Jason and had no luck. Actually I had a hard time finding any kind of photo that didn’t feature Michael Phelps’ gaping maw prominently obscuring Lezak’s head. Poor Jason, he gets no love from the mainstream press photographers. That’s okay, the OC Metroblog loves him and that means something doesn’t it?

Doesn’t it?


Is this thing on?

2 Comments so far

  1. Gina (oc_gina) on September 4th, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

    We totally love him! That performance was one for the ages, to be sure…

  2. Jon (oc_jon) on September 4th, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

    I agree. I’ll give him all the free press he wants! :) He should blog with us :)

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