Monday, July 20, 2009

Shawn Johnson v. Nastia Liukin: Round 2

Anyone who watched any of NBC's blanket coverage of the 2008 Olympics in Bejing at least caught some of the battle between Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin for the women's gymnastics all-around. While Nastia eventually prevailed, the battle rages on today. Shawn Johnson is currently crushing Nastia in the battle for popularity. Johnson's popularity skyrocketed after she won the latest season of Dancing with the Stars. Recently, a new battle begun.

The battle I am referring to, is the battle for the best internet video. The first shot was fired by Johnson in an Ortega Taco add from 2008 that recently became popular on YouTube. The commercial is uncomfortable/hilarious for many reasons...but the one everyone remembers is Shawn's line: "I love Ortega taco sauce, it makes my taco pop!" You also get to hear the Hamm brothers talk, which is bizarre in itself...not to mention eating tacos in a gym...

This weekend, it became clear to me that Nastia was not to be outdone again (referring to her getting schooled by Johnson on the balance beam in Beijing.) She granted an interview to ESPN which turned into an almost Sacha Baron Cohen-esque interview. I will let the video (and your subsequent laughter) speak for itself.

Who wins this round? We will have to wait for the corrupt judges using a confusing system to issue their marks.

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