It doesn’t seem like the Olympic games are upon us … at least not to me. But apparently, the 2012 Summer Games are upon us! Of course, with our love for everything Ethiopian, we always root for the Ethiopian distance runners — particularly, the famed Haile Gebrselassie. But in the news today, I read that Gebrselassie may not qualify for the event this year.
At 39 years old, the distance-running legend finished fourth this Sunday in a qualifying race in Tokyo last weekend, meaning that his chance to qualify for the Ethiopian team is in jeopardy. As disappointing as that must be for him, and for his fans, I’m sure I speak for fans around the world when I say we will always consider him one of Ethiopia’s — and the world’s — greatest athletes! 2012 Olympics or not!