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Geezer Cycles 2,400 Km To See Badminton

By Wyatt Earp | August 12, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the biggest (and oldest) loser on planet Earth.

And really, who would ride 2,400 miles to see badminton? I wouldn’t drive a car 2,400 miles to see Jessica Simpson naked. Okay, maybe if gas prices weren’t so high . . . Okay, I would probably crawl the distance over broken glass, but come on – it’s Jessica Simpson!

BEIJING (AFP) – A 97-year-old grandmother has traveled 2,400 kilometers (1,491 miles) by tricycle to watch the Chinese badminton team in action at the Beijing Olympics.

Xiao Xincui, affectionately known as old Xiao, sat in the back while her grandson Liu Xianghui provided the pedal power on their mammoth journey from Henan province in central China.

The epic trip took five weeks and they arrived to see women’s singles champion Zhang Ning play on Sunday.

“I’m very excited to be here,” said Xiao. (H/T – )

Dude, how could you be? It’s frakkin’ badminton!

Topics: Snarkasm | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Geezer Cycles 2,400 Km To See Badminton”

  1. DesertSage Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Maybe they were serving cheezy poofs at the match?


  2. USA_Admiral Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 5:50 am

    Why would the Press even define this as a story?

  3. GroovyVic Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Ha ha ha….hey, wait. I took badminton in college to fill that PE requirement.

    I’m no jock.

  4. Trixie Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 7:42 am

    And the IOC is thinking of eliminating softball as an Olympic sport on 2012.

  5. Kim Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Maybe she wanted to see a birdie?

  6. AJ Lynch Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Granny speaks English pretty good.

    BTW Someone should inform Obama he should have said “teach your kids to speak Chinese”.

    It is difficult to tell (for a high school kid) what the next handy foreign language will be. When I was in high school, some predicted Russian, now Obama says Spanish. Is he right? I doubt it.

  7. GroovyVic Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Granny wanted cock…..shuttlecock, that is.

  8. -->Doghouse --> Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    She sat in the back? Of a tricycle?

  9. RT Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Well, it is a little more interesting (but also insane) than the media’s continuous coverage of the beach volleyball player who lost her engagement/wedding band. (Why was it a story?)

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    DesertSage – Chinese Cheezy Poofs? I’ll pass.

    Admiral – Because they don’t have the stones to report on the torture, human rights violations, and fake anthem singers.

    GroovyVic – Badminton? Wow. The missus took BEGINNER swimming in college. She was on a swim team growing up and was a lifeguard for years! Easy “A.”

    Trixie – Unreal. I like softball.

    Kim – Heh, heh, heh.

    AJ – I took Spanish in high school and college. More useful than French.

    GroovyVic – Eww!

    Doghouse – Those Chinese tricycles are a thing of beauty!

    RT – The better story was the President touching one of the players posteriors. Nice!

  11. marvin Says:
    August 12th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Hey AJ,

    I only speak a few broken words of Russian, but it has helped me a ton. Of course I work in an area with a huge immigrant population of hot Russian tail.