PRESENTS:




2003 Teams
Events
Awards
Photos
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The VGOC would like to congratulate all participants of this year's 2003 Video Game Olympics! The event was a smashing success! We had it all: Olympians at the top of their game, heated back and forth battles, blowouts, ultra close finishes, controversy, beer, steak, brats, pizza, wakeboarding, t-shirts, trophies, music, teams, and beer. What more could you want? Although there were many one sided outcomes, the VGOC is happy to report that most of the individual event finals came down to the last play, step, pass, turtle, kick, pitch, and volley. That's right. The Finals in 7 of our 11 events went down to the wire in white knuckled, nerve wracking fashion! It was one heck of an Olympics.



For those of you who were unable to attend, the two mystery events were Mrs. Pac-Man and Paper Boy. Unfortunately, the PS1 Paper Boy game was not compatible with PS2 hardware and was scratched from the official entry list (The VGOC did not test the game on the PS2 prior to the Olympics. Those responsible for such an egregious error have been punished.)




2003 Teams
Participants of the 2003 Olympics were grouped into teams based on their t-shirt choice. The teams were as follows:
 
Throw Controller:
Todd LeGare
Chris Enock
Wayne Nesbit
Owen Justice



 
wombat marx
Dave P
Sgt. Kickass
Victor Thompson



 
John Schneider
Jon Blaha
Dave Whiteman
Peter Henke



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Events


Mrs. Pac Man
Nascar Heat for Xbox
Dead or Alive 3
Sega Sports Tennis 2k2
PGA Tour '96
NHL Hitz 20-03
NBA 2k3
DDR Max
World Series Baseball 2k3
Mario Kart
Madden NFL 2004
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Friday's Competition:

Mrs. Pac Man
This was the first Official event of the 2003 Olympics. It took place on Friday night, shortly after the opening ceremonies. The game was played in the dining room under strict Olympic rules and had a large gallery. Almost everyone participated in this event and it was obvious from the get go that one Olympian was head and shoulders above the competition. Todd LeGare ran away with the award and earned his right to hoist the 2003 VGO Mrs. Pac-Man Champion Trophy far above his head. As his trophy was being presented, his song, "Red Red Wine" played in the background, bringing a tear to his eye and reminding him how far he had come just to make it to this year's Olympics. You see, Todd grew up in a small poor village, miles away from the prosperity and high paced lifestyle of the big city. Although most people in Todd's village couldn't afford a tv, this tight knit farming community banded together to get him his first system, The Atari 2600. It was from these humble beginnings that Todd was able to hone his skills and develop his young talent and become the force he is today. Congratulations Todd!

The Top 5 Mrs. Pac-Man finishers were:
1. Todd LeGare
2. John Schneider
3. Chris Enock
4. Dave Whiteman
5. Owen Justice
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NASCAR HEAT for the Xbox
The second event on the list was one of the most enjoyable. The format was simple: 3 races with all 12 participating Olympians. One of the hopefuls was a man known to everyone as simply Dave P. No one is sure where the "P" comes from, but if you ask Dave about it he'll simply smile and walk away. It could have been a nickname left over from his days on the mean streets of South Boston. Dave P learned at a very early age that in order to survive on the streets, he had to survive in the arcade. This was his only alternative to a life where most kids his age lived fast and died young, dumb, and drunk. Fortunately for Dave P, he became a local legend due to his extraordinary skill at racing games. He was so good that he was given the nickname "The Punisher" by kids at the arcade. This nickname stuck with him for a while, but once he became a national icon, he was known only as Dave P. Analysts have long speculated that the "P" stands for "Punisher" and is a carryover from his younger days and a reminder of his humble beginnings. Dave P has yet to confirm or deny those rumors and prefers not to talk about it during public appearances, press conferences, and interviews. We may never know. Would the Olympics be Dave P's proving grounds? Would he establish himself as the premiere driver to beat? The Olympians and the world were about to find out. The VGOC was able to link up 3 Xboxes and, using state of the art VGOC facilities, put all twelve Olympians in the same room racing at the same time. This was the first event that came down to the wire. The outcome was only decided by 6 points, which amounted to about 1% of the overall winner's score of 596. In the end, Todd LeGare was able to dig deep within himself and, grabbing some of that strength his village had instilled within him years before, emerge, just barely, as the 2003 VGO NASCAR HEAT Champion. Once again, the Olympic Award Presentation Area heard "Red Red Wine" as Todd cried and lifted his well deserved trophy far above his head. Congratulations again, Todd!

The Top 5 NASCAR HEAT finishers were:
1. Todd LeGare
2. Dave P
3. wombat marx
4. Dave Whiteman
5. Victor Thompson

NASCAR HEAT was the first event where controversy entered the equation. Jon Blaha, angry over something or other, restarted the second race near its conclusion. The VGOC has yet to levy a punishment, but the incident is still under review. The controversy did not end there. Victor Thompson, who was leading during the final race, was taken out on the last lap. He alleges that Todd LeGare, the eventual winner, took him out. Under the official rules of the NASCAR HEAT competition, the Olympians were allowed to do anything to win, including bumping to pass or taking someone out, so it is irrelevant whether Todd took Victor out. However, it is worth noting that Todd has denied any such allegations even though his car was exactly the same as the car that took out Victor's. The VGOC believes that Todd is guilty, but since this incident has no bearing on the overall outcome, has dropped the issue.

At the end of Day 1, the points were:

1. Todd LeGare: 20 2. John Schneider: 7 3. Dave P: 7 4. Dave Whiteman: 6 5. wombat marx: 5 6. Chris Enock: 5 7. Victor Thompson: 1 8. Owen Justice: 1
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Saturday's Competitions:

Dead or Alive 3
After a fairly exhausting wakeboarding session, Day 2 opened with the much anticipated fighting game event. Almost all of the spectators and many of the members of the Olympic village expected to see Chris Enock and wombat marx in the finals. However, wombat marx faltered in round robin play and picked up two losses, putting him a game behind both Chris Enock and a surprising Todd LeGare. At this point, most analysts figured this event would be a slam dunk for Chris Enock, but it turned out to be one of the most exciting finals of the Olympics. In the best of three final, both competitors took one victory each and it came down to the third and final match. It went the distance. Initially, Todd looked strong. Then Chris came storming back. It was back and forth, back and forth. Neither competitor looked to have the upper hand. It was combo after combo, reverse after reverse, and counter after counter. Pressure mounted. Both player's health bars continued to go lower and lower, until each character had only one pixel width of health left. This was it. Who would reign supreme? Both players attacked. Their legs swung towards each other. The gallery leaned in. The kicks appeared to connect at the same time. But NO! Someone had connected first! The sold out crowd gasped as Chris Enock's character slowly slumped to the ground in defeat as Todd LeGare's character began her victory celebration. Todd LeGare had just pulled off the most stunning upset of the Olympics!!! What a great finish! And a most unlikely outcome. Once again, we heard "Red Red Wine" while Todd cried and lifted his trophy far above his head. Congratulations yet again Todd!

 
The Top 5 Dead or Alive 3 finishers were:
1. Todd LeGare
2. Chris Enock
3. wombat marx
4. John Schneider
5. Dave P


Through 3 events, Todd LeGare had a commanding lead and looked as though he may run away with the overall title. However, how would he fare through the sports events? These events are unfamiliar territory for Todd and definitely where John Schneider shined. Could Todd hold his own through the difficult "mountain stages"? Only time will tell...

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Sega Sports Tennis 2k2
This was the event where we were supposed to see Peter Henke have his first legitimate shot at some hardware. Coming into the Olympics with a world ranking of 2, he didn't have a noticeable weakness and definitely had developed some serious tennis skill throughout his hard life. After toiling many summer days under the hot Minnesota sun doing backbreaking work in a posh St. Paul suburb, Peter made a pact to himself that he never forgot. He would always, no matter what the circumstance, no matter what the situation, find time for video games. Against all odds he worked toward this goal. Facing adversity time and time again, he was able to withstand setbacks and overcome hardships, just so he could follow his heart and pursue his dreams. Countless faceless critics said it couldn't be done, and yet Peter persevered. He was able to break through and join the ranks of the elite back in 1997 with a stunning Shootout 97 win over two promising young heavyweights, John Schneider and Sgt. Kickass. This forever established Peter Henke as a top tier cyberathlete. However, in the first round of the Tennis Competition, Peter drew Owen Justice. A formidable opponent, but most pundits figured Peter would come out on top. And, after Peter raced out to a 5-1 lead, things seemed to be in order. But then, the unthinkable happened for Peter. He started losing games. Owen was gaining momentum and Peter was powerless to do anything about it. In the end, Owen's comeback was complete. He beat Peter 7-6 (7-5) in the tiebreaker to come away with a big time upset. In other first round action, John Schneider breezed by wombat marx, Dave Whiteman turned away Victor Thompson, and Todd LeGare (name familiar?) pushed aside Dave P. In second round action, Todd LeGare felt the first pang of defeat, losing to Owen in a tiebreaker. Owen's tennis strength was too much for Todd, ensuring that Todd would not win his 4th consecutive event. John Schneider and Dave Whiteman faced off in the other second round match, and John Schneider came out on top. The third place game pitted Dave against Todd, the first of a couple of head to head matches for these fellows. Surprisingly, Dave's tennis skills proved to be too much for Todd, and Dave Whiteman emerged as the winner, earning himself a third place finish. In the title match, John Schneider quickly established a 3-0 lead, but Owen Justice dug in and fought back. The whole match became a battle of wits as Owen was able to tie things up at 6-6 and send the set to a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, John managed some early service breaks and cruised to a 7-6 (7-1) tiebreaker title victory. The Olympic Village was bumping as John emphatically hoisted the Tennis trophy far above his head while David Allen Coe's "Perfect Country and Western Song" played in the background.

 
The Top 5 Sega Sports Tennis 2k2 finishers were:
1. John Schneider
2. Owen Justice
3. Dave Whiteman
4. Todd LeGare
5. No consolation winner awarded
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PGA Tour '96
In the pre-Olympic festivities, John Schneider proclaimed "I go into the Olympics fully expecting to win [PGA Tour '96]. I will be very surprised if anyone is able to beat me in this event. I feel that it is my strongest event." Quite a statement from the #1 ranked player worldwide. Could he back it up? Well, growing up in a small Minnesota farming community where budgets were tight and jobs scarce, John Schneider spent his days walking beans in the scorching Minnesota sun. He did this under the strict supervision of a corporate land owner, simply so he could make enough money to afford essential day to day items like food and clothing. He toiled every day in that field without breaks or lunch, just so his younger brother could attend school. He vowed at an early age, "I'm getting out of here. I'm taking my skills and my brother to the big time!" And that he did. After bankrolling his brother early on during those tough Quake years, John beams with pride as he tells story after story about his brother's rise to stardom through the Counter Strike ranks. In an odd turn of events, Waxl (John's Brother) was not able to attend this year's Olympics due to a bizarre hand injury he sustained during an Olympic tune up event. So, he'll just have to wait until next year. The first PGA Tour '96 threesome was littered with heavyweights. John Schneider, Owen Justice, and Sgt. Kickass teed off sometime after 2 AM and sometime before 4 AM on Friday night/Saturday Morning. Early on, it was obvious that the distractions of the Olympic Village had a major influence on all three. Finding things to applaud about was not possible, except for one fairly surprising thing: All three of them were able to finish. If you stayed up and watched the footage, you know what I am talking about. John came in on top at +4, Sgt. Kickass was at +6, and Owen had a tough, tough night and came in at +20. Play was suspended until the following day when another threesome of heavyweights teed off. Todd LeGare, Dave P, and Dave Whiteman put on the most entertaining golf display all Olympics. Not phased in the least by all of the Olympic distractions, Todd finished at Even Par, Dave P came in at +3, and Dave Whiteman finished at +7. John Schneider was not able to back up his bold statement and the Olympic Village looked on as "Red Red Wine" played and Todd cried and held his trophy up high. Todd just made a serious statement. He beat John on John's turf and at John's strongest game. Was this the beginning of the end for John? Or had Todd put too much energy into the early events? Could Todd sustain his high skill level or would he run out of gas? We'll see...

  
The Top 5 PGA Tour '96 finishers were:
1. Todd LeGare
2. Dave P
3. John Schneider
4. Sgt. Kickass
5. Dave Whiteman
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NHL Hitz 20-03
This was Chris Enock's big event coming into the Olympics. Sure, he had some serious fighting talent and was one of the pre Olympic favorites, but he really felt like Hitz was his game to lose. You see, growing up near 151st street of upper Manhattan and working as hot dog vendor in Hell's Kitchen, Chris knew firsthand the hardship of being a New York Rangers fan. Just like his own life, the Rangers would lose year after year, putting the skyscrapers of prosperity further and further out of reach. Then, the unthinkable happened. In 1994, the Rangers beat all odds and won Lord Stanley's Cup for the first time in many, many years. It was then that Chris decided anything could happen. America was the land of opportunity! So he sold his only source of income, his hot dog stand, and went to Minnesota, the world's premiere video game hotbed, to take his shot at immortality. And now, Chris finds himself at the pinnacle of his career at the ultra exclusive Video Game Olympics, where the best of the best gather to determine every year, once and for all, the overall champion. After breezing past his first round Hitz opponent, Chris found himself head to head with Dave Whiteman, the #3 overall ranked Hitz contender. After jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead, it looked as though Chris would walk his way into the finals for a match up with one of the greatest, John Schneider. This would be the stage where Chris would showcase his talent and prove to everyone worldwide that he had arrived and that just like the Rangers back in 1994, he was the best and at the top of his game. But then, maybe Chris looked ahead. Maybe he had discounted the abilities of his opponent. Maybe the distractions of the Olympic Village got to him. Whatever the reason, we'll never know. What we do know is that Dave Whiteman staged one of the most dramatic comebacks in Olympic history. He battled all the way back and when the regulation horn sounded, the score was tied at 5-5. Chris was in for the fight of his life. After getting snubbed in the pre-Olympic rankings, Dave was trying to prove that he belonged in Top 5 conversations. In the end, Chris was powerless to stop the comeback and Dave stunned the sold out crowd with an impressive 6-5 overtime victory. Although Chris was devastated, he gathered himself and soundly defeated a reeling Jon Blaha and earned a third place finish. The focus shifted as the title game between John Schneider and Dave Whiteman was about to begin. Dave and Chris began talking a lot of trash because John came into the event with a Hitz ranking of #1 and Dave and Chris felt they had been slighted with their #3 and #2 rankings respectively. John thought it best to let his skill, not his mouth, do the talking and proceeded to crush Dave 16-5 in the title game that was not nearly as close as the score indicated. For the second time, John headed to the podium with a first place trophy in hand and "The Perfect Country and Western Song" playing in the background.

 
The Top 5 NHL Hitz 20-03 finishers were:
1. John Schneider
2. Dave Whiteman
3. Chris Enock
4. Jon Blaha
5. No consolation winner awarded
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NBA 2k3
Prior to the Olympics, Sgt. Kickass had dominated every single NBA 2k3 tune up tournament. Asked if he was peaking too early, Sgt. Kickass replied, "Everyone else sucks. I have no peers and I have no competition. Everyone else is playing for second." Born in Wisconsin and raised much of his life by goats, Sgt. Kickass was forced at an early age to be the primary wage earner for his family while living in the tough streets of St. James, Minnesota. While most kids his age were attending school and playing with friends, Sgt. Kickass was working day and night, doing his best just to get by and giving his younger sisters a fighting chance in the process. Sgt. Kickass's future looked bleak until one day, a very long time ago, he was able to bust on to the scene. Sgt. Kickass recounts the events, "I remember it well because I had just finished up my shift at Hardee's. I was on my way to my third job that night, scrubbing toilets at the St. James Rest Stop, when a chance encounter with a young lady changed my life forever. I was still in my Hardee's uniform and she invited me to a gathering where they were playing these things called 'video games.' I had always been curious about these things so I decided to go check it out. Even though my sisters were relying on the money I would earn at the rest stop, I figured I would simply and quickly drop by the party, check out the games, and leave. Little did I know how wrong I was. You see, they were playing the snes version of Mario Kart. I was fascinated by this game. I put my name in for a turn and when I finally got my chance, I won the race. As a matter of fact, I did not lose the entire night. There was a game representative there and I picked up my sponsorship right then and there and haven't lost since." While that isn't entirely accurate, the rest, as they say, is history. Sgt. Kickass trash talked his way into an NBA 2k3 finals meeting with John Schneider. Sgt. Kickass, riding Larry "The Legend" Bird the entire tournament, scored 75% of his 70 team points with Larry Legend, and won decisively 70-55. Sgt. Kickass ran to the podium with trophy in hand and led everyone in a rousing rendition of "Straight Outta Compton" as it blasted in the background.

The Top 5 NBA 2k3 finishers were:
1. Sgt. Kickass
2. John Schneider
3. Peter Henke
4. Dave Whiteman
5. No consolation winner awarded
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DDR MAX
With only two sports events left, the focus turned for a moment to DDR MAX, the dancing game that Victor Thompson felt was his best event. Forced at an early age to earn a living cleaning latrines and shining shoes for more privileged children at private schools, Victor vowed to one day leave his life of working for pennies forever. Maybe it was his quickness at avoiding the oncoming hallway rush of students. Maybe it was his speed at navigating around the bathroom while he cleaned and shined. Whatever the reason, Victor's foot speed and gracefulness were never in question. One day, he took his weekly earnings for a night on the town. He went down to the arcade and saw a big dancing machine. Although it would take all of his "extra" money for the month to play, Victor stepped up on the machine and put his money in. Within no time he was dancing away, breaking all records. A throng of people gathered around and began chanting his name. "Twinkle Toes Thompson" is what they called him in those early days. Never again did Victor have to clean another latrine or shine another shoe. He danced his way to stardom and right into the Olympics. After Victor's first DDR pass in the Olympics, he was leading the pack. Then, John Schneider and Todd LeGare bested his score. Needing a big time score to get back into the lead, Victor went all out, maybe a little bit too all out, and crashed and burned on a 7 footer, paving the way for a showdown between Todd and John. Todd finished up both of his passes and held on to a slim lead over John, who still had one pass to go. On John's final pass, who was the only competitor left with a chance to catch Todd, it came down to the final song. John choose "Rhythm and Police," a high tempo song that could possibly, just might provide him with enough points to win if he nailed it. Well, he very nearly nailed it and when he was done his final score was 154,590,000. Todd's score was right around there. The Olympic Village raced to the scoreboard. There, in lights, on the big Olympic scoreboard was Todd's best score: 154,530,000. John had won! He and Todd had an emotional embrace and John jumped up and down with his first place trophy as "The Perfect Country and Western Song" played in the background.

The Top 5 DDR MAX finishers were:
1. John Schneider
2. Todd LeGare
3. Victor Thompson
4. Dave Whiteman
5. wombat marx
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World Series Baseball 2k3
With Clark Marshall's Olympic invitation suspended pending drug charges (which he has since cleared), it looked as though Dave Whiteman would cruise to his first victory of the Olympics. He was matched up with John Schneider in the semi-finals, a worthy opponent, but one he had turned aside time and time before, and figured to do so again. Although Dave grew up in upscale Rosemount, his life was anything but silver spoon. At a very young age, his parents sold him into a life of service, where he was forced into a loveless marriage at the ripe old age of 13 for tax purposes. It looked as though Dave was going to sleepwalk his way through life, working weekends and without vacation for the rich family which he had been forced to serve so many years ago. Things looked bleak for Dave Whiteman. Then one day, his owners had a dinner party for some executives in the area. One of the executives had a game division within his company and had brought along a baseball video game with him for the children to play. As the children were laughing and playing, Dave received permission to go watch the game for 5 minutes. The children, wanting to play a cruel joke on Dave, invited him to play. Well, it was obvious from the get go that Dave had serious skills, which the executive noted. He purchased Dave's lifedebt, annulled his marriage, and decided to sponsor him. Now Dave travels the world showcasing his baseball skills and teaching many youngsters along the way. Unfortunately for Dave, history would not give him the storybook ending he was looking for as he lost his semifinal game with John Schneider 14-9 in embarrassing fashion. In the other semifinal game, Todd LeGare outpitched Sgt. Kickass and earned himself a trip to the finals. Once again, the finals pitted John versus Todd. John jumped out to a 1-0 lead and Todd answered back with a run of his own in the next half inning. With the score 1-1, John was unable to get anything going with Todd's overpowering pitching force. In the top of the 3rd, Todd took advantage of some pitches left up in the zone and powered ahead 2-1. John was able to answer back with a run of his own in the bottom half of the 4th inning. The score stayed at 2-2 until the bottom half of the final inning. John slapped out a couple of hits and had runners on 1st and 3rd with one out. Now we'll take you to Dave Whiteman who was calling the action. "The score is tied 2-2 with runners on the corners and one out. Here's the pitch from Todd. The runner goes! The pitch is a called strike and the throw to second is...in time! They got the runner at second! But hold on! The runner on third is heading home! I can't believe it! John Schneider sent both runners! And he successfully scores the winning run by stealing home! John wins and will take home the trophy tonight! That was a great finish!" John headed to the podium with trophy in hand and "The Perfect Country and Western Song" playing in the background.

The Top 5 World Series Baseball 2k3 finishers were:
1. John Schneider
2. Todd LeGare
3. Dave Whiteman
4. Sgt. Kickass
5. No consolation winner awarded
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Mario Kart
In one of the most anticipated events, wombat marx was looking to end Sgt. Kickass' legendary longtime dominance in Mario Kart. wombat marx, who had spent many of his younger years as a Mario Kart prodigy, finally was going to have the opportunity of facing his longtime idol. "To me, Sgt. Kickass is larger than life." wombat marx said. "I have spent most of my life honing my Mario Kart skills, trying to model my game after Sgt. Kickass'. He is the single biggest factor in my life. Because of Sgt. Kickass paving the way, I now lead a life of luxury, traveling from country to country, city to city, showcasing my skills, generating new fans, and earning money along the way. I couldn't have done it without the early efforts of our game's great pioneer, Sgt. Kickass. I owe him everything. And now I owe it to him, myself, my fans, and the world, to show them all that I am the new Mario Kart Champion. I am ready to face him, thank him, and defeat him." Life wasn't always so wonderful for wombat marx. Growing up poor and working for pennies in the hot and dry Texas heat, wombat marx drifted from town to town and rancher to rancher looking for work. Abandoned by his family at an early age, wombat marx was orphaned to the church where he was released into the world at the age of 12. It was during these church years where he developed an internal strength through religion. It was from this training that he was able to cultivate his deep sense of inner peace which guides him through his chaotic daily life. One day, on a rare day off, wombat marx was able to hop a bus to the nearest city where Sgt. Kickass' Mario Kart Circus happened to be on display. Although Sgt. Kickass wasn't actually there (at this point Sgt. Kickass had more than one touring MKC), wombat marx was nonetheless fascinated by what he saw. He was shocked and awed by Sgt. Kickass's domination of "The Parkway." He was thoroughly impressed with Sgt. Kickass's creation of and master of "The Rear Fire." After standing in line for two hours, wombat marx finally got his chance to try the game. After a rough first race, it quickly became obvious to everyone there that wombat marx had a gift and a lot of natural ability. Well, before he knew what happened, he was touring the world, making bushels and bushels of money, done with his former life as a poor cow herder. wombat marx came into the Olympics ranked #2 at Mario Kart (behind Sgt. Kickass), so he would have to get out of his heat in order to face Sgt. Kickass in the finals. The first heat featured Sgt. Kickass, Victor Thompson, Peter Henke and Jon Blaha (who had retired). The outcome was so close they had to go an extra race to determine who would represent Heat 1 in the finals. As the extra session proved, Henke and Blaha were simply overmatched and Sgt. Kickass and Victor headed to the finals. Heat 2 had its share of heavyweights in addition to wombat marx. wombat marx, John Schneider, Owen Justice, and Todd LeGare faced off in heat 2. Although Owen and Todd were doing extremely well at times, the experience of wombat marx and John were too much. In the end, wombat marx and Schneider advanced. And then came the Mario Kart finals. Here it was. The big meeting. Even though four people were competing, everyone was talking about Sgt. Kickass versus wombat marx and wombat marx versus Sgt. Kickass. Early on, through the first four races, Sgt. Kickass had a commanding lead. wombat marx was actually back in third! Was the pressure too much? The strain too great? wombat marx had started to implode a bit. Screaming and yelling, it looked like he had lost his composure, but he still managed to stay within striking distance through races 5-8. He calmed down and began to close the gap during races 9-12. With only 4 races to go, Sgt. Kickass commented that the scores were "too close for my liking." wombat marx won a couple of the last races but Sgt. Kickass "held serve" so to speak at "The Parkway" and was able hold off wombat marx's charge down the stretch. When the final points were tallied, Sgt. Kickass had defeated wombat marx by the surprisingly close margin of 3 points. It came down to the wire but Sgt. Kickass was able to defend his title as the "World's Greatest Mario Kart Champion." "Now there is no question." Sgt. Kickass stated, "I have unified the Mario Kart belts. No one can question my domination. I am the undisputed Mario Kart Champion of the World!" As soon as Sgt. Kickass was officially announced as the champion, he ran to the podium clutching his trophy while belting out the lyrics to "Straight Outta Compton" as it thumped in the background.

The Top 5 Mario Kart finishers were:
1. Sgt. Kickass
2. wombat marx
3. John Schneider
4. Victor Thompson
5. No consolation winner awarded
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Madden NFL 2004
In the last event of the Olympics, Owen Justice looked to pick up some points. "Although I don't think I can beat Peter, I'm fairly confident I'll waltz my way into the finals." Waltzing is something Mr. Justice isn't all that familiar with. Although he grew up in the lap of luxury in Chicago, his life was not all peaches and cream. "There were countless times I was called upon to clean up my own room" Owen admitted. "I'll be damned if I'm going to put up with that crap all of my life." So at the young and dumb age of 17, Owen quit school, left the penthouse, and moved to Minnesota where "with any luck, I'll never ever have to clean my room again." After unsuccessfully trying to earn a few sponsorships and bouncing around a bunch of high level amateur leagues, Owen finally hit pay dirt in late 1996 when he received a low end racing sponsorship. That relationship grew and established Owen as an international superstar, although he his still having difficulty proving himself here as a national star. "Hopefully, this Olympics will put me on the map in this country and in the same conversations with Henke, Sgt. Kickass, LeGare, and even the Schneider brothers. I think my overall finish this Olympics will speak for itself." In the first round he faced Todd LeGare and easily defeated him with a 28-0 victory, leaving Owen feeling good and confident about his second round match up with John Schneider. Unfortunately for Owen, his storybook ending did not happen because he was unable to withstand the distractions of the Olympics for the second time and had to retire. That left John to face Peter Henke for football supremacy. In the first half, Peter looked strong and ran out to a 14-0 lead. But John made some necessary halftime adjustments and came out strong in the 3rd quarter. After John cut the lead to 14-7, the score stayed that way until deep into the fourth quarter. At this point, John had the ball 70 yards from the endzone with 2 minutes to go. With all the precision of "The Drive," John was able to run the two minute drill to perfection and get a touchdown with 15 seconds left, cutting the score to 14-13. John opted for the extra point, but Peter was offsides on the attempt and John opted the second time to go for two. John did not convert leaving him one point behind. On the ensuing onsides kick attempt, John miraculously recovered the ball (no, there's no catch up in Madden), giving him one last chance to score. John, out of timeouts, somehow managed to get out of bounds and within field goal range with 3 seconds to go. Two delay of games later, however, John was out of field goal range and out of time as his final hail mary pass landed harmlessly on the ground. Peter won in dramatic fashion, saving himself a completely embarrassing Olympics, 14-13. He went to the podium, raised his hard earned trophy far above his head, and bounced in time to "Hippa to da Hoppa (and ya just don't stoppa)" by Old Dirty Bastard as it played in the background.

 
The Top 5 Madden NFL 2004 finishers were:
1. Peter Henke
2. John Schneider
3. Sgt. Kickass
4. Owen Justice
5. No consolation winner awarded
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Unfortunately, too many people were unable to withstand the distractions of the Olympics and the Bond event was scratched. There's always next time.





Awards

Sgt. Kickass and Peter Henke, beginning the long and difficult process of tuning up for 2004, continued to play long into the night after the Olympics had officially ended. Right around the very late, late time of 6 AM, they were presented with a surprise. Due to their overall Olympic performances, each of them had earned another trophy! Sgt. Kickass won the 2003 VGO Charles Bukowski Award for obvious reasons and Peter Henke won the 2003 VGO Porn Star award because he had the staying power of a porn star.

The Top 3 Olympic finishers were:
1. 2003 Video Game Olympics Grand Champion: John Schneider!
2. 2003 Video Game Olympics Runner Up: Todd LeGare!
3. 2003 Video Game Olympics Third Place: Sgt. Kickass!
 
Team Winners
1. Team We're Making a Racing Game:            13 (122) (6)
2. Team Throw Controller:                       7 (85) (4)
3. Team Dammit Dave You Just Hung Up On My Dad: 6 (73) (3)
 
The final Olympic rankings were:
1. John Schneider:   74 (automatic invitation to 2004 VGO -- top 3 overall finisher)
2. Todd LeGare:      57 (automatic invitation to 2004 VGO -- top 3 overall finisher)
3. Sgt. Kickass:        31 (automatic invitation to 2004 VGO -- top 3 overall finisher)
4. Dave Whiteman:    30 (automatic invitation to 2004 VGO -- team winner)
5. wombat marx:     18
6. Chris Enock:      17
7. Peter Henke:      15 (automatic invitation to 2004 VGO -- individual event winner)
7. Dave P:           15
9. Owen Justice:     11
10.Victor Thompson:   9
11.Jon Blaha:         3 (automatic invitation to 2004 VGO -- team winner)
12.Nezzie:            0

Team members from Team We're Making a Racing Game, please see me for your Official Team Trophy. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2003 Olympics. It was an outstanding experience and could not have been done with out you! Thank-you!!!


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