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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Here & Now Office Olympics

Robin may have a warm, buttery voice, but don't cross her on the pencil fencing field, as producer Kevin Sullivan learned this week. Thank goodness for that mesh letter tray protecting his face.Producer Lynn Menegon made Here & Now history in the cubicle-divider balance beam event. She won the gold, silver and bronze -- the rest of us were too intimidated and dropped out. Congrats Lynn!Underdog Alex Ashlock bested favorite Robin Young and our last minute entrant Karyn Miller-Medzon in the final three seconds of overtime in trashketball.Producer Alex Ashlock and Robin wind up in the pencil javelin competition.And the plunge!

The Here & Now spandex-free, no-athletes-allowed office Olympics is wrapping up week one. Robin’s in first, Lynn’s close behind and Kevin has been sidelined indefinitely. Meanwhile, Alex is on thin ice with the Office Olympic Doping Committee.

Coming up in week two: We’ll see if Hitesh Hathi’s office badminton prowess lives up to the hype, and stay tuned for some surprise entrants!

The medal count is:

  • Robin Young: 1 gold in pencil fencing, 1 gold in pencil javelin, 1 bronze in trashketball
  • Lynn Menegon: 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze — all in cubicle divider balance beam
  • Alex Ashlock: 1 gold in trashketball,* 1 silver in pencil javelin
  • Kevin Sullivan**: 1 silver in pencil fencing
  • Karyn Miller-Medzon: 1 silver in trashketball

*Alex Ashlock is being investigated for chocolate cake he may have eaten for breakfast before the trashketball game.

**Kevin Sullivan is taking a break from competition because of injuries sustained during the pencil-fencing match.

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