Women’s Wear Daily — Despite her retirement from modeling last year, Gisele Bündchen will help kick off the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hosted at Maracanã Stadium, the 35-year-old model will strut through the venue’s gateway during the opening ceremony as a part this year’s celebration.
I have to be honest with you, because I want our relationship to be based on trust. I hate this news.
And not just because I have very low tolerance for unretirements. I wrote too many Barstool blogs tooling on Brett Favre for his serial unretirements to change my opinion now. We’ve seen far too many athletes go out at or near the top, only to have second thoughts, come crawling back, embarrass themselves and damage their legacies. (See Michael Jordan with the Wizards.) Not to mention how many bands we’ve seen do a “farewell tour” only to lather, rinse and repeat a few years later when there’s another quick buck to be made. No, I believe you’ve got to make a clean break of it the way Gisele did last year and never look back.
But I not only don’t want her going to Rio, I don’t think anyone should. As I said Tuesday on Dale & Holley with Extra Thornton, I don’t want Nate Ebner there because this thing is going to be a fiasco. Between the Zika virus, massive levels of poop in the water, crime and political chaos, it’s a disaster in the making. And certainly not worth the risk of giving your babies birth defects just so people can win medals in ping pong.
All that said, I understand why Gisele is going. It’s because she is a patriot. A true daughter of Brazil who loves her country more than her retirement, her health and her safety. Because her nation needs her and she’s answering the call.
Gisele will be at Rio in the way Muhammad Ali went to Atlanta in 1996 despite the early stages of Parkinson’s. Because it was the right thing to do. Gisele is to Brazil what George Washington, the Wright Brothers, Babe Ruth, Elvis and Neil Armstrong combined are to us. She represents all that is good about her nation and makes her countrymen proud. They could no sooner have an Olympics Opening Ceremony without her signature “horse walk” runway move than we could have one without the American flag.
And for this selfless act, I applaud her. I just beg that she coat herself in bug spray, keep away from the ocean, and get right back to Brookline where she belongs.