The main feature today's blog post will be focused on the athletes and the rain. The weather has been perfect during the first couple of days until today. A lot of the sports were affected by the rain. The cyclists were forced to ride in the cold rain, which can really suck from my own personal experience. The rain and weather also affected the beach volleyball players especially with how extremely cold the sand temperature has been - 45 degrees. Brrrr! This would completely explain the attire that the players have been wearing the last couple of days. Thankfully, most of the venues take place indoors so it has not affected a lot of bigger events like gymnastics and swimming.
Here's some highlights from today's competition:
I give kudos to Dana Vollmer for setting a new World Record in the 100-meter butterfly event and earning a gold medal for the event. It is impressive achievement to accomplish. I hope she continues to this well during the rest of the Olympics. On the other hand, I am very bummed, but proud of the effort that the U.S. Mens' Relay team in the 4x100 meter relay even though pulled a Silver medal win instead of a Gold. I have been noticing an increased competition between Phelps and Lochte, which may hamper both of their performances during the rest of the Olympics. It is best to put that aside for the sake of the team and focus on performing well.
I watched this sport for the first time today. I found the action to be very exciting and similar to the action that I find n Ice Hockey - but in water. I am excited to watch the team compete on Tuesday against a more aggressive team, the Romanians.
I found that the American pair, Jen Kessy and April Ross, played very well today even though they did not have previous Olympic experience. I believe that they will do very well during the rest of the Olympic competition and reach the medal round.
I was completely shocked that the overall favorite, Spain, was eliminated from the rest of the Olympic competition after their 2nd loss to Honduras. Otherwise, I was impressed how well the US Women's team did in their 3-0 shutout over Columbia. They will be competing the Olympic semi-finals against North Korea.
This is all for today. I will be posting more tomorrow. Goodnight!