The first week of the Olympics is coming to an end. Today was another day where Team USA took center stage in many of the popular events. It was another exciting day on the Olympic podium.
I neglected to talk about this in yesterday's post. There was a huge controversy involving the 4 pair being disqualified after being charged with throwing their matches in order to gain a more favorable draw in the competition. It turns out that two of the 4 pairs were playing against each other and were under the same agenda. Personally, I do not see the appeal for doing this. It does not benefit anyone and may end up hurting everyone mentally and psychologically in the long run. The Olympics is known for some cheating, but this is taking it to the next level. It is best to play and represent your country well with honest sportsmanship and fairness.
Kayla Harrison won the first American gold in judo for Team USA. Harrison was ranked 4th in the world before the start of the Olympics. This is a magnificent feat that Harrison did. Congratulations, Kayla.
Just one day after Danell Leyva from the Men's team took home the Bronze medal, there was a GOLD-en moment on the Women's team. Gabby Douglas entered the proud group of elite gymnasts after bringing home the Gold medal for Team USA. Gabby has had an excellent attitude even before the Olympics. She was a delight to watch during the qualifications for the team. She definitely matches her persona with her nickname of the "Flying Squirrel" while she's on the uneven bars. I was happy to see her do very well during the All-Around competition.
Team USA brought in the hardware in the pool again today during the competition. First, Rebecca Soni set a new world record in the 200-meter breaststroke and brought home the Gold medal. This was followed by Tyler Clary bringing in the Gold medal while Ryan Lochte brought in the Bronze for the 200-meter backstroke. This was all topped off by Michael Phelps winning his 20th overall medal - a Gold - in the 200-meter IM with Ryan Lochte taking home the Silver medal.
There's really no surprise in today's match against Nigeria. The Dream Team completely ran all over their opponent 156-73. There's nothing else to say. Their next match is on Saturday against Lithuania.
That's all for tonight. There will be more coming tomorrow. Until then....