Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Olympics: Day 11 Rio

Already a silver medalist from the Team Finals, Oleg Verniaiev earned himself an individual gold in the parallel bars finals. US Alternate Team Member, Danell Leyva showed the Olympic committee that he was grateful as well as deserving of the opportunity to be a part of Team USA earning a silver medal. His routine was near flawless.

Men's Parallel Bar Finals

1. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 16.041
2. Danell Leyva, USA, 15.900
3. David Belyavskiy, Russian Federation, 15.783

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman completed their Rio Olympics by adding some major hardware to their growing collections. Biles walks away with 4 Golds and 1 Bronze, and Raisman with 1 Gold and 2 Silvers. This was most certainly a successful Olympics for US Women's Gymnastics!

Women's Floor Exercise Finals

1. Simone Biles, USA, 15.966
2. Aly Raisman, USA, 15.500
3. Amy Tinkler, Great Britain, 14.933

The 16 year old German, Fabian Hambuechen, who some said looked like a blond Harry Potter beat the flying Dutchman, Epke Zonderland, who won gold four years ago in London on the High Bar. Danell Leyva turned in another brave performance on the high bar earning himself another silver after just winning one earlier in the day.

Men's Horizontal Bar Finals

1. Fabian Hambuechen, Germany, 15.766
2. Danell Leyva, USA, 15.500
3. Nile Wilson, Great Britain, 15.466


Two members of Team US successfully finished in the first and second spots in the Men's Triple Jump defending their finishes from London, four years ago. Christian Taylor and Will Claye finished first and second respectively, both competed for the University of Florida. This marks the fourth time since 1984 that 2 members of the US Team have finished in the top two spots in this event, "To do this with my brother is a dream come true," Taylor said of his teammate. As for Will Claye, he proposed to girlfriend, US Hurdler, Queen Harrison.

Men's Triple Jump Finals

1. Christian Taylor, USA, 17.86
2. Will Claye, USA, 17.76
3. Bin Dong, China, 17.58

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