Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Olympics: Day 2 Rio

Today was all about breaking records. Adam Peaty of Great Britain did something that hasn't been done in his sport at the Olympics since 1988 in Seoul; he won a Gold! Yesterday, Sarah Sjostrom from Sweden broke Olympic and World Records in the Women's 100m Butterfly, and then she jumped back into the pool today and did the same thing.

How beautiful was it to see Dana Vollmer come back after becoming a mom and win a Bronze medal in the event she won Gold in 4 years ago? It made me smile to watch Cody Miller celebrate after winning Bronze. You would think that he won a Gold!

Katie Ledecky made me smile as she shattered the World Record during the 400m Freestyle. She finished more than five seconds ahead of the second place finisher. I am predicting that Katie is going to have a successful Olympics. She is such a threat in so many distances and disciplines. I appreciate her confidence. Leah Smith brought the US Swim Team their third Bronze of the night.

And make it 19 Golds for Phelps, 23 medals overall. The USA brought the Gold in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay back to US soil as Phelps exclaimed to press after the win. Phelps swan the second leg and Adrian swan the anchor leg as the veterans along with two newcomers brought it home for the US Team.

Women's 100m Butterfly
1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 55.48 World Record, Olympic Record
2. Penny Oleksiak, Canada, 56.46
3. Dana Vollmer, USA, 56.63

Men's 100m Breaststroke
1. Adam Peaty, Great Britain, 57.13 World Record, Olympic Record
2. Cameron Van Der Burgh, South Africa, 58.69
3. Cody Miller, USA, 58.87

Women's 400m Freestyle
1. Kathleen (Katie) Ledecky, USA, 3.56.46, World Record, Olympic Record
2. Carline Jazz, Great Britain, 4.01.23
3. Leah Smith, USA, 4.01.92

Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay
1. USA, 3.09.92 (Team USA: Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held, Nathan Adrian)
2. France, 3.10.53
3. Australia, 3.11.37


In Women's Gymnastics, the question has become, what can't the American Team do? What apparatus can they not dominate in?

Team Qualifying:

1. USA 185.238
2. China 175.279
3. Russian Federation 174.620
4. Great Britain 174.064
5. Brazil 174.054
6. Germany 173.263
7. Netherlands 171.929
8. Italy 169.396

All Arounds Individual:
1. Simone Biles 62.366
2. Alexandra Raisman 60.607
3. Gabrielle Douglas 60.131
(only top two from each county can go, so unfair since they were so much better than everyone else competing)

1. Simone Biles 16.050

Uneven Bars:
1. Madison Kocian 15.866
3. Gabrielle Douglas 15.766

Balance Beam:
1. Simone Biles 15.633
2. Lauren Hernandez 15.366

Floor Exercise:
1. Simone Biles 15.733
2. Alexandra Raisman 15.275

I cannot wait to see how this Women's Competition unfolds!

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