London Olympics – Recap
Did you watch the spectacle? If not, here’s the weekend recap.
Both of Team USA’s basketball teams won gold over the weekend, and for the ladies, that makes five in a row! Jake Varner took gold in freestyle wrestling, Jordan Burroughs took gold in the 163 pound weight class for freestyle wrestling and Coleman Scott took bronze in freestyle wrestling in the 132 pound weight class. Allyson Felix, Sanya Richards Ross, Dee Dee Trotter and Francena McCrory took gold in the 4 x 400 meter relay and that was Allyson’s third gold for London because she was part of the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay team that took gold on Friday. David Boudia took gold in the men’s 10 meter platform diving and that was the first gold for the U.S. in that event since 1992. The men’s 4 x 400 meter relay gave it their best shot against Usain Bolt and company, but we came in second and took silver. The U.S. women’s volleyball team took silver against Brazil in a rematch from 2008. Brigitta Barret took silver in the high jump and Georgia Gould took bronze in women’s mountain bike and Paige McPherson took bronze in women’s welterweight division of taekwondo. That brings our total haul to 104 medals with 46 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze.
Twenty seven American athletes took home more than one medal. Michael Phelps took home six, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt all took five medals home. Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Aly Raisman, Dana Vollmer, Rebecca Soni, Nathan Adrian, Matt Grevers and Cullen Jones are all bringing three medals back. Serena Willams and Mike Bryan won two medals for tennis. Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney won two each for gymnastics. David Boudia, Elizabeth Biesel, Nick Thoman, Ricky Berens, Brendan Hansen and Jessica Hardy each took home two in the pool. Will Claye, Justin Gatlin, Sanya Richards Ross and Dee Dee Trotter each won two for track and field and cyclist Sarah Hammer also won two.
A total of 38 world records were broken over the course of the Games. Elena Lashmanova broke the world record for speed walking. She did the 20 kilometer walk in an hour, 25 minutes and two seconds, breaking the old record by six seconds. Who knew speed walking was even an Olympic sport?
The American women’s relay team set a new world record in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 40.82 seconds. That’s almost a whole second faster than the old world record that was set my Germany in 1985. The Jamaican men also broke the men’s 4 X 100 meter relay. They did it in 36.84 seconds.
Swimmer Missy Franklin set two world records in London. She set one in the 200 meter backstroke and another as part of the 4 x 100 meter medley relay team.
I had a lot of fun watching the Olympics. I thought they were exciting and emotional. Did you watch? What was your favorite moment?