WOW! These games sure have been sweet. I was traveling (South Carolina) during the Opening Day Ceremonies and first weekend of the Rio Olympics but I did try to watch as much as possible. Here are a few things that stood out to me so far:
- USA Gymnastics team is on a tear! The Final Five are expected to take gold but nobody expected them to do it so easily. Going into Monday, they had a 10-point lead. A 10-point lead in gymnastics is the equivalent to almost three touchdowns in football.
- Sad to see that Gabby Douglas dream dashed of defending her all-around title as she did not qualify. The 20-year old missed out by fellow teammate, Aly Raisman. Douglas took it like a champ though, saying that her and Raisman have a bond and nothing can take away from that. She also noted how hard Raisman had worked! I am a fan of Douglas and her faith.
- Katie Ledecky from Bethesda broke her own world record in the 400-freestyle! It was clear that she was in the zone and racing herself as she smashed the competition. Congratulations to her.
- History was made as this New Jersey girl, Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first female Olympian donning a hijab in Olympic play!
- US Women’s basketball is dominating at 2-0 after routing Spain 103-63. Keep it up!
- I usually reserve my comments to female sports for this site but, I have to say, I loved watching Michael Phelps take in his first gold of these games with the relay team. I was so moved by Phelps’ rookie teammate that was brought to tears during the national anthem. Phelps is a new man with the help of Baltimore’s own icon, Ray Lewis, as noted in this amazing article.
- Also on the men’s side, I liked this pair of US divers, David Boudia and Steele Johnson who gave all the glory to Jesus Christ after winning silver.
- US Women’s Volleyball and Soccer have also seen victories!
Good luck to all. Though this blog is focused solely on USA, I do mean that for all Olympians. Plus I hope they are ALL able to appreciate these moments as much as possible. Imagine working your entire life and pushing your body to the max day in and day out, for just a few moments of glory…that is what they do and this is why we love watching and rooting for them!