The Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended Sunday after seventeen days of intense competition between more than 10,900 athletes representing 206 nations. And what a display these Olympians gave!
I loved tuning into their stories and learning more about what brought them to this point. I wondered how they stayed out of their head and kept such pristine focus. I am amazed that they work their entire lives for a few, quick moments of sport.
The mind of a warrior. It’s almost perplexing. When they are in ‘the zone’ it is such a delicious thing to witness. I see God working through them and with them and for them. It’s amazing.
Here are some things that got me super-pumped (excerpted from this article by Team USA):
- USA topped the medal charts in every category for the seventh time in Olympic history (first time since 1948). They led with 121 medals, including 46 golds, 37 silvers and 38 bronzes.
- Team USA’s 121 medals are the most ever for a U.S. team in a non-boycotted Games, topping the previous high of 110 from Beijing in 2008.
- USA has ruled the medal chart for six straight Games, dating back to 1996.
- Overall, 213 American athletes contributed to the medal count, including 32 multiple medalists and 13 who won multiple gold medals. Of the 27 sports in which U.S. athletes competed, the U.S. brought home hardware in 20.
- Multi-medalists Simone Biles, Allyson Felix and Katie Ledecky were a joy to watch. For the second straight Olympics, US women set a record with 61 medals, exceeding its previous high of 58 from London in 2012.
- Highlighting the list of firsts by American women, Gwen Jorgensen and Helen Maroulis gave the US its first gold medals in triathlon and women’s wrestling.
- Kim Rhode (shooting) became the first woman from any nation to win a medal at six straight Olympic Games.
- Kayla Harrison (judo) and Claressa Shields (boxing) became the first Americans in their respective sports to successfully defend their Olympic titles.
- Allyson Felix (track) Kerri Walsh Jennings (beach volleyball) and Venus Williams (tennis) became the most decorated Olympic female athletes in their sport with seven, four and five medals apiece.
- USA picked up their 1,000th gold medal when the 400m medley relay team of Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Simone Manuel and Dana Vollmer punished their opponents.
- Simone Manuel made another mark of Olympic history by becoming the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold in swimming.
- 5,000m runner Abbey D’Agostino received the Rio 2016 Fair Play Award, along with fellow runner Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) after they collided and helped each other finish.
- Overall, the US collected 28 medals in team events, including three golds (basketball and water polo) and two bronzes (indoor volleyball- WOOHOO!) in traditional team sports.
- US women’s eight extended its gold-medal reign to 11 straight Olympic and world championship titles, winning its third straight Olympic gold medal in Rio.
- The US also continued its winning traditions in basketball and water polo. Led by tournament MVP Maggie Steffens, the US women’s water polo team became the first to successfully defend its Olympic title and the only nation to medal at each of the five Olympic Games since the sport debuted in 2000. The US women’s basketball team extended its Olympic women’s record to six straight Olympics titles and eight overall.
Wow. Go on girls! I just love watching you work.
Not to mention, two of my local Baltimore favorites, who I have always enjoyed watching, Michael Phelps and Carmelo Anthony. They repped well and I was so proud and happy for both of them in taking gold/s.
Thank you, Rio. But mostly, thank you to each and every Olympian~ for your commitment and love. For your dedication and perseverance. You are ALL, win or lose, glorious indeed. God gave us you so that we could watch in awe and be inspired. You definitely fulfilled that mission.