Olympics Summary

PHOTO: morguefile.com

PHOTO: morguefile.com

Team USA is still leading the medal count in Olympics 2016, with 26 gold, 20 silver, and 20 bronze. Second place is Great Britain with 14 gold, 16 silver and 7 bronze, and third is China with 14 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze.

33 of those medals come from that fantastic swimming team, with Micahel Phelps achieving history with 23 gold medals throughout his career. This year he achieved 5 gold and 1 silver. He says he’s r tnumber 23 is his last Olympic medal!

Simone Manuel also made history as the first black American woman to win a gold medal in an Olympic individual swimming event.

Gymnastics gave us 6 of those medals with the incomparable Simone Biles giving us no surprises, and just being her usual super-human self. She won another gold for vault Sunday! She inspired her competitors to bring out their big guns, but none could out-do her. 41 year-old Olympic veteran Oksana Chusovitina attempted a front handspring onto the vault with two front somersaults off, which is reportedly the most difficult vault in the world, but she fell and ended up in 7th place. She is the oldest gymnast to ever compete in the Olympics, so that’s a victory in and of itself.

Track & Field made history this week too, with Michelle Carter, another black woman, grabbing the US’s first gold medal in shot put! She threw that heavy-ass ball 20.63 meters, or 22 yards! That’s good enough for a first down, isn’t it? Oops, wrong sport.

The US women’s soccer team was eliminated by Sweden in a penalty kick-off. This has implications beyond Team USA’s standing because the team is currently battling for equal pay, arguing that they brought in more revenue than the men’s team laster year and that they play just as hard as they do. A loss in one of the biggest arena’s shouldn’t mean more than general disappointment; but it may unfairly affect their battle against inequality.  Let’s hope not.

We got four medals in fencing, including one from the first US woman to compete wearing a hijab! Ibtihaf Muhammad and her teammates took bronze, defeating the Italian team 45-30.

We’ve won gold in tennis, judo, rowing, shooting (the first of the year, get it Ginny Thrasher) and road cycling. We’ve also gotten silver in fencing (as well as bronze), diving, archery and track cycling.

Sunday continues with track &field events and beach volleyball. The rest of the week sees more track & field, marathon swimming, canoeing, equestrian, wrestling, cycling, synchronized swimming, boxing, volleyball, field hockey, sailing, water polo, diving, and some more gymnastics (Simone Biles now gets to show everyone up on the balance beam).

And that’s just Monday!

Some other news from the Olympics includes the suspension of Russia’s one remaining track & field competitor. Russia had many of its athletes banned due to uncovered systemic doping procedures. Darya Klishina, a long-jumper, is appealing the suspension.

People are watching Usain Bolt, who has not lost a race since the 2008 Olympics, to see if he can break any records or if he will be unseated by American Justin Gatlin!

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce was set to become the first woman to win three straight 100m races until her fellow countrywoman, Elaine Thompson stepped on the track. Thompson had the fastest qualifying time coming into the Olympics and easily took gold, with the US’s Tori Bowe grabbing silver and Pryce coming in for bronze.

And police are still investigating an incident earlier Sunday when Ryan Lochte and 3 other swimmers were held up at gunpoint and robbed. The team members are all okay.

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