Olympics Day 14 in Photos! (and other things)
Olyvil has fallen apart a little bit these last few days. In 2008, I worked one job with normal hours. In 2012, I work 12 jobs and Celisse works ridiculous hours. So forgive us for our falling apart. I don’t want to know what 2016 blogging will look like.
We’ve missed a few days, so first to recap some things:
Misty May and Kerri Walsh won their third (and final as a team!) gold medal.
The US Women’s soccer team came out victorious against Japan in the gold medal match.
And someone made this cappuccino for Hope Solo.
Manteo Mitchell, who three days ago was having the time of his life:
BROKE HIS LEG WHILE RUNNING IN THE US MEN’S 4X400 RELAY HEAT.
AND FINISHED THE RACE.
Similarly, hometown heroes (Sugar Land, Texas, what what!) the Lopez family failed to medal. Diana lost her first match and the bronze medal match in women’s 57-kg tae kwon do. She later revealed she had a deep root meniscus tear.
Steven Lopez lost his only match with a bad ankle injury and broken right leg.
Three of the most adorable, lovely people alive Allyson Felix, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Carmelita Jeter won gold, silver and bronze respectively in the women’s 200m event.
Usain Bolt became the first man to defend his gold in both the 100m and 200m races.
Nicola Adams, Great Britain, became the first woman ever in Olympics history to win a boxing gold medal, in the flyweight 51-kg.
The Duchess was very pleased.
Robert Harting of Germany won the gold in discus, ripped his shirt off and then RAN HURDLES.
Felix Sanchez, Dominican Republic, won gold in the men’s 400m Hurdles (the oldest to ever do so!) and dedicated the win to his grandmother who died during the 2008 Olympics.
I don’t remember if I ever posted about Kirani James, but he’s kind of the best so we’ll post about him again. He won the first medal in Grenada’s history, a gold naturally, in the men’s 400m.
USA men’s basketball beat Argentina today. They’ll face Spain for the gold medal on Sunday.
Here’s some divers that will make it to the semifinals tomorrow.
Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won gold and bronze in the women’s 5000m final.
US women set a new world record in the 4×100 relay. Carmelita Jeter has never looked more fierce.
Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin and Gamze Bulut won gold and silver in the women’s 1500m, while the US’ Morgan Uceny fell down and failed to finish. Since they, you know, just run around in a circle for awhile, it made for this awkward photo.
Men’s pole vaulting was REALLY exciting, even though we only saw a combined 3 minutes of it, max.
The US were upset in the 4x400m relay coming in second in a race they haven’t lost in about 382432 years. NBC reminds us that there is no joy in the silver medal, but Oscar Pistorius crossing the finish line last is PHENOMENAL, which is really confusing on so many levels. We can be happy for Pistorius just making it in, but (verbatim) “there is no joy” in the US silver.
Obviously, Pistorius has really achieved something here, and he should definitely be proud. But I’m really tired of the “silver is nothing” attitude that the US announcers seem to have a lot of the time. I get it, it’s disappointing and we usually win this race. However, with the plethora of injuries leading into the event, it’s not surprising. Just let it be.
I’ll be gone all day tomorrow, so good luck athletes. Remember, just competing is exciting! Unless you’re American. Or Chinese. And when all else fails, just remember, David Beckham is there, just hanging out with his kids and some security dogs.