Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Thoughts 7/31/2012

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.  Is that not what we expect out of the Olympics?  That's what American gymnast Jordyn Wieber experienced the past couple of days.

After being shut out of the individual all-around competition despite having the fourth best score, with her teammates, she attained Olympic gold.  She was a big part of the gold medal-winning United States gymnastics team.  Being the consummate world class athlete she is, she put personal disappointment behind her to put in a solid performance for Team USA.

American swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, capturing his 19th medal after Team USA won the 800 meter freestyle relay that he anchored.  Phelps has a good chance to increase his medal count in the next few days.

Jo Willfred Tsonga and Milos Raonic put on quite a show in men's tennis, being a part of the longest match in Olympic history with Tsonga coming out on top 25-23 in the third set.  Unfortunately, Tsonga must take to the court again tomorrow.  History has not been kind to players coming off of a marathon match in their subsequent matches.  However, since this was only best of three as opposed to best of five that is played in the Grand Slam events, the total time on court is not unmanageable.

On a tennis side note, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are all still alive in the quest for the Golden Slam.  Read more on that here.

Here's looking forward to more drama tomorrow.  And in the days to come.

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