Record Breaking USA Performances
I am proud to be an American. The USA has gotten off to a ridiculously fast start to the 2012 Olympics and yesterday was a prime example of why. Between a dominating Basketball game, a stunning showing in the pool, and a heartwarming performance in gymnastics, the USA faithful found multiple ways to set Olympic records. It seemed as if every time I turned on the television and turned it to NBC all I saw was a different American standing on the top podium while they bent over and received the coveted gold medal as it was placed around their neck.
Even though the USA’s comical dominance in men’s basketball yesterday didn’t result in a medal…yet, it was still a big enough win to set multiple records in their respective event. From the opening tip anyone watching this game would have been able to see something special was about to go down. The New Dream Team set records for most points scored in a game (156), 3-pointers in a game (29), most points by an individual player (Carmelo Anthony, 37, in a remarkable 14 minutes), most team assists in a game (41), and the largest margin of victory ever (83). If you didn’t watch this game I hope you can find a platform that is showing it again because it was without question the most dominant display on the hardwood I have ever seen.
“You have to take a shot every 24 seconds,” USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “and the shots we took happened to be hit. Our guys just couldn’t miss tonight, I hope we saved some [3s] for the other games.” Coach K wasn’t the only one impressed with the team’s performance. Carmelo’s record-breaking performance even left himself in awe.
“It’s kinda hard to explain it,” Melo said of the dominant stretch he had. “If you haven’t done it, you won’t really understand what I’m talking about.”
Kevin Love said, “It was unbelievable. I was at a loss for words watching. Every time he shot the ball, I just went up, stood up, held the three fingers in the air. I knew it was in.”
With this momentum, the USA team should keep their focus and continue to strive for the ultimate goal of winning the gold. If they don’t win the gold then there is no more comparing them to the 1992 Dream Team.
In the water a familiar face finally took the reigns back as America’s greatest swimmer. After a disappointing start to the 2012 Olympics, Michael Phelps reminded us all why he is the greatest swimmer of all time. Coming into London, Phelps announced that this would be his final Olympics and that he was going to try his hardest to break the all-time medals record. Well, Phelps accomplished his goal and more. Yesterday, Phelps added to his record he set at the beginning of games and also etched his name in the record books once again by becoming the first ever male swimmer to win the gold in the same event in 3 consecutive Olympics (200-meter individual medley). This gold marked Phelps 16th Olympic gold (most ever) and 20th medal overall ever (most ever). This Olympics has been extremely emotional for Phelps.
“Once it’s all over, it’s going to really hit me emotionally,” he said. “I know for my mom it’s very emotional. I’m the last Phelps to come through. She’s watched my sisters go through the sport and retire.”
Phelps reemergence is coming at the expense of new American favorite, Ryan Lochte. In what Lochte considered “His Time,” Phelps has stolen the thunder back and has made everyone forget what the Florida Gator had accomplished thus far.
“I wanted to get all golds in my events, but you know it didn’t happen,” Lochte said. “I’m going to have to live with that and move on and learn from it. Try not to make the same mistakes in the next four years.”
Lochte might be disappointed in 2012 but once the Rio 2016 Olympics rolls around you can bet on Lochte being the favorite in every single event he takes part in. Phelps has one more race and I know I will be on the edge of my seat cheering for him to bring home gold number 17.
Not many 16 year-old’s can brag about lifetime accomplishments. Gabby Douglas, known to most as “The Flying Squirrel,” became the first ever African-American to win the women’s gymnastics all-around title Thursday night. The 16-year-old Douglas can now brag about a lifetime accomplishment. The 4′ 11″ Smith is a little ball of energy and just puts a smile on the faces of anyone that watches her perform. Between her smile and her energy, Douglas’ fame is not going to end here in London. She is going to go on and take the world over like no female gymnast ever has. I already foresee a spot for her on Dancing With the Stars and I can assure everyone that whatever late night show you watch she will be on it sometime in the next month.
Gabby won 2 Gold medals this Olympics and did it with not much in her favor. As a matter of fact, Douglas wasn’t even on pace to be on the Olympic squad when she was competing in national competitions in 2011.
“I don’t ever recall anybody this quickly rising from an average good gymnast to a fantastic one,” said national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, who gave Douglas her “Flying Squirrel” nickname.
Karolyi was amazed but Douglas was in shock. “I wanted to seize the moment,” Douglas said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. Team finals hasn’t sunk in yet. But it will.”
All in all, the USA had one of it’s best Olympic days ever yesterday and I was very proud to witness it. This is what the Olympics are all about, pride and determination. Congratulations to Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps and the Men’s Basketball team and good luck to all the athletes whose events are still to come. LET’S GO USA!!!