Archive for August 9th, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: MISTY MAY AND KERRI WALSH BEST EVER PLAYED, DEMUS INCHED OUT, FELIX TRIUMPHS, MEN’S BASKETBALL STILL DOMINANT

OLYMPICS

It was the gold medal final of women’s beach volleyball.  This year, the United States was so dominate in this sport, that the final match was between the two U.S. teams.  That included the two time Olympic Gold medal winning team of Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings vs. the up-and-coming stars of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.  Regardless of the United States guaranteeing a gold for this event, the stands were still packed with fans hoping for an electric battle.  May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings didn’t play their best first set, but they still pulled it out.  Then, in the second set, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings had all the momentum, and they seized their third straight gold medal victory.  This team set out to be the best that ever played the sport, 12 years ago, and they’ve achieved that feat.  Amazing!

And in women’s 400m hurdles, Lashinda Demus was hoping to finally win gold after 8 years of trying.  These athletes train almost every day for years, all prepping for this one race that is over in just a minute.  Demus fell behind early, and needed to surge back at the end.  After the final hurdle, Demus gained on the leader Natalya Antyukh from Russia.  In the final 40 feet, Demus inched closer and closer and closer, but at the last second, Russia’s Natalya Antyukh thrust her waist forward to nab the gold medal.  Demus lost by a hair.  In the post-race interview, Demus said she will not quit until she wins gold — that we will definitely see her in the 2016 Olympics.  That’s pure determination.

After just barely missing gold in2008 in Beijing (by .19), Allyson Felix can now rest easy with her stunning win in the 200 meter final. The US Team is clearly much more dominant in London then they were four years ago.

And in men’s basketball, it was a quarterfinal match-up for the U.S. as they took on Australia.  This was yet another game dominated by the United States.  Kobe Bryant finished with 20 points, which is notable considering he hasn’t had the best Olympics thus far.  And LeBron had a fantastic night, as he recorded a triple-double.  The U.S. are simply having no problem with the competition out there, and you have to imagine that their play will only get more fierce as they approach the gold medal.  Next up for the U.S… Manu Ginobili and Argentina.  Russia will take on Spain in the other semifinal.  USA 119, Australia 86.

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