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Ledecky’s Astounding 800 Meters, Bolt Makes History, Phelps More Golds Than Most Countries, Biles Wins Again, Hope Solo Bad Loser

OLYMPICS

Katie Ledecky set a world record with her astounding win in the 800 meter freestyle. It was no surprise to anyone who’s been watching Ledecky, she would win in this event as it’s her strongest, but her margin of victory was purely breathtaking. The best description I’ve seen is from Washington Post reporter, Dave Sheinin who wrote,”The men’s 100-meter dash final Sunday in track and field will begin and end in the time she spent waiting.” The win gives Ledecky her fourth gold of the Olympics.

Usain BoltAnd speaking of the men’s 100 meter dash, the fastest man in the World, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt made history by winning his third straight Gold. No one has ever won three consecutive Golds in this event.

Michael PhelpsWith his 23rd Gold medal over the weekend in the 4×100 meter relay, Michael Phelps cements his legacy as the greatest Olympic athlete of all time. He has now won more Olympic medals than anyone from any other country and if Phelps was his own country, he’d be tied with South Africa in 38th place for most Golds.

Simone Biles won yet another Gold (her 3rd so far) with two difficult vaults. Biles has two more individual events left, the balance beam and floor exercises, so expect some more hardware before the week is over.

In women’s soccer, the US Team was considered favorites but fell to Sweden in the quarterfinals. Losses happen in the world of sports, but the always controversial US goalie Hope Solo, made the sting of the loss much worse by complaining her opponents were cowards by playing conservatively. Solo is rightfully getting vilified on social media for acting like a sore loser.

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Ledecky’s 3rd Gold, USA Men’s Basketball Tough Game, Green Water For Divers

OLYMPICS

Katie LedeckyKatie Ledecky strikes again. The US Team fell behind in the first three legs of the 4×200 relay and were trailing Australia by .89 seconds before Ledecky dove in and as the anchor, helped the team win Gold by 1.84 seconds. Australia took the Silver and Canada grabbed the Bronze.

After two one-sided blowout games against China and Venezuela, USA men’s basketball finally got a challenge Wednesday night against Australia. Trailing at halftime and then trailing again in the 4th quarter, the US Team fought hard and pulled out the win. With a game high 31 points, Carmelo Anthony became Team USA’s all-time leading scorer in Olympic history. USA 98, Australia 88.

green poolIf you’ve been watching the diving or water polo events, you’ve noticed the water is an odd shade of green. According to officials, some chemicals were missing but there was no risk to the athletes. Apparently they “found” these chemicals and the water will be back to blue going forward.

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Phelps Wins 20th, 21st Gold, Ledecky Takes Gold And Almost Throws Up, USA Gymnasts One For Ages, Norman’s Fox Gig

OLYMPICS

Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps won his 20th gold medal and bested South African Chad le Clos (whom he lost to in London four years ago and who now famously taunted him before a heat Monday for the 200 meter butterfly). Phelps stood on the podium, received his gold medal then went back in the pool and anchored his team’s 4×200 freestyle relay to win his 21st gold medal. Just to highlight how unbelievable Phelps is, no other Olympian athlete has won more than 9 golds in his/her career. Phelps has 3 more races to go in Rio so expect another medal, or two or three before the games are over.

Katie Ledecky won her second gold medal of the Olympics. Ledecky won the 200 meter freestyle Tuesday night and now has the 400 and 800 meter freestyle events to go. If she wins all three, she will match only one swimmer in history, Debbie Meyer, who captured these three events in the 1968 Olympics.  The 200 meter freestyle was Ledecky’s hardest event and even said, “I’m pretty sure it’s the closest I’ve come to throwing up in the middle of a race.”

No one doubted the U.S gymnastic team was among the best of all time, but they were flawless Tuesday night with an almost 8.3 point victory over 2nd place Russia. Individually, the fabulous five (Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian) won all 12 of their events to cruise away with an impressive Team Gold.

NFL

Washington Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman will contribute to the Fox network this season. Norman explained his decision to join the network as a way to “expand his career outside of football” during his downtime during the season. Redskins’ coach, Jay Gruden seemed to be in the dark about Norman’s new gig but Norman claimed it was no big deal.

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Teixeira & A-Rod Retiring, Ledecky Dominates, Phelphs Triumphant Return, Williams Sisters Fall

BASEBALL

Big retirement news in baseball. Yankees First baseman Mark Teixeira will retire at the end of season. At 36 years old, Teixeira has battled multiple injuries over the last few years. He’s also in the final year of his $180 million dollar contract so he should be able to enjoy his retirement in style.

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez also announced his retirement and said his last game will be August 12th. After that, he’ll consult for the team. A-Rod was the #1 pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 1993 draft. Seven years later he signed a 10 year $252 million dollar deal with the Texas Rangers (the largest deal ever in sports). In 2007, Rodriquez signed another record setting 10 year deal with the New York Yankees for $275 million. A-Rod’s legacy as one of baseball’s all-time home run leaders is only marred by his admission and suspension for performance enhancing drugs which kept him off the field for the 2014 season.

OLYMPICS

Katie LedeckyIn some highlights from the Olympics, swimming phenom Katie Ledecky dominated again by beating her own record (with no one even close) to grab the Gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky will be a freshman at Stanford this year. At 31 years old, Michael Phelps looked like his young self and helped bring the gold to his team in the men’s 4×100 relay. This is Phelps 19th Gold medal!

USA didn’t fare so well in tennis over the weekend. Powerhouse doubles partners, Serena and Venus Williams lost in the first round to a Czech team who had never won a match as doubles partners.  The Williams sisters had previously never LOST a match in the Olympics togethers.

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