The London Olympics are more than halfway over and for many Olympians the dream of winning gold has become a reality. When all those years of work manifest itself in Olympic victory, the rush of emotions often can’t be controlled. Whether it is a fist pump, a yell, a hug, a back flip or tears of happiness it all means the same thing, they are winners and no one will ever be able to take that from them. So here is a look at some of the reactions to one of the happiest moments in these athletes’ lives. Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe that women’s gymnastics only has 5 days of actual competition. The drama, grace, beauty, and upsets seem to have spanned the whole of the London Olympics. There have been extreme lows: from Jordyn Wieber dissolving into tears when she missed the all-around cut, to Viktoria Komova’s tears when she had to settle for silver, to Gabby Douglas falling off the beam in her final Olympic event, to McKayla Maroney’s face on the stand after she fell and lost her chance at sure-fire gold medal. But there have also been the extreme highs: Gabby Douglas‘ beautiful smile accepting her second gold medal of the games, Beth Tweddle clenching the first-ever medal in women’s gymnastics for Great Britain, Aly Raisman’s parents watching her slip into the all-around competition, and then Aly’s face first on the next night when she finished her floor routine and everyone knew the US had just clinched the team gold medal and then when she clinched individual gold on the floor exercise. Continue reading →
Michael Phelps was 15 years old the last time he competed in an Olympic event and didn’t medal. That was in 2000, in Sydney. Today, Phelps squeaked in to the men’s 400IM final by only 7/100ths of a second, taking the eighth and final spot for the first medal event in men’s swimming at the London 2012 games. US swimmer Ryan Lochte took gold in the 400IM and Phelps finished in 4th, just out of reach of a medal. Continue reading →
UPDATE AUGUST 8, 2012: Check out photos from Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor’s record-breaking gold medal performance in London.
California seems to be the place to breed world champion beach volleyball players. Exhibit A: Kerri Lee Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. They first met in 2000 after Misty’s partnership with Holly McPeak ended in 5th place due to an abdominal injury on Misty’s part at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Kerri and Misty took the next two seasons to train and mold to each others’ strengths, experiencing as many games as they could. They went undefeated in the 2003 AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Tour and were recognized as “Team of the Year”. Continue reading →