Every four years countries around the world show their pride for their country at the Olympic games. I am proud to be an American not only because we are at the Rio Olympics, but also because we are dominating the Olympics. The United States currently holds 28 gold, 29 silver, and 28 bronze medals totaling an inspiring 85-medal standing. In second place there is, Great Britain with a total of 50 medals and China in third place with 51 medals. Just for clarification, China is in third not due to the total but due to rank of medals. Great Britain has more gold medals where China has more bronze.
If you have been keeping up with these games, or even not, you have heard about all types of amazing world records that have been broken. Just to mention a few we have 19-year old American Swimmer Katie Ledecky who set a new world record in both the Women’s 400m Freestyle and Women’s 800m Freestyle.
This picture captures the joy I have had this past week in representing the USA, as well as the emotions of completing an unforgettable four-year journey. Thank you to everyone for the support. I am honored to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team. Special thanks to my family, coach Bruce Gemmell, trainer Lee Sommers, my teammates and coaches over the years from NCAP (and Palisades and Stone Ridge), my friends, my teachers and classmates, everyone back home in Bethesda especially my Stone Ridge and Little Flower friends, and many more. I'm happy to be bringing home some medals and memories! (Photo: @gettyimages)
Also American Swimmer Lily King shattered the world record in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke. Chinese Weightlifter Wei Deng broke the record in the Women’s 63kg by a clear margin of 12kg from the previous record holder. Usain Bolt proudly defends his title as fastest man alive winning his third 100m gold medal with an extraordinary time of 9.8 seconds.
When talking about the Olympics one cannot forget to mention Michael Phelps. At these games alone Phelps has captured five gold medals and one silver medal. Announcing his retirement Phelps stated, “Where I am now is exactly how I want to finish.” Ending his Olympic career with a total of 28 medals (23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze), Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history.
On the other end of the spectrum not everyone can win in Rio. Russian diver Nadezhda Bazhina scored the first ever zero in the women’s 3-meter springboard preliminary round.
Another shocking loss was by Japanese pole-vaulter Hiroki Ogita. Ogita attempted to clear a height of 5.3 meters in the first round. As he began to drop back towards the group, his shin grazed the bar, but it was his penis that delivered the foul. This foul cost Ogita a place in the final.
This is #hirokiogita. Hiroki may be the only #japanese man to ever blame a large #pënis for something bad.... Or be able to claim having a large penis but that's another story. His member literally stopped him from making the #polevault finals at the #olympics. As sad as it is... I can't stop laughing. #penis #rio2016 #penisproblems
This year’s games have been action-packed and it’s not over. Make sure to tune into the Rio Olympics until the 21st.