Posted tagged ‘US Olympic Team’

Tyson Gay Fails to Reach 100-Meters Final

August 16, 2008

Tyson Gay finished in fifth place in his semifinal heat, therefore not making the finals of the 100-meter dash.

From the New York Times:

Tyson Gay, the defending world champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, did not advance out of the semifinals of the 100 in the Olympics on Saturday night, finishing fifth in his heat, just 0.02 seconds behind his fellow American Darvis Patton.

That cost Gay a spot in one of the most anticipated Olympic finals of all time, now set up as a showdown between the Jamaicans Usain Bolt, who is the world-record holder, and Asafa Powell.

Unfortunately for Gay, he was injured trying to qualify for the 200-meter in the US Olympic trials and had not raced since. Although Gay said his hamstring felt fine coming into Beijing,  missing six weeks of training clearly was an issue in his performance. Thoughts?

US Basketball “Redeem Team” Defeats Greece 92-69

August 14, 2008

The “Redeem Team” is certainly redeeming the face of American basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The American players were excited to find out that Greece was in their pool and they backed up their talk with a 92-69 victory.

From the New York Times:

Kobe Bryant and Chris Bosh each scored 18 points to lead the United States, with Dwyane Wade adding 17 points, 6 steals and 5 assists. The United States made Greece look like just another overmatched opponent, hammering transition dunks seemingly at will and toying with them to the point where Jason Kidd attempted to throw an alley-oop off the backboard mid-way through the third quarter.

The performance rekindled memories of some of the dominant American Olympic teams of yesteryear. While the Greeks and other countries caught up to the United States in the past decade through better Olympic systems and more cohesive teams, this victory reminded the world that superior talent and athleticism can disrupt the best organizations.

Since the Athens games, the American basketball team has gone 20-1. The lone loss came to Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship and forced the United States to settle for a bronze in that tournament.

There will still be a few tough challenges left for the Americans but they appear, at this moment, to be well on their way to winning gold in Beijing. Now let’s just hope they don’t get caught making any obscene team photos.

Michael Phelps Wins Fourth Gold Medal

August 13, 2008

He’s done it again. Michael Phelps is four for four in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Phelps captured his fourth consecutive gold medal with a world-record victory in the 200-meter butterfly in just 1 minute 52.03 seconds. Phelps will go for his fifth straight gold medal when he swims again later tonight in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

From the New York Times:

It was the fourth gold medal of the Games for Phelps, who is trying to break Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals in one Olympics, which Spitz set in 1972.

In the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday, he left he field far behind and crushed his own year-old world record to win his third gold medal. Sixteen months after becoming the first swimmer to crack the 1:44 barrier in the event, he was the first to go under 1:43. Phelps finished in 1 minute 42.96 seconds, nine-tenths a second better than his previous best. His second gold medal came in the 400-meter freestyle relay, thanks largely to an incredible anchor-leg performance by his teammate Jason Lezak.

Beach Volleyball Stars Walsh and May-Treanor Ponder Parenthood After Olympics

August 13, 2008

Looks like after the Olympics, we won’t be seeing Kerri Walsh or Misty May-Treanor playing much beach volleyball. According to the Associated Press, Walsh and May-Treanor will settle down and start families of their own sometime after the end of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

From the article:

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are planning to go from barefoot to pregnant.

The beach volleyball teammates intend to take some time off after the Olympics and start families with their husbands, a move they’ve delayed so they can compete in Beijing and go for their second straight gold medal.

“Misty and I absolutely want to win a gold medal and then start a family,” Walsh said Tuesday after the Athens Olympic champions improved to 2-0 in the Beijing opening round with a straight sets victory over Cuba. “I have so much love to give, and I just want to share it.”

As partners on the professional beach volleyball tour, Walsh and May-Treanor spend a lot of time together during the season, a sisterhood that gives them a sense of kinship but doesn’t quite satisfy all of their familial yearnings.

They’re like family. But they’re not really family.

“I’ve been ready forever,” Walsh said. “I thought I’d have like three babies by now.”
It will be interesting to see how this works out for each of the superstars. Having kids, and taking time off from playing to raise them, could create an opening in 2009 for new dominant players to emerge. But it could also leave Walsh looking for a new playing partner because she has stated that she wants to bring her kids on the tour with her, whereas May-Treanor does not.
Either way, I’m willing to bet that their kids are great athletes, whether in beach volleyball or another sport. Walsh is married to fellow beach volleyball player Casey Jennings and May-Treanor is married to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor. Thoughts?

Natalie Coughlin Wins 100 Meter Backstroke

August 12, 2008

The American gold rush in swimming continued this evening as Natalie Coughlin successfully defended her title. Coughlin is the first woman to ever defend her title in the event.

From the Associated Press:

Coughlin finished in 58.96 seconds, briefly going under world-record pace at the 50.

World record-holder Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe earned the silver in 59.19. American Margaret Hoelzer took the bronze in 59.34. Six of the eight finalists swam under 1 minute.

Coughlin earned her second medal of the Beijing Games, having won a silver in the 400 freestyle relay. Coventry was the silver medalist in the 400 individual medley.

Now if only Michael Phelps can win his eight gold medals! Thoughts?

Michael Phelps Wins Second Gold Medal in a Photo Finish

August 11, 2008

Unbelievable! That is all I have to say about this one! And it wasn’t even Michael Phelps who pulled off the win for the US Olympic Team in this relay race!

Jason Lezak, swimming the anchor leg of the United States’ 4×100-meter freestyle relay, trailed the leader, Alain Bernard of France by half a second. On top of that, Bernard is the the world-record holder in the 100 freestyle. Trailing Bernard by half a body length with just 25 meters left in the race, Lezak put his head down and made his final push to win the race for the Americans.

From the New York Times:

It was a photo finish. When the water settled, the giant video scoreboard showed that Lezak had outtouched Bernard by 0.08 of a second. Phelps’s pursuit of Mark Spitz’ record of seven swimming gold medals in one Olympics remained alive with a little help from his mates. Lezak’s split, 46.06 seconds, was the fastest 100 split ever, 0.73 faster than the previous mark.

After Lezak touched, Phelps, who swam the first leg, raised his arms and let out a primal scream. Garrett Weber-Gale, who swam the second, came up from behind him and swallowed him in a hug.

Two down, lots to go! It should be an exciting Olympics for Phelps. Anybody think he can break the record? Thoughts?

Michael Phelps Wins First Gold at 2008 Olympics

August 10, 2008

The Associated Press reports that Michael Phelps set a world record to win his first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics. Phelps beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley with a world record time of 4 minutes, 3.84 seconds.

Should be the first of many to come in Beijing.