It’s that time again when people are on our TV’s pushing their bodies to the limit, desperate to do their country proud! The Olympics are official in full swing, almost coming to a close actually, and I thought, why not share with you the highlights, the lowlights and everything in between!
With a total of 24 World Records being broken and even more Olympic Records being broken over the past week and a half. It’s incredible to think that so many people can make history in such a short period of time! But I guess when more than 11,000 athletes have been preparing their whole life with it and specifically the past four years for these two weeks in Rio, incredible things are bound to happen!
And so, on the very first day the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics went to the South Korean Archery team winning, scoring a huge 1998 points a total of 60 appoints above second place – Russia.
The world was then shocked when the incredible, iconic Michael Phelps touched seconds along with TWO, yep TWO other swimmers - Chad le Clos from South Africa and Germany’s Laszlo Cseh. Therefore, this meant that for the first time in Swimming Olympic history! But this wasn’t the only thing that occurred around the Men’s 100-meter butterfly… Phelps also broke the internet with his ‘concentration’ face which caused ‘#PhelpsFace’ to take over the internet. I think by far the following photos were my favourite take on ‘#PhelpsFace’
Following Phelps iconic silver in the 100-meter butterfly, Phelps took a total of six medals home – five gold and one silver. Adding those to his previous Olympic medals gave him a total of 28 medals! With probably his final games ever he certainly left his mark in the history of the Olympics.
Not everything was exiting in the Swimming with the Australian Campbell sisters, Cate and Bronte missing out on medals in the 100-meter freestyle. Cate Campbell had the entire world expecting her to take out the gold, but a slight anticipation of the gun and then a rock back as the gun went off threw off her entire swim.
The American shooter, Kim Rhode, took home an impressive Bronze Medal in the individual skeet shooting. This made her the very first woman to take home six consecutive individual medals in the past six games.
Not all Olympians are in the Olympic history books for positive reasons, and Japanese Pole Vaulter Hiroki Ogita is going to be one of these people. These games he has become famous for his ‘man hood’ which knocked off the pole vault when he was trying to clear a height of 5.3.
Probably the most incredible part of the games was the sportsmanship that was shown between the American runner Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin. D’Agostino fell over during her 5,000m heat which resulted in a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, a strained medical collateral ligament and a meniscus tear… So basically she did some pretty serious damage to her leg! But, the moment when Hamblin decided to stop, help her up and help her finish the race was the moment that won everyone’s respect. Although they finished last and second last, they will be the most remembered people from Rio’s Olympic games!
These moments have only been a small snapshot of the 2016 Rio Olympic games, but they have certainly been an incredible couple of days. Every four years I find the Olympic and the Paralympics an incredible achievement for all and I enjoy watching it more than anything else (and my love for Gilmore girls is very hard to beat… I may or may not be watching it right now…)
What was your favourite moment from the 2016 games?