Wow! What a day Thursday turned out to be in London. World’s Greatest Athlete Ashton Eaton. Usain Bolt does the Double in impressive Fashion. Bob Costas wears spectacles in Prime Time. Hard to pick a top moment, but I’d have to give it to the Gold Medal Celebration of the US Women’s Water Polo Team. Everybody jumped in the pool, from coaches to trainers to reserves. Everybody. Then they all started splashing. It was fantastic and fun and those hard-working athletes like Brenda Villa finally got their gold. Good work, ladies.
And wonderful call by Doc Emrick to underscore the moment.
But 80,000 people at Wembley to watch the women’s soccer final was spine-chilling. Great win by the US women. Another fanstastic moment for women’s sports all over the world, courtesy of women’s soccer.
I can’t think of another athlete I admire more than Abby Wambach.
Except maybe Joan Benoit Samuelson and Lisa Leslie , both featured in the tearjerking Nike ad that followed the US women’s victory. YouTube it if you missed it.
I don’t think US Soccer coach Pia Sundhage will be the next pick for Dancing with the Stars.
Great sister stories at the Olympics: The Swimming Anderson Sisters– one medals in the open water swim and one medaled in the pool in the 4 x 200 relay. And the water-polo playing Steffens Sisters– Maggie and Jessica– both bringing home golds.
As Julie predicted, the British government “disappeared” the geese in Hyde Park before the swim.
Best Interview Response of the Games: When asked why she picked boxing, Gold medalist 17 year- old Claressa Shields from Flint, Michigan responded, “I like beating people up.”
Is there a place for Rhythmic Gymnastics? Of course. It’s called Cirque de Soleil.
I was wrong. Ryan Seacrest is terrible. Please don’t talk about sports, Ryan.
Woo-hoo! Indoor volleyball in primetime. No bikins, just killer athletes.
Was there ever a guttier story than Manteo Mitchell finishing his leadoff of the 4 x 400 relay on a broken leg? In 46 flat? Sure, other athletes have crawled across the finish line, but this guy ran through a broken leg! Awesome.
Equally gutty: American 400 meter runner Bryshon Nellum coming back from a random drive-by shooting 4 years ago near the USC campus during his freshman year. Let’s hope four years of surgeries and training results in a medal tonight.
With apologies to Bill Mahar, New Rule: Masai Warriors should win Gold every games. What a performance by David Rudisha in the 800.
Triple jump is wacky but a wonderful night for the two American who went one-two. Best friends, Gators, great for the sport.
As I write this, Al Roker is still giving “English Lessons” on the Today Show. Holy moley.
Embracing my Chaos,