8.15.16: Harder, Faster, Stronger

“There is no one in the world who can do it as well as her…” — that’s a phrase we’ve heard several times during the Olympic Games, about several different female competitors. We’ve been fortunate to watch Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Simone Biles, and other outstanding athletes, and we’re looking forward to another week of competition.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Rio Olympics

On Thursday, Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual gold medal after winning the 100m freestyle. She then went on to claim two silver medals in the 50m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay, and one more gold medal in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

The United States’ women’s soccer team is out of the Olympics after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinals on Friday. Hope Solo, who was unhappy with the loss, was quoted as saying that, “…we played a bunch of cowards.”

He set out to “change the sport of swimming,” and we think he succeeded! Michael Phelps finished off his Olympic career with a 23rd gold medal after the 4×100 meter medley relay on Saturday.

After her team and all-around finals medals, Simone Biles won her signature event, the vault, last night. She has a few more opportunities for medals on Monday with the beam and Tuesday with the floor exercise competitions.

The U.S. men’s basketball team scored the top seed in Group A after a close 100-97 win over France on Sunday.

For the first time in 112 years, Justin Rose of Great Britain won the gold medal in golf.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his third straight Olympic gold in the 100m on Sunday, which makes him the greatest sprinter of all time.

And, Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa won the 400m and set a new world record after running fifteen hundredths of a second faster than the 1999 record-setter, Michael Johnson.

Tennis at the Olympics is over! Andy Murray won the gold medal for men’s singles, and the United States took home their only gold medal in mixed doubles.

The rest of the schedule is here, and the TV schedule here.

JUST FOR FUN

Oh My God
How Michael Johnson felt when his 1999 record was broken

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Home Sweet Home
How athletes are assigned housing at the Olympics
Ever wonder if the housing is as random as your freshman roommate selection? Well, it’s not!

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