Three US Women Sweep the Fencing Medals!

The US women, a Notre Dame junior, a Yale graduate, and new Duke Freshman swept the women’s fencing-individual Sabre.

Zagunis took gold for the second time, and in 2004 was the first US fencing Gold Medalist in a century!!!!

Becca Ward – Bronze US |  Sada Jacobson – Silver US  |  Mariel Zagunis – Gold US

Champions all!!!

US Gets 2 Medals in 400 Meter Individual Medley!! PHELPS, GREVERS WORLD RECORD!!

Michael Phelps is an American hero that has not lost this medley in 6 years!! He calls this his toughest race. Michael won his first gold four years ago, and Phelps is more promising this year! They announce the contestants, and it sounds like Phelps will be challenged. Michael said before the event, “This race is so important because it sets the pace for the rest of the Olympics”. Indeed.

Phelps looked spectacular and after two laps was at a record pace. As he entered the backstroke, the US challenger Lochte looked strong and stole the lead. It was a horse race, all US.

Phelps kept it going and ended up in the lead at the end of Lochte’s strongest stroke, and as they went to the breast stroke. Lochte and Phelps were stride for stride, but Phelps started to pull away, and Phelps entered into the Freestyle in the lead. On the turn, Phelps had a full body length lead and was well ahead of the world record. Michael destroyed everyone. A new world’s record and no one was close!! Lochte of the US gets the Bronze!!

Career Olympic medal number 9! And Phelps sets a new world record at 4:03.84 in the 400 meter individual medley!!

Matt Grevers Sets Olympic Record in 100M Backstroke

Grevers broke to the lead on the first lap of the backstroke, but the turn had four swimmers in tight.

Grevers fought off everyone and cruised into the finish to make first touch in the Men’s 100M backstroke.

Grevers, at 6’8″, set a new Olympic record at 53.41, finishing first in the heat.

Photo Credits: Adam Petty / Getty Images

The US is NOT the World! Sets Olympic Record; Settles for Bronze and 4th in 400m Medley…

Hoffing and Poffing: Katie Hoff Sets Olympic Record in Women’s 400M Individual Medley

Katie Hoff collapsed four years ago in the Olympics, but she has not lost this race since.  She is a US hero and has won 2 world championships!!

Time for the gun!

Hoff was was lagging after the first lap, and it looked bad for Hoff in the butterfly but this is a long race.  The turn was not good and Hoff looked to be falling further behind.  Hoff was in close with Joanne Jackson from Great Britain in the lead at the half way mark. The backstroke is not helping Katie as they enter the end of the 3rd lap. Hoff is the first female Olympic swimmer to compete in five official events.

The problem for Hoff is that she has to compete in multiple heats during each day and the question was how well she would hold up.  It is also incredibly difficult to train for all those different races.

Hoff looked smooth and easy in her stroke.  She looked like she could win as they entered the final two legs.  Katie had a beautiful turn and kicked it in, taking a sudden and decisive lead.

But no one was giving it up, the pack caught up.  Another strong turn and Hoff maintained her lead going into the finish.  Hoff lowered her head and went to the wall for a new Olympic record that had stood for 20 years!  That says it all.  This woman continually makes us all proud.  A Gold will bring tears to our eyes! Hoff won a Bronze for this race and the world recordholder. 15 year old Elizabeth Beisel finished fourth.

Larsen Jensen could not overcome Park Tae Hwan from Korea and Zhang Lin from China and took the Bronze.

Internationally, the competition is as strong as ever, and the Asian nations are showing what power houses they can be!!

Is Hansen Pacing Himself?

Brendan Hansen had the lead at the end of the 1st lap in the 100M Breast Stroke, but it was so close.  Hansen qualified for the finals in the 2nd semi-final, but he could only muster 3rd place behind Alexander Dale Oen of Norway, who set an Olympic Record!

Kitajima of Japan Leads in 100 M Breast Stroke! US Record Holder Lagging!

There is a huge competitive build-up between Brendan Hansen from America and Kosuke Kitajima from Japan. These two have met before and the rivalry is well established. Kosuke is one good looking young man and looks hard to beat continually taking the first place times in this competition.

Kitajima blew out his competition in his heat in the 100 M Breast Stroke, finishing under 1 minute at 59.52. His time was not a world record, but no one was close, including Mark Gagloff from the US.

Hansen, the world record holder, was not strong in his heat. He placed 4th, well off the mark and well over a minute at 1:00:36. He gave off a disgusted smirk as he finished. In an interview, Hansen commented, “I am playing a hand of poker here, and I have something in my hand I don’t want to show just yet”, implying this was a strategic swim and that he will have more in the tank and swim faster as the qualification rounds progress.

He will need to swim at his world record performance level to beat Kitajima, so we hope his secret weapon is genuinely there.

Olympics, An International Phenomenon: Even Murder and Terrorism Cannot Overcome the GAMES!

People world wide can respect pride in their brethren.  It does not matter if you are American, Iraqi, Iranian, French, British or any other nationality.  Your brother or sister is your friend and garners your respect.  And so we find pride in our participants in the Olympics, as does everyone in the world.  We love this competition, no matter who wins.  But just as most people in the world, we hope our teams/participants win.  It is all about pride and patriotism.  And patriotism extends well beyond our borders.

Could Islam Greet the Olympics?

In the Muslim world, it is considered a crime, punishable by death, to
render a depiction of Mohammed. Many in the US misinterpret this law because they see it as a contradiction to freedom of speech, but, as Christians, we would like to see similar laws against mocking our religion. Watching Christ depicted in satirical ways is often difficult to take. Perhaps we should respect the Muslims here and have respect for all religions in this regard. It is not our place to prevent freedom of religion. Neither is it our place to condemn theirs. We hope to see the next Olympics in Dubai or an equally wonderful place in the world of Islam.

Terrorism and Murder?

One has to reflect on the Munich 1972 Olympics when terrorists massacred the Israeli team to project their fear and horror on America and Israel, but we here in America, and those throughout most of the world,  know that freedom of religion reigns.  Muslims can be champions as well as anyone else, and we love them equally.  There is no prejudice when it comes to the games.  It is all about being a champion.  Mohammed himself would appreciate that and love watching his champions win in the Olympics.  Peace.

Peace, America Loves And Welcomes All Nationalities…

Raj Bhavsar replaced Paul Hamm, who withdrew from the competition. Raj said, “This is a tremendous honor and the first feeling that comes to mind is that dreams can come true. You never know when it will happen, but with enough positive intention and belief, it can. I am ready, willing and able to take on this great opportunity. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of a great athlete, Paul Hamm. My heart goes out to him. He did an admirable thing, and he will always be a hero in my eyes. I also want to recognize the other two alternates, who are an important part of the soul and spirit of this team.” Raj is among the top American gymnasts for these Olympics. He performed for Team USA when they had no room for an error. And his performance on the rings was his signature event. He killed it, and brought America a huge chance to compete for a medal. We love Raj and hope to see much more of him as the games progress.

Kevin Tan A Huge Example of America’s Free Heritage

Kevin is a captain of the American Gymnastics Team, but he looks more like he should be competing from China. This is not a coincidence, Kevin is of Chinese descent and has great pride in that heritage, as is the case with most Americans in the melting pot that is the USA. Most all of Americans come from somewhere else in the world, and that is what makes America special, because in America, everyone can be great. And Kevin is great.

Kevin, and his father before him, are heroes from China, and we all love and cheer him as our American hero in the Olympics. Isn’t that what we are all about?

The weakest event for the US is the Pommel Horse, but Alexander Artemev from the US proved that this won’t be the case in these games. He smoked the horse and delivered an execution score or 9.150 against a difficulty of 6.1 for a total score of 15.25.

According to Wikipedia “Sasha Artemev was born in Minsk, Belarus (then the USSR) on August 29, 1985. His father, Vladimir, was a member of the Soviet national gymnastics team in the early 1980s. His mother, Svetlana, was a high-level rhythmic gymnast. Artemev came to the United States with his parents in 1994 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2002.”

Alexander, once again, is an example of an American Team born of international heritage. His performance was stellar and exemplary of what makes the US great. We love and welcome everyone. No nation is perfect, and no nation endorses only those that want to be endorsed. But the US endorses everyone that is within its borders. And we protect their rights and love them as our own, because they are our brothers and sisters.

US Champion Dara Torres Doesn’t Let Pregnancy Slow Her Down!!!

Dara Torres was training for her fifth Olympics. At 41, she just delivered her new daughter, Tessa and was swimming the same day!! That is either crazy or demonstrates the heart and strength of a champion. Three weeks post-delivery, Dara swam her first meet.

Dara did not swim in the heats for the 4×100 free relay, but she will swim in the finals.

US Women’s Heart Wins Heat 2 in 4x100M Freestyle Relay! Tennessee Swimmer Sets New American Record!

The Netherlands looked to win the Women’s 4x100M Freestyle Relay in Heat 2, but the Canadians took the early lead. The US stole the lead for one lap, and then the Netherlands shot to the front and started to pull away.

By the final lap, it was sure to be the Netherlands that won as it looked they were continuing to increase their lead at the turn. But then, it was heart that kicked in and nothing can beat pure heart in an Olympic competition. Lacey Nymeyer of the US came back to win the heat. Her heart is what makes the Olympic games all about champions along with the heart of the entire American relay team.

The US has a chance at this medal. And their heart took this heat ahead of 2nd place Netherlands and 3rd place France. Unfortunately, after a strong start, the Canadians could only muster 4th place.

US 15 YEAR OLD PLACES FIRST…

In the semifinal heat for the Women’s 400 M Individual Medley, Katie Hoff, our biggest hope at the Gold, took second and advances to the finals. Katie is the world record holder.

But the big surprise was Elizabeth Beisel, a scant 15 years old, beat her team mate at the finish to also advance. This places the US in a great position to medal in the event.

In an interview, Katie Hoff, four years after collapsing on the deck in Athens, said she attributed her performance to experience and hard work.

Tennessee Swimmer A New American Record Holder!

Christine Magnuson was amazing setting a new American record, placing second in the semi-final qualification in the Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly at 57.08.  She was off the lead by .03 seconds.  Phew.  It shows how close this can be!

This is Reality Television: We’re Covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics!

At least, we will try to cover some highlights of the two-week worldwide event! When it comes to reality, nothing stands out more than athletic competition, and the most diverse competition is that of the Olympics. Most people throughout the world have watched at one time or another as their nation’s teams of athletes competed for the Olympic medals.

“So You Think You Can Dance” is an Olympic-like competition, pitting the best young dancers to perform incredibly difficult feats for us in head to head competition. And it has become one of the most popular shows on television and generates millions for the Fox Network.

But the Olympics are more pure, especially when there is little doubt who the winner of an event was. At the end of the 100 yard dash and one man or woman takes the Gold, or at the end of a free style swim and the winner’s head pops up and you know, they are the champion of the world.

We realize that the Olympics have been spoiled at times by the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, but so has every sport in America and throughout the world. No one realistically believes our 300 pound football players got there eating their Wheaties. But we do want winners, at all costs, and in that endeavor we are no different than the athletes or other teams competing in the events.

So, when you get down to it, we all like to win, and when we can’t win ourselves, we like our team to win. If you live in Boston, you are most likely crazed about the New England Patriots, the Red Sox and Celtics. If you live in New York, you live for every Yankee’s game, the cheer of the crowd for the world champion New York Giants and the hope that the Knicks will be the champs this time around.

But no matter where you live in the world, you can identify with your country. Your nation has athletes that work their entire lives to reach the level of excellence required for world competition. And in fact, no matter what country you are from or live in, you can identify with your team, your athletes, and their victories become your own.

We cannot hope to cover the Olympics in its entirety. There are entire news teams dedicated to this throughout the world, and we cannot hope to keep up with that, even if we also made it a full time endeavor. But we can try to focus on the events we like the most and keep you abreast of those few. If we do not cover an event you love, please drop us a note and we will, to the best of our ability, add it to our program.

We will focus primarily on the US team. This is because this is an American web site, not because we feel any other team is less deserving. In fact, we will comment on those teams that outperform the Americans and why the deserved to win! But we cannot do it all. For that, you will have to turn to the international news media. All we can do is express our emotions and our team spirit as the US competes.

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