Hits and Misses as the Competition Continues in the Olympic Waters

Katie Hoff Heartbreaker in the Women’s 400 Meter Freestyle Final, Misses Gold

At the first turn, it was Laure Manadou of France.  But this is a very long race.  On the 3rd turn, Manadou continued to lead.  No one has defended this event in the Olympics in 80 years!

Katie Hoff took the lead on the 4th turn!!  She was spreading her lead and in the 5th turn was still in the lead and looked to be pulling away.

She turns again in the lead and had the US fans on their feet and screaming.  She has a full body length going into the final turn.  She is so far out ahead, but there is so much that can happen, and Katie couldn’t hold her lead and missed Gold by 7/100 second. Katie gets the Silver.

Sorry Katie, but we all loved your performance.

“Peirsing” the Compitition, Peirsol Takes 1st Place

USA Aaron Peirsol was behind Liam Tancock of Great Britain at the turn in Heat 6 of the Men’s 100 Meter Backstroke.

Seemingly with ease, following the turn, Peirsol overtook Tancock and touched first to win the heat.

The US is looking very strong in the 100M Backstroke and a Gold in the event is a strong possibility.  Peirsol is the defending Gold Medalist from 2004.

Peirsol holds six individual World titles and nine world records and was the first man in history to break 53 seconds in the 100 Meter Backstroke.

USA Swim Team Natalie Coughlin Takes First In 100M Backstroke

Natalie Coughlin outpaced Reiko Nakamura from Japan to take first in the Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke semifinal.

Christine Magnusun Nails Silver in the Women’s 100M Butterfly

Libby Trickett of Australia edged out Christine Magnusun in the Women’s 100 M Butterfly, taking a stronger turn after the first leg.  Christine gets the Silver Medal for the US.

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!

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!