Days nine and 10 of the 2012 London Olympic Games came and went and here’s what you need to know to sound like you know what you’re talking about when the watercooler talk at work turns to Olympics. Key Words: Usain Bolt, China still winning, and Serena Williams = Awesome.
Team GB (Britain) racked up more medals than usual this weekend, but China is still firmly in the lead with 64 medals, followed closely by USA with 61 medals (USA! USA! USA!) and Great Britain in third place, trailing way behind with 39 medals.
That’s the final medal count but here are the Team USA highlights from the weekend.
Serena Williams beat Russia’s Maria Sharapova in the women’s singles final and then the next day, she and sister Venus defeated the team from the Czech Republic to win the gold in women’s doubles.
A more devastating moment for USA was when gymnastics star McKayla Maroney fell during the women’s individual vault final, which was surprising since she led Team USA in their win last week for that particular event. Even with her fall she still took home the silver medal, “Disappointed on how today turned out, but everything happens for a reason!! #noregrets” she tweeted after her win.
USA 400-meter runner Sanya Richards-Ross took home her third consecutive Olympic medal. She won at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, but this year she won her first individual gold medal.
That’s the news for USA wins, other notable moments come from reigning Olympic champ, Jamaican runner Usain Bolt who lost out to his teammate Yohan Blake in the 100m and 200m Jamaican trials, but ended up taking home the gold in the 100m race over the weekend. Not only that, but during one of Usain's winning interviews they were also honoring Sanya Richards-Ross on her gold medal and Usain politely put the interview on hold to show his respects to Sanya. What a great guy!
Also in the track and field category, South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorious qualified for the 400-meter semifinals on Saturday but didn’t place on Sunday’s semifinals, therefore he's out of the finals. However, his faux legs are still very cool, he’s been nicknamed the “Blade Runner.”
Today’s events include more water polo, wrestling, cycling, beach volleyball, and everyone’s favorite weird sport, table tennis.