The Fab Five wins gold! Team USA completely blew the competition away last night and I was ecstatic to see the girls bring home the first gymnastics team medal since 1996. Gabby proved to her doubters that she is the real deal. Aly and Kyla were consistent as always. McKayla was freaking amazing, it should have scored a perfect 16.5. I hope she and Kyla stick around for Rio, I would love to see McKayla add a twist to her vault and create “The Maroney.” Jordyn earned redemption and showed the world the true champion she is. I read a comment that said she is the new Keri Strug, and I think the pure guts and determination she showed will help her post-Olympic career in regards to sponsorships, even if she doesn’t win an individual medal on floor. Right now, America loves her, maybe more than they would have if she won AA gold. I’m looking forward to watching the AA competition last night. It would be awesome if both girls could medal!
Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time. He is not who he was in 2008 but that does not take away from the fact that he has accomplished something no one else has, 19 Olympic medals. I hope he does get an individual gold at some point in these Games and caps his incredible Olympic career on a high note.
Want to see a future Olympian compete? Go to a Pac-12 Olympic sporting event. The Pac-12 boasts 239 Olympians, including gold medalist Nathan Adrian, beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings, and world record holder Rebecca Soni. The conference put together a great fact sheet about the dominance of Pac-12 Olympians, and it is an impressive one. Many of the “Olympic” sports (i.e. tennis, swimming & diving, golf) are free and those that do sell tickets (such as gymnastics, soccer, volleyball) are not expensive. There will be 2012 Olympians who will be competing next year, including bronze medalist synchro diver Kristian Ipsen of Standford and Canadian platform diver Riley McCormick of ASU. Check one out this year and you might see a current or future Olympian.