Last Week at the Olympics
Say goodnight London, the party is over. The 2012 Olympics have had their closing ceremonies and Elvis... I mean the Spice Girls have left the building. There were so many interesting stories in this last week of the Olympics, let's take a look at some of them...
Race to Big Ben Courtesy of the Olympics
Usain Bolt Courtesy of the Olympics
Jamaica World Record Courtesy of the Olympics
Lebron James Courtesy of the Olympics
Oscar Pistorius Courtesy of the Olympics
Canada Disqualified Courtesy of the Olympics
Stephen Kiprotich Courtesy of the Olympics
Synchronized Swimming Courtesy of the Olympics
Of course the biggest story was Michael Phelps winning more Olympic medals that anyone in history, but Usain Bolt took some of the spotlight by winning the 100m, and then the 200m two Olympics in a row... the first sprinter to ever accomplish back to back golds in both events. To top it off, his Jamaican 4x100m relay team sweeped up the track with the fastest time ever: 36.84 seconds.
DQ Canadian Doughnut
The Canadian team was fast too and they were about to take home the bronze medal in the 4x100m, but Jared Connaughton stepped on the line that divides the runners on the track and Canada was disqualified. Oh Canada... boo hoo.
Russian in Sync
Synchronized swimming is probably the most exciting event at the Olympics... right? Well, if you are practicing your moves this summer, you could take a tip from the Russian synchronied swim team. They sure know their H2O pirouettes. They took the gold medal back to mother Russia for the 3rd consecutive Olympics.
This picture says a little bit more than a thousand words. If you haven't heard about this guy, his name is Oscar Pistorius and he's known as "Blade Runner". He lost his legs when he was only 11 months old, but he played all sports as a kid. He didn't win any medals, but the big story was just about how he was competing with everyone else who had legs. Here's a famous Oscar quote,
"You're not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.
Stolen Soccer Semi
One of the most exciting team games of the Olympics was in women's soccer where USA stole a win over Canada 4-3 in the semi-finals. USA went on to win the Gold medal against Japan, but you might say that it was a questionable medal considering all the controversy in the game against the Canadians, where the referee made a weird penalty call against the Canadian goalkeeper for holding onto the ball too long.
American Basketball is Best
Oh yeah, team USA also won the Gold medals in basketball... women and men. Big surprise right?
Another big story of the Olympics was about a British diver by the name of Tom Daley. He was able to sneak onto the podium winning a bronze medal dedicated to his father who fought a long battle with cancer, but ended before he could see Tom go to the Olympics. We all should know that his spirit is around and Tom came through representing their country winning a medal against some tough competition.
Finally, the very last event at the Olympics is always the Marathon. Normally the long distance runners from Kenya cruise to easy victories in this event but this year there was a big surprise. With about 4 miles left in the race, Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda left everyone in his dust and took the Gold medal easily. What is truly amazing is that Uganda only had 4 athletes in London for the Olympics. That means that 25% of Uganda's athletes won gold!!!
Have Your Say
What do you think was the best story at the Olympics this week? Let us know in the comments below...