Rio Roundup: Day Four

Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky do it again

Lots of records were matched in the swimming pool on Wednesday night, as Michael Phelps won as part of the 4 x 200 meter freestyle event.  He tied a record long held by a former weightlifter from the former Soviet Union for the most individual medals all-time in the Olympics with 14.

Ledecky won in the 200 meter freestyle and joins former American swimmer Debbie Ryan who also won gold in the 200m, 400m, and 800m at Mexico City way back in 1968.

Otherwise, men’s rugby began with the first ever active NFL player suiting up as Nate Ebner converted on a try as the United States routed host Brazil 26-0.  In men’s basketball, Brazil upset Spain on the men’s side on a tip-in basket with 5.5 seconds left.  Pau Gasol (soon to be playing for the San Antonio Spurs taking over a huge spot left behind by future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan) had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Men’s volleyball on the other hand lost a tough four set match to powerful Italy.  The Italians made really quick plays and were hustling on every side out.  It completely caught Team USA on the defensive for much of the match.  At 0-2, their chances of reaching the quarterfinals look a lot slimmer than originally thought.

Also, huge congratulations to the women’s gymnastics team on their team gold medal won earlier in the day.  Too bad NBC had to again do the familiar tape delay routine since Lindsay Czarniak of ESPN’s SportsCenter led off her 6 p.m. report by showing a pic of the ladies smiling as they had their gold medals draped around each of their necks.  For the record, this was the last time five ladies will be competing in the same team event.  Beginning with Tokyo in 2020, only four ladies will compete in the team event.

Thought of the Day:

The U.S. women’s soccer match on Wednesday was located about 200 miles away from the Equator.  If any of us remember our World Geography from school, we learned that the Equator is one of the hottest points on Earth.  I also know that with the Earth changing its’ axis points from season to season, the North gets cooler at the end of the year while Brazil starts to feel a bit more like autumn.  The easiest continent to remember seasons by is of course, Australia.  In the land Down Under, it gets chilly in June, but sizzling hot by December while most of the United States bakes in heat during June, July, and August while in turn braving bitter winds and harsh snow or ice storms during January and February.

For the record, one AccuWeather reporter stationed in Brazil reported that only 52 percent humidity was present during that soccer match.  Go figure.

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