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2012 London Olympics – Week One

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Swimming, gymnastics and trampoline…oh my.

The first week of the 2012 London Olympic games is in the record book, literally. There were a few surprises, both good and bad, but in the end, the events pretty much went as expected.

Michael Phelps started out very slowly on his quest for another round of Olympic dominance, so much so that many questions were raised as to his ability and dedication this time around. Those questions were answered in short order when medal numbers 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22! were draped around his neck to become the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time! Is his Olympic career finished? Michael Phelps says yes but 2016 is not that far away and we’ll see if the pull of the pool is too much to walk away from.

The United States women’s gymnastic team put on a wonderful show of strength and agility despite not having one of the best gymnasts in the team finals. Little Gabby Douglas showed the world that her ability was as great as her smile by taking the individual gold after the USA won gold in the team event.

And then there is my new favorite Olympic athlete name, Dong Dong. Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards held that title since 1988 and he still holds the title of goofiest Olympic athlete but Dong Dong clearly takes the gold medal for his name alone! The fact that he actually took the gold medal in the trampoline is secondary in my mind. I couldn’t watch much of the trampoline events, and really, who could? But I did happen to see his performance. Great job, Dong Dong.

Track and Field started and now the action is really getting hot! I’m looking forward to men’s 100M, 200M and 400M races and also some of the field events.

So far my pick for my favorite Olympic parents goes to Missy Franklin’s mom and dad. They seem totally down to Earth and it was a pleasure to watch them watch their daughter swim.

Go USA!

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Written by David A. Ufer

August 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

Posted in Sports

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