I must say that I really enjoyed watching the Olympics this year and I am sad that it has come to an end. History was made, records were broken and some dreams were shattered. All in all, things went very well for Team USA who lead in the overall medal count ending with a total of 104 medals. That consisted of 49 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze. Coming in a distant second was China with a total of 87 medals.
The past two weeks, I have been glued to my screen watching much of the Olympic activity. Who was going to rise to the top and who was going to crack under the pressure. Winning a medal, especially a gold medal, is something most of these athletes spend four years training for. In my opinion, there were so many great moments of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The gold medals won by the US men’s and women’s basketball teams, Venus and Serena Williams and Aries Merritt in the 110 meter hurdles just to name a few. The following however, are my top 10 favorite moments of the Olympic games.
10. United States’ Women’s Water Polo Team Makes History
United States players celebrate winning the Women’s Water Polo Gold Medal match between the United States and Spain on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Water Polo Arena on August 9, 2012 in London, England. Photo: Al Bello, Getty Images / 2012 Getty Images
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U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas displays her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Photo Source: The Oregonian
It was so wonderful to watch Gabrielle “Gabby Douglas make history tonight! Her strength and determination led her to winning the women’s all-around gold medal. This makes her the only African American to win the gold in the all-around competition and the only Olympic gymnast to win the gold in both the team and all-around competition. Today, Gabby Douglas made history in more ways than one. Today she was named the best gymnast in the world! » Read more..
All week I have been looking forward to watching the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Every four years, I get comfortable, sit down and watch the exuberant display culture and history that the host location spends four years planning. This is followed by the Parade of Nations where the worlds top athletes show their native pride. Every four years this is demonstrated a little differently but still has the same lasting effect. Seeing all of the excitement on the faces of these athletes from all over the world can not help but cause some type of emotional response from the athletes and those viewing. » Read more..