A Basket Full of Golds
by Duvonte Beard
At the 2016 Summer Olympics USA won a total of 121 medals; 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze. Many gold medals were won by the United States Olympic competitors this summer.
Two of the 121 golds were won by the men and women’s national basketball teams. Basketball has been one of USA’s strongest competitors when it comes to Olympic competition, winning consecutive gold medals over the span of the past several years. This summer, they continued their run of dominance to attain two additional gold medals for the United States.
All eyes were on the United States Basketball National teams, but mainly on the men’s team. The men pulled through the summer with an undefeated record in Olympic competition. Team USA were men amongst boys in exhibition play, gliding through the first few games of their summer competition. Group play brought forth a challenge to be accepted by the US men, facing tough opponents such as Australia, Serbia and France, only beating these teams by an average margin of a little over five points. Though they face battles in group play, they came out on top in their group to set the tone for what was to come in the final rounds.
Team USA won their quarterfinal game by 27 to jumpstart their way to another gold. The next game against Spain went a little different, with the USA only winning by a margin of six points. Kay Thompson led Team USA with 22 points with help from their center DeAndre Jordan snagging 16 rebounds, tying a team record. After that was the gold medal game where they beat Serbia by a whopping thirty points. The US men went on to receive their gold medals, just as well as the US women’s national team.
The women weren’t the primary focus of US Olympic basketball, but they arguably dominated their opponents more than the US men’s team. Like the men, the women’s team routed an undefeated summer to continue their superiority over Olympic competition, winning by 37 points on average each game. Guard Diana Taurasi led the women’s national team in points averaging 15.6 points per game. Team USA also had three Olympic leaders in field goal percentage on their team being Breanna Stewart, Brittney Griner and Sylvia Fowles with her being the lowest of the three averaging 69 percent from the field.
The Summer Olympics of 2016 went nothing short of great for the United States Olympians, representing their country with pride and dignity in the Olympic Games. The whole country watched and supported as the United States accomplished the results expected of them.
US Women’s Gymnastics
by Carlo Terrell
The Olympic sport with the most medals with a total count of 12 is women gymnastics.
“I enjoyed watching the Olympics by far the most fun was women gymnastic,” sophomore Laurence Hudson said.
By far the star on the team is Simone Biles. The 19 year old viral and Olympic sensation got gold in women’s Individual all around, women’s vault, and women’s floor exercise.
“Simone (Biles) excited me the most, more than the men’s basketball dunks,” sophomore Marcus Park said.
Coming behind her with silver in women’s individual all around, and floor exercise is the veteran of the team at age 22 years old is Aly Raisman.
The name Gabby Douglas might sound really familiar because she was the hero of the 2012 summer Olympics. This year Douglas finished 3rd in women’s individual all around. The issue of Douglas being cyberbullied overshadowed her performance.
All three medals in women’s individual all-around are occupied by US women.
“I never seen that happened before I was shocked and amazed,” junior Tarek Montgomery said.
The US Gymnastics women’s team also featured 16 year old Lauren Hernandez placed first in women’s team all around.
Off To the Races
by Brandon Holley-Nelson
Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in track and field is back on top. The Olympics was hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over 11,000 athletes from across the world all came together and competed in a total of 28 ports, but it was one group that stood out, Team USA. Last year of 2015 they stood in third place to Kenya and Jamaica with only six gold medals. This year the USA Track and Field group stands in first place with a total of 13 gold medals and a overall of 32 medals.
In the women’s 4×400 relay 5x defending champs took the the gold medal with a time of 3:19.06 beating Jamaica and Great Britain. Jamaica upset USA last year after leaving them with a defeat so it was a happy moment not to only beat Jamaica, but also come in first place.
The USA’s women’s relay race was very successful after almost beating the world only 5 seconds apart. The women weren’t the only ones who managed to take the victory. The guys also took first earning a gold medal with time of 2:57.30 beating Jamaica & Bahamas.
Three-time Olympian for the US Michelle Carter had an astonishing performance in the shot put event. Carter in the year of 2008 placed 15th in London, 2012 placed fifth, and in 2016 she placed first hosted in Rio. Her father was Michael Carter who won the men’s shot put with a silver medal while representing Team USA at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. Not only has Carter made improvements, but she now has set the new world record with a distance of 20.63. Sports is definitely something that isn’t new to this family.
It doesn’t stop there, because in the women’s long jump Tianna Bartoletta took home the gold medal. She had a jump of 7.17m ( 23 ‘ 6 ¼). Bartoletta was close to beating the world record “7.23“ set by six time world champion for the US.
One to Remember
by Kameron Williams
The 2016 swimming Olympics was definitely one to remember, a lot of countries improved and the well known stars made a name for themselves. With the United States coming out on top above all other countries Australia gave the U.S. a run for their money coming in second place overall. Michael Phelps a 6’4 swimmer from Towson, Maryland helped out the United States tremendously.
“I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and you put the work and time into it. I think your mind really controls everything,” said Phelps after winning the 200m with a time of 1:54.66 giving the U.S. a lot of points with that gold medal according to NBCOlympics.com.
The United States had a lot of good highlights throughout the olympics but they weren’t the only team that had great moments. Australia was a team that turned a lot of heads this year the women received 2nd place in the 4×100 medley relay with a time of 3:55. Australia lost by 2 seconds to the raining 4×100 champions the United States women. Their 4×100 time set a new record this year doing something no other women Australian team has done. Bronte Campbell was a very big part of the women’s success this year, helping out the 4×100 team and getting a bronze in the 100m women’s freestyle.
“I learned my lessons very early on that it’s probably a good thing to be humble in victory as well as defeat,” said Campbell after the 100m freestyle according to Dailybeast.com.
This year’s swimming olympics was unique for many reasons but one thing seemed to stand out the most. Gaurika Singh, 13 years old, was the youngest ever to compete in the swimming olympics. Standing at 5 feet and only 99 pounds Singh does not look like the average athlete.
“It was amazing just looking up on that board and seeing my time,” said Singh according to Swimswam.com.
Singh competed in the 100 meter backstroke and finished with a time of 1:08 even. Coming in first place of out of the three in her heat. When she was at the deck getting ready to swim a lady said, “Sorry athletes only.” That’s how little Singh was compared to the other athletes. Although she she did not medal Singh competed with the world’s best after surviving an earthquake in Nepal to becoming an 2016 olympian.