If you haven't had the opportunity to tune into sports media during the summer, I genuinely feel sorry for you. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have been nothing short of spectacular!
There may have been talk about Rio having a host of economic and construction issues heading into the games, when news reports described actual sewage running through the streets, but when it pertains to the athletes in the games, there is nothing "shitty" about them.
The United States has been leading in medals and showcasing the incredible dedication to athletic performance, starting the games with masterful performances by world class swimmers Michael Phelps and Simone Manuels. Manuels, a Stanford graduate, made history by becoming the first U.S. African-American woman to win a gold in an individual swimming event, she also set an Olympic and American record. Here is an article from the New York Times that describes how significant Manuels win is for young black Americans.
And of course Michael Phelps headlined a team of American Olympic swimmers that once again put their dominance on full display, Phelps earning the most medals of these games with 5 gold and 1 silver medal only furthering his Olympic individual medal record count to 28 Olympic medals.
What is beautiful about the Olympics is that right when you think the excitement is done for the day, NBC turns their coverage to a different event, and suddenly we are a captivated! For instance, look at some of the gymnastics performances displayed by the dominant women of the "Final Five" , which includes Simone Biles who won four gold medal in her individual events.
However, these games we also get to marvel at the other countries who incredible performances by their athletes. We haven't even touched on track and field, where one of the highlights of the event is the long time 400 meter Men's record set by USA's Michael Johnson 20 years ago, being broken by South African's Wade van Neikerk. This record was kind of bitter sweet to me, because growing up Michael Johnson was one of my favorite Olympians, but after watching the race by Wade, I couldn't help but respect the feat!
And we can't talk about track and field without discussing the fastest man alive Usain Bolt. Usain has been getting alot of attention for his smiling photo finish in his 200m qualifying race, in where he does his typical stint of coasting to a win, making it all seem so effortless.
The Olympics garners so many heartbreaks and moments of accomplishment, I feel like I'm on an emotional sports roller coaster. One thing is certain, I don't want to turn away at all!