Sunday, August 14, 2016

Swimming, Tennis and a Velodrome

Got the chance to check out some other sports besides water polo over the last few days and given the location of the water polo venues it has been relatively easy to do. All in the Olympic park area are the venues (I may leave a few out) for water polo,diving, swimming, gymnastics, handball, basketball, track cycling, tennis and I'm sure something else.

With swimming coming to a close I wanted to make sure I took in a night of that and picked a good night to go as I was able to see US athletes win four medals in about an hour. First Maya DiRado crushed it in the backstroke for gold, then Michael Phelps in his "final" individual race took silver in the 200 fly. That was followed by Katie Ledecky just destroying the competition (see photo) in the 800 free and then in a real change of pace Anthony Ervin winning gold in the 50 free. Ervin's story is a cool one in that he swam at the 2000 Olympics then stepped away from the sport, returned in London and now won gold in Rio. After he won he straddled the lap lane and pumped his fists.

Cool atmosphere and I always like the introductions of the swimmers as they emerged from the tunnel in their various gear. They all seem to wear a TON of clothing (sneakers too) right before they get in. Not sure if it is to stay warm or just to add to the build up of the race. Either way adds another element to the sport.

Yesterday after water polo finish I walked over to the velodrome where track cycling was going on. I don't understand this all that well but the US was in the mix and just missed out on gold falling to Great Britain in the pursuit final. Such aggressive bike riding and yet major team coordination is required.

From there the tennis venue was not far away and we caught part of the women's gold medal final won by Puerto Rico's Monica Puig won gold.

On the water polo front today is the final day of competition for our USA Men as action moves indoors to the swim venue. Water is nice and blue I can report. Women take part in the quarterfinals starting tomorrow so things starting to heat up as we work towards the end of the tournament.

Food update: Revisited Outback last night with the goal of ordering a Boomin Onion Quesadilla, this plan was thwarted as it is only available during happy during the week. Boo!

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