Rio Recap: Day Seven

MWhew! A week into the Olympics and the U.S. is still crushing things and has a comfortable lead in the medal standings. Here’s what happened on Friday:

Star of the day: Kim Rhode, USA, Shooting

Kim Rhode became the first female Olympian to medal in an event for six straight Olympics and the first Summer Olympian to accomplish this feat. She earned the bronze medal in skeet shooting. Rhode previously won gold in the 1996 and 2004 games and bronze in 2000 in double trap, silver in 2008 in skeet, and gold in 2012 in skeet.


Also shining brightly: Anthony Ervin, USA, Swimming

Anthony Ervin was the 2000 Olympic champion in the 50m freestyle–and last night he managed to regain his title by out-touching Florent Manaudou of France and fellow American Nathan Adrian. Ervin, at age 35, is now the oldest individual gold medalist in men’s swimming. Ervin also won gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Mighty Maya: Maya DiRado fully expected to be working for McKinsey & Company and living in Atlanta by this point. Instead, she won four Olympic medals in Rio. Last night, DiRado added to her medal haul in a huge upset victory in the 200m backstroke, and she couldn’t believe it when she saw that she had won gold. Well done.

Ledecky does it again: Katie Ledecky may in fact be part fish. She won the 800m freestyle yesterday in convincing fashion, smashing her own world record and finishing so far ahead of her competitors that they weren’t even in the frame on TV. Ledecky is going to leave Rio with four golds and one silver. Not bad for a 19-year-old.

The “Shot Diva” earns her crown: Michelle Carter, who tweets using the handle @ShotDiva, won the first-ever shot put gold by an American woman yesterday. She defeated New Zealand’s Valerie Adams on her final throw. Her father, NFL player Michael Carter, was the 1984 Olympic silver medalist in shot put.

Phelps and Le Clos reconcile, tie: The world was abuzz over #PhelpsFace when Michael Phelps stared down Chad Le Clos before the 200m butterfly. Yesterday, they were part of a three-way tie for silver in the 100m butterfly, and Phelps no longer looked like he wanted to eat Le Clos alive. Phelps will take to the pool for one last time in Rio tonight in the 4×100 medley relay.

Hope Solo causes controversy: For the first time since 2000, the gold medal in Olympic women’s soccer will not go to Team USA. Yesterday, the United States was defeated in penalty kicks by Sweden. After the match, Hope Solo’s comments calling the Swedish side “cowards” caused quite a bit of controversy and accusations of poor sportsmanship. She will not be punished and later said that she was “really bad” at losing.

Irish brothers go viral for interview antics: The O’Donovan brothers may have come in second in the double sculls competition (and won Ireland’s first-ever medal in rowing), but their hilarious interviews make them number one in my heart.

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