TEAM USA TEAM LADIES
Of the 46 gold medals won by Team USA, 29 of them were won by the women’s team. As a friend noted elsewhere today, to put it in perspective: if the USA women’s team had been their own country, they would have tied the host country, Great Britain, for fourth place in gold medals.
So hell yeah to running - or kicking, shooting, hitting, swinging, rowing, fighting, etc. - like a girl.
Team GB and Team USA can share in the glory here. Great Britain’s Mo Farah claims gold in the 10,000m final. He assisted in getting GB six gold medals in a single day, the most in 104 years. It’s the first ever gold for GB in this event.
Meanwhile USA’s Galen Rupp, Mo Farah’s training partner takes silver. Only the third medal for USA in the event, and the first since 1964 when Billy Mills won gold.
still not over it.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Jessica Ennis of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Women’s Heptathlon with with Louise Hazel (R) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson (L) on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (via Photo from Getty Images)
Britain’s Mohammed Farah (L) celebrates with second-placed Galen Rupp of the U.S.after winning the men’s 10,000m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 4, 2012. [REUTERS/Dylan Martinez]
you guys, you guys, they’re TRAINING PARTNERS. They have the same coach (legendary marathon runner Alberto Salazar) and spend all their time running together. And the look of genuine joy and excitement on both their faces on finishing 1-2 in this race was gorgeous.
Totally my slash ship of the games. Loneliness of the long-distance runner my eye.
It was awesome to watch, to see Farah take the lead and hold it, and Rupp put on that final burst of speed to come right behind him. And Farah took the briefest of moments to look back to see who was coming up behind him and he almost slowed for a moment there and you could see the ebulience on their faces as they both crossed the finish line within about a second of each other.
Awesome race was awesome.
Marathon runner Guor Marial arrives at Heathrow Airport for the London 2012 Olympic Games August 3, 2012. Marial is competing as an independent Olympic athlete because his newly-established country, South Sudan, has not had time to create a National Olympic Committee.
Marial qualified for the Olympics at the Twin Cities marathon last year. But the officials mistakenly marked his nation as Sudan not South Sudan (the brand-new country that had just become independent). Sudan contacted him and offered him a spot on their team, but Marial refused saying that competing for them would “betray his people.” He was able to flee the country for the United States, but several of his siblings were not so lucky.
But South Sudan has no infrastructure or Olympic committee. After much wrangling (and the intervention of lawyers and Marial’s Senator), the IOC allowed Marial to compete as an independent athlete. The resulting paperwork nightmare, began in October 2011 and kept Marial from walking in the Opening Ceremonies. (x)
I am so, so glad that he finally made it to London! At Heathrow, he told reporters that he would be running “for the world.” (x)