Manuel’s victory took on added significance in a sport that still has few people of color, especially in light of the racial divide in the United States. She even mentioned “some of the issues with police brutality.”
RIO DE JANEIRO | Missy Franklin got that Olympic gold medal feeling back Wednesday night. The Colorado Stars club swimmer and graduate of Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School won four gold medals in her Olympic debut in 2012, but had to wait until five days into the Rio Games to claim her first.
The man with the most gold medals in American Olympic history helped a local first-timer capture his first one Aug. 9. American swimming superstar Michael Phelps, who owns 21 gold medals in his five career Olympic performances, helped the U.S. 4×200-meter relay team to victory, putting a gold medal around the neck of Regis Jesuit High School graduate Clark Smith.
“If that’s what she feels she needs to be able to compete, whatever, that’s her deal,” King told reporters. “I’m here to compete clean for the U.S. and that’s what I’m going to do.”
“I didn’t think I was going to cry. I was too tired to cry, I didn’t think I could cry,” Held said. “I’ve heard the national anthem hundreds of times, but as soon as that played it was just something different. The tears just started rolling down my face.”
“It’s never 100 percent perfect but I think we showed that our gymnastics is of the highest level,” Karolyi said.
Muhammad, sporting a plain black Muslim head scarf under a red, white and blue mask, was a winner in her opening bout in the women’s sabre tournament, beating Olena Kravatska of Ukraine 15-13.
“You did it — not your husband” was among the social media messages posted following NBC’s coverage of the 400-meter individual medley. Hosszu won the gold medal in a rout, shaving two seconds off the world record.
“This came to our attention on the 20th anniversary of the Nigerian football team’s win at the Atlanta games,” said Delta spokesperson Betsy Talton. “Everyone was happy to help them with another miracle by getting them to Manaus.”