Even if you have no interest in the Olympics, you no doubt are aware that they’re currently happening. The theme music may be getting on your nerves by this point, but there are still plenty of games left to be played, as the closing ceremony isn’t until Aug. 21. Although at the time of this writing, the games are only a week in, there have been a lot of headline worthy stories. Take a peek at our Olympics recap to see what you missed.
Imagine working your entire life to get to the Olympics only to suffer a horrible injury on the first day of competition. This is what happened to French gymnast Samir Ait Said. While performing on the vault, Said was able to get his flips off, but he wasn’t able to land successfully. After hitting the mat, spectators saw the gymnast holding his visibly broken left leg in the air. As of this Olympic recap, Said’s recovery seems to be going well. The athlete was seen mingling with his fellow French teammates walking around on crutches.
Simone Biles is sure to become a household name following her astounding performance in the gymnastics all-around final. At only 19-years-old, Biles showed poise that an athlete of any age would envy while competing at that high of a level. Although experts predicted that Biles would win a medal in the all-around, not many people knew her name until this event. Biles continued the American streak of winning the gymnastics all-around title for the fourth year in a row. To make her victory even sweeter, she stood beside teammate Aly Raisman, who won the silver medal in the competition. You go, girls!
As of this Olympics recap, Michael Phelps won gold in the four events he swam in. Drama (and several memes) following one of his events with South African opponent Chad le Clos. Deemed #PhelpsFace, the photo was screen capped in the ready room while le Clos shadow boxed and jumped around directly in front of Phelps’ field of vision. Phelps wasn’t just annoyed at this obvious attempt to annoy him, though. The two competitors have a history that goes back to the 2012 Olympic Games. The real rivalry started last year, however, after le Clos won gold in the 100m fly at the World Championships. Le Clos said that Phelps could “keep quiet” about how slow the butterfly events had been recently. Ouch.
Living in the United States, we’re constantly checking the medal count to see if we’re at the top of the charts. Can you imagine living in a country that hadn’t ever won an Olympic gold medal? Citizens of Fiji know what that felt like up until these Olympic Games. On August 11, the Fiji rugby team claimed gold after crushing Great Britain. What makes this first gold medal for the country even sweeter is the fact that rugby is a huge deal in Fiji. Fans packed stadiums back home to cheer on their boys to the historic victory.