Friday, August 15, 2008

Gold Rush...

I stayed up late, so you wouldn't have to. It was a big night for American athletes in Beijing.

Nastia Liukin won the women's gymnastic all around gold with Shawn Johnson taking home the silver. Get ready to see the face of the Moscow-born Liukin (whose father, Valeri, won gold for the Soviets in Seoul in '88) all over the place. The face that launched a thousand marketing campaigns. 

In the Water Cube, Michael Phelps won his sixth gold with his sixth world record time in the 200 IM and Ryan Lochte won the bronze. 

It wasn't all bad for Lochte, he won his first individual gold in the 200m backstroke, breaking the world record he held with silver medalist Aaron Piersol

Rebecca Soni upset the favored Australian and set the another world record in the 200m breaststroke. 

And, finally, Natalie Coughlin took the bronze in 100m freestyle. 

All in all, they were wearing out the recording of the Star Spangled Banner in Beijing tonight.

The medal tally stands at 43 with 14 golds (six by Phelps), 12 silvers and 17 bronze, nine ahead of the Chinese (who have 22 golds).

OK, time for bed. Work is a lot closer than it should be.

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