The 2012 London Olympics are finally over!
In part one of our Olympics review we named the best moments for U.S. Athletes. Here are the best moments for the rest of the world!
Track: Lightning Quick
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt proved four years ago in Beijing that he is the fastest man alive. He further bolstered that title in the 2012 Olympics. And the scary thing? Bolt is only 25. He won 3 Gold Medals in London while he Yohan Blake, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater set a new World Record for the 4 X 100 meter relay.
Men’s Soccer: Brazilian upset
Brazil walked into the Men’s Soccer Gold Medal Match as the heavy favorites. They walked out with the Silver Medal. Mexico jumped on them early and held their ground well as Brazil didn’t score until the closing minutes. But Mexico pulled off a stunning 2-1 upset. Lucky for Brazil the next Olympics are in Rio. The host country automatically qualifies.
Men’s Tennis: The Hometown Hero
While the Mexican upset over Brazil was impressive, by far the biggest Goliath to go down was Roger Federer. Andy Murray, an almost virtual unknown to anyone who doesn’t follow tennis, took down one of the greatest Tennis players of the past decade. He had the entire nation of England on his shoulders and he delivered, bringing his nation to tears
Track: The Biggest Inspiration
Legendary NCAA Basketball Coach John Wooden once said, “Do not let what you CAN’T do interfere with what you CAN do.”
Oscar Pistorius nails that quote in spades.
His victory that can’t be measured by a stop watch. Oscar is a double amputee competing in the Olympics. Both of his legs below his knees have been removed yet he is an Olympian, competing with the best of the world. Known as the “Blade Runner,” the South African runner is an inspiration to us all. He didn’t let the fact that he didn’t have ankles or feet stop him from running in the Olympics.
Beach Volleyball: Upsets Continued
Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal were expected to take the gold….if not at least medal. Until they ran into another unknown Latvian Duo (how many people have even heard of the country of Latvia???). Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins took down Gibb/Rosenthal in the Quarterfinals two sets to one. It was an upset and one of the better victories for Latvia