Great smile, and she is six foot one...Will or did Michael get his 19th medal tonight? It may have been discussed but it seems the more sucess the less people like him. I guess it is imposible to mix testosterone, the best athlete ever in a really hard sport (the plushenko of the pool) and knowing he is really Zeus, and stay humble. It makes me wonder how MK does it-that approachibility-or is that an act. I remember thinking Mark Spitz was stunning but so arrogant. The most successful Olympian, most decorated, best swimmer for all time, over time, he delivered again and again. I wish I could like him. Admire his drive, ethic, focus, yes, but I can imagine what lunch would be like. He was more likeable when young yes? I don't recall.
Whoa, the swim relay-these guys gave Phelps a huge lead. Number 19 and it is another gold. It took three Olympics, and he is Olympic God. Edurance sport and a man with a goal. Tonight was so exciting with the Fab 5. I remember so well Atlanta and the 7 young women. Kerri sticking the vault on one foot, being carried around the arena by Bela. I don't know if that image will be topped but this was wonderful. Gabby and Ally go into the all around having done great. It seems it is one or the other. I put my money on Gabby. It really was great to see how happy and proud. 5 super hardworking but lucky girls to have been chosen. Just Wow, what a night for gym. and swimming. Woohoo!!!!! I lost my feed...I am sure there will be many interviews...anyone still up watching?
Big congratulations to Michael Phelps! What an amazing athlete! I love the legends. Here comes a 19 time Olympic medalist! And he might be 22 time Olympic medalist. And who knows? He might even want to try to go to the next Olympics. No one can ever pass that!
What a wonderful night! I'm glad both Phelps and Lochte (as well as their teammates) had a gold-medal performance in this event. As Phelps points out in a later interview, he really didn't train as intensely for this Olympics as he did for Beijing, and that could explain some of his less-than-stellar swims here. But even in lesser shape, he's still pretty formidable. Congrats to him for edging past Latynina. (Though as she points out, she also coached the Soviet team through quite a few gold medals after her own competitive career.) He really is an extraordinary competitor.
Kudos to that French simmer, Yannick Agnel. What a speed demon! If it wasn't our guys he was murdering in the pool, I'm sure the announcers here would have made a lot more fuss over him. How is he being presented on TV in Europe? Kind of lovely to think of France as a swimming power.
And Mexico as a diving power! They must have some training program: both their men's and women's synchronized diving teams have been very good, doing some of the most difficult dives, and the men won a medal.
I'm thrilled with the gymnasts. A decisive victory. You don't have to understand the fine points of judging to see why they won. That vault of McKayla's! And all three floor exercises. Wieber shows why she has been atop the podium; she seems to have springs in her ankles, and she sticks her landings like glue.