USA Off To A Great Start At The Rio Games

August 8, 2016

Despite the construction and environmental woes, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games have begun, with the USA winning gold in the first medal ceremony. 19 year old Ginny Thrasher pulled an upset win in the 10-meter air rifle event Saturday. Team USA won gold in the men 400 meter freestyle swim relay, which is medal #23 for Michael Phelps and first for Florida Gator Alum, 19 year old Caeleb Dressel. Teammates Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian proved it was a team effort on Sunday.  But Team USA didn't stop there with 19 year old Katie Ledeckly breaking her own her own world record in the women's 400 meter freestyle, clinching gold.  But no one was expecting to see quite a horrific injury as those watching the French team in preliminary gymnastics Saturday saw Samir Ait Said's left leg snapped as he tried to complete his vault routine. (WARNING-graphic contet)

Adding insult to injury, it appears that the medical team that was carrying Said to an ambulance, dropped him as they were loading him into the van.

Samir Ait Said encouraged his team to win, in a Facebook post, as he lays in recovery after surgery, vowing to compete in the 2020 games in Tokyo.


USA leads the medal count with 12 overall (3 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze) with another full day of Olympics ahead.

US Meen 400M freestyle swim relay medal ceremony

Katie Ledecky get her gold medal for winning the womens 400m freestyle swim competition (and a new world record)!