When Usain Bolt finished second to his fellow countrymen in qualifying for the 100m this Olympics, many claimed Bolt’s time as the dominant sprinter were over. He was known to party excessively and enjoy the limelight a little too much. In fact, many journalists almost seemed excited at Bolt’s demise. Well, they’ll have to wait another year. Bolt not only isn’t slowing down, he’s doing things in these games that have never been done before.
On Thursday, Bolt became the first Olympian ever to defend both his 100m and 200m gold medals. The 200m was not only dominated by Bolt, but by an entire Jamaica team who swept the podium with Yohan Blake taking silver and Warren Weir snagging bronze.
In other big Olympic news from Thursday, the U.S. Women’s soccer team defeated the world’s #1 ranked Japanese squad to take home the gold medal for the third straight Olympics. Carli Lloyd knocked in two goals for the Americans, but the real story was with Hope Solo in the net. Solo single-handedly shut down the Japanese attack with an onslaught of athletic stops in goal.
Solo’s performance will rank as one of the all-time great defensive efforts in Olympic soccer history and the 3-straight defenses of their gold medal performance only further solidifies the U.S. women’s team as the preeminent world soccer power.
One final note, the title of “world’s greatest athlete” is back in the United States. And no, it’s not LeBron James or Michael Phelps. It’s Ashton Eaton, the current world record holder and now gold medal winner of the decathlon.
Being the world’s greatest athlete seemed to work out well for Bruce Jenner, so we’re hoping Ashton Eaton can carry on the U.S. tradition of “world’s greatest athlete” by staring in a reality show that involves three sexy daughters and a wolf for a wife that basically depicts him being emasculated non-stop. Aim high young Easton. Aim high.