Chad’s Olympics Preview for Thursday, August 2nd
Wednesday was another HUGE day for Team USA. Sure we suffered some unexpected upsets in archery and fencing (world #1 Brady Ellison went down in the Round of 16 in men's archery and two-time defending Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis was bounced in the semis of women's fencing), but all in all it was a good day. U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva made an inspired comeback to take bronze in the men's individual all-around. Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt gained additional golds in the women's 4x200 meter relay by upsetting Australia by nearly two seconds. And Nathan Adrian clinched gold in the men's 100 meter freestyle in a thriller! He won by .01! So, what does Thursday have in store for us in London?
Well, first of all . . . you can expect Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman to pick up right where the U.S. women's gymnastics team left off. Both are strong medal contenders in the individual all-around. Raisman is rock solid and predictable. Gabby, nicknamed the "Flying Squirrel," is a marvel. If she's on, I think she's going to win!
Look for Ryan Lochte to go for more medals in the men's 200 meter backstroke and the 200 meter IM. He had the fastest qualifying time in the IM and the second fastest time in the 200 back. Lochte came into this Olympics fully expecting to steal the headlines from his teammate Michael Phelps. So far, he has fallen short of that expectation, despite having won their duel in the 400 IM. I have a hunch that tonight, he's going to steal that spotlight back. Two strong races could mean double gold. Trust me. He has it in him.
For the women . . . look to Rebecca Soni to gun for gold in the women's 200 meter breaststroke. In the semis, she set a brand new world record. She most definitely is in it to win it.