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8 For 8 in '08 and Other Olympic News

8 For 8 in '08 and Other Olympic News

In case you missed it, and I honestly don't know how you could have, swimmer Michael Phelps accomplished what he set out to do and won eight gold medals in Beijing. Phelps won more gold medals than any other athlete during one Olympic games. Wow! It has been truly amazing to watch history in the making.

Other swimming news, the oldest female swimmer to ever compete in the Olympics Dara Torres (age 41) won three silver medals. She lost the gold in her signature event, the 50m freestyle by .01 seconds to 24-year-old German Britta Steffan. Torres joked that she shouldn't have filed her nails that day. After this most recent comeback, Dara will be retiring from competitive swimming and is looking forward to taking her 2-year-old daughter to school next week.

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The Jamaican sprinters are amazing this year, especially the women who took the gold and two silvers in the 100m due to a tie for second place. Of course, Usain Bolt's 100m gold winning run was amazing too.

Neither American Deena Kastor nor mommy marathoner Paula Radcliffe won the women's marathon event. Kastor, who won Bronze at the 2004 Athens games, did not finish the race due to a broken bone in her right foot. She heard a pop around the 5km mark and X-rays later confirmed a break. Radcliffe, the current world record holder, came in 23rd place running 26.2 miles in 2:32:38. She was 5:54 behind the gold medal winner from Romania.

Hurdler Lolo Jones won her first 100m heat with ease.

The friendly gymnastic duo placed silver and bronze in the individual floor event, but this time Shawn Johnson bested all-around gold medal winner Nastia Liukin. The uneven parallel bars individual finals will be held Monday evening and the balance beam individual finals will be the following night.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh continue to win in beach volleyball. They face another Brazilian team at the semi-finals on Tuesday morning.

Records have been broken, dreams have been smashed, and we still have one more week of the Olympics to watch. What will you be watching?


lenepocket lenepocket 9 years
Michael Phelps was and is amazing!!! I was at the Baltimore Ravens game and we were cheering the relay team on to win the gold!!! GO USA!!!!! And I agree with tiabia that the olympics are a fitness motivator!!!
tiabia tiabia 9 years
This year's Olympics have just been completely amazing. No doubt helped by Phelp's awesome feat, but then every other event has been just as great!!!! I have to admit, the Olympics are an amazing fitness motivator!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that this year's olympics had a lot of milestones that make it more compelling to watch than in past years. i was definitely tuning in to watch dara swim - and it's a shame that the races were so close - but she was AMAZING. it was also great to watch phelps - although i think that there was so much talk about him that it kind of overshadowed the other comeptitors a bit. oh well...still made for great tv. the gymnastics was also great to watch - both men's and womens. seeing the men's team as the underdogs - they performed SO WELL - that it was a joy to watch - and the ladies - wow - they did fantastic too.
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