Olympics 2012: 6 Things You May Have Missed From Thursday’s Games (VIDEOS)
On Thursday night alone, Team USA dominated some of the biggest and elusive events in both swimming and gymnastics, while also setting new standards in lesser-viewed sports like Judo, as well.
So, what went down during Thursday’s coverage?
Celebuzz‘s complete rundown below:
1.) Gabby Douglas Carries On America’s Legacy in Gymnastics All-Around
Sixteen-year-old Gabby Douglas gave a flawless performance in the women’s gymnastics all-around, taking the Gold with a score of 62.232 points. Her cool, calm and collected routines were more than enough to beat the Silver and Bronze medalists, Victoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina of Russia — who earned 61.973 and 59.566, respectively. (Aly Raisman of the United States finished in fourth after a tie-breaker.)
2.) Michael Phleps Earns 20th Olympic Medal
Swimmer Michael Phelps made more history in the pool, winning his 20th (yes, 20th) Olympic medal, a Gold, in the 200IM. His teammate, Ryan Lochte, finished in second. Phelps remains the most decorated Olympian of all time, putting himself two medals ahead of the previous record holder, Larisa Latynina of Russia, who earned 18 medals in her gymnastics career.
3.) Tyler Clary Upsets Ryan Lochte
Tyler Clary, who created controversy over disparaging comments he made recently about Michael Phelps, shocked everyone by winning the 200-meter backstroke over Bronze medalist and heavy favorite Ryan Lochte. Ryosuke Irie of Japan finished with the Silver.
4.) Rebecca Soni Breaks Her Own World Record
Speaking of swimming: American Rebecca Soni defended her title in the 200-meter breaststroke, and even broke her own world record in the process, finishing with a stunning time of 2:19.59. Soni is now the only Olympian to win back-to-back Golds in the 200-meter breaststroke.
5.) Kayla Harrison Makes History in Judo
Kayla Harrison became the first American to win Gold in Judo on Thursday, in the 78kg division. The 22-year-old, who overcame sexual abuse by a former coach on her road to victory, beat Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain 2-0 in the final, and burst into tears on the podium.
6.) Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne Get in the Olympic Spirit
Music superstars Beyonce and Lil’ Wayne showed off their Olympic spirit online this week. On her blog Thursday, Beyonce congratulated Gabby Douglas on her victory in the All-Around, writing, “A huge congratulations to 16 year old Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas – WOW – what a thrill to watch you take this Gold! – enjoy this moment, its yours. Thank you for inspiring all of us! Love, B.” Wayne, meanwhile, tweeted his support to swimmer Ryan Lochte, saying, “Much luv to Ryan Lochte and the USA swim team!!!!” Lochte later responded with: “thanks man appreciate it. When I get back we gotta go skateboarding #Jeah”