By Spencer J., 4R and Caleb M. 4Coor
This summer, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, and many other US Olympians dominated the Olympics. At Rio de Janeiro, the crowds piled in from every corner to witness the Olympic events.
David Boudia and Steele Johnson, who are synchronized male divers, just fell short to China for the gold, but Boudia and Johnson still got the silver medal.
The basketball team planned to win with Duke basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski. The team had stars like Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving. The USA beat Serbia in the finals.
The 19-year-old Katie Ledecky smashed her 800-meter freestyle record. Also, Michael Phelps, in his final Olympics, won many of the events he swam in.
While Durant and Ledecky were performing well, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and the other USA Olympic gymnasts were killing it in the gymnastic events and won the all around championship too. Simone Biles has an impossible move named after her, it’s called the Biles. With lots of the Russian gymnasts out with drugs, Simone shone through. She had a dominant floor routine with Aly Raisman right behind her earning silver.
Another US Olympian who was super was the track and field star Mark Centrowitz. He achieved the gold in the 1500 meter race. He was the first USA Olympian to win a gold in the 1500m since 1908! The favorite, Asbel Kiprop, fell back and finished 6th. Nick Willis of New Zealand got the bronze. Mark’s time was 3:50.00. In 2013, the all around championship, Mark got the silver and in 2012 he got 4th place. Mark’s first 1500 title came in 2011.
Corey Cogdell and Ginny Thrasher both won medals in women’s shooting. Kimberly Rhode is the most medaled women in the USA. She won bronze in another shooting event. She (Kimberly Rhode) has a total of 5 medals (3 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze).
The next Olympics in 2020 should be as nail-biting as Rio de Janeiro.