On Monday August 13, Sasha Sproule and Emerson Csorba of The Wanderer shared their top five storylines of the London 2012 Olympics. Today, it’s Bennett Csorba’s turn to publish his top storylines. Take a look, and remember to come back tomorrow for additional contributions to the top five.
5. While the Men’s 73 kg judo final at the Olympics was not nail-biter like some of Michael Phelps races, and was not infused with mass hype like the men’s 100 meter dash finals, it did result in one of the most hilarious, unsportsmanlike celebrations I’ve ever seen. Keeping in style with fellow Russian Artem Anisimov (see video below), gold medalist Isaev Mansur mounted Japanese runner up Riki Nakaya, and proceeded to straddle him with arms flaring for several seconds. Mansur then stood over top of Nakaya in a similar pose, showboating an insane amount of chest hair and finally left Nakaya to rally the crowd. All this came after turning down a ceremonial handshake as well. Most major networks refused to recap the event, for good reason, as it was not in line with the Olympic spirit at all, and the disrespectful, somewhat disgusting cele only served to further some Russian stereotypes.
4. It was evident before the London 2012 games started that there would be a new all-time individual medal record holder by the time the games ended. Michael Phelps finished the games with 22 total medals all-time, 18 of them gold. While his races with Ryan Lochte were entertaining, I enjoyed watching his 200 meter butterfly the most, where South Africa’s Chad le Clos just edged Phelps in a touch finish. This was the world-class swimmer’s first Olympic silver, and despite it coming in a loss in his best stroke, it felt like the most well-earned medal of the games.
3. It was only after the fact that the world learned American sprinter Manteo Mitchell had broken his left fibula halfway into his segment of a 4x400m qualifying dash. The reason why spectators world-wide – even in the stadium – did not realize this is because Mitchell finished his portion in 46 seconds, a great leg one could say. With his team qualifying in the heat, and eventually taking silver in the finals, the 200 meters Mitchell ran on an iron will alone is surely one of the most astounding performances in Olympic history.
2. Andy Murray avenging his Wimbledon loss against Roger Federer at the Olympics in straight-sets, back at Wimbledon in front of a home crowd was one of the best British moments at the games. Much more pleasant than watching Paul McCartney struggle over a medley in the opening ceremonies. Yes sir, indeed. God save the Queen.
1. Mexico wins Men’s Soccer 2-1 over Brazil.
In a two-goal performance that will likely send Oribe Peralta to Manchester United, Mexico toppled Brazil to take its first Olympic gold in Men’s soccer. Despite being a global football powerhouse and the heavy favorite, Brazil had also never won an Olympic gold in Men’s soccer heading into the final. The Men’s soccer tournament was full of huge upsets, with Great Britain losing to South Korea on penalties in the quarter-finals, and defending World Cup, Euro Cup country team Spain being knocked out in the round robin portion in a group of Honduras, Morocco and Japan.
Bonus: The women’s soccer match between Canada and the States gained a lot of attention, with rockets Alex Morgan, Heather Mitts, Kelly O’Hara and Hope Solo – what a name – headlining a lot of post game coverage.