We’re now well into the Olympics, and countless storylines have developed. London 2012 has been a highly-entertaining affair, and Canada has already secured a decent number of medals, good for twelfth overall. With the long weekend in the books, The Wanderer Online is providing you with a quick update up Olympics-related news. Though our list is not exhaustive, it is more than enough to make the cut with office small-talk. If you want more reading material, check out Deadspin.com, Gelf Magazine, Sports Illustrated, TSN and ESPN.
The London 2012 triathlon competitions did not evolve as planned for Canada. Paula Findlay, who only last year established herself as a gold medal favourite, finished well out of medal contention. Since the Edmonton Triathlon last summer, Findlay has been recovering from a hip injury. Thankfully, she has plenty of time to recover and climb the podium in 2016.
On the men’s side, Simon Whitfield was fourteenth out of the water – a strong position, considering his quick running – but crashed on the bike, leading to a DNF. The Brownlee twins from Great Britain finished first and third overall, following a blazing 10 kilometer run around Hyde Park. These twins will continue to dominate triathlon in years to come.
For Canadians, the women’s team loss to the United States is one of the major Olympics storylines. Despite three Christine Sinclair goals, the US prevailed 4-3 in the final seconds of extra time. Officiating was quite controversial, with many fans flabbergasted by a questionable delay of game call by the Canadian goalkeeper.
On the men’s side, Great Britain was ousted by South Korea in one of the quarterfinals matches. Though the South Korean side is a worthy opponent, the UK loss comes as a surprise, considering the team’s dominance in group play. The two semi-finals involve South Korea versus Brazil and Japan versus Mexico.
TRACK AND FIELD
Oscar Pistorius made his way to the semi-finals in the 400 meter dash, where he would lose to Kirani James of Grenada, the eventual Olympics champion. In the final, James ran a 43.94, finishing ahead of Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic. Keep in mind that James is only nineteen years-old, and Santos is still eighteen.
Of course, Usain Bolt took the 100 meter title, pulling by his opponents after an ‘average’ start. Tyson Gay of the United States narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth. His perseverance amidst serious injuries is a testament to the Olympics spirit.
The women’s tournament is dominated by the States, which knocked Canada out of the tournament in the quarters. Still, the Canadians topped both Great Britain and Brazil en route to the quarters, an impressive accomplishment.
Though the USA, led by Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and other NBA All-Stars is currently undefeated, they have been tested. Lithuania, a constant thorn in the Americans’ side, just missed a major upset. Russia, Brazil and Spain all stand a chance at eliminating the Americans, though that probably won’t happen.