Two of my most favoritest Olympians finally secured themselves a place in Olympic history by taking their own individual gold medals!
Golden Elf-Child Shawn Johnson, my fave gymnast in these games, finally overcame Silver-fest 2008 (silver in team, all around, and floor) to win the individual gold medal on the balance beam. I couldn’t believe she didn’t score higher on the beam during any of the previous rounds. She was by far the best girl on the beam, hardly a balance-check or wobble in sight. She was precise and powerful, I kept waiting for a 17 to pop up on the screen. But no. Stupid international judges were hesitant to even give her a 16, which she clearly deserved. Her score in the individual was a 16.225, besting her teammate Nastia Liukin who settled for silver.
My other (or rather most) favorite Olympian Ryan Lochte, hottie, and now Olympic Gold Medalist. Also, my future husband. If someone could let him know, that would be great.
Ryan Lochte may have won gold in the men’s 4×200 relay but he was shut out in his first individual event, taking bronze behind Michael Phelps and Laszlo Cseh in the 400 IM. His second individual event was the 200 backstroke, where he was up against the man who tied him for the world record in that event, Aaron Piersol.
He seemingly cruised to a victory in this event (0.38 seconds under his previous world record), easily out-touching Piersol who took silver. This was his first ever individual gold medal, having taken the gold in Athens and Beijing in the 4×200 relay. A mere 27 minutes later, Lochte found himself back in the pool, racing Michael Phelps and Laszlo Cseh again in the 200 IM. Unfortunately for him, the outcome was the same: Bronze. How can he be expected to put up another gold medal performance in SWENTY SEVEN minutes?? Especially going against the best swimmer ever, one Michael Phelps. Whatever. The backstroke is his event anyways, and now he is an Olympic Gold medalist. WOOT!