Last night, having avoided all Olympic news during the day, I summoned from the genie cave of my DVR the videos of the events. I watched, of course, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky win gold medals. He was pretty fired up after the 200m butterfly.
I also watched the gymnastics gals from these USA crush the opposition.
Today I’ve enjoyed a little Rugby, which I’m still working on grasping. There are a few fine points of turn overs that I don’t quite get.
I also saw the nail biting defeat of the US men’s team by Italy in Volleyball.
There was more women’s sabre today. The field is getting culled.
The really interesting winner today was Fehaid Al-Deehani of the Independent Olympic Athletes team “refugees” who marched in under the Olympic flag. 6th time in the Olympics for him. He is an officer in the Kuwaiti military. Kuwait was suspended from the Olympics for some reason. He refused to carry the Olympic flag, because he is an officer. He picked up shooting from his sister, who was a world-level competitor. My experience is that women are often better shots than men, depending on the type of shooting. They can keep very still and they often don’t have the same sort of ego in it.
He bested Italy’s Marco Innocenti in the double trap final to win the first gold medal for the IOC team. The double trap shooting is incredibly fast. I’ve done some trap and it’s tough enough with one, but two so quickly is amazing.