2016 Olympics: Red, White, Blue, and Gold

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL –Celebrated every 4 years, the Summer Olympics are finally back this August. With a total 555 American athletes sent to Brazil, new records and incredible moments were bound to be made. Athletes of various sports are setting both Olympic and world records.

The legendary swimmer, Michael Phelps, led a U.S. victory this past week before his retirement. Teammates Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, and Nathan Adrian joined him in swimming the 4x100m medley relay, finishing in 3 minutes and 27.95 seconds, an Olympic record.

Recently disappointed with his performance and tired of the sport, Phelps is officially ending his record-breaking career after spending almost 2 decades in the pool. He is walking away with 28 medals, 23 of them gold. No athlete in other sports has more than 9 gold medals.

Considered as the female Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, 19 years old, recently won 4 gold medals at the Olympic Games. Ledecky broke the world record in women’s 800m Freestyle Swimming with total time 8:04.79, breaking her own world record with 2 seconds to spare… and 11 full seconds ahead of her second place competition. She also broke both Olympic and world records for the 400m Freestyle, even breaking her own record by 3.61 seconds.

“I just like to swim…fast. I don’t think about the distance,” Ledecky explained.

Another swimmer, Simone Manuel, 20 years old, is the first African-American woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming in the Olympics. She set a new Olympic record in swimming the women’s 100m freestyle with a tie with Canadian, Penny Oleksiak, total time of 52.70.

Simone Biles, 19 years old, had a record-tying 4th gold medal in the Rio Olympics in a team all-around and individual competition, both vault and floor routines. Biles is the 5th and the only 1st African-American woman to win 4 gymnastics gold medals in a single Olympics game. It is very impressive for her first appearance at the games.

“There’s no way to describe it,” she said. “It has been an amazing time for us all. It’s like every dream you’ve ever had coming true. It’s all been wonderful. This has been an unforgettable experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

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There were so much record-breaking news that occurred because of our amazing athletes. Other Americans that broke Olympic records were Virginia Thrasher in women’s shooting 10m air rifle and Lilly King in swimming, in the women’s 100m breaststroke. Both Olympic and world records were set by the United State’s women’s track cycling team, defeating Australia.

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