Eating Crow, Humble Pie + Other Food Metaphors That Sum Up Rio RN

Plus, what to watch out for Day 11

17-year-old Sydney McLaughlin

Team USA had to eat a slice of humble pie with their churrasco today. In gymnastics, no U.S. men qualified for today’s finals on rings or vault. Simone Biles even revealed that she is, in fact, human and stumbled on the beam to take bronze (which of course is still nothing to sneeze at, along with teammate Laurie Hernandez’s silver medal; read the rest of our event recap here). The U.S. women’s field hockey team was eliminated, as was the men’s beach volleyball team (the former by Germany, the latter by Brazil). Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas just barely beat USA’s Allyson Felix for the 400m dash title.

It wasn’t all “just okay” news coming from Rio today. For the U.S., the men’s indoor volleyball team beat Mexico 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, the women’s water polo team defeated Brazil 13-3 with nine different players scoring to move onto semis, and 17-year-old Sydney McLaughlin qualified for the 400m hurdle semifinals; cheer her on tomorrow! First-time Olympian Clayton Murphy, 21, also claimed a bronze medal in the 800m final while David Rudisha of Kenya defended his gold medal title.

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Is #MaturationMonday a thing? It might need to become one, even if it’s just for this throwback photo posted by USA Swimming. From Katie Ledecky’s receiving an autograph from Michael Phelps to signing one for him in Rio, she has firmly established herself as another one of swimming’s biggest stars.

To celebrate his historic third straight gold medal, 6’5”, 286lb wrestler Mijain Lopez of Cuba body slammed his (much smaller) coach into the mat. See it at the 1:20 mark of this video:

That’s gotta hurt.

TV coverage involving female athletes (either directly or indirectly) this Olympics has been a bit fraught, and unfortunately Sunday night was no exception: After Andy Murray won his second tennis gold medal, commentator John Inverdale congratulated him on being the only person to do so. While this is true for singles tennis, Inverdale wasn’t that specific, so Murray had to correct him by saying “I think Venus and Serena have won about four each.” Good on you, Andy. As for you, Inverdale? C’mon, man.

In more refreshing news, it has been brought to our attention that on Saturday night, Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui mentioned a topic that is very rarely broached on live TV: menstruation. When a reporter commented that she looked like she was in pain, Yuanhui replied, “My period came last night.” While she (rightly) refused to use it as an excuse for her performance, we always appreciate it when the world is reminded that periods are in fact a monthly annoyance for 50% of the world’s population.

What to watch, Tuesday, August 16 (All times ET):

8 a.m. — Track and field, NBCSN

10 a.m. — Track and field, including men’s triple jump final (USA’s Christian Taylor attempts to defend his final) and women’s discuss final, NBC

Noon — Women’s soccer, Sweden vs. Brazil semifinal match, NBCSN

1 p.m. (Delayed to prime-time show) — Gymnastics, apparatus finals, men’s parallel bars and high bar, women’s floor (with USA’s Simone Biles and Aly Raisman), NBC

1 p.m. — Women’s volleyball, USA vs. Japan quarterfinal match, NBC

3 p.m. — Women’s soccer, Canada vs. Germany semifinal match, NBCSN

5 p.m. (Delayed to prime-time show) — Men’s diving, 3m springboard final, featuring China’s Cao Tuan snd He Chao, NBC

5:30 p.m. — Women’s basketball, USA vs. Japan quarterfinal game, NBCSN

8 p.m. — Track and field, including women’s 1,500m final, men’s 110m hurdles final and men’s high jump final, NBC


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