Rio Gets Real + What to Watch Day 10

The Good (Usain Bolt) … the Bad (Lochte robbed) … and the Ugly (social media, of course!)

Usain Bolt does it again (is he even breaking a sweat?) Image via NY Times

While we were basking in the afterglow of a Michael Phelps Grand Finale and waiting for a Usain Bolt three-peat in the 100m (mission accomplished!) — we got the sobering news that Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were robbed at gunpoint early Sunday.

Crime and bad luck can happen anywhere, but this does raise questions about the IOC’s responsibility for helping a city handle a spectacle such as this, and provide the safest possible environment for athletes, media and fans. Read an on-the-ground report from our Rio correspondent.


Simone Biles wins gold in the vault, after a silver and bronze at Worlds. Madison Kocian takes home silver in the uneven bars, while Gabby Douglas finishes a disappointing 7th and left Rio in tears thanks to social media haters. (We got you, Gabs.)

Alex Naddour’s Bronze finish on pommel horse is the first medal for the USA men’s gymnastics team this Olympics, and the first time the U.S. has earned a medal on horse since 1984.

Michelle Carter bringing home the gold. Image via Yahoo Sports

Michelle Carter became the first U.S. woman to win a gold in shot put and, with her dad Michael, the first father-daughter combo to medal. (Pops won shot put silver in LA in 1984. Oh and he also played nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, and won three Super Bowls with them.) Looks like greatness runs in the family.

Sarah Robles won the first U.S. weightlifting medal since 2000, with a bronze for lifting 286kg (~650 lbs) total; 126kg in the snatch and 160kg in the clean and jerk. (Dirty. Jokes. Everywhere.)

USA Women’s basketball cruised by China 105–62, en route to the semifinals (their only issue was Elena Delle Donne missing the game because Tamika Catchings accidentally poked her in the eye). Meanwhile, USA Men’s basketball squeaked by France 100–97 to remain undefeated as they head to the quarterfinals.

Brit Andy Murray wins back-to-back Olympic gold in the men’s tennis singles finals, defeating Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro. And Japan’s Kei Nishikori defeated Rafa Nadal for the bronze.

Golf was actually exciting in Rio, thanks to the intense battle between Brit Justin Rose and Swede Henrik Stenson—and despite of the big names who opted to stay home for fear of Zika. Rose took gold, Stenson silver and American Matt Kuchar bronze. Always outspoken NBC commentator Johnny Miller added this quip, “By the way, no mosquitoes that I see.”

In the second marriage proposal of these Olympics (the first was Brazilian rugby sevens player Isadora Cerullo who got engaged to her girlfriend after a 7th-place performance by the Brazilian team)—but Chinese diver He Zi’s engagement was pure gold, or rather, silver. After her incredible performance Sunday in the 3m springboard, earning her a silver medal, her boyfriend proposed right there at the podium. Zi had said her now-fiancé had been acting strange all day and seemed to be memorizing something. Yep. Sounds about right.

Oh, and then there was that time that tipsy Brazilian bride-to-be Maria crashed the BBC live broadcast from Copacabana Beach.

A lesson for your Monday: Great Britain’s Mo Farah actually falls down during the 10,000m race — and goes on to win gold! (Think of that the next time you spill coffee on yourself in the morning and think your entire day is ruined.)

And now, what to watch Monday, August 15. All times ET. (Take the day off! We’ll write you a note.)

8:30 a.m.: Track and field, NBCSN

10 a.m.: Track and field, including women’s 3,000m steeplechase final (with USA’s Emma Coburn), women’s hammer throw final, NBC

10:30 a.m.: Men’s Volleyball, USA vs. Mexico in preliminary round, NBC

11:30 a.m.: Women’s field hockey, USA vs. Germany quarterfinal, NBCSN

1 p.m.: (delayed to prime-time show) Gymnastics, apparatus finals, beam for women, rings and vault for men, NBC

2:15 p.m.: (delayed to prime-time show) Men’s diving 3m springboard preliminary, NBC

5:20 p.m.: Women’s water polo, USA vs. Brazil quarterfinal, CNBC

6:15 p.m.: Men’s boxing, gold-medal heavyweight bout, Russian Evgeny Tishchenko vs. Kazakh Vassiliy Levit, NBCSN

7:15 p.m.: Track and field, Allyson Felix goes for her first gold medal, in 400m, men’s pole vault final and 800m final, NBC

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