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The Top 3 Biggest Stars at the Olympics So Far

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With the Olympics a little more than halfway completed, there have been a few clear winners so far. While the USA battles it out with China for the overall medal count lead, let’s focus on the individual stars of the Games with our own Winners of the Olympics (so far) podium.

Bronze – Michael Phelps

Not to say “I told you so,” but I pretty much nailed this one. Phelps proved he is still the king by picking up where he left off in Beijing. Phelps won six medals (four gold), enough to set the all-time record for any Olympian. #swag. Ryan Lochte, the heir apparent to Phelps’ throne, looked the part when he took gold in their first head-to-head race. Lochte failed to win another gold, though, and proved to be more of a one hit wonder…Sir Mix a Lot if you will.

While Phelps showed the world he’s still the man, he only takes bronze here because he set the bar so high. After eight golds in Beijing, it takes a lot to top my imaginary podium. Maybe 2016 for you, Sir Mix a Lochte.

Silver – Gabby Douglas

The darling of the Olympics, Gabby Douglas, flew under the radar while her more heralded teammates took the headlines leading into competition. Gabby’s consistency earned her the right to represent the USA in the All-Around competition and eventually the gold medal.

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Despite her “out of nowhere” story, charming personality, and smile, everything wasn’t positive for Gabby. The internets took the opportunity to slander her hair. In all honesty, it wasn’t the fresh perm on the outside of the Dark and Lovely box, but she was busy winning the gold medal! We’ve all looked worse while doing much less with our lives. I even took the opportunity to poke fun at Gabby’s hilariously horrible version of the Dougie. Thankfully, Gabby rose above the hate and accepted her newfound stardom with refreshing humility and confidence.

Here’s to continued success and lots of endorsement money for Gabby. *raises glass*

Gold – Usain Bolt

The man of the Olympics thus far has definitely been Usain Bolt. Usain had faltered somewhat heading into the Games, losing a couple big races to countryman Yohan Blake. After qualifying for the 100 meter final with relative ease, the stage was set for a great showdown.

Eight of the fastest people on the planet lined up for the crown of “World’s Fastest Man,” headlined by three from Jamaica (Bolt, Blake, and Asafa Powell) and three from the USA (Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, and Ryan Bailey). Since you know how to use the internet, you know that Bolt won the race with a time of 9.63 and took the title of “Fastest Person Ever.”

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What makes Bolt the biggest winner of the Games so far is the hype leading up to the race. Twitter and Facebook were on fire, the US Men’s Basketball team scrambled to their seats for the event, and millions of others (myself included) were feverishly…and futilely…trying to find a working online stream to catch the event live. This race was the centerpiece of the Olympics and Bolt stole the show. With the world watching and no room for error (seven of the eight runners finished under 10 seconds), Bolt put his doubters to rest and beat out several worthy challengers to his throne. Excuse me while I pick up a 12-pack of Red Stripe and a bottle of Ting to celebrate.

This is how I rate the winners thus far. What do you think? Obviously NBC is the biggest loser so far for this tape delay nonsense, but who else deserves a mention as a winner at the Olympics so far? Who else is poised for a big performance as the Olympics comes to a close? All other thoughts are welcome!

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  1. Oscar Pistorius has to go in there some how some way… He didn't even qualify for the final, but we can't call him "Po' Lil' Tink Tink" anymore. He earned the respect of many and DEFINITELY has the heart of a champion.

    Kirani James also gets honorable mention. Grenada's first Olympic medal and it's gold! I look forward to seeing him in years to come as I think he'll be the only man close to breaking Michael Johnson's world record.

    As for who else is going to have a great moment at the games… I say Allyson Felix. This women's 200m final will be nothing short of amazing, short of if anyone false starts… That would be all bad everything.
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  2. To comment on an athlete's hair is a complete disrespect to all female athletes. It highlights everything that is wrong with the Natural Hair Nazis.

    I can't rock with 2 out of 3 being the stars of last Olympics and doing worst. its not that Bolt's time was slower, he just didn't break his own world record.

    I would say Alex Morgan, because she has that clutch gene.

    China, because they are really showing that the 08 is not a fluke and they are athletes, even though they only win in sports black people don't play.

    Lastly, Andy Murray, because he dominated the best player of all time to win on his home country at Wimbledon where he just blew a lead vs Roger just a couple weeks ago.
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    1. Alex Morgan even know it went in, lmao. She's that kid on the team who always is in the right place at the right time, but has no clue why any of it happens.

    2. Andy Murray is a great one. I discount it slightly because of how weird his match with Federer was. Just got the feeling that it mattered more to Murray than Fed. In the end it doesn't matter much though…great story for an athlete of the host country.

      Agree with China though I was focusing on individual athletes. Didn't find an individual story with the impact of the three above.

      Like your point about the hair 'contreversy' too. That it was brought up at all really upset me.

  3. Given Bolt had more hype because he wasn't supposed to win this year, but I've got to give it to Gabby. She's 16 and new to the scene and has basically taken the world by storm. I don't care what people were saying, everybody wanted to see if Bolt could repeat it. He did and that's great but I was a lot more inspired by Gabby.

    And I think Serena deserves a mention. Maybe not a medalist, but she was in the finals for the c-walk.
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  4. Lochte win was like the Thunder in Game 1…everyone was quick to pass the throne until Phelps re-introduced himself. He didn’t repreat Beijing but he’s retiring on top, you can’t beat that.

    Gabby is a great story, not just for her and her family but you realize she’s 16. the modern american dream is to go and get your mama that house with the picket fence she couldn’t afford. Can’t top it.

    My gold goes to Andy Murray who is the only UK Olympian who made legit noise so far. A perennial tennis major loser, Murray picked THE event to show out.

    Honorable mentions

    Kirani James, Usain Bolt, Serena, Missy Franklin,

    1. <q>Lochte win was like the Thunder in Game 1…everyone was quick to pass the throne until Phelps re-introduced himself.</q>

      Lol, well said.

  5. You pointed out a pretty good point about Gabby coming out of nowhere. There have never been more conspiracy theorists than this year with the Olympics. Never. People spent so much time talking about how Gabby was portrayed in the media, or her hair, because they didn't just want to be happy. There had to be some epic story behind how she overcame everything in the world to win gold. It really didn't need to be all that, she came, she saw, she conquered and that was a great story in its own right.

    You have to keep in mind that this was Jordyn's team. Jordyn took gold with the team and in the all-around last year at the World Championships and then immediately she was tabbed as the leader of this team. The US was looking for Jordyn to chase gold. The story was about her. Gabby on the other hand, only earned a team gold and didn't even place in any individual events at the World Championships. Of course, the coverage was about Jordyn and when the team won, that's who they would focus on regardless. I didn't get upset at anything about that. You never saw Steve Kerr or John Paxson on the front of the paper when the Bulls won a championship, that's just how the media works.

    Gabby is a great story, but that was just an explanation of why it seems that Gabby came out of nowhere. Now that we all know the past, know that in the future, it's Gabby's team. Now we've got to get ready for that.

  6. (ALL of the athletes that ran with him. Track bodies. Yes.)

    I dunno. I was wondering if I should just hold off on watching the Olympics because I heard there’s something like 3100 hours of footage so I figured I’d just wait until it’s over and go through the events I wanna see, choose the people whose career’s I wanna follow until the next Olympics and beyond. I’ve peeped the highlights but that isn’t enough to add a new name to the mix but I would like to give honorable mentions to the men who ran with Bolt. Just because, you know, I had to watch the race like ten times before I realized who won: I was tryna see…their form. They have awesome form when they’re running. Track stars. I was just tryna peep like, are all of their…forms….fine as all h*ll? mm!

    lol. but the Announcer is mad funny hyping it up which he does on all Bolt’s races. He makes me laugh. Announcer: “He came here — he didn’t even have to run the best race he’s ever run. EVERYBODY ELSE had to run a personal best *just* to compete.” lol @ competing against your own records. Dude is amazing. *does victory dance with him* That’s just awesome, totally with you on giving him the gold medal.

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