Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Vamsi M

Rio USA Gold Medal Athletes - Rio Olympics 2016

Rio Olympics 2016 is taking its pace. USA and China are head to head after winning equal gold medals so far.

But USA has dominated the Chinese counter part with good number of medals in sliver and bronze. Here are the list of gold medal athletes at the Rio Olympics 2016.

USA Gold Medal Athletes Rio 2016

  • Virginia Thrasher Shooting Women's 10 m air rifle August 6
  • Nathan Adrian 
    • Caeleb Dressel
    • Anthony Ervin 
    • Ryan Held
    • Michael Phelps
    • Blake Pieroni Swimming Men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay August 7
  • Katie Ledecky Swimming Women's 400 m freestyle August 7
  • Ryan Murphy Swimming Men's 100 m backstroke August 8
  • Lilly King Swimming Women's 100 m breaststroke August 8
  • Simone Biles
    • Gabby Douglas
    • Laurie Hernandez
    • Madison Kocian
    • Aly Raisman Gymnastics Women's artistic team all-around August 9
  • Katie Ledecky Swimming Women's 200 m freestyle August 9
  • Michael Phelps Swimming Men's 200 m butterfly August 9
  • Gunnar Bentz*
    • Jack Conger*
    • Conor Dwyer
    • Townley Haas
    • Ryan Lochte
    • Michael Phelps
    • Clark Smith* Swimming Men's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay August 9
Checkout full list of gold medal athletes to find out more gold medal winners from other countries too.

Caeleb Dressel: Olympic Gold Medal Winner and future of American Swimming

19 year old Caeleb, one of the biggest and up coming swimmer from America from Florida Gators. But guess what, Caeleb originally didn't wanted to go for swimming, it was his parents wish that has taken him this far today. When the career of the legend Michael Phelps is around to set down now, the new hope is rising in the name of Caeleb Dressel, he is considered as the rising star from America in swimming.

Caeleb Dressel didn't participated on Sunday in the preliminary heat, it was necessary for the player to preserve  his strength and energy. Dressel won a Gold medal with united states in men's 4×100 free relay squad at Rio Olympics 2016. Dressel made a personal record of 48.01 in the first leg.

Dressel from the Green Cone springs is the part of the relay team and  won a Gold in his first attempt. " I just wanted to get my hand on the wall and do the best I could for relay boys and everyone watching"  said Caeleb. Florida's 30 were sure to take  some medals with them and luckily it didn't take them too long to do so. 

Olympic legend Rowdy Gaines had already saw something in the player before the Rio Olympics 2016. Gaines said "Every once in a while, an athlete like that comes along and is just magical to watch in the water, and he is" 

"Great night racing for the best country there is, sweet feeling to have that gold back on U.S. soil."  -From Caeleb Dressel's Twitter account

He is now getting famous outside Jacksonville and Gainesville area too. Gators coach Gregg told the Washington Post " His focus is amazing, if we have a team meeting, its like you're just talking to him". 

This will be the first medal of any kind for Florida's 30 Olympian in Rio Olympics. The year seems very good for the athlete, this medal comes in the same year when he has broken the America and U.S. open records in 100 and 50-yards  free style. Now it doesn't matter what happens in the further games, he has already achieved a lifetime memory.

Anthony Ervin of Valencia Olympic Gold Medal Rio Olympics 2016

35 years old, Anthony Ervin of Valencia, is one of those gold medal winning athletes at the Rio Olympics 2016. He won a gold medal in swimming in heat of 4×100 metre freestyle relay. Ervin swam in the second leg to provide the team the second best-time in the anchor leg. From the teams four legs, the fastest was the one in which Anthony swam, it is 47.65 seconds and the heat was won by U.S. in 3:12.38. 

The relay team consists of Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Held, and Nathon Adrian. France followed the U.S. and completed the challenge in 3:10.53, won silver, and Australia won the bronze in 3:11.37.

Anthony Ervin won his first Olympic gold in Sydney Olympics 2000, at the age of 19. That winning was the highlight of his young life. After that Olympic the athlete was  isolated totally from the games. 

He suffered from the drug addiction, Alcohol problems and the athlete even tired to commit suicide in the same year when he tasted the real success, and won the Gold in Sydney. 

It took him around a decade to come back to the games in London Olympics 2012, where he recovered but only placed 5th.  When asked about how he managed to become fit again and participate in the games he said-

I was running in the mountains," he said. "Running on the beach. Workouts on the beach. Lifting in my friend's garage. I was in many, many different pools, exercising and working on different techniques that were helpful. It just became this amalgamation of different kinds of training."  

Ervin is the oldest competitor in the games at the age of 35, and only one to participate in individual events after 1904. One of the closest person in his life and head coach of the U.S. team said- " He's probably the most interesting human being on our team, may be the whole Olympic team"

Earlier this spring Ervin was seen answering the question about his new book "Chasing the water: Elegy of an Olympian."  A book about the journey of an Olympian from winning gold in the Sydney Olympics 2000,  to selling his medals to support Tsunami relief,  then getting completely isolated from the games and then coming back to it at the highest level.

This medal will make the count of Ervin's Olympic gold medal to 4 since his first one in Sydney Olympics 2000. Ervin has several other events to participate individually in coming week. Ervin said he began swimming when he was less than 1 year old and had an "early fascination with the feel and the freedom." Well we wish the fighter a every long inning. 

Vamsi M

Vamsi M