Month: August 2016

31 takeaways from the 31st Olympiad

By: Trey Walker


The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are finally in the books. Check out 31 significant numbers to commemorate the 31st Olympics….

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Goals in international play by American winger, Megan Rapinoe. However, Rapinoe did not score any goals in Rio as her team fell short of reaching the podium for the first time since Women’s Soccer became an Olympic sport.

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Amount of points the United States men’s basketball team beat Serbia by in the Gold Medal match. Duke’s very own Coach K led the US to their 3rd straight gold medal.

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International rugby events for Carlin Isles. Rio was his first representing the United States in the Olympics.

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Sports that Team USA competed in. Of the 28 sports, 121 medals came home.

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Gold medals earned by Team USA’s female athletes. If the women decided to form their own country they would have finished tied with Great Britain in gold medals.

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26-0. Score of the first victory for Team USA in Olympic Rugby; this year’s games was the first to feature Rugby since 1924.

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Male American Swimmers.

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Basketball players. Every single player plays professionally in either WNBA or NBA.

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Gold medals earned by Michael Phelps. Over his five visits to the Olympics, he has earned 28 medals total.

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22,000 Brazilian military members assigned to the Rio Games. The military made up a fraction of the 85,000 total security detail.

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April 21st, 2016. The day that the Olympic torch was lit for the Rio Games in the birthplace of the Olympics: Olympia, Greece.

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Olympics sponsored by Coca-Cola. (Since 1928)

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Total medals collected by host nation, Brazil.

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Gold medals up for grabs in gymnastics. The United States earned 4 of the 18 available. (22% gold medal winning percentage)

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Days of competition.

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Kanak Jha

Age of Kanak Jha, the youngest athlete to represent Team USA in Rio(table tennis).

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Age of female swimmer phenomenon, Katie Ledecky when she received her first Gold Medal.

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Athletes from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; more than any other college in the state of North Carolina.

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World Record breaking performances by US swimmer Katie Ledecky in her career(most recently: 800 Meter).

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$11.5-12 Billion. The estimated expenses for the Olympics.

11- Olympic Partners (IOC)

Worldwide Sponsors of the Games.

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10.4 K athletes participated from 206 different countries.

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Gold Medals by Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. After going 9/9 in all of his Olympic races, he is now considered the fastest man ever. He has never come in any places other than 1st.

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Golfers(including the world’s top 4) declined playing in Rio due to the Zika Virus concerns.

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Million tickets available for purchase of the different events.

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Olympics for American sharpshooter, Kim Rhode. She is the 1st member from Team USA to medal in 6 Olympics.

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Medals for 4’9″ gymnast, Simone Biles. Biles finished her successful trip to Rio tied for the most medals by a United States gymnast in 1 Olympics.

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Billion global viewers of the Rio Games.

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3,000 Brazilians forced to relocate their residence by the construction of the different venues for the Games.

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New Olympic Sports: Golf and Rugby.

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Place the United States finished in the medal count for the 6th straight Olympics, with 121.

 

 

 

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Team USA Ready To Roll

By: Trey Walker


Four years have slowly passed since London, and this Friday marks the beginning of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Team USA looks well represented across the board, but the basketball team in particular seems to be a clear favorite for the gold already. It is Coach K’s last giddy-up with the national team, and he plans to return home with another gold for the homeland. A handful of players declined to play for the stars and stripes this go round for many reasons(Zika Virus concerns, rest, and others), but here is the group of players that the US rounded up…


United States of America Olympic Team Roster

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Team USA in a press conference. PC: USA Today

(#15)- Forward, Carmelo Anthony

(#8)- Forward, Harrison Barnes

(#4)- Forward, Jimmy Butler

(#12)- Center, DeMarcus Cousins

(#9)- Guard, DeMar DeRozan

(#5)- Forward, Kevin Durant

(#13)- Guard, Paul George

(#14)- Forward, Draymond Green

(#10)- Guard, Kyrie Irving

(#6)- Center, DeAndre Jordan

(#7)- Guard, Kyle Lowry

(#11)- Guard, Klay Thompson

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Assistant Coaches: Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau, and Monty Williams


Draymond Green Gone Nuts…..(Literally)

There haven’t been that many off-of-the-court distractions leading up to the Olympics, except for the troubled Golden State Warrior, Draymond Green. On Monday, July 11th, Green was arrested on assault charges after beating a Michigan State football player in an East Lansing bar. A plea bargain was later met between Green and local law enforcement that would lower his charge to a noise infraction, and pay a $560 fee.

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Green has been struggling in the face of the media lately. PC:nypost.com

The fun didn’t stop there.

Green was caught accidentally posting explicit pictures of his groin area up for the public to see on his Snapchat this last week. Initially, he claimed to have been hacked, but later admitted to hitting the wrong button.

Otherwise, the national team has been taking care of business in their pre-olympic showcase series. During some moments, the Americans have been showboating a good amount. In the 107-57 victory over China, Coach K said after the game, “We had a little bit too much fun out there tonight. We have to tone that down a little bit.”

The United States went undefeated in exhibition play(5-0), and averaged a 43 point victory margin in those games. This team isn’t the Dream Team, but they are also not a squad of washed up scrubs. Coach K has more versatility in his lineup than most other countries do,(the USA is the only competing country that has all team members as active NBA players).

Teams that could possibly upset the Americans:

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France:

The French stand a remote chance, primarily because their starting 5 contains 3 NBA players: Rudy Gobert, Nic Batum, and Tony Parker. In addition, the French bench is relatively deep, highlighted by former Euroleague MVP, Nando De Colo, Spurs Forward, Boris Diaw, and Nuggets big man, Joffrey Auvergne.

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Furthermore, the reigning Eurobasket champions will put up a fight with their strong inside presence. Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic both have been great for the Spaniards in national play.

What it comes down to: Nobody is going to beat the United States. 

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