What Had Happened Was: 8/15/16
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This weekend may have only had two days in it, but enough happened that it feels more like a week. Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, blew past American sprinter Justin Gatlin during Sunday night’s 100-meter final, becoming the first Olympian to take home three straight 100-meter gold medals. The United States women’s basketball team continues to deliver that work to squad after squad, and it’s becoming clearer — we may have sent a dream team to Rio de Janeiro. Speaking of domination, Michael Phelps may have finished his last race ever. If he goes out, Phelps does so covered — literally covered — in gold medals and admiration.
It can’t all be domination and blowouts, though. For the U.S. men’s basketball team, the (somewhat) struggle continued after squeaking out a three-point win over Rudy Gobert’s France team. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad may be 5-0 so far, but Sunday’s win, combined with Friday’s three-point win over Serbia, mark the closest games for Team USA since it lost to Argentina in the semifinals of the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece.
“This isn’t a tournament that we’re going to just dominate,” Team USA swingman Paul George said after the 100-97 victory over France. “There’s talent around this world and they’re showcasing it. For us, it’s just figuring out how we’re going to win. We’re having spurts of dominating, but we’re just not finding ways to put a full 40 minutes together.”
Wednesday’s quarterfinals await Team USA, but the opponent won’t be known until later Monday. One positive for the men’s team: Going into Sunday’s game, Klay Thompson was shooting 15 percent (4-for-26) from the floor and 17 percent (3-for-18) on 3-pointers through four games. After unloading for 30 points against France, the real Thompson has arrived.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 14, 2016
Klay Thompson update. pic.twitter.com/CVKnfQout8
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) August 14, 2016
With all the excitement of the past three days, there’s no reason for us to limit blessings to one person or team. Instead, we’re going to spread the love!
HISTORY. Monica Puig wins women's singles final, giving Puerto Rico its 1st gold medal in Olympic history. pic.twitter.com/obsbyg3SZu
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 13, 2016
— Shireen Footybedsheets Ahmed (@_shireenahmed_) August 13, 2016
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 14, 2016
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 14, 2016
— Mitch Goldich (@mitchgoldich) August 15, 2016
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) August 12, 2016
Draymond Green loves volleyball. pic.twitter.com/8DkVisjSgv
— Grant Brisbee (@GrantBrisbee) August 15, 2016
KD: "Hey, my boy over here wanna holla at you for a minute"
— Astasia Williams (@AstasiaWill) August 15, 2016
When that last shot of tequila you know you shouldnt have taken hits: pic.twitter.com/mfXNwIljrW
— Dwob Wade (@World_Wide_Wob) August 15, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
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TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. GET YO HEIGHT UP
The best part of Kevin Hart's wedding pic is him standing 10 feet in the foreground to be as tall as his wife. pic.twitter.com/EPAp3dtmms
— Travon Free (@Travon) August 14, 2016
2. CRYING RN
This how ya girl walks in when she catches you in a lie and her best friend help her solve the case. pic.twitter.com/29HmYNQhrO
— X (@XLNB) August 14, 2016
3. I’M NOT YOUR AVERAGE WOMAN
Check out the rest of our brother Jerry Bembry’s story following the Department of Justice’s recent report on the Baltimore Police Department.
When God got you, you can't lose. It wasn't the easiest journey, but I couldn't be happier with my first Olympics!🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/99p2jg8Ymp
— Simone Manuel (@simone_manuel) August 14, 2016
— Jermaine 🏳️🌈 (@jermainedesign) August 13, 2016
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 12, 2016