The Moment: Anthony Ervin Takes the Road Less Traveled to Rio Gold
Sure, many athletes have won multiple Olympic golds. But doing so 16 years apart? That may be a group of one.
The Moment: Michael Phelps Cements His Legacy - As a Teammate
There is a wonderful bit of irony in the fact that the greatest individual Olympian of all time capped his career by contributing to a relay gold.
The Moment: Maya DiRado Backs into Retirement with Olympic Gold
Maya DiRado knew she was trailing the “Iron Lady,” but she didn’t know she was trailing by that much. She still can’t quite believe that she charged back from such a deficit.
The Moment: Ryan Held, Golden
If you weren’t familiar with Ryan Held before the Olympics this summer, you aren’t alone.
The Moment: Plummer Makes His Mark
David Plummer’s driving force behind claiming his spot on the team heading for Rio can be traced almost exclusively to his heart-wrenching disappointment in 2012.
The Moment: Lilly King Walks the Walk
Over eight days in Rio, the Olympic Aquatics Stadium played host to a number of memorable swims, but the most emphatic statement of all may have been the not-so-subtle, side-to-side gesturing of Lilly King’s right index finger.
The Moment: For Cody Miller, All That Glitters is not Gold
Cody Miller’s genuinely-joyful reaction to capturing bronze in the 100 breaststroke at the Rio Games was influenced – at least in part – by the Yoda-like wisdom imparted by a veteran swimmer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Moment: Ryan Rising
Of the 47 swimmers representing Team USA in Rio, 30 were Olympic rookies, including Ryan Murphy. First-time jitters? Hardly.
The Moment: Katie Ledecky Crushes Olympic 800m Free
Katie Ledecky’s Rio haul would be beyond the wildest expectations of most any athlete -- four golds, a silver, two world records, an American record. And yet for this 19-year-old, it was merely the culmination of a week’s swims she had clearly envisioned years before.
The Moment: Simone Manuel Dreams Big to Win Olympic 100m Free
The look on the face of Simone Manuel in that moment after she turns to gaze up at the results of the women’s 100 meter freestyle isn’t complete surprise at a gold-medal finish; she believed something amazing was destined to happen going into that final.