Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 1 of the Rio Games?

To paraphrase the nuanced lyricism of Aaron Carter’s timeless “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” Team USA repeatedly “put it in the hoop like slam” while playing China in the men’s Group A basketball tournament during Day 1 of the Rio Olympics.

Though I admittedly don’t know much about the game, and what little I know can be attributed to frequent childhood viewings of Space Jam (in which I’m pretty sure those Looney Tunes weren’t even following official NBA rules and regulations), it didn’t take a seasoned viewer to see that Team USA was walloping China. They eventually won 119-62, with 25 of those points delivered by Kevin Durant.

Win or lose, this was going to be a big game for Team USA’s Carmelo Anthony — a member of the gold medal-winning teams of 2008 (in Beijing) and 2012 (in London) — who as of Saturday tied LeBron James and David Robinson for most Olympic games played by an NBA pro (24). That feat is likely what kept a smile on his face when he was fouled by Li Gen and ultimately knocked down in the second quarter, laughing it off as he was helped up by his opponent. Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan wowed this viewer with an epic dunk shortly before halftime.

Here are some other highlights from Day 1 of the Rio games:

* Team USA was awarded the first gold medal in the women’s 10-meter air rifle. Ginny Thrasher, 19, defeated Du Li of China in the final round with a total score of 208, marking the first time Team USA has received the first gold medal of the games since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

* South Korea received a gold medal after a 6-0 win in men’s team archery; Team USA made do with silver.

* British swimmer Adam Peaty, a first-time competitor, set a new world record when he completed the 100-meter breaststroke in just 57.55 seconds. (Needless to say, he came in first.)

* After a 92-year absence, rugby made its triumphant return to the games with an unforgettable match between Team USA and Fiji. The latter won 12-7.

* Hope Solo and the U.S. women’s soccer team defeated France 1-0, bringing their preliminary record to 2-0.

* And last but not least, SNL‘s Leslie Jones has been live-tweeting select Olympic games, and her enthusiasm for Team USA is unmatched. (Consider this a public service announcement to start following her immediately.)

What was your favorite moment of this day of Olympic competition? What are you most looking forward to in the games? Let us know in the comments!

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13 Comments
  1. Daya says:

    I made the mistake of quitting field hockey at halftime and missed us beating Argentina 2-1.

  2. ninamags says:

    I was watching the elegant, beautiful equestrian event plus ping pong!!!!

    I was also watching the archery stuff. Saw some tennis and the cycling and some rowing.

  3. daug21 says:

    the best games have been women’s handball and rugby, everything else is pointless

  4. Kevin K says:

    Men’s basketball is my absolute favorite of the Olympics.

  5. kitsunesaru says:

    I’ve been really enjoying Rugby 7s. So fast paced and exciting, and quick match times is great.

  6. Hellenic78 says:

    Can we get someone that has the slightest idea about the games doing this series?

  7. Women’s rugby 7’s is great! (yay team Canada) but nothing beats the CBC’s coverage of former Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury’s reaction to the Canadian women winning bronze in the 4x100m freestyle.

  8. Diane Townsend says:

    USA are the reigning Olympic rugby champions, they won Gold in Paris 1924 in a stunning upset against a very angry french team and even angrier french crowd. They required a police escort to the medal ceremony as rocks and bottles were thrown at them. It’s a remarkable story that is worth reading about if you can.

  9. Catherine says:

    My DVR did a poor job of catching things I would have wanted to watch :(

  10. luke says:

    NBA players should not be allowed to play at the Olympics.

  11. xyz says:

    On day -2 (Wednesday) USWNT winning over NZ.

  12. NP says:

    Really nothing about women’s beach volleyball and Walsh-Jennings going for her fourth gold?

  13. Angela Andrea says:

    My Favorite Moment is summer Olympics 2016 ceremony Really awesome I saw with OneVPN in USA…