Olympics

Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 2 of the Rio Games?

Can’t keep up with the Rio games? Read our Day 1 recap.

Spoilers ahead for some tape-delayed Sunday events.

Simone Biles helped lead the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to victory on Day 2 of the Summer Olympics, easily outdoing second-place finisher China by nearly 10 points with a combined team score of 185.238.

Biles, already a three-time world champ at just 19, wowed onlookers with a total score of 62.366 at the close of her event on Sunday, placing her a full two points ahead of teammate Aly Raisman. Their combined effort was bittersweet, however, as it knocked out Gabby Douglas, a fellow U.S. champ, who will not be able to compete in the all-around final due to a two-gymnasts-per-country mandate.

All eyes were on Biles following a pre-event clip package introduced by Bob Costas, which portrayed her as as your run-of-the-mill teen who just so happens to possesses extraordinary athletic ability. If the fact that she’s expected to walk away from the Rio Games with five out of six potential gold medals wasn’t impressive enough, she started off by showing off the “Biles,” a routine named after her and consisting of two flips, a twist and a blind landing. Needless to say, she left this particular viewer in awe (and thinking he really needs to get to a gym).

Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 2 of the Rio games:

* Katie Ledecky of the United States earned the gold when she set a world record, completing the women’s 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:56.46.

* Later, Michael Phelps won his 19th gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

* Serena and Venus Williams were defeated in an Olympic doubles match for the very first time, losing to the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. They’ve previously won the gold medal each time they’ve participated in the event (in 2000, 2008 and 2012).

* Least favorite moment: Watching Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, who was in the lead, take a horrific fall as she crashed her bike just 11 miles from the finish line. Moments later, Mara Abbott of Team USA rode into first, only to be passed by van Vleuten’s teammate Anna van der Breggen, who ultimately won the women’s road race.

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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16 Comments
  1. A. D. says:

    Way to post this before it has been shown on television! What crap! No Spoilers???

  2. Hellenic78 says:

    “Defeating”? This was the qualification.

  3. Sarah says:

    Simone Biles. That is all.

  4. c-mo says:

    The medal ceremony for the men’s 4×100 relay, the kid so obviously emotional about winning gold and hearing his country’s anthem; that’s what the Olympics are all about!

  5. Lola says:

    The 4×100 relay. I was cheering so loudly. Seeing the us girls gymnastic team crush it in qualifications. I mean a ten point spread? It was almost unfair! I was a proud American.

  6. JON says:

    That hug between Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro at the net.

  7. Jill says:

    My favorite was watching Leslie Jones on Snapchat! (And on Twitter) So great!

  8. East Coast says:

    The CBC up here in Canada surprised one of the young swimming athletes with her family. Caught this live, and was in immediate tears!

  9. DrKellyNotMD says:

    Cody Miller being so excited that he won a bronze medal. You would have thought that he had won gold the way he was celebrating! I like it when the athletes are proud of their performance whether they won the event or not.

  10. Bwhit says:

    Michael Phelps hugging his teammate who was very emotional at the medal ceremony was a good moment. I also loved how obviously special that gold is to Nathan Adrian and Michael Phelps after London, I love redemption moments like that in sports.

  11. Katherine215 says:

    I was so happy for the Italian diver finally winning a medal. Gabby Douglas smiling even while she had to be so disappointed she didn’t qualify for the All-Around. Katie Ledecky blowing away that world record. The men’s relay and medal ceremony. Good day at the Olympics!

  12. sterling says:

    Oksana Chusovintina competing in the vault. 41 years old and still one of the best in the world.