Olympics 2016 Michael Phelps

Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 4 of the Rio Games?

At this point, Michael Phelps is going to need a Scrooge McDuck-style vault to store all that gold.

Phelps on Tuesday became the first Olympian to win 20 gold medals, following his first-place finish (1:53.36) in the men’s 200-meter butterfly final. The cherry on top of Phelps’ victory was that he bested rival Chad le Clos; the South African swimmer famously beat Phelps in the same event during the 2012 Olympics in London.

Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 4 of the Rio games:

* Simone Biles led the U.S. women’s gymnastics team — which includes Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman — to a gold-medal victory; Russia took home silver and China nabbed bronze. The U.S. women’s team previously won gold in London (2012) and Atlanta (1996).

* Unfortunately, not all memorable Olympic moments are easy to watch. Case in point: Serena Williams‘ shocking 6-4, 6-3 loss at the hands racquet of Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

* Following teammate Missy Franklin’s disappointing start to the Rio games, fellow U.S. swimming star Katie Ledecky lifted America’s spirits on Tuesday by scoring gold (1:53.73) in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom took silver and Australia’s Emma McKeon took bronze.

* Olympian/reality star Ryan Lochte made his Rio debut on Tuesday, helping Team U.S.A. nab gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay.

* The U.S. women’s soccer team tied 2-2 in its match against Colombia; much attention was paid to an early slip-up by U.S. goalie Hope Solo, who allowed Colombia’s Catalina Usme to score the first point. Mallory Pugh scored the second.

* The U.S. men’s rugby team lost 17-14 against Argentina, then rebounded with an impressive 26-0 victory against Brazil.

What were your favorite moments from Day 4? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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31 Comments
  1. Bwhit says:

    1) Michael Phelps dropping the mic
    2)Katie Ledecky doing Katie Ledecky things.
    3) women’s gymnastics win
    4)USA basketball stars cheering the swimmers on!

  2. kitsunesaru says:

    Canada v Germany women’s soccer. Such an exciting and tense game (especially the nerve wracking final 5-10mins)

  3. Daya says:

    Laurie Hernandez’s cheeky wink at the judges before her floor routine! I love Simone, but Laurie just made my day!

  4. Sarah says:

    Why isn’t NBC showing the Women’s Gymnastics in prime time?? 2 hours of swimming, most of which was semi finals, and we had to wait until midnight to see the US women win Gold? Massive fail NBC!

    • Sara says:

      …because the swimming was live? And the Gymnastics was actually done by 5pm US CST? They try to give the live headliner sports precedence in primetime coverage.

      • Sarah says:

        ummm, there are hundreds of swimming races. We do not need to see 2 hours of uninterrupted swimming – especially the semis. They could shown the gymnastics team final in prime time if they chose to. Women’s gymnastics is a bigger draw than swimming.

    • Sara says:

      Also, you didn’t have to wait until midnight to watch the US women win gold. Like I said, it was done by 5pm US CST. You could have watched it live and unedited.

      • Sarah says:

        kind of missing the point, aren’t you?

        • Sara says:

          I’m not missing the point at all. Swimming is a big draw for them, especially with the big names who were in the pool tonight, in both the finals and the semis. There were not hundreds of swimming races tonight, as you said in your other comment. There were 3 semis (total of 6 races) and 4 finals.
          They were able to edit the Women’s Gymnastics and show all 4 rotations, which is far more than they did for the men’s team. They still showed the full Women’s Gymnastics event in their primetime coverage. Further more, you had options to watch the Gymnastics several times today.

      • SM says:

        5 pm central is when people are getting off work & heading home. I would have rather seen the gymnastics, not all the semifinals. They could have cut in for the live finals.

        • KLS says:

          There was no drama in the Women’s Gymnastics yesterday. The US took a commanding lead after the first rotation. Drama is the key to any NBC Olympic telecast and gymnastics doesn’t have any. I agree that they don’t need to show the semi-finals in every swimming event. They could have showed some other live events.

          • KLS says:

            I’d add that their is no drama to women’s gymnastics this year because team USA are too good. It’s like watching USA basketball. No drama until the finals.

          • Sara says:

            I don’t think there were any other live events that featured the US going on last night during the primetime show. I agree that if there had been more drama in the Gymnastics, they may have cut in, but other than swimming and gymnastics, they didn’t really seem to have anything else to show last night. Though I was disappointed they didn’t show the diving like they originally advertised. I wish they would show more highlights from the non-headliner sports during the primetime coverage.

        • Sara says:

          Good thing it was done by 5 then, as I said. I personally streamed it on my phone at my desk at work. I wasn’t the only one doing that. NBC has a lot of live streaming options this year. It just depends on how bad you want to see the events you want to see.
          And again, they showed ALL rotations by the US womens team on their primetime coverage.

          • grazelled says:

            Agree. I was surprised when my mom told me she was watching gymnastics on TV later. It’s nice to be able to live stream events as they happen. The medal ceremony shown streaming was great…no commentary!

          • Lynn says:

            You must have a pretty lenient boss then. Personally, I prefer to watch the Olympics on my large screen, HD tv instead of my phone.

    • Maria says:

      We eventually gave up and went to sleep…had to be up for work today like responsible folk :( But hey it’s all okay because People Mag’s website SPOILED the gymnastics news with their headline. Grrrr…
      Anyway not real thrilled with the way NBC is covering the Olympics this year.

    • T says:

      You knew it would happen-only makes sense they would make sure that the event most people wanted to watch concluded last. That is call how you keep people watching- Tease them with some in the beginning and then have them wait for the rest. Also because of what was live and happening also drives some of that decision but bottom line you want to keep viewers so you play it that way.

  5. Sara says:

    Loved watching the US Women’s Gymnastics team dominate the team competition! Good luck to them in the all around and individual events!

    I loved the way Phelps dropped the mic on le Clos! Le Clos acted like a complete fool yesterday and rather than get into Phelps’ head, he messed with his own instead.

    Seeing Ryan Lochte surpass Mark Spitz as the second most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time was fantastic! He really doesn’t get the credit he deserves for all of his amazing accomplishments.

    And Katie Ledecky…she’s unstoppable!

    Their were some close almost misses for a couple of US swimmers, but Nathan Adrian made up for his poor primary heat in his semi and I am sure Camille Adams will take advantage of just barely slipping into her final! Fingers crossed for them tomorrow night!

    The US/Columbia women’s soccer match was also a great game to watch! Glad the US managed to win their group, but hopefully they shake off the tie and steamroll their way to another Gold!

  6. c-mo says:

    1. Papa le Clos’s reaction to his son not even medaling
    2. Phelps ending the rivalry with a handshake and bro hug
    3. Being able to watch swimming live
    4. ALL of the gold medal ceremonies and being able to hear the crowds singing The Star Spangled Banner. Go team USA!!!!

  7. Kmayne says:

    Favorite moment Canada beating Germany in soccer

  8. Timmah says:

    Have only watched a little of the coverage, but what I’ve seen has been tape-delayed, commercial-heavy and almost completely U.S.-centric. It’s a fail as far as I’m concerned.

    • grazelled says:

      That’s why it’s great we can watch online where more Teams of all countries are shown. For example the online version of Women’s Gymnastics showed all the top teams doing their routines, what was shown on Primetime was almost all US. Plus it ended hours before the final part was shown on TV. There also have several Olympic only channels with Satellite/Cable where more teams and sports are shown. I’d have more channels if I paid for a higher cable package.

    • Lynn says:

      Said the same thing to my husband last night.

    • KLS says:

      The NBC telecast is unwatchable if you are a sports fan. Too many canned stories, commercials and almost all US-centric. The other channels are better: USA, Bravo, NBCSports and streaming options.