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Olympics 2016: What Was Your Favorite Moment From Day 5 of the Rio Games?

It wasn’t a medal moment, but it sure was suspenseful.

Team USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross brought a formidable Olympic record into their final group match in women’s beach volleyball, with an automatic Round of 16 berth on the line: The former sported an undefeated record over four consecutive Olympics (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016), with only a single dropped set over that span. Ross, meanwhile, had only one Olympic loss, that coming when she and her prior partner took the silver behind Walsh Jennings and former/now retired partner Misty May-Treanor in London.

After Walsh Jennings and Ross decimated their opponents 21-13 in the first set, Swiss underdogs Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge-Depre fought back to tie things up with a 22-24 score in the second set.

An upset seemed to be brewing when the Swiss went up 6-4 in the third, but just as my husband rolled into the room and asked how I could possibly be getting so excited about beach volleyball, Walsh Jennings and Ross drilled down like oil speculators in North Dakota and found new reserves of energy, blocking, spiking and willing their way to a 15-12 final set victory. (Who knew all three sets didn’t go to 21?!) It is not an exaggeration to say we whooped, clapped and came thisclose to a high five from the comfort of our couch. Consider us converts to the church of beach volleyball!

Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 5 of the Rio games this Wednesday:

* Defending Olympic gold-medalist Nathan Adrian’s delightfully unperturbed response to NBC interviewer Michelle Tafoya’s “what happened?” — um, he wasn’t the fastest dude in the pool today — after picking up a bronze in the men’s 100-meter freestyle.

* The incomparable Michael Phelps comfortably holding off a surging Ryan Lochte as the Americans ran 1-2 in their semifinal heat in the men’s 200-meter Individual Medley. The long-time competitors’ post-swim interview signalled their battle for the gold on Thursday could be twice as ferocious. JEAH!

* 43-year-old Kristin Armstrong winning her third consecutive gold in the Olympic cycling individual time trial, then collapsing into a heap and answering her adorable son’s query about why she was crying. (Kleenex and Puffs should start the bidding now on an endorsement deal, yes?)

* And the heavily favored U.S. women’s 4x 200m relay romping to victory on anchor Katie Ledecky’s powerful shoulders. Ladies, you win: I’m going to the gym in the morning, I swear!

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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  1. Brooke says:

    Definitely the men’s 100m freestyle final. Woo hoo go Kyle Chalmers!! #aussiegold

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  3. LADY_in_MD says:

    Kerri and April played amazing but so did the ladies from Switzerland that was an intense match to watch

  4. Susannah says:

    Katie Ledecky anchoring the women’s relay team. She should have been considered for Wonder Woman!

  5. JKR says:

    YAS! USA! USA! Welcome to the Beach, Michael! Isn’t that what’s wonderful about the Olympics?!

  6. Katherine215 says:

    It was a really good night overall, but I’m disappointed in NBC for completely ignoring diving. USA’s Dorman and Hixon took silver and it didn’t run until the post-primetime segment with Seacrest. Do we really need to watch the semi-finals of some of those swims live? There’s so much dead time between each semi, it’s a waste of time. the 200 IM semi with Lochte and Phelps was the only one worth watching live – the rest could be relegated to the post 12:30am slots.

  7. TvPeong says:

    Every time the reporters mention that Kerri Walsh Jennings asked April Ross to be her partner after the final game of the 2012 Olympics, I feel bad for Ross’s old partner who got pushed to the side.

    Great game though.
    The men’s gymnastics that got decided by the last gymnast on the last event was interesting too

  8. Will says:

    Why is everyone essentially ignoring our men’s gymnastics team? NBC could not care less, the media doesn’t talk about them, and even TVLine ignored them entirely in the above write-up. Give them their due, what the heck…

  9. ncmacasl says:

    Definitely the Albanian Weightlifter who’s elbow collapsed mid-lift – on camera.

  10. LynnH says:

    What about Jack Laugher and Chris Mears becoming Britain’s first ever Olympic diving champions? With the U.S.’s Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon taking the silver? It was very exciting! And in men’s gymnastics, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura and Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev battled for the gold (how great were they??) with defending champion Uchimura securing his #1 slot on the horizontal bar? Their mutual respect was wonderful to see. And huge congrats to Max Whitlock who became the first British gymnast to win an Olympic all-around medal in 108 years! The U.S. men had some fine moments as well, even though they didn’t take home a medal. Onward to Tokyo!

  11. Cheray says:

    OH my goodness, I was crying with Simone Manuel. I felt her Heartfelt emotion when she got out of tbe pool. When she touched that wall my heart was beating so fast! A everlasting moment!

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