Daily Olympian: Michael Phelps Grabs Gold Medal No. 21, U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Win in Landslide

Michael Phelps Gold 2 - Getty - H 2016
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Michael Phelps Gold 2 - Getty - H 2016

Games breakout and once-in-a-generation gymnast Simone Biles led the U.S. team to a brutal victory over Russia and China as Phelps picked up two more medals in the pool.

The United States brought home even more gold medals on Tuesday night as the women’s gymnastics team and Michael Phelps shined once more. 


Michael Phelps, already the most decorated Olympian even before the games started, nabbed another gold medal, his 20th, in the the 200-meter butterfly, his signature event. But the 31-year-old wasn't done for the night. He then won another gold in the 200-meter freestyle relay — along with teammates Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas and Ryan Lochte. Phelps now has an incredible and likely never-to-be-bettered 21 gold medals and 25 Olympic medals overall. 

America's Powerhouses

The American women’s gymnastics team — made up of Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian — were tremendous on the road to capturing gold over Russia (silver) and China (bronze). The U.S. team was eight points better than the second place finisher, a landslide victory. 

Social Media Moment: Wag of the Finger

Not only did Michael Phelps win two more gold medals, he was the source of another viral internet moment from the Games when he finger-wagged toward South Africa's Chad Le Clos after the 200-meter butterfly. Clos was dancing around Phelps the night before, seemingly irritating Phelps, prompting an instant classic meme: #PhelpsFace

Twitterstorm in a Teacup 

NBC came in for more criticism on Tuesday, this time over its coverage of the men's diving competition from Monday night. Eagle-eyed viewers noticed that NBC commentators failed to acknowledge the relationship between British diver, and bronze medal winner, Tom Daley and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black who was sitting in the stands cheering on his fiance. Twitter users were perplexed as to why NBC, who seemingly loves focusing on human interest stories at the Games, failed to mention this one especially with its Hollywood connection. 

Blue to Green

Rio's had numerous infrastructure problems, but perhaps the most unusual one came on Tuesday when the diving pool turned blue to green literally before everyone's eyes. Games organizers insist the pool is not dangerous but are still investigating the cause of the sudden change in color. 


Wednesday Night Medal Events to Watch

Diving: Men's synchronized 3m springboard — Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman are competing for the U.S.

Gymnastics: Men's individual all-around — Chris Brooks and Sam Mikulak are competing for the U.S. 

Swimming: Men's 200m breaststroke — Kevin Cordes and Josh Prenot are competing for the U.S.

Swimming: Women's 200m — Hali Flickinger and Cammile Adams are competing for the U.S.

Swimming: Men's 100m freestyle — Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian are competing for the U.S.