Daily Olympian: Katie Ledecky Sets World Record, Hope Solo Gets Booed Again

Katie Ledecky at Olympics - Getty - H 2016
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The USA's swimming phenom crushed the competition, the USA's goalkeeper made some enemies and someone medaled in their sixth (yes sixth) straight Olympics.

What to Watch
It's the start of week 2. Gymnastics and swimming give way to Athletics (that’s the fancy British word for track and field). There’s some top-tier finals tonight: men’s long jump, women’s 100-meter sprint and the women’s heptathlon.

There’s still some swimming left, long course events like the men’s 1500-meter freestyle and the men’s and women’s 4x100 meter medley relays.

There’ll also be women’s springboard diving. Maybe. (How bad is it? Someone says the smell is getting worse. An explainer here).


Watch a little badminton (but first watch this hilarious rant by Mary Carillo from 2004). Americans aren’t the best, but Olympic badminton compares to what you do in your backyard like Olympic swimming compares to blowing bubbles in the bathtub. (MSNBC, 1:15 p.m. ET).

There’s also preliminary track and field heats.

The U.S. women’s sabre team goes for a medal in the team portion of fencing.

There’s all-day golf and tennis on the Golf Channel and Bravo, respectively.

The men’s soccer quarterfinals feature several good games, including South American (Brazil vs. Colombia) and European (Germany vs. Portugal) grudge matches.

What Happened Yesterday

The Brazilians won’t have Hope Solo to boo anymore…
After three straight Olympic gold medals (and a World Cup win last year), the American women got bounced in the quarterfinal by Sweden, tying 1-1 and then going out on penalty kicks.

...Or maybe they will
Solo was considered undiplomatic towards Sweden in her post-match comments. "The best team did not win today. I strongly believe that," she said (and more). 

How did Katie Ledecky make history today?
She became the first woman to win the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle since Debbie Meyer did it at the 1968 Mexico City Games. And she did it in spectacular fashion by lowering her own world record to 8:04.79. She beat silver medalist Jazz Carlin by 11.38 seconds. (Go ahead, count 11 seconds. I’ll wait. It is an eternity).

Upsets were the order of the day in the pool
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who already has three golds, lost to American Maya DiRado, who just caught Hosszu at the end of the 200-meter butterfly. And Singapore’s Joseph Schooling won his country’s first swimming medal by upsetting Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly. Good thing Phelps still has those 22 gold medals to his name.

Michael Phelps won’t catch Kim Rhode until 2024 (if ever) 
Rhode, 37, won the bronze in skeet shooting, becoming the first Olympian to medal in six straight Games (Rio, London, Beijing, Athens, Sydney and Atlanta). How long is six Olympics? Bill Clinton was still president six Olympic Games ago. The Internet was just starting to be a thing. And the hot song of the summer was Los Del Rio’s "Macarena." (C'mon, you remember the macarena).

(Enjoy this awesome musical interlude.) 

Maybe Phelps will catch her.
He swears he’s not coming back for a sixth Olympics, but Ryan Lochte isn’t convinced.

An Egyptian Judoka (that's what a Judo athlete is called) refused to shake his Israeli opponent's hand and got booed, The New York Times wondered what synchronized divers say to each other on the board and the Daily Mail noticed lots of empty seats