Much of my past week has been spent watching the Olympics. And the first week is always my favorite because it includes swimming, the gymnastics team competition, and the gymnastics individual all-around competition. So for this week's "Friday Favorites" I have decided to share some of my favorite moments from Week 1 of the 2012 London Olympics.
1.) USA wins gold in the women's gymnastics team competition
The "Fab Five" of Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross was the favorite for the gold medal going into the competition, but it was so surreal to watch them seal the deal and become only the second group of US women to win the team competition at the Olympics, joining the Magnificent Seven of 1996. What makes me feel old is the fact that the Fab Five were all too young to remember the 1996 Olympics and Kerri Strug's epic vault, or in the case of Kyla Ross not even born!
The vault portion of the competition wasn't nearly as dramatic for the Fab Five as it was for the Magnificent Seven, but McKayla Maroney's absolutely PERFECT vault was the highlight of the first rotation. I still don't see what mistakes the judges found! Image via
Then a stellar uneven bar routine by Gabby Douglas aka "Flying Squirrel" kept the USA from falling behind the Russians in the second rotation. Her release moves never cease to amaze me! Image via
Kyla Ross contributes on balance beam. Image via
Jordyn Wieber on floor. She was all-smiles after landing her first tumbling pass. Image via
Aly Raisman clinched the gold for Team USA and was crying tears of joy before she even left the mat. Image via
They did it! I also want to point out I love that North Greenwich Arena is pink! Image via
Medal Ceremony. Image via
Fab Five. Image via
2.) Gabby Douglas wins individual all-around gold
Gabby holds off the two Russian competitors to join Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, and Nastia Liukin in the group of Americans who have won women's gymnastics most coveted prize. Image via
Gabby with her gold medal. And I love the fact that in her interview she gave all the glory to God. Image via
3.) Missy Franklin wins gold in 100m backstroke
Only 10 minutes after completing a semifinal race 17 year old Missy Franklin won her first individual Olympic gold medal. Image via
And she gets a fashionable Olympian award by wearing pearl earrings and pink goggles! Image via
4.) Micheal Phelps wins his 19th Olympic medal with a gold in the men's 4x200 freestyle relay, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all-time.
History is made! Image via
The relay team with their gold medals. Image via
5.) Rebecca Soni becomes first woman to win 200m breaststroke in back-to-back Olympics, setting a world record in the process.
And I love her pink suit of course! Image via
6.) Missy Franklin wins gold medal and sets world record in 200m backstroke
The pink googles and pearl earrings strike again as Missy Franklin sweeps the backstroke events, this time setting a world record in the process. Here she embraces USA teammate Elizabeth Beisel, who won the bronze. Image via
Swimming has almost come to a close, but there are still the gymnastics event finals to look forward to early next week! Have y'all enjoyed watching the Olympics as much as I have? What have been your favorite moments so far?