By now everyone who's following the Olympics probably know about Michael Phelps' EIGHT gold medal.
Is this man for real? He has made Olympics history by winning his eighth gold medal for swimming, the most at a single Olympics, surpassing the legendary and seemingly untouchable mark set by Spitz in 1972. His response to his achievement was also so human and touching:
"I don't know what to feel right now. It's so emotional. All I want to do is go see my mom."
Sometimes these athletes like to remind us they are also just ordinary human beings. Eight gold medals or not, he's still the 23 year old guy with the slightly goofy smile.
With all the media attention on Phelps's extraordinary feats, it's easy to overlook my personal hero, Dara Torres.
Torres won two more silver medals for the Women's 50m Freestyle and Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay. She gave up the 100m Freestyle to focus on her best event, the 50m Freestyle. She wasn't looking to just perform - she was out for the gold - and she was just hundredth of a second short. [more] Just this much! This is one of those moments when you just want to scream.
How did she feel about the results for the 50m Freestyle?
"I'm competitive," Torres said. "I wanted to win a gold, but I gave it my best shot. And I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't have filed my nails last night."
She's definitely an Aries sun sign. :)
Congratulations, Dara. THREE Silver Olympic medals at 41 is awesome, no matter what.
Sidenote: Would you look at the definitions on her arms?