ATHLETE TO WATCH
Alex Naddour was an alternate for the 2012 Olympics when the U.S. men’s gymnastics team finished fifth in London. This time around, he’s hoping to help give the United States a top-three finish at the Olympics for the first time since 2008. Naddour’s specialty is the pommel horse, and his presence on the apparatus should immensely help the United States shore up its production in the event while in Rio. At the 2012 Games, the U.S. posted the second-lowest team score on the horse in the eight-team field during the finals. John Orozco posted the second-lowest individual score on the apparatus in the team finals, and Danell Leyva fell during his routine.
THIS DATE IN OLYMPICS HISTORY
Aug. 8, 2012: An all-American women’s beach volleyball final ended with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings on top yet again. The tandem won its third consecutive Olympic gold, defeating Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 21-16, 21-16. The victory also marked the final Olympic appearance for May-Treanor, who retired from competitive play after the win. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings went a perfect 21-0 during their three gold medal runs, dropping just one set in the process. As a team, May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings amassed 104 career victories, 56 more than the next-closest women’s tandem (Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca, 48). Walsh Jennings eyes her fourth consecutive gold medal this summer in Rio, this time with new partner April Ross.