Potter: Super Saturday for the Brits
A wonderful Saturday for the host nation with team GB winning six gold medals and silver – the most Britain has won on a single day since the 1908 London Olympics. Ecstasy throughout the country as GB claimed three athletic gold medals in front of a capacity filled Olympic Stadium after winning two golds and a silver in rowing and another gold at cycling in the Velodrome.
The US had their successes as well, including Serena Williams, winning her first Olympic singles title of her career when she obliterated Maria Sharapova. She has now won every singles Slam title- in Melbourne, Paris, London and New York-as well as the Olympics. Michael Phelps must not to be forgotten as he made a perfect farewell to his extraordinary career when, he won gold as part of the USA men's 4x100 medley relay. This takes his career tally of Olympic medals to 22, with 18 of them gold.
South Africa's blade runner, Oscar Pistorius, the first double amputee to compete at an Olympics qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m. This is truly an amazing accomplishment.
My visit here also includes hosting at the British Olympic Reunion Center; a welcome center for our members and visiting international Olympians. We wish all our guests to have a memorable visit to the Games in London. The center is staffed by a rota of British Olympian volunteers.
While at the center today, I had the honor to meet an Olympic icon: US world record long jumper, Bob Beamon. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico he extended the world record by 21 3/4", with a leap of 8.9 meters. Up until then no athlete had even surpassed 28 ft. Sports Illustrated magazine named this world record jump as one of the five greatest sports moments in the 20th Century. He was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983.
Tomorrow, yours truly will be in attendance at the Olympic Stadium to witness, hopefully, one of the greatest 100m finals ever, starring the great Usain Bolt.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roger Potter works at Mohegan Sun Casino and is a second generation Olympian. He represented Great Britain in the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in the discipline of bobsled and his father, Reg Potter, captained the Great Britain water polo team in the 1948 Summer Olympics.
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