The Rio Olympics have finished their first week and the United States is pulling ahead of the competition. After Day 7, the U.S. has earned its 50th medal and its 20th gold medal. The next highest total is 37 total medals and 13 gold medals for China.
Day 7 had some great Olympic moments. There were tremendous triumphs, record-breaking performances and incredible upsets. Here are some of the biggest moments from Day 7 of the Olympics.
5. U.S. Men's Water Polo Falls to Montenegro
Prior to the Olympics, the U.S men's water polo team seemed unstoppable. You could field some of the best college teams in the U.S. and they would be able to compete with much of the world, let alone our national team. Our national team should have had an easy path to the gold, but they have hit a snag in group play. The team lost their first two games to Croatia and Spain. Though they would go on to beat France, their entire Olympics was in jeopardy. The team once again did not rise to the occasion and lost to Montenegro on Friday. This marks one of the most disappointing performances at the Olympics for any American team.
4. Sweden v. Netherlands Handball Goes Dow to the Wire
Though handball is not popular in America, it is extremely popular in Europe. They have extremely competitive leagues and men and women can make a living competing in the sport. Two European countries met up at the Summer Games and had a match that could go down as a classic. Sweden and Netherlands went back and forth all game and it eventually came down to the final seconds when Netherlands tied it up at 29 apiece. The game finished in a draw and both teams advanced to the quarter finals.
3. Kim Rhode Makes History With Sixth Straight Medal
The women's skeet shooting competition is not typically a premier event at the Olympics, but this one was particularly exciting. First in the bronze medal match, American Kim Rhode went up against China's Wei Meng. The duo went through multiple tiebreaker rounds but could not be separated. Finally, Wei Meng missed one of her targets and Rhode secured the bronze medal. This marked Rhode's sixth straight Olympics in which she medaled in skeet shooting, an Olympic record. The gold medal round was also exciting to watch as two Italians squared off against each other. Diana Bacosi, hit all four targets in the final round to win the gold.
2. USWNT Loses
The U.S. Women's National Team is the highest ranked soccer team in the world. There were high expectations for the team as they were looking for their fourth straight gold medal. However, the U.S. hit a roadblock against Sweden in the quarter-finals. Sweden scored first and went into full-defense mode. The U.S. was able to equalize, but could not secure a game-winner and eventually fell to the Swedes in a PK shootout. This marks the first time that the USWNT did not reach the finals in the Olympics and the loss only got worse as Hope Solo made some controversial comments following the loss.
1. Simone Biles Wins All-Around Gold
Since the new millennium began, people have gotten more and more excited about the U.S. women's gymnastic team with each passing Olympics. Whereas 2012 had the Fierce Five take the world by storm and dominate the team competition. 2016 was no different as the Final Five won the team medal earlier this week. However, it was time for the all-around individual competition. Whereas Gabby Douglas exploded onto the scene last Summer Olympics, it was Simone Biles who became a star this time around. She easily won the gold in the individual all-around competition. She had high expectations leading up to the Games and she lived up to them. She was the clear star on Friday and could become America's sweetheart overnight.