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Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. London: Lochte Does It!
Family members of Team USA athletes were glued to the TV's all over the P&G Family Home and cheered as swimmer Ryan Lochte (pictured) took the lead in his first final of the 2012 London Games, the 400 IM (individual medley). He started out front and stayed there, winning his first Olympic gold medal of these Games.
All I could think about was his darling mom and how she must be crying for joy. After the race, Ryan told an interviewer, "I know it's my time and I'm ready." He clearly is. Michael Phelps, his long-time nemesis, came in fourth. First Lady Michelle Obama, leading the U.S. delegation to the Games, could be seen in the stands, cheering after Ryan's victory.
At the medal ceremony, Ryan, who is one of the few men to appear on the cover of both Time Magazine and Vogue, sported some stylish neon green sneakers. His mom told us fashion design may very well be in his future.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. ET/3:30 p.m. London: Heartbreaker for Cyclist Following in Mom & Dad's Footsteps
I was so impressed with Connie Carpenter-Phinney, mom of American cyclist Taylor Phinney, when she emceed the official opening of the P&G (Procter & Gamble) Family Home on Friday. She's a former Olympian in two different sports, first competing in speed skating and then in cycling (amazing!), winning an Olympic gold medal in 1984. Her husband, Davis, won an Olympic bronze medal in cycling and now their son, Taylor, was competing in the Olympics, hoping for a medal like his mom and dad.
I watched the tail end of race, rooting for Taylor, imagining how much he would want to accomplish what his parents already had. And then he came up just short, placing fourth.
I went back and listened to what his mom said during her opening remarks, and realized Taylor was going to be more than alright.
"One of the perks about being a mom is you get to brag about your kid," she said. "I couldn't be prouder to be Taylor Phinney's mom. The best thing you could say to me is, 'Are you Taylor Phinney's mom?"
Saturday, 5:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. London: Michael Phelps Almost Didn’t Make It!
One of the biggest narratives leading up to the Summer Games -- the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte almost didn’t come to pass. Phelps nearly missed qualifying for the 400 IM (individual medley) final, clocking in with the eighth fastest time. (Only eight racers make it to the final!) If he swam :08 slower, the two-time gold medalist in this event would have been out. “That one didn’t feel too good," Phelps told NBC Sports.
Ryan Lochte, who placed third in the qualifying heat, told NBC, he’d probably sit in his room, watch TV and just rest his legs to get ready for tonight’s final (2:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. London). Asked how he feels no longer being the hunter but the hunted, he replied, “I don’t feel that way.”
Ryan's mom, Ike, told me, "Whatever happens, he's ready." Check out more of my interview with one of the most darling moms on the planet here.
Wake Up Time!
When your hotel forgets your wake up call and you were up writing about the Opening Ceremony until 5:45am (after running on two hours sleep a night all week!), what happens? You sleep until 12:50pm! I can’t remember the last time I slept that late. It goes way back to my pre-kids life! But wow, do I feel refreshed! A former colleague of mine once liked to say, “Sleep is overrated!” He’s wrong!
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