The Olympics are in full swing! I hope you enjoyed the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night, complete with an over 9 hour tape delay for the West Coast, a million Mary Poppins' flying in, and Kenneth Branaugh dressed as Abraham Lincoln. Here is your Olympics version of Bruin Bites, recapping our athletes after Day 1:
- The Women's Soccer team won their second game in group play, 3-0 over Colombia which was marred by Abby Wambach being sucker punched by Lady Andrade. Andrade says it was accidental. The gif says otherwise. Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal, Wambach scored the second and her 139th international goal, and I am crediting Lauren Cheney with the hockey second assist on Carli Lloyd's goal. Sydney Leroux entered the game at the 78th minute. The women play next vs North Korea on Tuesday at 9:15 Pacific Time.
- In other soccer news, current junior Chelsea Stewart checked into the Canada vs South Africa match in the 74th minute. Canada won, 2-0. Current sophomore Rosie White made her Olympic debut for New Zealand in the 81st minute. New Zealand lost to Brazil, 1-0.
- In tennis, Marcin Matkowski and partner Mariusz Frystenberg of Poland lost their first round doubles match to David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 7 - 6, 6 - 7, 8 - 6.
- Women's volleyball, with coach Karch Kiraly, won their first match over Korea in group B 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21. Destinee Hooker led the team with 21 points and held off Korea's late charge in the match. The play again on Monday against Brazil at 8:45am. I'm guessing many men will be watching Brazil in their uniforms.
Bruins to watch today:
- Men's basketball plays France in group A at 6:30am. Watch for Russell Westbrook and hopefully Kevin Love to get some minutes.
- Men's Volleyball plays their first match in Group B at 8:45am. Michael Speraw and current UCLA men's coach John Speraw serve as coaches.
- Men's Water Polo begins their quest for gold with their first match in Group B versus Montenegro at 11:40am. Chay Lapin (goalkeeper) and Adam Wright (attacker) will be available.
- Women's Gymnastics begins today with the USA in qualification group 1, starting at 1:30am (oiiii). Anna Li is injured and will be cheering the team on from the stands. The USA team is favored for gold, and today's meet is to qualify for the team competition on Tuesday, and the top finishers will qualify for the all-around and individual event finals. Incoming Bruins Danusia Francis and Peng Peng Lee will be cheering on Great Britain and Canada respectively in qualification group 2 at 3:15am.
- Jean Julien-Rojer and Robin Haase of the Netherlands play Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan at 3:30am in men's tennis doubles.
Let's go Olympic Bruins!