Summer Olympics 2012: Best Athlete Tweets, Twitpics and Instagrams from Day 8
It was yet another glorious day of triumphs and competition Saturday in London as the 2012 Summer Olympics moves along to its final week.
Day 8 will go down as one of the greatest days in Olympic history, as we saw the final chapter of a legendary career that may never be surpassed. Swimming icon Michael Phelps took to the Olympic waters for the last time and did so in epic fashion, winning his 18th gold medal and 22nd overall medal, both Olympic records.
His American squad won the 4X100 medley in convincing fashion Saturday night at the Aquatics Centre, and it's no surprise that Phelps got his team the lead for the last time with his stellar fly leg.
However, that wasn't the only epic storyline from Saturday's events, as track and field events are finally in full swing and the US men's basketball team was in action, not to mention an epic gold medal showdown in women's singles tennis between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.
Even all of this doesn't do justice to the events that transpired Saturday in Day 8 of the 30th Olympiad. Take a look below for the full recap and Twitter reaction from the athletes themselves.
There was little question heading into the London Olympics that Michael Phelps was the greatest Olympian of all time, and it's much safer to say so after his performance this past week.
Phelps culminated not only a stellar Olympic Games, but his entire career Saturday by helping his US team win gold in the 4X100 medley. Ryan Lochte, Phelps' longtime teammate and rival at the same time, took to Twitter to laud Phelps for his accomplishments.
Proud of the greatest Olympian ever @michaelphelps I am sure going to miss racing him— Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) August 4, 2012
I'm sure Lochte won't miss racing him all that much when he doesn't have to line up next to the greatest Olympian ever in 2016.
Lochte wasn't the only fellow U.S. swimmer giving Phelps the praise he deserves after his final race. Matt Grevers, who started the 4X100 on Saturday, gave him a shout-out on Twitter.
It's an honor to be in the last race with the greatest swimmer in history @michaelphelps. I'm sure I'll never forget it.— Matt Grevers (@MattGrevers) August 4, 2012
Bleacher Report's Twitter feed gave us this awesome photo of Phelps' unforgettable final Olympic accomplishment.
Michael Phelps on the Olympic medal podium for the last time. twitpic.com/afi4xh— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4, 2012
Londoners were impatiently waiting for the host country to take over the headlines, and they got their wish on Day 8. Great Britain tallied three gold medals Saturday night in front of a crowd of more than 80,000 at the Olympic Stadium.
Jessica Ennis, one of the most well-known British athletes in the Games, took gold in the heptathlon in the event, which features seven events. Even though her gold was all but wrapped up after six events, she dazzled in the final 800-meter dash and won convincingly.
Mo Farah sprinted away with the gold in the men's 10,000-meter dash, and underdog Greg Rutherford shocked many by winning gold in the long jump.
American hurdler and sports icon Lolo Jones wasn't blinded by her own country pride, and gave a shout-out to Great Britain's amazing achievement on Twitter.
Serena Williams proved to the tennis world that she's back and better than ever at the 2012 Wimbledon tournament, but she ousted any questions still out there with a gold medal Saturday.
Despite a tough final draw against one of the powers of women's tennis in Maria Sharapova, Williams didn't blink and scorched through the gold medal game. Wimbledon's official Twitter feed applauded her accomplishment at the famous courts over the past month.
Serena Williams is the Olympic gold medallist on Centre Court, defeating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. Her 13th win in a row at Wimbledon.— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) August 4, 2012
B/R caught this amazing picture of Serena as she clinched her first singles gold and her third overall gold (doubles in 2000, 2008).
Reuters Sports found an insane statistic of Williams' accomplishment, via Twitter.
Serena Williams becomes the first woman to win all four Grand Slams and a gold medal in both singles and doubles. #London2012— Reuters Sport (@ReutersSports) August 4, 2012
Despite already being one of the best in the sport's history, Williams is far from done in her tennis career. In fact, she may just be getting started.
Very few people expected the US men's basketball team to struggle, or even be challenged, after they made history in an 83-point drubbing of Nigeria. But they got all they could handle Saturday against Lithuania.
The Americans were out-rebounded by the Lithuanians and struggled to hit their shots consistently. It nearly cost them the game, as they trailed in the fourth quarter. However, LeBron James helped will his team to a win and kept their undefeated record in a 99-94 win.
Despite an off shooting performance, Kevin Durant still notched 16 points. He took to Twitter after the game for a brief statement about his team's performance.
Ugly game but 4 down....move em— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 4, 2012
I think we can all agree that it was an ugly game, and perhaps it's one that closes the argument on the Dream Team debate. But when it comes down to it, a win's a win, and the Americans have just as good of a shot at gold as they did before tip-off.
Basketball's stars of tomorrow were also tuning in to see how the Americans fared. Former North Carolina star and current Phoenix Suns rookie Kendall Marshall gave the U.S. some love despite the far-from-dominant performance, and thanked his Twitter following for giving him updates.
Way to pull it out fellas (pause). Thanks for keepin me updated twitfam.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) August 4, 2012
Fortunately for Marshall, he could find himself on this team for the 2016 Olympic Games if he progresses in the NBA.
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