As we approach Day 11 of the 2012 Olympic Games, the world audience has seen surprising upsets and new names rise to fame.
Several sports are entering their final rounds and there are a few bold predictions that will shock both athletes and fans alike.
Artistic Gymnastics: Women’s Beam Final
Gabby Douglas, America’s sweet 16-year-old gymnast is already bringing home two gold medals for Team USA. And on Day 11, she has a chance to win one more. After coming in at last place in the women’s uneven bars final, Douglas is looking to redeem herself.
The other competitors are likely secretly excited that Douglas came across such a devastating loss as it is a possible sign of fatigue and inconsistency. According to Kelly Whiteside from USA Today,
On Tuesday Douglas is expected to be a medal contender in her final event, the balance beam, based on the performances of the past week. She finished first on beam in the all-around final and third in event qualifying.
The bold prediction?
Douglas will not medal at all. At best, she will place fourth in the beam finals. Before I’m accused of prematurely crushing an American teenager’s dream, let’s remember that little Gabby Douglas has already done a lot for Team USA. Bringing home two gold medals is an amazing feat for any athlete, let alone a 16-year-old.
But after placing last out of eight contenders in the uneven bar finals, and enduring weeks of stress, pressure and excitement, Douglas’ flame may have fizzled out.
She will leave London with two gold medals around her neck, and she should be proud of it.
Men’s Triathlon Final
The Brownlee brothers will win the gold medal for England for the first time in the Olympic sport’s history. Considering that Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are labeled as the favorites to win the triathlon finals, this prediction does not seem very bold.
But, according to an article from Reuters.com, “no favorite has triumphed in any of the seven Olympic triathlons to date” and “no Briton has won an Olympic medal since triathlon was added to the Games programme in 2000.”
So really, the label of “favorites” doesn’t really hold that much weight for the Brownlee brothers. Even though they are locals, the racing arena will be just as competitive and challenging for the Brownlees as it is for the other athletes.
Still, the Brownlee brothers do have some knowledge from previous races held on the same course and they are no strangers to the London weather and outdoor atmosphere (via Reuters.com).
Alistair, the older Brownlee brother, is back at the 2012 Olympic Games to redeem his Olympic debut performance at the 2008 Beijing Games. And little brother Jonathan has plenty of his own credentials and championships to uphold.
Day 11 of the Olympic Games will feature a gold medal win for Great Britain's own Brownlee brothers.