The greater Baltimore Washington Richmond-metropolitan region is used to movers and shakers making headlines. This summer, “Team DMV” athletes at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro stopped the presses with an imposing tally of 22 medals, helping the US become the medal count leader with 120 total medals. Here’s the run-down;
Ginny Thraser of Virginia started the games off by winning the first gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle final.
Both the women’s and men’s teams won gold medals; Angel McCoughtry led the women’s team to victory against Spain, while Kevin Durant of D.C. and Carmelo Anthony of Baltimore helped defeat Serbia.
In the Bantamweight decision, Shakur Stevenson took a silver home to Alexandria, where he trains.
Maryland native Aaron Russell helped his team defeat Russia for a bronze medal.
For the men, former Maryland high school student Kyle Snyder was the youngest American recipient of a freestyle gold medal, while for the women, Helen Maroulis of Rockville won a gold medal.
Fan favorite Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach helped Team USA win a gold medal.
Bethesda’s own Katie Ledecky broke a couple of her own Olympic world records, and won four gold medals and one silver. At only 19, Ledecky is likely to break many more Olympic records.
University of Virginia alumnus Leah Smith won both a gold medal and a bronze.
Baltimore’s Michael Phelps departed from his Olympic career by winning one silver medal and five gold medals, one of which set a new record. Phelps has won more medals than any other Olympian in history.
Olympic rookies Townley Haas of Richmond, and Jack Conger of Rockville, swam to qualify the men’s team for the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Haas advanced to the finals with the men’s team, which took the gold.
Another Maryland native — Chase Kalisz of Bel Air — won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley.
Women’s Track & Field:
The US women’s team made history, by being the first American women to sweep an event — the 100-meter hurdles — with Virginia Tech alumnus Kristi Castlin winning a bronze medal.
Men’s Track & Field:
Annapolis athlete Matthew Centrowitz also made history by being the first American to win the gold medal in the 1500-meter event since 1908.
Portsmouth, Virginia Olympian, LaShawn Merrit chalked up two more wins by taking both a bronze medal, and a gold.