Over the last week, this area has been full of Maryland pride and for good reason. Baltimore native Michael Phelps and Bethesda native Katie Ledecky have dominated the Rio Olympics, winning a ridiculous eight gold medals combined. The pinnacle Maryland moment occurred on the medal stand Tuesday when Phelps’ friends yelled “O!” during the national anthem. You can’t get more Maryland than that.
As of Saturday morning, athletes from the Old Line State have won 12 of the United States’ 20 gold medals. If Maryland was a country by itself, it would have the second most golds in the Olympics, sitting right behind China (13). That is insanity.
To celebrate, I made a sexy new RMNB t-shirt.
Tuesday night, Michael Phelps won his twentieth and twenty-first career gold medals and received congratulations from an unlikely source: Canadian NHL’er Tom Wilson. The Caps forward called Phelps a #beast an posted a photo of the two together in the Caps locker room.
Twenty-time, no, wait, twenty-one-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps is having a nice time in Rio. No visible Zika, plus he got a handful of big wins in the Olympic swimming competition. When Phelps celebrated his win in the 200 meter butterfly, we got to see his Maryland roots in action.
During the National Anthem, as Phelps stood on the podium crying with his 20th Olympic gold medal, some goofball ‘hons cheered “O!” and the Baltimore native couldn’t stop laughing.
Bethesda native Katie Ledecky just won another huge race — this time in her weakest event, the 200 meter freestyle.
Ledecky, the best long distance swimmer in the world, narrowly defeated Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, the best sprinter in the world, by 0.35 seconds in the middle distance race. Coming into the Olympic games, swimming analysts thought this would be Ledecky’s toughest individual race of the four to win. She has never lost an individual race in international competition.
Katie’s uncle and former Caps co-owner, Jon Ledecky, freaked out in the stands as his niece pulled out the thrilling win. Katie’s mother Mary was also very excited.
When Michael Phelps isn’t winning gold medals, he’s usually chilling at Baltimore Ravens games looking like a derpy hipster. Tonight, he was spotted by CSN cameras chilling on the club level of Verizon Center.
So that’s two famous athletes at the game tonight. Anyone else there we don’t know about?
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