Sunday, August 7: Day 2 takes an exciting turn
With the first day of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games finishing on a good note, the second day begins with an awful turn of events when Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten suddenly crashes in the women's road race, suffering a concussion and fractured spine. Leading by 40 seconds and closing in on the finish line, she suddenly hit a curb on a turn, tumbled over her handlebars, and finally landed on her head. She has now been transferred to the intensive care unit, but is in stable condition.
On a brighter note, Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo just won her country's first ever Olympic gold medal in the women's 52 kilogram judo division final. Going against Italy's Odette Giuffrida, Kelmendi managed to score only once, which was enough to claim the top spot.
Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Aly Raisman, three out of five of the USA Women's Gymnastics Team, qualify for the All-Around Final. Biles and Raisman will proceed to the finals, since only two Olympians of each qualifying country can be represented.
Shu-Ching Hsu of Taiwan wins her first gold medal in the women's weightlifting 53 kilogram category.
As the youngest swimmer on the USA Swim Team, 19-year-old Katie Ledecky takes home the gold in the women's 400m freestyle, breaking her own world record. This swimming prodigy ended with a 3:56.46, breaking her previous record of 3:58.37 in 2014. She also holds world records in the 800m and 1500m freestyles.
Day 2 was filled with a drastic turn of events from inspirational victories to troubling injuries, and even a good collection of world records broken. There's no doubt that today's competing athletes had the audience on the edge of excitement.