It’s the event that has become one of the most anticipated of the Olympics: the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay.
If you remember, the relay has become an epic one over the years, and has become a rivalry event.
In the 2012 games, the US lost the gold, and Michael was coming back to these 2016 games ready to bring it back to America.
As always, last night’s race was intense, leaving me screaming at the TV, cheering as if they could hear me down in Rio.
With the victory, came the tears. While Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrain are used to the gold medley moment, newcomers Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel’s first gold moment was full of emotion.
“I told them beforehand it is OK to sing, and it is OK to cry,” Phelps said of the advice he gave his fellow teammates. “It is good to see the emotion out of those guys, and it shows they really do care. They were so amped. As one of the old guys it is pretty cool to see.”
“I didn’t think I was going to cry. I was too tired to cry, I didn’t think I could cry,” Held said. “I’ve heard the national anthem hundreds of times, but as soon as that played it was just something different. The tears just started rolling down my face.”
And, that’s when the tears filled my eyes, and I’m sure the eyes of everyone who was tuning in to the moment, including Phelps, who had a tear roll down his cheek while posing for photos.
“I love a little emotion,” Adrain said of the moment. “I had to fight back some tears myself.”
In a moment that was not seen on cameras, Dressel began to cry as he walked away from the podium with his gold medal around his neck.
Phelps and Adrain noticed the emotion from Held after the National Anthem was over, and comforted the first-time gold medalist, which you can see in the video below: