Day 8: Olympic Swimming & Tennis at the Barra Olympic Park!

1Off to see Olympic Swimming and hopefully some men’s team handball… hard to fathom the size of these Olympic Games…   (Facebook Post with 2 pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-9-16)

Enjoyed watching swimming heats! USA qualified in all 4 events! GO USA! The 4X200m freestyle relay team led by Ryan Lockte qualified as did Caeleb Dressel & Nathan Adrian in the 100m freestyle. Also Hali Flickinger & Natalie Adams in the Women’s 200m Butterfly & JoshPrenot in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. Thanks to my new South African friend Maria from Joburg for explaining the whole swimming world to me. Scored a ticket to tennis… I feel like a kid growing up & spending the whole day at Rec Park… but now I am watching versus playing the sports! Women’s handball on Friday, sorry Dennis, the men were all sold out. But I am here for the Olympics Golf! Yeah Olympico Golf   (Facebook Post with 30 pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-9-16)

33So golf & tennis have a long & interesting relationship, don’t they? Fairly long games & the next match keeps coming. There is a difference between Court 1 & Centre Court! LOL just missed the Nadal finish. Saw the end of an exciting match with Great Britain’s Johanna Konta beating Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova… down love-40 & came back to win the game & then break Kuznetsova’s service to win! Love the little Olympic tennis history pavilion. Courts 4 thru 9 too, up close & personable! Amazingly ran into a camera lady that I met at the 2009 British Open at Turnberry & had not seen in 7 years! It’s a small, small world after all! Fore, Olympic Golf on Thursday… hopefully after being invited to visit a favela tomorrow…. stay tuned… experiencing all aspects of Rio 2016!   (Facebook Post with 30 pics, Andy Reistetter, 8-9-16)