If you caught NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games from Rio on Thursday night, viewers from the United States could not have been more proud of several athletes represeting the country, and being in awe of their athleticism, their emotion, and their gold and silver medal victories!
Some of your favorite past and present soap stars took to social media inspired and proud of these athletes throughout the night for the following achievements: As predicted, Simon Biles woved the judges and the crowd and became the Olympic gold medalist in the women’s all-around gymnastic competition following her floor exercise routine. Biles, who is a big fans of Pretty Little Liars actually received a message from the show after her victory that they would like to have her make a guest-star appearance on the Freeform series.
While Biles took the gold, it was teammate Aly Raisman, who also nailed her floor exercise routine in the all-around competition that won her the silver medal – packing a one-two punch for the U.S.
That victory represented a personal redemption for Raisman. Four years ago during the London Games, she went home without a medal in the all-around competition despite being tied for third. A complicated tie-breaking procedure instead gave the award to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina.
America also watched history in the making with Simone Manuel becoming the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming. Manuel tied with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak to win the 100-meter freestyle event.
And the most-decorated Olympian and swimmer in history, Michael Phelps took home his fourth straight gold medal in the 200 men’s individual medley and his 22nd gold over five Games, 26th medal overall. Phelps joined track and field stars Carl Lewis and Al Oerter as the only Americans to win an individual event four times. Phelps beat his longtime rival, friend, and teammate Ryan Lochte on his way to his victory last night. Phelps still has two more opportunties to win medals with two events left for him in this what he says is now his “final’ Olympics.
As all this was playing out, below is a sampling of what some soap stars had to say and share on social media:
Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH): “Sobbing heavily you two
@Simone_Biles @Aly_Raisman good thing my dog is the only one in the room.” and later with a photo of Biles in her post with an image of two Olympic medals (Biles is going for three moremedals), McCullough added: “You have to envision the goal before you can achieve it (so far)”
Michael Muhney (Ex-Adam, Y&R): “Thanks a lot Simone Manuel & Aly Raisman. I haven’t cried in a while…watching u both cry after your competitions made me cry like a baby.”
Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS, Ned, GH): “Brava Aly Raisman! What an amazing performance!” Followed by “And Simone biles! Omg! You both make America proud” and “Hats off to Ryan Lochte. A great Olympian. A star. Michael Phelps is otherworldly. We will never see another swimmer like him in our lives.”
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH) following Simone Manuel’s Olympic first tweeted: “Hell Yeah!!!!”
Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, AMC and Genevieve, Devious Maids): “Team USA!!! Can’t get enough of these girls’ Olympic performances!!! Spectacular “Final Five”!”
Molly Burnett (Ex-Melanie DAYS, Ex-Maxie, GH): “Phelps mah GAWD”
So, what was your reaction to the U.S. Olympic victories by Simon Biles, Michael Phelps, Aly Raisman, and Simone Manuel? Should Kimberly McCullough get the nod to direct the PPL episode featuring Biles? What did you think of the show of soap star pride for the U.S. stellar medal performances last night? Comment below!