Can you believe the Olympics have only been going on for a couple of days? The past two days of competition have felt like two weeks. Already champions have been made and unseated, rivalries have been strengthened, American TV viewers have utterly lost their minds … and that's just in swimming alone. Here's a look at who really rose above and beyond over the weekend: It's our own Poolside Podium!
Two of the most demonstrative wins of the weekend came not from the usual suspects (Australia, the U.S.) but from China. Sun Yang became the first Chinese man to earn a gold medal in swimming when he won the 400 freestyle on Saturday, and he reacted with a barbaric yawp, his flexed torso rising so far out of the water that it seemed like he was levitating in celebration. (My colleague Shane Ryan did not appreciate the maneuver, calling it an "Overt Display of Righteous Fury"; I didn't really mind it, but it certainly did have the patina of 'roid rage that Shane pointed out. More on that in a sec.)