Team USA’s men’s volleyball teams, both those that play on sand and those that play on hardwood, had their first matches this weekend.
In beach volleyball, duo Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson won their preliminary pool round against a team from Qatar on the first day of Olympic competition. (See “BYU's Casey Patterson relishing every aspect of his first Olympic experience” from Deseret News reporter Amy Donaldson who is in Rio.)
The pair, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, play a team from Austria today at 1:30 p.m., Rio time.
On the hardwood this weekend, the USA men’s team, including Brigham Young University alum and outside hitter Taylor Sander, lost to Canada (See “BYU's Taylor Sander struggles in his Olympic debut, but says he and Team USA will bounce back” from Donaldson on the match.)
Its next match is against Italy on Tuesday.
In both sports, the teams are divided in groups or pools and play each member of the pool. Teams with the most wins in the pool games advance to the elimination rounds.
On social media
Marathoner Jared Ward and racewalker John Nunn, who are roommates, tweeted the view of from their window in the Olympic Village.
And, both Ward and Nunn shared photos from walking in the opening ceremonies, including this one.
Mormon weightlifter Sarah Robles shared a photo on Instagram of her first press conference and also cheered on teammate Morghan King, who placed seventh in the 48 kg division.
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the shot put, shared several photos of her final days of practice before heading to Rio. She posted a thanks to her coach, who isn’t going to Rio because of injuries, and photos from outside the Swiss LDS chapel she attends.
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