Silver and Gold…YES!

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DHS graduates bring home a silver and a gold from the London Olympic Games

Brigetta Barrett and Tamika Catchings, both DHS graduates, were just two of the 530 athletes representing the United States in the 2012 Olympic. When they travel back home, they will each have just a little more weight in their luggage

On Saturday they both medaled in their respective sports, high jump and basketball.

Barrett won a silver by jumping a personal best of 6 feet, 8 inches. Barrett had first-attempt misses at 6-5 ½, 6-6 ¾, and 6-8 to win the silver between Russian gold medal winner Anna Chicherova at 6-8 ¾ and the Russian bronze medal winner Svetlana Shkolina, who had one more miss than Barrett at 6-8.

“I’m not going to lie; I kind of blacked out” attempting 6-8, Barrett said. “I was very scared. I know this is what we do, and people don’t really expect us to be afraid of a bar. There’s a moment between step seven and eight where I have to decide if I’m really going to go for this jump or not. I was just like go for it and trust yourself and trust God. I put my foot down and closed my eyes, and when I hit that mat without hitting the bar, I was like, ‘Thank you Jesus.’ ”

Barrett has won the previous two NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. Her 6-7 jump at the Olympic trials, and her 6-8 in London would be collegiate records, but neither meet is sanctioned by the NCAA.

Barrett is going into her senior year at the University of Arizona and is expected to be a force in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In Saturday’s gold medal game, the United States Women’s Basketball team defeated France 86-50 to give Tamika Catchings her third gold medal.

In the gold medal game, Catchings played 16:21, scored 4 points, had 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. For the entire Olympics competition Catchings had 154 minutes, 49 points, 39 rebounds,  17 assists, 13 steals, and 5 blocks.

Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird all collected their third Olympic gold medals and the sentiment is that this would be the end of the core of the most dominant run in women’s basketball history at the Olympics.

However, in a post game interview teammate Diana Taurasi was asked by NBC’s Craig Sager if she is ready for Rio. “Hell yeah,” the captain guard said, and turned to her cohorts. She extended her hand to Sue Bird, who didn’t seem to understand what she was saying, until Taurasi exclaimed “We’re going to Rio!”

“I said this is my last one, but Diana is yelling, ‘One more! One more!'” Catchings said, laughing. “This is likely to be my last one. And that makes it special.”

In 2016 Taurasi will be 34, Bird 35, and Catchings will be 37. If they do return, they will join such players as Candace Parker, who led USA in the win over France, and players such as Brittney Griner, Maya Moore and Tina Charles.