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Mormons in the Rio Olympics, day 7: a silver in shot put for Valerie Adams

New Zealand’s Valerie Adams took silver in the women’s shot put Friday at the Olympic Stadium. Adams, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a two-time Olympic champion — 2012 in London and 2008 in Beijing — and won various other world competitions.

It came down to the last of six throws. Adams’ second throw was for 20.42 meters (66 feet 11.9 inches). The final throw of Michelle Carter, of the USA, was 20.63 meters (67 feet 8.2 inches) and Adams’ final throw was 20.39 meters (66 feet 11.75 inches).

Six-foot-4 Adams, who has been training in Switzerland, was married in the Hamilton New Zealand Temple earlier this year and frequently posts on social media photos with ward members outside their ward building or other Sunday events.

“It’s tough, but it’s sport,” Adams told the Deseret News’ Amy Donaldson after the event (see her “U.S. shot putter Michelle Carter makes history as she pulls off shocking upset of gold-medal favorite and LDS athlete Valerie Adams”).

Adams added, “It’s been a very tough road for me to even be here. And for me to make it here and make it to the final and get a medal is, um, pretty awesome. I’m going to try to enjoy the moment. …”

Also competing Friday in Olympic Stadium, the Cook Islands’ Patricia Taea, 23, raced in the preliminary 100-meter race and was one of eight women who qualified to go to the next round. In the next round, she was in Heat 5, which included USA’s Tianna Bartoletta and Poland’s Ewa Swoboda, who were the two who continued to the quarterfinals.

Rowing: Argentine Lucia Palermo took third in her semifinal heat for single sculls rowing, which qualified her for Final C and determines 13th to 18th place.

Soccer: In the Mineirão stadium, the Brazilian women’s soccer team, including Mormon Bruna Soares, faced the team from Australia in the quarterfinals and tied 0-0. Then, the host country’s team beat the team from Down Under 7-6 in the penalty shootout.

Brazil moves on to the semifinals and will face Sweden on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Competing this weekend ….

Volleyball: The USA men’s volleyball team, including Mormon and Brigham Young University alumnus Taylor Sander, will be playing France on Saturday as part of the preliminary pool competition.

Water polo: The USA women, including goalkeeper and UCLA graduate Sami Hill, who is LDS, will be playing Hungary on Saturday in their final game of preliminary round.

Basketball: The Australian women, including University of Utah alumna Leilani Mitchell, play Belarus on Saturday in their last game of the preliminary round.

Track and field: Lydia Casey Jele of Botswana is scheduled to compete in the women’s 400-meter event this weekend.

Weightlifting: USA’s Sarah Robles is set to compete in the 75-plus kilogram event.

On social media …

USA beach volleyball player Casey Patterson cheered on the women’s duo of Kerry Walsh Jennings and April Ross, who beat a team from Italy.

Jared Ward, who is scheduled to compete in the marathon next week, posted a photo from the aquatics stadium saying that “I’m excited for this tonight … “

Racewalker John Nunn tweeted a photo from the athletes watching the track and field events from the Olympic Village.

Robles shared a photo of herself with Maryam Usman of Nigeria, who is also competing in the 75-plus kg division.

“If you're in the game long enough, you can make some pretty cool friends from around the world,” Robles wrote.

Mykayla Skinner, an alternate to the USA team and who has committed to the University of Utah, tweeted a farewell to Rio.


See “Mormons competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Riofor more on the LDS athletes in the games.

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