Local athletes use Olympics as motivation

The U.S. won 46 gold medals and 121 in total

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Until next time.

The Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro is over. The two week event began August 5th with the traditional opening ceremony introducing the 207 countries participating. 11,500 athletes competed this year, with about 550 from the U.S.

22News asked local amateur athletes if watching the Olympics motivates them to play their A game.

Robert Chasen from Longmeadow told 22News, “Being able to watch all these players from around the world… The motivation stays in myself no matter who I play.”

Parth Sharma from Enfield expressed a similar sentiment, saying, “I grew up playing tennis, so whenever I know that the pros are playing, I like to watch them because I know they’re good. I like to play like them if I can, and I play more often too.

The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team was responsible for one of those gold medals, winning its third straight gold medal Sunday by blowing out Serbia, 96-66. These players were watched closely by young athletes who play the sport competitively.

Colin Lockhart from Longmeadow told 22News, “Everything, ball handling I work on that, shooting, defense, I try to get better at. I just watch them and try to implement it into my game.”

Athletes competed in 28 sports, two more than last Olympics, with the addition of golf and rugby. The U.S. won 46 gold medals and 121 in total, more than any other country.

It’ll be a while before we see many of these athletes compete again. The next Summer Olympics will be in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

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