ESPN’s Mike Reiss explains how he believes the USA’s bronze medal in the kettlebell competition will change the way we view his nation’s medal haul in Rio.
Read moreRead More1/11 ‘I thought we’d got a gold medal, I was like, ‘yeah, we’ve won'”The day I won, I thought I’d been the world’s best.
I thought we had a gold.
I was thinking we’ve now got a silver.
I didn’t even think about it until after the game.
I thought, ‘Well, we’re going to lose, this will be the last time I win a medal in this sport.
This is my last shot at it.’
And that’s what I thought.”
The thought that he would never again win a gold has driven him through every stage of his career, and now he’s hoping that medal will inspire others to achieve the same.
“I think it will be a huge thing,” he said.
“I think for a lot of people it’s a huge motivator.
When you win gold in this event you think, ‘Oh, I’ve done something great.’
And then when you lose, you don’t think, Oh, I’m going to be able to do something special with it.”
In the medal ceremony, the USA team won a silver medal and a bronze medal with a record of 17 medals.
It was their first Olympic gold since 2004.
“We were so happy,” said McKay.
“It was a big day for the sport.
It’s amazing to be representing this country.
It means a lot to be a part of something that people feel they’re able to have.”
As the world waits to see if the US will repeat its Olympic medal haul of two golds, McKay is looking ahead to what he feels is an incredibly exciting time in the sport and what he hopes will be an even bigger event in the coming months.
“What we’ve seen this year has been the culmination of so many things,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“The Olympics are just one of the big milestones.
I think we’re at a stage where there’s a lot more potential in the games than just the Olympics.
We’ve seen the gold medal in sport, the gold medals in athletics, and we’ve also seen the first women’s gold in judo.
I just feel like we’ve hit the big one, the Olympics in judou.”