Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Lauren Perdue, in an image provided by the University of Virginia.
Lauren Perdue, who is from Greenville, N.C., set herself up for an Olympic medal Wednesday morning by swimming the first leg of the 4x200 women's freestyle relay. The U.S. won the heat and Perdue will win whatever medal the U.S. gets -- it's expected to be a gold -- no matter whether she is picked for tonight's relay or not.
The biggest news Perdue has made at the Olympics, though, was when she sent out a tweet one night saying LeBron James had asked her to dinner and a picture of the two of them posed together.
I asked Perdue about it Wednesday. "The basketball players were nice enough to kind of come out and meet the swimmers and take pictures," Perdue said, speaking of a recent evening when the basketball players toured the Olympic Village (they aren't staying there -- the swimmers are).
LeBron did take a liking to Perdue, though, who is a star swimmer at the University of Virginia. So did he really ask her to dinner?
"He did," Perdue said. "He was kind of joking but he was basically like, 'Would you like to come eat with me at the dining hall?' And I said, 'Um, I'm sorry, I have a curfew. So I turned that one down, yeah."
One more note: Perdue said LeBron was "gracious" and certainly didn't imply that he was asking her to anything other than a meal at the Olympic Village dining hall.
Also on Wednesday, SwimMAC Carolina's Micah Lawrence advanced to tonight's semifinals in the 200 breaststroke with an impressive swim. U.S. teammate Rebecca Soni, the gold-medal favorite, was first in the prelims. Lawrence was fourth. The top 16 advanced to tonight's semis. Lawrence said she was "very nervous" before her first Olympic swimming experience, but she handled it well. She is definitely in contention for a medal.
Posted by Scott Fowler at 7:07 AM