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For all of the complaining about tape-delays and bad announcing, NBC has announced that 2012 London Olympics is now the most-watched event in U.S. television history, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. About 219.4 million total viewers took in some part of this year's Olympics, the largest American audience for any televised event in history.
While there was significant backlash towards NBC by many viewers for some of their broadcasting practices, including the decision to tape-delay many significant competitions rather than broadcast the events live, Americans clearly found themselves entertained by the world's elite athletes congregating in Great Britain.
With stories like Michael Phelps's last go-around, Usain Bolt's dash towards "living legend" status and the USA women's soccer team avenging the World Cup defeat against Japan, these were truly games worth watching. Given the staggering numbers being reported by NBC, the American public doesn't appear to have missed out.
For the fifth-straight Olympics the United States won more medals than any other county, and athletes with ties to the state of Michigan played a major role in that. As Off Tackle Empire notes, four medals came from University of Michigan athletes:
Tyler Clary - USA Men's Swimming: 200m Backstroke
Betsey Armstrong - USA Women's Water Polo
Janine Hanson - Canada Women's Rowing: Eight w/Coxswain
Peter Vanderkaay - USA Men's Swimming: 400m Freestyle
Michigan State did not have a medalist and had only one representative in London, the fewest among Big Ten schools.
Michael Phelps was the most notable athlete with Michigan ties, as he earned six medals total. Tyler Clary established a new Olympic record in winning the 200 meter backstroke.
Here are other athletes with ties to the state of Michigan that won medals:
Claressa Shields - Women's Middleweight Boxing - Gold - United States
Jordyn Wieber - Women's Artistic Gymnastics (Team Competition) - Gold - United States
Janine Hanson - Women's eights rowing - Silver - Canada
Peter Vanderkaay - Men's 400-meter Freestyle Swimming - Bronze - United States
Betsey Armstrong - Women's Water Polo - Gold - United States
The 2012 Summer Games from London have officially wrapped up, and Team USA sits atop the final medal count standings by a wide margin after 302 Olympic events.
Two more gold medals, a narrow victory over Spain in the men's basketball final and an individual medal from men's 96kg freestlye wrestler Jake Varner, were added to the United States' overall tally on Sunday, pushing the American margin of victory to a whopping 17 medals.
No other country was able to rack up more golds or more silvers at this year's games, with only Russia topping the United States in bronze medals, 33-29. Easily the most prolific nation this year heading into the long-awaited closing ceremony, the Summer Games in London will surely go down as one of the best all-around Olympic performances in Team USA history.
Here are the results of the final medal count:
1. United States, 104 (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)
4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)
5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)
The 2012 London Olympics come to a close Sunday, and the Closing Ceremony should provide a fitting end to the games by paying tribute to Britain's long musical history. British musicians like The Who, George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Muse, among others, will perform Sunday at London's Olympic Stadium.
All athletes will enter the Olympic Stadium for the 'after-party,' which will also feature the traditional Men's Marathon medal ceremony.
Finally, the ceremony will serve as the official hand-off to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 summer games, and the flame at Olympic Stadium will be put out.
NBC, which did not live-stream the Opening Ceremony a fortnight ago, will stream the closing ceremonies live online beginning at 3 pm CT on NBCOlympics.com. The network will show the ceremonies on NBC's primetime coverage across all time zones beginning at 6 p.m. CT.
The US Men's Basketball team looks to defend their gold medal in a rematch with Spain as the Olympics wrap up Sunday. It took the Americans nearly the full 40 minutes to pull away from Pau Gasol's Spanish team in Beijing in 2008, but the US was finally able to pull away for a 118-107 win. It only seemed fair for Spain to get another shot at the US with Olympic gold on the line.
Men's volleyball wraps up with Brazil and Russia playing for gold, meaning the Brazilians have the chance to sweep indoor volleyball. Italy and Croatia play for gold in men's water polo, after the US took eighth this morning with a 10-9 loss to Australia.
The US wrapped up the overall medal count lead over China with less than one day left of competition. A full medal count is available here.
As usual, NBC will stream all events live on NBCOlympics.com, but the site requires a username and password to your cable/satellite TV provider for access. Otherwise, NBC will televise events throughout the day on its family of networks.
With only 15 events remaining from London, the United States has already surpassed the 100-medal mark and is on the verge of wrapping up an impressive overall victory at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Team USA pushed its leading tally into triple digits with another strong day on Saturday, as the women's basketball team and women's 4x400m relay team each brought home golds, in addition to an individual gold from men's 10m platform diver David Boudia.
Although the United States' women's volleyball team fell short to Brazil in Saturday's gold medal match, it marked one of three silvers that Team USA picked up on day 15. Here are the leaders in the overall medal count:
1. United States, 102 (44 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
2. China, 87 (38 gold, 27 silver, 22 bronze)
3. Russia, 78 (21 gold, 25 silver, 32 bronze)
4. Great Britain, 62 (28 gold, 15 silver, 19 bronze)
5. Germany, 44 (11 gold, 19 silver, 14 bronze)
With only 67 of the 302 scheduled events at the 2012 London Games left to be decided, the United States owns a significant lead on the rest of the world in total medals through 14 days of competition.
Furthering the trend it set on a productive Thursday from London, Team USA added four more medals to its total on Friday, including a pair of golds from wrestler Jordan Burroughs in the men's 74kg freestyle event and the women's 4x100m relay team.
The United States also picked up a second place finish in the men's 4x400m relay, and rounded out the day with a bronze medal from Paige McPherson in a hotly-contested women's welterweight taekwondo. But with a 13-medal lead on China and plenty of chances for medals remaining before the games conclude, it might take a massive collapse for the United States to cough up its lead at this point.
Here are the top five leaders in the latest medal count:
1. United States, 94 (41 gold, 26 silver, 27 bronze)
2. China, 81 (37 gold, 25 silver, 19 bronze)
3. Russia, 63 (15 gold, 21 silver, 27 bronze)
4. Great Britain, 57 (25 gold, 15 silver, 17 bronze)
5. Germany, 42 (10 gold, 18 silver, 14 bronze)
Tons of events will finish off and give medals on August 10, the 14th day of the Olympics, including soccer and track, but all eyes will be on Team USA basketball as they face Argentina. That game will be at 4:00 p.m. ET, right after Russia takes on Spain for the other spot in the finals.
The United States have opened up the medal count competition by pushing to get a 90-80 lead in overall medals against China. With fewer and fewer medal events taking place daily, it will only take another day or two of winning to put the race out of reach -- China does still have a close race in the number of overall golds, where the United States only leads by two. A full updated medal count can be found here.
As per usual, you can see most Olympic events live as they happen on NBColympics.com, provided you are allowed to view their streams considering their specific specifications. Many events will also be appearing, albeit on tape delay, on the NBC family of channels all day.
The United States remained on top of the medal count at the 2012 London Olympics with women accounting for a pair of gold medals, as Team USA ended the day with 90 overall medals.
Middleweight Claressa Shields out of Flint won the first-ever women's boxing gold medal for the United States. Then the USA Women's soccer team added a gold medal to the count with their intense 2-1 win over Japan.
The men's decathlon added another medal highlights from Thursday's action, as Ashton Eaton won the gold medal for Team USA along with the title as "World's Greatest Athlete" while teammate Trey Hardee finished second to pick up the silver medal.
The top five countries in the most up-to-date medal count:
Betsey Armstrong and the United States women's water polo team took home gold at the Olympics with a 8-5 victory over Spain. Armstrong, a goalkeeper on the team, is from Ann Arbor and went to the University of Michigan.
The Michigan native has the unique distinction as being the only member of the team to not be born or go to college in California.
Armstrong was a member of the 2008 Olympics team that took the silver medal after losing a heartbreaking game to the Netherlands, 9-8.
The United States women's team won bronze at the event in 2004 and silver in 2000.
The gold medal won on Thursday was the first ever for the United States in women's water polo.
The United States has its first medal in Olympic women's boxing, as of Thursday at the 2012 London Olympics. That isn't to say they've been shut out of it previously - this is the first year women's boxing has been included in the Olympics, and though they weren't in the final matches for Flyweight or Lightweight, Flint, Michigan's own Claressa Shields represented the United States in the Middleweight division on Thursday.
Shields was taking on Nadezda Torlopova, who made a strong run to the finals with impressive victories over Edith Ogoke of Nigeria in the quarterfinals (a lopsided 18-8 victory) and Jinzi Li of China (a narrower, 12-10 victory). Shields had arguably tougher competition though, fighting the very experienced Anna Laurell ton 18-14 win and then running circles around Marina Volnova in the semifinals (a 29-15 win). Volnova went on to win the bronze medal.
Against Torlopova, Shields started slow - as she's been doing throughout the Olympics - having a 3-3 round one, but dominated from then-on. Round two saw her go up 10-7 altogether, and round three was a 5-3 affair. Lastly, a 4-2 round four sealed it for Shields, who won on points.
Wallace Spearmon will be the lone American with a chance to stun Usain Bolt, and stun the world, in Thursday's 200 meter track final.
Bolt is, and long has been, the presumptive gold medalist in the 200. He won the event in 2008 and, after winning gold in the 100 meter sprint earlier this week, is widely expected to add hardware to his collection.
But Spearmon, who was disqualified from the 200 in Beijing in 2008, isn't ready to hand the gold to Bolt just yet. From The Los Angeles Times:
Bolt was one of three Jamaicans qualifying for the eight-man field in the final. Yohan Blake of Jamaica had the fastest qualifying time at 20.01 seconds, followed by Spearmon in 20.02 and France Christopher Lemaitre at 20.03.
Spearmon, the lone American in the field, bristled at the suggestion that Bolt and Blake had all but wrapped up the first two spots.
"That's why we're racing," Spearmon said. "If we weren't, they'd just hand them the medals and we'd race for third or whatever."
That is surely the right attitude, but Bolt does, alas, own both the Olympic record (19.30 seconds) and world record in the 200 (19.19).
Thursday's race is scheduled for 8:55 p.m. London time, or 3:55 p.m. Eastern.
Seventeen-year-old Flint native Claressa Shields will compete for a gold medal in women's boxing Thursday against Russian Nadezda Torlopova.
As women's boxing is new to the Olympics, this will be the first Olympic gold ever awarded in the event.
The match is set for 5:15 p.m. London time, or 12:15 Eastern.
Shields, whose unabashed faith made her a media darling for Christian outlets heading into the Olympics, is competing in the 75kg (165-pound) weight class.
Torlopova, who at 33 is nearly twice as old as Shields, is a former world champion in the super heavyweight class
Shields rolled through her semifinal bout with Marina Volnova of Ukraine, winning each of the four rounds en route to a 29-15 victory.
The United States took back the overall medal lead from China on Wednesday, with seven Track and Field medals putting them over the top. Allyson Felix, Aries Merritt and Britney Reese all earned gold medals.
Felix won the women's 200 meters and is now the first woman to win three medals in the 200 meters. Reese was the second American to win gold in women's long jump, Merritt and fellow American Jason Richardson won gold and silver in the men's 110m hurdles and Lashinda Demus took home silver in the women's 400m hurdles.
Bronze medals were won by Carmelita Jeter and Janay DeLoach both in the 200 meters and the long jump respectively.
The top five in the most up-to-date medal count:
On Wednesday, Claressa Shields defeated Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova in the semifinal round of the women's boxing tournament during the 2012 Olympic Games in London to advance to the gold medal round.
If the 17-year-old Flint, Michigan, native can defeat Russia's Nadezda Torlopova on Thursday, she will be the first woman ever to win a middleweight gold medal at the Olympic Games, as this is the event's inaugural year.
Via the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
"I'm still kind of shocked," Shields said. "I'm thinking in my head, 'Is it really true? Am I fighting for a gold medal tomorrow?'"
In her bout against Volnova, Shields dominated the match, winning by a score of 29-15. The United States representative used her speed and quickness to defeat Volnova's defenses.
A quarterfinal game for the USA Men's Basketball squad will be the headliner on yet another long day of Olympic events which will also include gold medal matches in table tennis, volleyball and others.
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The USA is currently trailing behind China in the medal count once again, with China holding 73 and the United States 71. Of course if you ask Yahoo, the 'real' medal count should be in the USA's hands but that's not how it works.
A full, updated medal count can be found here.
As per usual, all of the events for Wednesday can be watched live on NBCOlympics.com as long as you fit their requirements for streaming on their site. You can also check out everything on the NBC family of channels, though most of it will be on the usual tape delay.
The United States put forth a strong effort on the track on Thursday from London, but still remain hot on China's heels in the overall medal count through 11 days of competition, 73-70.
The Americans picked up a lone gold medal on Thursday from Aly Raisman in the women's floor exercise after brilliant effort, but could not find a way to emerge again in first-place for the remainder of the afternoon despite a number of close calls.
While China managed to snatch nine total medals and expand its lead to three, Team USA did put forth a number of inspiring performances on day 11, none greater than that of men's 1500m runner Leo Manzano. By taking silver in the 1500m event, Manzano became the first American to medal in the race since all the way back in 1968, a feat that will no doubt put Manzano in the American Olympic record books for some time.
Here is the updated medal count through 11 days of events:
1. China, 73 (34 gold, 21 silver, 18 bronze)
2. United States, 70 (30, 19, 21)
3. Great Britain, 48 (22, 13, 13)
4. Russia, 48 (10, 18, 20)
5. Japan, 29 (2, 13, 14)
A full, updated medal count can be found here.
On Tuesday, DeWitt native Jordyn Wieber and her coach John Geddert tried to be as respectful to the other competitors in the 2012 Olympic Games as they possibly could in explaining that Wieber's individual performance was hampered by an injury to her right leg.
Via the Lansing State Journal:
"You've seen her in the past," Geddert, owner of Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Dimondale, said of his prize pupil. "She didn't look anything like she has looked in the past. Not because she stopped training, she just had a little bit of limitations. I'm not making excuses, folks, I don't want to get into that. It is what it is. There's some great champions out there and I don't want to draw away from their accomplishments."
According to team physician (and Michigan State team doctor) Dr. Larry Nasser, he believes that Wieber has a stress fracture in her right fibula that will require the 17-year-old to wear a walking boot for the rest of the week before returning to the United States to be properly evaluated.
The injury reportedly started bothering her during the Olympic trials back in July and forced Geddert to modify her training regimen.
DeWitt native Jordyn Wieber will compete in the final of the gymnastics floor exercise, which begins at 11:23 Eastern on Tuesday morning.
This is the final chance at an individual gold medal for Wieber. She finished fourth in all-around qualifying but couldn't compete in the final because of a rule that allows only two gymnasts from each nation to compete.
Despite the disappointment, the 17-year-old didn't waiver. From USA Today:
Two days [after not qualifying], her steely performance helped the Americans win their first Olympic team gold since the "Magnificent Seven" in 1996. Then, at the all-around final, she cheered as teammate Gabby Douglas won the gold.
"I would expect nothing else out of a kid whose character is etched in granite," said [John] Geddert, Wieber's personal coach her entire career. "She's as classy a kid I've ever had to deal with."
Wieber is one of two Americans who will compete in the individual floor exercise, along with Alexandra Raisman.
Jalen Rose wants you to know that there is only one Fab Five and it is not the U.S. women's gymnastics team.
Brazil's Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti pulled off an upset victory in the Men's Gymnastics Rings final on Monday, capturing his country's first medal of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Zanetti finished with 15.900 points, enough to beat silver medal winner Chen Yibing of China, who had 15.800 points.
Chen -- the "Lord of the Rings" -- was the favorite, as he won gold in Beijing and was also the winner of four of the last five world titles.
Italy's Matteo Morandi won bronze with a score of 17.733.
It's not as if Chen performed poorly, but Zanetti managed to be just slightly better on this particular da, via The Associated Press:
Going last, Zanetti was just a little stronger. When he did an iron cross, suspended in the air with his arms extended, even some fans winced. He held his strength positions for what seemed like hours, the only sign of exertion was the bulging veins in his arms and neck. He had a small step on his dismount, but it hardly mattered.
Just slight flaws kept Chen from another gold.
On Monday, Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus won the gold medal in the women's shot put final of the 2012 Olympics with a mark of 21.36. In addition to finishing first in the Final, Ostapchuk also finished first in the group stage of the competition, winning Group A with a mark of 20.76.
Behind Ostapchuk, Valeria Adams of Australia earned the silver medal with a mark of 20.70 (Adams also finished behind Ostapchuk in Group A with a mark of 20.40), while Evgeniia Kolodko of Russia earned the bronze with a mark of 20.48 (the Russian won Group B with a mark of 19.31).
Grand Rapids native Tia Brooks failed to qualify for the Finals after being eliminated in the group stage finishing with a 17.72 mark, good enough for 11th in Group B.
The state of Michigan has been well represented at the 2012 London Olympics, and looking to keep that representation stellar is Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich. Shields is a boxer, and she took on Sweden's Anna Laurell in the women's boxing's middleweight division on Monday and came out on top. Shields won her opening round match 18-14 and will meet Kazakhstan fighter Marina Volnova on Wednesday.
As noted by MLive.com, the opening round was a tough one for Shields, who was facing an opponent who was four inches taller than her and had a wealth of experience in her favor. Shields was bested in the first round, but it looks like her youth played to her advantage as she quickly out-paced Laurell and took the lead heading into round three. Laurell required a standing eight count near the end of the match.
Shields will definitely have a tough test in her next bout against Volnova. The Kazakhstan fighter bested Great Britian's Savannah Marshall in her round one matchup -- and Marshall was the fighter to give Shields her first amateur loss earlier this year at the Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.
Michael Phelps may have ended his time at the London Olympics, and indeed ended his career with a bang, but there's still plenty to see and plenty to do as the Olympics turn 10 days old.
Along with the usual slate of track and field, sailing, cycling and other events going on, the women's soccer semifinal featuring the American women taking on Canada will be one of the highlights of the day. Both water polo and basketball will finish up another chunk of their group stage events as well.
China has overtaken the medal count lead once again early on, though the lead is a very passable one medal advantage, 61-60. China does have a two medal advantage when it comes to the most golds race though. A full medal count can be found here.
As per usual, most events can be watched live on NBCOlympics.com as long as you fit the qualifications that they have for showing the streams on your computer. The NBC family of channels will continue to show events on tape delay as well -- the schedules for those events being shown can be found on the same site.
The United States added six more medals to its 2012 Summer Olympics tally on Sunday from London, but were still edged by Team China for the overall medal lead through nine days of competition.
The Americans picked up two golds on day nine, as women's doubles sisters Venus and Serena Williams cruised to their third career gold as a tandem, while Team USA member Sanya Richards-Ross narrowly edged the field for a win in the women's 400m event.
With 161 of the 302 Olympic events now concluded, China and the U.S. remain in a neck-and-neck battle with only Great Britain hanging around as a viable contender to make a run. Hopefully for the United States, day 10 of this year's events will provide more than enough of an opportunity to regain their overall lead.
Here are the current medal leaders:
1. China, 61 (30 gold, 17 silver, 14 bronze)
2. United States, 60 (28, 14, 18)
3. Great Britain, 37 (16, 11, 10)
4. Russia, 35 (4, 16, 15)
5. Japan, 27 (2, 12, 13)
Canada will be a part of the elimination round in women's basketball and that means at least one more game for Michigan graduate Krista Phillips. The Canadians will face the United States.
The United States has won all five games of the tournament. The two teams will play against each other on Tuesday with the loser going home.
Phillips started at center today for Canada in its 72-63 loss to Australia. She played 12 minutes and had one rebound but failed to score.
Canada is 2-3 in its five games of the preliminary round. It lost to Australia, France and Russia, while beating Brazil and Great Britain.
Phillips has started all five games for Canada and scored eight points on Friday against Brazil.
She graduated from Michigan in 2010 and averaged 8.6 points per game during her career.
Jake Dalton, the 2011 U.S. national champion on floor, took fifth in the Men's Floor Exercise final Sunday morning.
Dalton's score of 15.333 placed him six-tenths of a point behind gold medalist Zou Kai of China, the defending Olympic gold medalist on floor. Kohei Uchimura of Japan, who has won three consecutive world all-around titles, took silver with a score of 15.800, and Russia's Denis Ablyazin earned bronze at 15.800, as well.
The 20-year-old Nevada native and University of Oklahoma gymnast helped the U.S. to a fifth-place finish in the men's team final this week and turned in a solid performance Sunday morning against perhaps the world's two best male gymnasts in Zou and Uchimura.
Dalton scored lower because his floor routine was half a point less difficult than Zou Kai's routine, though he did not incur any penalties during the routine.
McKayla Maroney, who helped lead the United State to the women's team gymnastics gold medal with her dazzling vault earlier this week, settled for silver in the women's vault final after falling on her second attempt.
She scored 15.866 on her first vault but just 14.3 on the second because of the fall. With the scores being averaged, Maroney finished with a score of 15.083. Romanian Sandra Raluca Izbasa took the gold medal with a score of 15.191, while Maria Paseka of Russia took bronze with a 15.050.
During the team final, Maroney's vault scored 16.233 thanks in part to the difficulty of the move, called the Amanar--named, ironically, after champion Romanian gymnast Simona Amanar. Of course, she still has to execute the move flawlessly, as she did in the team final
Maroney would've taken the gold medal comfortably had she landed her second attempt, but instead she fell on her butt on the dismount, allowing Izbasa to slip by.
Serena and Venus Williams earned the distinction as the greatest Olympic tennis players of all time with their third consecutive gold medal in women's doubles Sunday.
It was the fourth Olympic gold medal overall for both Serena and Venus, both of whom also boast an Olympic singles title after Serena defeated Russia's Maria Sharapova for the women's singles gold medal Saturday.
The sisters breezed past the Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, in just over and hour and a half at the All England Club to earn yet another Olympic gold.
Team USA will attempt to extend its overall medal lead on Sunday, as the ninth day of competition from the 2012 London Olympics is set to get underway in the early morning hours.
Live coverage of the day's action will be available to watch online with a stream through NBC's official Olympics website, while television coverage will once again be dispersed among NBC's family of channels.
Here is the schedule for day nine (All times Eastern):
Through eight days of competition with more than 130 events determined, the United States and China each remain in a dead heat atop the leaderboard for the overall medal lead.
Both countries picked up a whopping 11 medals on Saturday alone, and are now each well more than 20 total medals ahead of the rest of the world. Along with sweeping both the 4x100m men's and women's individual medleys, Team USA also managed to walk away with a pair of golds in tennis, as Serena Williams (singles) and Mike and Bob Bryan (doubles) each snagged a gold medal.
Williams, who took the women's singles title over Russia's Maria Sharapova, needed only 63 minutes to cruise to a two-set victory (6-0, 6-1), while the Bryan brothers managed to crack France's duo of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after a tough second set tiebreaker (6-4, 7-6 (7-2)).
Here are the leaders through eight days:
1. United States, 54 (26 gold, 13 silver, 15 bronze)
2. China, 53 (25, 16, 12)
3. Great Britain, 29 (14, 7, 8)
4. Russia, 28 (3, 15, 10)
5. Japan, 24 (2, 10, 12)
For a full medal count tracker from Sports Illustrated, go here.
The United States picked up another medal on Saturday -- a silver in the men's 10,000m event. Galen Rupp took second place in the race, trailing Mo Farah. Rupp had a time of 27:30.90, while Farah finished 27:30.42. Tariku Bekele took third place and a bronze medal for Ethiopia with a time of 27:31.43.
Farah joins fellow British track stars Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford, who took the heptathlon and the long jump, respectively. Farah is the first British athlete ever to win gold in the men's 10,000m. Rupp's medal is actually the third ever medal won by an American in this event in 100 years. It's the first U.S. medal in the event since 1964, according to SB Nation.
Rupp and Farah were hanging around fifth place until the final lap, when Farah and Rupp turned it on big time and cleared the final lap in just about 54 seconds.
Michigan native Dathan Ritzenhein finished 13th in the race, obviously not earning a medal, but as a three-time Olympian, he has a lot to be proud of. His finishing time was 27:56.67.
The United States hasn't lost the medley relay event since 1980, and that didn't change on Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics. The U.S. took the gold medal with a time of 3:29:35, a full 1.91 seconds over Japan in second place with a time of 3:31.26 and 2.23 seconds over Australia, which took bronze with a time of 3:31.58.
Matt Grevers started out the U.S. in the backstroke and the Americans had a slim lead after his efforts. Brendan Hansen faltered in the breaststroke and the U.S. fell slightly behind -- a 0.21-second deficit. In comes the University of Michigan's Michael Phelps for the butterfly. Phelps turned the 0.21-second deficit into a 0.26-second lead heading into the final 100 meters, where Nathan Adrian took over. Adrian smoked the competition in freestyle and the U.S. got the win.
This means that Phelps has won his 18th gold medal, with 22 medals overall. He's got twice as many gold medals as any other Olympian ever, and his swimming career might be at an end. There's no official announcement, but if Phelps sticks to his word and everything we've heard lately is true, then he could be retired as the best Olympian of all time.
Allison Schmitt of Canton, Michigan, was a key part of the women's 4x100m medley relay that not only brought home the gold on Saturday, but set a world-record time doing it. The team posted a total time of 3:52.05, breaking the previous record of 3:52.19 set by China in 2009.
Schmitt was selected as the anchor of the team, swimming the freestyle leg. The other American swimmers included Missy Franklin (backstroke), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke), and Dana Vollmer (butterfly).
The Americans beat out Australia (silver) and Japan (bronze) for the win. Australia finished with a differential of 1.97 seconds.
This is Schmitt's fifth medal of the 2012 Olympics, earning three golds, a silver and a bronze. In addition to the new record she helped set Saturday, Schmitt also posted an Olympic record in the 200-meter freestyle. She was selected for Saturday's relay over Natalie Coughlin, who would have been competing for her 13th total medal.
The 2012 Summer Olympics rolls on with a full docket of events on tap for Saturday. Michael Phelps swam his way into the history books on Friday by winning his record-setting 17th gold medal. On Saturday he closes out his Olympic career as part of the heavily favored American team in the 4x100m individual medley relay.
Among the other events on tap for the eighth day of the games is Team USA basketball, taking on Lithuania. Other events scheduled include beach volleyball, men's tennis, soccer and more. A number of events can be seen online via NBCOlympics.com.
To help you tune in to the action, here are some highlights from the day's television schedule (all times Eastern):
4 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. (CNBC)
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (NBC)
3:30 - 6:30 p.m. (CNBC)
8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)
12:30 - 1:30 a.m. (NBC)
The final individual event of Michael Phelps' illustrious Olympic career brought home yet another gold medal for the United States on Friday, as Phelps and Team USA continue to hold the overall medal lead over China through seven days.
By grabbing his record-setting 17th career gold medal in Friday's 100m butterfly event, Phelps only furthered the notion that he may just be the best U.S. Olympic athlete of all-time, and arguably the most prolific individual competitors the Olympics have ever seen. The former Michigan Wolverine will have one final chance to add his final medal of 2012 in Saturday's 4x200m individual medley relay, in an event where Phelps and his teammates are once again heavily favored to run away with gold.
Here is an updated medal count through seven days of competition:
1. United States, 43 (21 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze)
2. China, 42 (20, 13, 9)
3. Russia, 23 (3, 12, 8)
4. Great Britain, 22 (8, 6, 8)
5. Japan, 21 (2, 8, 11)
A full medal count tracker from Sports Illustrated can be found here.
On Friday, Michael Phelps competed in what is assumed to be his final individual performance in his Olympic career and ended it on a high note when he completed an amazing come from behind win to earn gold in the men's 100-meter butterfly. Phelps bested South Africa's Chad le Clos by 23 seconds, 51.21 to 51.44. Yevgeny Korotyshkin took the bronze medal.
Michael Phelps: "I'm just happy the last one was a win. ... Can't really finish any better than that."— Nicole Auerbach (@nicoleauerbach) August 3, 2012
Phelps now has a record 21 combined medals in the Olympics, with 17 of them being gold.
The former University of Michigan student was seventh at the turn prior to jumping to the lead and the win. Chad le Clos of South Africa and Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia both medaled, earning the silver and bronze, respectively.
The United States has traditionally dominated in rowing events, but they fell short in Friday's Men's Pair final. The event was won by the New Zealand duo of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, who took home the gold medal with a time of 6:16.65. The silver medal went to Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette of France with a 6:21.11 time, and the bronze went to George Nash and William Satch of Great Britain, finishing with a time of 6:21.77.
The only American representation in the Men's Pair final was Michigan native Tom Peszek and his partner Silas Stafford, who failed to medal in the event. Their final time was 6:53.30, good enough only for the eighth overall place in the competition.
Michael Phelps has been one of the top performers at the London Olympics, helping the United States pull themselves into the lead in the medal count along with several other top swimmers. The pool has been kind to the Americans so far in London, and there will be four more swimming finals on Friday that can help the States boost their lead in the medal count.
Going into Friday, the Americans have 37 medals, with 18 of them being gold. China had been in the lead for both categories in the past few days, but are currently behind the United States in total medal count with 34, and are tied with them in total gold medals. Japan is sitting in third place on the table.
A full medal count tracker can be found here.
Including the swimming finals, there will be 27 total finals on Friday, a day that also marks the start of athletics events like track and field. The full schedule for Friday can be found on the official Olympic site.
As per usual, you can see the games live on NBColympics.com, assuming that you fit their qualifications to access their stream services. The games will also be shown on tape delay on the entire NBC network of channels on television.
It took six days of competition, but the United States was finally able to leapfrog China for first place in the medal count at this year's London Summer Games.
Powered by six gold medals on Thursday alone, including the first ever women's gold in Judo by Kayla Harrison, the United States hit 37 overall medals to take the Olympic lead outfight for the first time. Michael Phelps once again added to his country's tally with a gold in the 200m individual medley to mark his record-setting 20th career Olympic medal, while American teammate Ryan Lochte also managed to earn a silver in the same event.
Here's a look at the medal count thus far:
1. United States, 37 (18 gold, 9 silver, 10 bronze)
2. China, 34 (18, 11, 5)
3. Japan, 19 (2, 6, 11)
4. Germany, 17 (4, 8, 6)
5. Russia, 17 (3, 6, 8)
Michael Phelps isn't having as good a run in the London Olympics as he did his last time out but ... who in the world expected him to? Nothing he could have done would have topped what he was able to previously do, but that doesn't mean he's not out to make a statement and add to his ridiculous collection of medals.
On Thursday, Phelps competed in the men's 200m individual medley, with his main competition being Ryan Lochte, also of the United States. Phelps was out looking for revenge after Lochte bested him previously, and he got it. He took the gold medal with a time of 1:54.27, while Lochte took silver, trailing by 0.63 seconds with a time of 1:54.90. Phelps absolutely smoked Lochte on the back to take the win.
Laszlo Cseh took the bronze with a time of 1:56.22 - a differential of 1.95 seconds. This race was billed as Phelps vs Lochte and that's exactly what it was.
Phelps, who attended the University of Michigan, now has 20 medals to his name, 16 of which are gold.
Tyler Clary came into the London 2012 Olympics talking a big game by insulting fellow American and Michigan product Michael Phelps by claiming he wasn't working hard, but he's done well to back it up. He fell short in the 200m butterfly, placing fifth in the finals, but on Thursday was able to capture his first gold medal.
Clary came from behind to best Ryan Lochte in the 200m backstroke finals on Thursday, taking home the gold medal. Clary had the fastest qualifying time prior to the race, and he beat that time and set a new Olympic record with a time of 1:53.41. Lochte actually took bronze, as he also fell behind Ryosuke Irie, who grabbed silver.
Irie's time was 1:53.78, just 0.37 seconds slower than Clary, while Lochte fell behind by 0.53 seconds with a time of 1:53.94. Radoslaw Kawecki and Fenglin Zhang tied for fourth place behind them but wouldn't have received a medal regardless.
Clary is a University of Michigan product and won three NCAA Championships while attending the school.
As the fourth day of the 2012 Olympic Games concludes from London, China and the United States continue to battle for the overall medal count lead, with China regaining the edge thanks to the addition of seven medals on Wednesday.
The Chinese continued their dominance in diving when the men's synchronized diving team added the nation's fourth gold medal out of four diving events. In addition, China earned a combined four medals in women's table tennis and men's weightlifting on Wednesday when their competitors earned gold and silver medals in both events.
However, the United States managed to keep pace with China by continuing to impress in the swimming pool.
Team USA set the Olympic record in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay earning a gold medal with a come-from-behind victory thanks to an amazing performance by Canton product Allison Schmitt. In addition, Nathan Adrian won gold in the men's 100-meter freestyle.
The United States continues to dominate in swimming, earning a total of 18 medals in the collective events to this point, which, with the exception of China, is more medals than any other nation has in all of its combined events in the Olympics.
With University of Michigan product Michael Phelps, as well as Ryan Lochte and Rebecca Soni, set to compete in finals on Thursday, the nation could add to that total easily.
Here's a more complete look at the medal count:
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On Wednesday, the United States swim team continued to help add to the nation's medal count when the women's relay team came from behind to earn gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay when they set a new Olympic team record, finishing the race in 7:42.92.
The victory was powered by the team's anchor, Michigan native Allison Schmitt.
Prior to Schmitt starting her leg, Australia and France exchanged turns holding the race lead. After the Canton Township product compiled an impressive 1:54.09 time, the United States cemented the win, the Olympic record and the gold medal.
This is now the second time in as many days that Schmitt has been part of an Olympic record, as she set a new record in the women's 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday.
Australia (7:44.41) and France (7.47.49) both ultimately medaled in the 4x200, winning the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Michael Phelps' huge day on Tuesday made him the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, but there is still plenty of Olympic swimming to go to help him add to his already well adorned medal cabinet. Lots of swimming highlights the end of the day on August 1, with plenty of other event finals as well as a host of soccer matches to keep the day full.
The United States has pulled back into the overall medal count lead with 25. China is still their biggest competitor for the most medals, holding 23 including the most Golds.
Here's a list of all the events that will find gold medalists on Wednesday:
As usual, streaming is available on NBC's website if you have the proper credentials and the games are being shown on tape delay as well across the NBC network of channels.
Four days of competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London have wrapped up, and the United States and China each remain deadlocked at 23 medals apiece with the rest of the world struggling to keep up.
The Americans put forth an extremely strong effort that included four golds, one silver and one bronze medal in Tuesday's events, but were matched with the exact same tally by an extremely strong Chinese team. With the next closest competitors, Japan and France, now both at least 10 medals off the pace, it's going to take a big performance over the next few days for an outside country to break into the top two.
Team USA member Michael Phelps chipped in one individual and one team medal during day four, as he used a silver medal in the 200m men's butterfly to tie the Olympic all-time medal record of 18. Phelps then paired with teammates for an easy win in the 4x200m freestyle relay to enter the record books as the only person in Olympic history with 19 medals.
Here's a complete look at the medal count thus far:
1. China, 23 (13 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze)
2. United States, 23 (9, 8, 6)
3. Japan, 13 (1, 4, 8)
4. France, 11 (4, 3, 4)
5. South Korea, 8 (3, 2, 3)
After helping his team cruise to a gold medal victory in the men's 4x200 freestyle relay, Michael Phelps officially became the most decorate Olympic athlete of all-time on Tuesday night in London.
Phelps took a disappointing second in the 200m butterfly earlier in the evening to tie the Olympic career medal record of 18, after what proved to be an all-too-narrow loss to South African gold medalist Chad Ie Clos by 0.05 seconds on the clock. Phelps and his American team wasted little time asserting their dominance on the 4x200 relay less than an hour later however, as they hit the wall more than three seconds before any of their competitors to clock a time of 6:59.70. Team USA's winning time was just a second slower than their 2008 world record time of 6:58.55 in Beijing, but it's clear the Americans are tops when it comes to men's relay events.
Still with three events remaining, Phelps will have plenty of chances to add to his seemingly insurmountable career tally before the Olympics wraps up.
Be sure to check out Sports Illustrated for a detailed medal count for each country.
On Tuesday afternoon, Canton, Michigan, native Allison Schmitt won the gold medal in the women's 200-meter freestyle event, adding to the United States' impressive medal count courtesy of the nation's swim team.
Schmitt won the event in record time, finishing in 1:53.61 to set an Olympic record.
Starting today's swimming off right,— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) July 31, 2012
@arschmitty took GOLD in women's 200 free! Schmitt broke the Olympic record in time of 1:53.61.
Unfortunately, teenage phenom Missy Franklin failed to medal in the event after winning Ggold in the 100-meter backstroke on Monday. Franklin made the final touch .01 second after Bronte Barratt of Australia finished in 1:55.81 to earn the bronze.
Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.
On Tuesday afternoon, Michael Phelps was edged out by Chad le Clos of South Africa for the gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly.
Phelps led for the majority of the race prior to le Clos passing in the last stretch and beating him in the final touch, officially by .05 seconds. This is the first time since 2003 that Phelps has lost a 200-meter butterfly race.
Despite the shortcoming in the finish, Phelps tied Larisa Latynina for the most all-time Olympic medals with 18, and he has a chance to pass that number on Tuesday when he competes in the men's 4x200 freestyle.
Michael Phelps takes silver in the Olympics 200 butterfly. He ties Larisa Latynina for most alltime Olympic medals with 18.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 31, 2012
On Tuesday afternoon, DeWitt native Jordyn Wieber finally had her chance to compete in the final round of an Olympic event when she helped Team USA earn the gold medal in the Women's Team Gymnastic Final.
On Sunday, Wieber failed to qualify for the women's individual all-around gymnastic final due to a rule that countries can only send two competitors to the final round of the event. When Aly Raisman posted a 15.325 score, it bumped Wieber to third, which set the standings with the top three competitors hailing from the United States, leaving Wieber as the odd woman out.
However, Tuesday's team final gave the Michigan native an opportunity to compete with her teammates, which was the event that she wanted to win the most.
Before the Olympics Jordyn Wieber said her ideal moment at the Olympics would be winning the TEAM gold.They are very close.— Jeremy Sampson (@jeremysampson10) July 31, 2012
Wieber competed in three of the four events, sitting out only the balance beam.
In the vault, she finished with an impressive 15.933; in the uneven bars she recorded a 14.666; and in her final event she scored a solid 15.0 in the floor, which basically cemented the gold for the United States.
Team USA finished with a final score of 183.596, while Russia earned silver with a 178.530 and Romania won the bronze with a 176.414.
Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.
Michael Phelps will have a chance to break the Olympic record for individual medals Tuesday.
Phelps, who already owns the record for individual gold medals -- 14 total, breaking American Mark Spitz's old record -- will swim in the 200 meter butterfly, followed by the 4x200 freestyle.
The 200 meter butterfly will be at 7:49 p.m. London time (2:49 p.m. Eastern) and the 4x200 freestyle will be at 8:51 p.m. London time (3:51 p.m. Eastern). If Phelps, a former Michigan Wolverine, medals in both of those, the all-time medal mark will be his.
Also of note: Team USA will play its second game of the London Olympics at 6:15 p.m. Eastern against Tunisia.
But there is no shortage of action to bide time until tonight's main events. There are currently 20 events taking place live, ranging from beach volleyball to sailing to fencing.
Monday was a great day for the United States of America in the 100m backstroke. Matt Grevers and Nick Thoman of Team USA finished first and second in the final, America's first such finish at these London Olympics.
Grevers' gold medal time was 52.16 seconds, an Olympic record just 0.22 shy of Aaron Peirsol's world record. Thoman finished in 52.92. He just barely beat Japan's Ryosuke Irie, who earned a bronze by finishing in 52.97 seconds.
Grevers was too caught up in the moment to notice exactly what happened, via the Chicago Tribune:
On finishing 1-2 with teammate Thoman, Grevers said, "I must be selfish. It took me a good 10 seconds to realize he got second and that's something I should do right away. When I noticed it (on the scoreboard), the moment became that much more special."
It wasn't just a historic day for the American men in the 100m backstroke -- Missy Franklin took home gold in the women's final, as well.
On Monday, the United States tied China for the medal count at 17 overall medals to this point in the 2012 Olympic games thanks to a handful of impressive swimming performances.
Matt Grevers and Missy Franklin both brought home gold for the United States by winning in the 100-meter backstroke for the men and women. In addition to Grevers, Nick Thoman brought home the silver medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke.
Rebecca Soni also added a silver medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, which was the United States' 500th all-time swimming medal (the most in history).
However, the day was not without some disappointment.
Ryan Lochte failed to medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle, finishing in fourth place.
On Tuesday night, two University of Michigan products in Michael Phelps and Tyler Clary will be competing in the final of the men's 200-meter butterfly in an attempt to add to the United States' medal total in swimming.
Here's a complete look at the medal count thus far:
Other notables: The only team beyond that top five with three gold medals is North Korea; Great Britain moved into a five-way tie for ninth with its third medal; Moldova still has one bronze medal.
You can find a more viewer-friendly medal count here:
Coming into the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Michael Phelps was positioned to become the most decorated Olympian of all-time, while fellow Michigan Wolverine and teammate Tyler Clary was getting ready for his first appearance in the games.
Despite this, Clary stated that he was looking forward to defeating Phelps and went as far to say that Phelps wasn't working hard and was asking to be beaten, which caused a bit of an uproar and cast the rookie in a negative light.
Once the games started, Clary sat down and apologized to Phelps and his teammates for his brash statement.
However, Clary ultimately went on to defeat Phelps in the qualifying for the men's 200-meter butterfly, finishing in second place while Phelps ended up in fifth. On Monday night, Phelps bested Clary in the semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly, setting up a showdown on Tuesday night in the finals.
Via The Baltimore Sun:
"The day after it happened I sat down with him in his room, we spoke about it and put it to rest. He understood," Clary said after his 1:54.96 finish, .74 of a second ahead of Phelps swimming a couple lanes away. "The next day I stopped the whole men's team and told them specifically, what came out is not how I feel about Michael or anyone, and I apologize for any distraction I may have caused."
Phelps won a silver medal on Sunday night as part of the U.S. Men's 400-meter freestyle relay team.
Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.
The United States has done well for themselves so far in the Olympics, so far the Americans are only a single medal away from having the highest medal count -- China currently is top with 12 medals, while America has 11. Fortunately, Monday holds tons of swimming events, where Americans have been dominant recently led by the University of Michigan's Michael Phelps.
Monday will also have more of what we've seen the past few days including more Judo, diving and weightlifting.
Here's all of the events that you'll see on Monday:
Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.
After two full days of competition the United States is starting to climb up the overall medals table. As of Sunday evening, athletes from the United States have earned 11 total medals, three of them gold.
Kimberly Rhode was the early story of the day on Sunday with a score of 99 in the women's skeet shooting event to earn gold. Dana Vollmer, however, topped Rhode by setting a new Olympic and world record in the women's 100-meter butterfly. Her time of 55.98 seconds took home a gold for the Americans.
The University of Michigan's Michael Phelps earned a medal, this one silver, as part of the men's 4x100-meter relay team. They were edged out by France in the final.
The Americans have one less medal than China so far, and the Chinese have six gold medals so far.
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Though they didn't manage to reach their ultimate goal of a gold medal, Michael Phelps and Team USA collected a much-needed silver medal on Sunday in the men's 4x100m relay.
The Americans posted a time of 3:10.38 to take second, which was slightly slower than the world record time Phelps and company in Beijing in 2008. The same French team that put forth the best qualifying time earlier in the week ended up taking home the gold medal with a time of 3:09.93, while Russia (3:11.41) narrowly edged Australia (3:11.63) for the bronze.
The medal marked the first of the 2012 games for Phelps, who finished in a disappointing fourth place in the 400m individual medley on Saturday afternoon. Still with plenty of chances to rack up his first gold medal in London, Phelps will next take the pool on Monday for heats in the 200m butterfly event.
In a stunning twist in the qualifying round for women's all-around gymnastics, top-ranked American competitor Jordyn Wieber did not qualify for the event and was shut out in her quest for a gold medal.
The 17-year-old DeWitt, Michigan native had lost only two all-around competitions dating back to 2008, and was overcome with emotions following her unfortunate exit from the event. "It is a bit of a disappointment," Wieber reportedly told the media following the results. "It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-around final of the Olympics."
Instead of losing out to competitors from other countries, however, Wieber was knocked out of the competition by her own teammates, Ally Raisman and Gabby Douglas. Due to the fact that countries can only send two competitors to the finals of the event, Wieber was stuck in an unfortunate position by having to watch Raisman post a 15.325 score that eventually bumped her down to third place.
Despite the shock of not having Wieber in the finals, Team USA finished with 181.863 points to take a narrow lead on Russia (180.429), while defending Olympic champion China sits in third place with 176.637 points.
The fastest American women's swimmer in both the 200 and 400 meter events heading into the Olympics, Allison Schmitt picked up a much-needed silver medal for her country on Sunday by placing second in the women's 400m freestyle.
Though she earned a bronze medal on Day 1 as a member of the 400 meter free relay team, Schmitt's efforts on Sunday gave her the first individual medal of her Olympic career. The Canton High School graduate finished with a time of 4:01.77, narrowly behind gold medalist Camille Muffat's Olympic-record setting time of 4:01.45. Despite the close defeat, Schmitt cruised past the rest of the field to claim her silver medal by more than a full second.
Now 2-for-2 in her quest for medals, Schmitt will now set her sights on the 200 meter freestyle event this week. Heats will begin on Monday morning with qualifying starting up two days later.
Team USA used 22 points from Kevin Durant and a huge surge in the second and third quarters to run away from a solid French team Sunday.
The USA led by just one, 22-21, and the end of the first quarter, but a 9-0 run to begin the second quarter gave the Americans a double-digit cushion they would not relinquish. Mike Krzyzewski's US squad outscored France, 30-15, in the second quarter for a comfortable 16-point halftime lead.
Because FIBA rules allow only five fouls in their 40-minute games, the USA went into halftime with foul concerns, but the Americans adjusted at halftime and packed the paint instead of allowing the French to beat them off the dribble and draw fouls. It worked--Team USA outscored France, 26-15, in the third.
The US got a balanced rebounding effort, as Durant, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony all pulled down nine boards. Outside of Durant, only Kevin Love (14) and Kobe Bryant (10) scored in double digits, though three others scored nine apiece.
Ali Traore led France with 12 points, while the Spurs' Tony Parker finished with 10 and five turnovers.
The USA Men's Basketball team used a late second quarter push to head to halftime with a 16-point lead, and they've continued that solid play in the third quarter. At the moment, the Americans lead, 78-51, at the end of the third quarter.
It's been a balanced effort thus far, as Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 18 points and seven boards. Kobe Bryant, despite his three fouls, has 10 points, while Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony both have nine. Lebron is well on his way to a vintage triple-double--he has eight of Team USA's 16 assists to go along with five rebounds.
Foul trouble may yet be a problem for the Americans, but they've sat back more defensively and been less active with their hands in the third quarter in an effort to keep players on the floor.
The big differences for Team USA have been France's cold three-point shooting (1-14) and their dominance over the French in rebounding (35-25) and turnovers (13 by France).
The 2012 London Olympics are in full swing now, and American athletes will be busy Sunday.
Mike Krzyzewski's USA Men's Basketball squad kicks off their run for a second consecutive Olympic gold medal with a Group A preliminary game against Tony Parker and France at 9:30 am Eastern. The French team boasts several NBA players beyond Parker, including forwards Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw and Kevin Seraphin.
American men will feature both on the indoor and outdoor volleyball courts Sunday, as the USA Men's Indoor squad will take on a tough Serbian team in Group B play at 11:45 am ET. Defending Olympic Gold Medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers will get their quest for another gold underway at 5 pm ET as they face off against a Japanese duo.
USA's Andy Roddick was scheduled to take on Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the First Round of the Tennis Men's Singles competition at 8:30 am ET, but the match has yet to begin.
Canton, MI native Allison Schmitt will compete in the Women's 400M Freestyle Final at 3:11 pm ET after finishing with the second-fastest time in qualifying. She already earned a Bronze Medal Saturday with the USA Women's 4x100M Freestyle Relay, helping to set an American record in the process.
Even though the first day of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London only saw 12 of the 302 events crown a champion, a number of countries got off to hot starts by adding a number of medals to their credit.
The United States, currently sitting in third place but in a tie with Italy for the second-highest medal total of five, picked up a key gold from swimmer Ryan Lochte on Saturday in the 400 meter men's individual medley. Narrowly missing a gold medal in the men's archery final as well, Team USA fell to Italy in a close match that could have really given the Americans a great deal of momentum to kick things off.
Hardly unusual suspects atop the leaderboard with six medals thus far, China snagged a whopping four golds on Saturday alone to take a commanding lead in the overall medal hunt. In addition to first place in women's weightlifting and shooting events, Chinese women's swimmer Ye Shiwen set a world record with a 4:28.43 time in the women's 400 meter individual medley to earn a well-deserved gold medal.
Here are the standings after day one:
1. China - 6 total (4 Gold, 0 Silver, 2 Bronze)
2. Italy - 5 total (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze)
3. United States - 5 total (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze)
4. South Korea - 3 total (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
5. Brazil - 3 total (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
The first day of the 2012 Summer Olympics from London got underway on Saturday, as Team USA wasted little time adding five overall medals to its tally with a strong effort to kick things off.
The lone gold medalist on the American side after day one, swimmer Ryan Lochte demolished a field in the 400 meter men's individual medley that included world record holder and former Michigan Wolverine Michael Phelps. Phelps placed fourth in the event with a visibly frustrating time of 4:09.28 to finish medal-less, but will have a bevy of other chances to pull himself back onto the victor's podium later on throughout the games.
Detroit native Peter Vanderkaay also picked up a key United States medal during the day with a bronze in the 400 meter freestyle, finishing slightly behind winner Sun Yang and second place finisher Park Taehwan. Vanderkaay won a gold medal in the 200 meter freestyle back in Beijing, but was only scheduled to take part in the 400m at this year's event.
The men's 400 IM is now in the books at the 2012 Olympics, and it wasn't quite the showdown that swimming enthusiasts were hoping it would be. Ryan Lochte took home the gold medal (4:05.18), as anticipated, but Michael Phelps didn't put up too much of a fight, finishing fourth (4:09.28) in the event, and failing to earn a medal.
Phelps barely qualified for the event earlier on Saturday morning. Had Phelps been .08 seconds slower, he would not have qualified for the main event.
Thiago Pereira of Brazil finished in second place to earn a silver medal (4:08.86), while Kosuke Hagino of Japan earned the bronze medal (4:08.94 ).
The race was a blowout, as Lochte won by over three seconds over Pereira. Hagino finished 34-hundreths of a second ahead of Phelps to earn the bronze.
Phelps will have plenty more opportunities to add to his career medal count, but this is certainly an ominous start for the University of Michigan product.
For a complete medal breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's Medal Tracker.
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South Korea is on the board with a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic games in London, as Jin Jong-oh captured gold in the Men's 10m air pistol on Saturday afternoon.
Jong-oh used the 2008 Olympic games as motivation for his success this year.
"The Chinese guy won the gold last time. I promised myself that I would not let it happen this time," Jin said.
That guy, defending champion Pang Wei, ended up fourth. Pang went into the final lying second, but dropped out of the medal spots when he failed to bulls-eye with his seventh and eighth shots and couldn't make them up.
Italian Luca Tesconi took home the silver medal. Andrija Zlatic, a Serbian, earned himself the bronze medal.
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USA swimming star Michael Phelps cruised through his morning preliminary race in the 400 IM and nearly didn't make the final field.
Phelps barely won his prelim race, just out-touching Laszlo Cseh of Hungary by .07 seconds to finish with a time of 4:13.33. The pace was slow enough to give Phelps the eighth and final spot in the 400 IM final scheduled for Saturday evening while leaving out Cseh, the silver medalist in the event in the 2008 games in Beijing.
The strong field racing for the gold also includes Phelps' rival on the U.S. team, Ryah Lochte who will be in lane three after posting the third best time at 4:12.35 and finishing second in his prelim race to South African Chad le Clos. With Phelps out in lane eight, Lochte will line up next to Japan's 17-year-old Kosuke Hagino in lane four. Hagino posted the top time in his prelim heat at 4:10.01 to lock up the top spot in the middle of the pool for the final.
The 400 IM is at 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and will be shown on NBC's Olympic coverage on tape delay during the 8:00 p.m. to Midnight ET broadcast.
The 2012 Summer Olympics get in full swing on Saturday as the Olympic Committee starts awarding medals in a number of events. Archery, swimming, and cycling are among the competitions scheduled to take place on Saturday. Area athletes will be competing in the games that day as well.
University of Michigan product Charlie Houchin will take to the pool in the 200-meter freestyle. Heats for the event are scheduled for the morning session, at 4:20 a.m. Eastern, and the semifinals take place in the afternoon at 1:37 p.m. Eastern.
Michael Phelps will also be competing on Saturday in the 400-meter individual medley.
Fans can watch swimming on the NBC Network from 11:00 to 11: 45 a.m., 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The network will also feature swimming events, including the finals in the 400-meter individual medley, from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight on tape delay.
University of Michigan alumnus Charlie Houchin will be representing Team USA in the men's 200-meter free relay.
Connor Jaeger will be representing Team USA in the 1500-meter freestyle.
With appearances from Paul McCartney, Queen Elizabeth and characters from British literature, Friday's Opening Ceremony will be a spectacle.
Davis Tarwater didn't have a spot on the Olympic team until Michael Phelps bowed out of an event.
When the 2012 Olympic Games begin this weekend in London, NBC will be broadcasting close to 3,500 hours of coverage across nine stations that fall under the company's umbrella of affiliate channels.
NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports Network, Bravo, Telemundo and three newly created "specialty channels" for satellite and digital cable subscribers will focus on specified competitions to give viewers comprehensive coverage of the 2012 games.
While every minute of the Olympics will be captured by NBC, not all viewers will be able to see everything.
The network will be streaming live footage of every competition, but only satellite, cable and teleco subscribers that receive MSNBC and/or CNBC will be able to access its NBC Live Extra website. In addition, the network has already announced that it will not be broadcasting the game's opening and closing ceremonies for viewers who do not have subscription access.
For day-to-day broadcasting schedules, visit NBC's Olympics web site.
Michigan's Tiffany Porter hopes to compete for Great Britain despite injury scare.
Michael Phelps will go for his 15th gold medal Saturday with his longtime coach by his side.
Eastern Michigan's Jamie Nieto will compete for the United States track and field team in high jump at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Rockford's Dathan Ritzenhein is in London preparing to compete as a member of the United States track and field team.
University of Michigan gymnast Syque Caeser will compete for Bangladesh in the 2012 Olympics in London, overcoming numerous injuries.
Tyler Clary had some not-so-nice things to say about U.S. Olympic teammate, Michael Phelps. He'll be looking to make news of a different kind as he goes for gold in London this summer.
Royal Oak native Peter Vanderkaay looking to win gold in his third consecutive Olympics.
Jeff Porter will be participating in the 2012 Olympic games in London for Team USA.
The Olympics are a media frenzy around the world. But Christian outlets, in particular, have taken an interest in Flint native Claressa Shields.
Shields, 17, will compete in boxing at the London Olympics. And her unabashed attitude about her faith has attracted attention from Christian-oriented media -- and filmmakers.
From a Christian Post blog post:
"When she lost for the first time in her life she prayed very hard," says photographer Sue Jaye Johnson, who is on a film production team along with two others documenting her journey to and at the Olympics.
"She emerged from that experience feeling like God was trying to send her a message. That she needed to experience a loss and not take anything for granted," Johnson told The Christian Post.
Upon learning on May 18 that she qualified for the Olympics, Shields told USA Boxing, "The first thing I thought was thank you God, I'm so, so happy. You are there, you are hearing me."
Michigan grad Geena Gall said that being a full-time runner -- and not having to divide her time between training and a part-time job -- helped her qualify for the Summer Olympics.
Tia Brooks of Kentwood, Michigan, will be representing the United States in shot put at the 2012 Olympics in London. On a scholarship at Oklahoma, she won the indoor and outdoor championships this past year at the NCAA level.
But before breaking state records in high school, she had to be convinced that throwing was right for her, via 24 Hours News 8:
"I didn't really want to throw the shot put," Brooks told 24 Hour News 8. "I didn't want to be the stereotypical thrower...the big girl who didn't run and wasn't athletic."
John Mackinen, who coached her on how to throw the shot, saw her potential. "Stubborn is probably a really good word to use," he said. "She wanted to run, and she could run. But she could really throw."
Eventually Brooks relented and the medals in her family's home are proof she made the right choice. "She was putting her best foot forward and was breaking records left and right," her mother said.
Brooks' last throw at Olympic trials in June earned her a spot on the national team. She'll compete in the women's shot put competition in London, starting on August 6.
For more on the 2012 London Olympics, check out SB Nation's dedicated hub to the Summer Games.
Gymnast Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Michigan, is the favorite to win the overall title at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She has earned comparisons to legend Nadia Comaneci, is the winner of last year's World Championships and went three years undefeated in all-around competitions starting in 2008.
Heading into these Olympics, praise for Wieber is everywhere, via The Guardian:
As a gymnast she is all concentration and muscle, noted for her unswerving dedication, even among other champions. "She really does not have a weak event," Shannon Miller, a USA Olympic gold medallist of 1996 suggests. "She has worked very hard on uneven bars to make sure that that's not a weakness and she's just a powerhouse on the other three. So it's hard to find a chink in the armour."
Some of her competition for the all-around title includes American teammate Gabby Douglas and Russians Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina. Women's gymnastics will begin on Sunday, July 29.
For more on the 2012 London Olympics, check out SB Nation's dedicated hub to the Summer Games.
Sam Mikulak almost didn't become the first University of Michigan gymnast to make the United States men's Olympic team. The 2011 NCAA Individual champion failed to complete the second day of Olympic trials as a result of an ankle sprain.
For Mikulak, that created some doubt as to his status on the team, but he still had hope. Via The Michigan Daily:
"That was when tensions were high," he said.
But he received a lot of support and help from trainers, who gave him some good news - he was on track for a quick recovery.
"I didn't think (making the Olympic team) was out of the question because once they diagnosed it - it was just an ankle sprain - I knew I could heal from it."
Mikaluk, officially named to the team on July 1, has been training with his roommate, Syque Caesar, who will be representing Bangladesh. Gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympics will begin on Saturday, July 28.
For more on the 2012 London Olympics, check out SB Nation's dedicated hub to the Summer Games.
University of Michigan alumnus Nick Willis will be representing New Zealand in the 2012 London Olympics.
University of Michigan alum Nicole Sifuentes will be competing in the 1500 meter race for Team Canada at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Michigan alum Nate Brannen will be competing for Team Canada in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 2012 Olympics are a week away, and nearly 30 athletes with ties to the state of Michigan are headed to London for the Summer Games.
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