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Even with the constant backlash from viewers, NBC has announced that the 2012 London Olympics is the most-watched event in U.S. television history, as ESPN's Darren Rovell reports. About 219.4 million Americans tuned into NBC for the Summer Games at some point in the past two-plus weeks.
NBC drew the ire of many viewers recently, especially on social media, for deciding to tape-delay many of the biggest events from London, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Even with the events streaming live online, NBC did just fine with its television broadcasts, setting an American record along the way.
The Summer Olympics were a blast this year, with unreal athletes like Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, LeBron James, Mo Farah and Allyson Felix giving London some serious star power. Given the ratings, it appears that most Americans didn't miss out on the action.
The state of Ohio was responsible for six of Team USA's medals at the 2012 Olympics in London. Here's a rundown of the medalists:
The United States has won the most medals at five consecutive Olympics, last finishing second in 1992. This year, several Ohio athletes were able to contribute to the final totals. Among schools in the Big Ten Off Tackle Empire Empire points out that Ohio State athletes surprisingly struggled:
THE Ohio State University fared the poorest of all conference schools relative to their number of participants. Michigan State fared the poorest in terms of actually getting athletes to qualify for the games.
Several athletes with Ohio ties did earn medals, however. Among them were the following:
Jacob Wukie - Team Archery - Silver - United States
Abby Johnston - Women's 3-meter Synchronized Diving - Silver - United States
Kayla Harrison - Women's Judo 73 kg - Gold - United States
Heather Mitts - Women's Soccer - Gold - United States
Nick Thoman - Men's 100-meter Backstroke Swimming - Silver - United States
Tianna Madison - Women's 4x100-meter relay Track and Field -Gold - United States (New World Record)
By adding two more gold medals to its tally on the final day of competition from the 2012 Summer Games from London, Team USA cruised to a comfortable victory over the rest of the world in the overall medal count.
With golds on Sunday in both men's basketball and men's individual freestyle 96kg wrestling from Jake Varner, the United States also managed to win the race for gold medals as well, as it recorded eight more first-place finishes than China, the next closest competitor. And with a downright impressive 17-medal victory over the field at this year's games, it's quite evident that many of America's top athletes are quite literally at the peak of their respective sports.
Here are the results of the final medal count after 302 events:
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 USA Men's Basketball team goes for a second consecutive Olympic gold Sunday, the final day of competition at the London Games. Tipoff against Pau and Marc Gasol and Spain is scheduled for 10 am ET. It's a rematch of the 2008 gold medal game, in which the US pulled away late for a 118-107 victory.
Elsewhere, men's water polo wraps up with a gold medal match featuring Croatia and Italy. The US finished this morning with a 10-9 loss to Australia in a game for seventh and eighth places.
American wrestler Jake Varner, who wrestled collegiately at Iowa State, is into the Men's 96 kg Freestyle gold medal match, where he'll take on Valerii Andriitsev of the Ukraine.
The US clinched a win in the overall medal count over China with just one day left. A full medal count can be found here.
As has been the case this fortnight, NBC will stream all events live on their Olympic site, but you must have cable/satellite access and user information to have access to those streams. Otherwise, NBC will broadcast the various events remaining today across their family of networks.
Heading into the 16th and final day of the 2012 Summer Games from London, the United States holds an impressive 15-medal lead on second-place China in the overall medal count.
To push their Olympic-leading gold medal tally to 44 on Saturday, Team USA chipped in golds in the women's 4x400m relay, and on the hardwood with the women's basketball team. American diver David Boudia also added an individual gold with a narrow victory over China's Qiu Bo in the 10m platform diving event.
Here are the leaders in the overall medal count after 15 days:
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)
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With the 2012 London Olympic Games beginning to wind down, the United States stretched it's lead over China and the rest of the world after 14 days of competition. Team USA notched four medals on Friday, including gold medals from the women's 4 x 100m relay team and wrestler Jordan Burroughs in the men's 74kg freestyle event.
Only 67 of the 302 scheduled events at the summer games are still up for grabs, with only an epic collapse keeping the U.S. from remaining atop the overall medal standings.
Here are the top five countries 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)
On Friday, Elyria native Tianna Madison and her Team USA teammates set a new world record in the Women's 4x100-meter relay race finishing with a time of 40.82 to earn the United States another gold medal in Track & Field.
In addition to Madison, the world record relay team was composed of Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelia Jeter.
American Women run away with the 4x100 relay in a new world record 40.82.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 10, 2012
The mark of 40.82 beat the previous record held by the East Germans by .55.
27 year old world record and 30 year old Olympic record (per BBC) smashed by the Women's 4x100 team.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 10, 2012
Jamaica finished with a time of 41.41 to earn with silver medal, while Ukraine recorded a time of 42.04 for the bronze.
Basketball semifinals will be the headliners on Friday as the Olympics move into their 14th day. Team USA will face Argentina at 4:00 p.m. ET after watching Spain and Russia duke it out for the other finals spot at noon. Lots more events will meet their ends on Friday as well, with medals to be given out in soccer, track and others.
After spending the whole tournament flip-flopping with China for the first spot in the medal count race, the United States has built up a comfortable lead with 90 medals to China's 80 going into Friday. With the number of events that are giving out medals per day starting to dwindle, it looks like it might be the United States' race to lose. 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 extended their lead atop the medal count at the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday, finishing the day's action with 90 overall medals.
Team USA's women continued a strong showing throughout the games with middleweight boxer Claressa Shields winning the first-ever women's boxing gold medal for the United States. Then the USA Women's soccer team held off Japan to add a gold medal to the count with their intense 2-1 win.
Also, Ashton Eaton won a gold medal for Team USA along with the title as "World's Greatest Athlete" in the men's decathlon, with teammate Trey Hardee finishing second to pick up the silver medal. In the men's triple jump, another 1-2 finish had Christian Taylor winning the gold with Will Claye earning the silver for the U.S. team.
The top five countries in the most up-to-date medal count:
On Wednesday, the United States regained the overall medal count lead from China thanks to the addition of seven medals from four Track & Field events, which included gold medals from Allyson Felix, Aries Merritt and Brittney Reese.
Felix earned her first individual gold medal by winning the women's 200 meters, which makes her the first woman to win three medals in the 200 meters. Merritt and countryman Jason Richardson won gold and silver in the men's 110m hurdles, while Reese won just the second U.S. gold in the women's long jump with Lashinda Demus winning silver in the women's 400m hurdles.
Carmelita Jeter and Janay DeLoach both earned bronze medals, in the 200 meters and the long jump respectively.
Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:
Another full day of Olympics action will begin on Wednesday, with 25 medal matches taking place including some volleyball and table tennis finals. August 8 will also mark the start of several different quarterfinals, including basketball and handball. The USA Men's Basketball team is the headliner of those games, facing off against Australia at 5:15 p.m. ET.
China currently holds the lead in the medal count once again. They are ahead of the United States by two medals, a 73-71 race at the moment. Yahoo's Olympic blog thinks that the United States are leading in the 'real' medal count, of course.
A full, updated medal count provided by Sports Illustrated 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 remains well within striking distance through 11 days at the 2012 Summer Games with 70 total medals, but still can't seem to get an edge on an extremely productive Chinese team.
While China was busy accruing nine medals of its own to extend its overall lead by three, the Americans could only rack up one gold on Thursday, a victory from Aly Raisman in women's floor exercise. Local product Erik Kynard got in on the action during day 11 however, as the Toledo, Ohio native picked up a coveted silver medal in men's high jump. Kynard failed to clear the 2.33-meter bar in his final jump, while eventual gold medalist Ivan Ukhov of Russia paced the field with an impressive 2.38-meter leap that gave him first prize.
Here is the current medal count thus far:
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, Ivan Ukhov of Russia earned the gold medal in the Men's High Jump by being the only competitor capable of clearing the bar at a height of 2.38 meters.
Behind Ukhov was Toledo, Ohio native Erik Kynard representing the United States. Kynard led the event for much of the day prior to being unable to clear the 2.33 meter mark. However, the Ohio native's score was good enough to earn the silver medal and add to Team USA's growing medal count in Track & Field.
In addition, three competitors earned bronze medals for clearing the bar at a height of 2.29 meters, which included Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, Derek Drouin of Canada and Robert Grabarz of Great Britain.
On Tuesday, Kim Hyeonwoo won the gold medal for Korea in the Men's Greco-Roman 66kg/145.5-pound wrestling event by defeating Tamas Lorincz of Hungary with three technical points to none.
In the bronze medal matches, Manuchar Tskhadaia of Georgia defeated Frank Staebler of Germany by a score of 3-1 PP, while Steve Guenot of France also earned a bronze medal by defeating Pedro Isaac Mulens Herrera of Cuba by a score of 3-0 PO.
Prior to facing Tskhadaia for the bronze medal, Staebler defeated Akron native, Justin Lester in the Repechage Round 2. Lester was defeated 3-0 PO, with Staebler earning 10 technical points to Lester's none.
Lester won his match against Tsutomu Fujimura in the Round of 16, prior to falling to Lorincz in the quarterfinal.
On Monday afternoon, the United States Women's Soccer team defeated Team Canada in an amazing Semi-Final match-up at the 2012 Olympic Games in London by a score of 4-3 in extra-time.
Team Canada held three separate leads throughout the course of the game thanks to a hat trick by team captain Christine Sinclair.
Despite the deficits, Team USA remained resilient and continued to stay afloat thanks to two equalizers by Megan Rapinoe and a successful penalty-kick goal by Abby Wambach in the 80th minute to tie the game at three.
As the tension built through two extra-time halves, Alex Morgan played the role of hero when she scored on a cross in the 122rd minute, with less than 60 seconds left in the game during injury time, which ultimately propelled the team to victory.
With the win, the United States earned a spot in the Gold Medal game against Japan on Thursday and it will be the first time that the two teams will play since Japan defeated USA in penalty kicks at the 2011 World Cup Final in Germany.
Cincinnati native Heather Mitts did not play in the game but will have the chance to earn her third Olympic gold medal on Thursday.
On Monday, Yuliya Zaripova won the gold medal for Russia in the Women's Final in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Zaripova finished with a final time of 9:06.72, which is the fourth fastest time in the history of the event. The 26-year old jumped out to an early lead and finished well before the rest of the field.
After Zaripova, Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia earned the silver medal with a finish of 9:08.37 and Sofia Assefa earned the bronze with a finish of 9:09.84.
Ohio-native Bridget Franek represented the United States in the event and finished with a time of 9:45.51, which placed her 14th amongst the field. Franek finished ahead of only Gulnara Galkina of Russia, who failed to finish the race due to injury.
Another full day of Olympics action awaits as the games turn 10 days old, with a ton of different events filling up the schedule. For Americans, the headliners will likely be the USA Men's basketball match up against Argentina and the US Women's soccer team taking on Canada in the semifinals, but there will be no shortage of other events going giving Americans more chances at medals.
Other group stage events are also coming to a close, including water polo and handball, with the Americans in action.
China currently holds the medal advantage early on in the day, with 62 medals to the USA's 60. They also have a slight advantage of two medals in the competition for who can win the most golds. A full tracker of the medals as they are won 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.
A night after swimmer Michael Phelps closed his career out as the greatest Olympian ever, the United States moved back behind China in the overall medal count. The Chinese still hold a 30-28 edge in gold medals, but a gold-silver finish in the women's 3-meter springboard diving helped the Chinese push back in front of the U.S. by a 61-60 edge.
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. Team USA member Sanya Richards-Ross narrowly edged the field for a win in the women's 400m event.
The win for Serena Williams comes just one day after she became the fourth tennis player ever to win a career golden slam of winning all four Grand Slam events plus a gold medal. She is also the first person ever to have a career golden slam in both singles and doubles.
Out of 302 total Olympic events, 141 are left to be decided.
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)
Holley Mangold's Olympics was essentially over before it started. The Centerville native tore a tendon in her right wrist two days before she left for London.
With the injury, Mangold managed to place just 10th out of 14 lifters.
Her brother, Jets center Nick Mangold, was still impressed that she competed with the injury.
“She could have easily ducked out and said the wrist isn't doing it,” Nick said, “but she stuck through it and did a pretty good job. I'm proud of her for what she has done.”
Holley Mangold is scheduled to have surgery on her wrist when she returns from the Olympics.
A former football player, she is relatively new to the sport of weightlifting, and if she continues to develop, could be one of the frontrunners for gold in 2016.
After Serena Williams breezed her way to an Olympic singles gold medal Saturday, she paired with her sister, Venus, to take the duo's third consecutive Olympic gold in women's doubles Sunday.
Serena and Venus took gold in straight sets over the Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, winning each set, 6-4.
The sisters combined to hit 35 winners to the Czech's 26 and won 78 percent of their first serve points, compared to 66 percent for the Czechs. Hlavackova and Hradecka failed to convert on all four of their break point chances, while the Williams' took two of six.
It was the second tennis gold in less than 24 hours for Serena, and the fourth Olympic gold overall for both Serena and Venus. They're the first players in history to earn four Olympic tennis gold medals. It's a spectacular result for the U.S., a country which is supposedly in a 'tennis recession.'
With 138 of the 302 events at the 2012 Summer Olympics determined thus far, the competition in London should continue to heat up on Sunday in the ninth day of events.
Hoping to grow their narrow overall medal lead with China hot on their heels, the United States will need to have a strong day of performances with many of the competitive swimming events already a thing of the past. Live coverage of the day's events will be available throughout NBC's family of networks over the air, in addition to being offered via live stream through NBC's official Olympics website.
Here is the television schedule for day nine of competition (All times Eastern):
The battle for the overall medal lead at the 2012 Summer Games continues to be a two-country race, as the United States and China each continue to leave the rest of the world in their dust.
Now with a 54-53 lead overall through eight days over China, Team USA chipped in a total of 11 medals on Saturday from London but were inexplicably matched medal-for-medal by their Chinese counterparts. In addition to a pair of golds on the hard court in tennis from Serena Williams (women's singles) and Mike and Bob Bryan (men's doubles), the Americans also received a gold from female shooter Jamie Gray in the women's 50m rifle, 3 position event.
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.
Michael Phelps' illustrious Olympic career comes to a close on Saturday when he competes in his last event, the 400m individual medley relay. Phelps already owns the record for Olympic gold medals with 17. Heavily favored in the event on Saturday, the race is sure to be one of the more memorable moments of the 2012 London Olympics and in the history of the game.
You can watch Phelps' race via NBC's primetime coverage. The network will also feature the other swimming finals as well as the women's 100m final, diving and beach volleyball. Many sports can can be seen online at NBCOlympics.com.
To catch them and the rest of 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)
Michael Phelps swam his way one lap closer to the end of his Olympic career, in the most fitting way imaginable, by winning a gold medal. Phelps' win helped put the United States in on top of the medal count, advancing past China by one medal overall and one more gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Phelps earned his record-setting gold medal in the 100m butterfly event. He owns the record for the most Olympic gold medals and most Olympic medals for any individual. The event was the final individual event of his career, as someone who can legitimately lay claim to being one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time.
On Saturday, Phelps and his teammates are back in the water for the 400m individual medley relay. It will be the final event of his career.
Here is the updated medal count for Friday, August 3:
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)
On Friday, Oh Jin-Hyek won gold for Korea in the Men's Archery event by defeating Takaharu Furukawa of Japan by a score of 7-1 in the Final round.
Via The Washington Post:
"My dream was to compete at this Olympics. On top of that I have a gold medal, so I am very happy man," said the third-seeded Oh, who was at his first games. "If you talk about the secret to strong archery in Korea, I don't know. But many Koreans are very strong at perseverance and I am one of them."
While Jin-Hyek and Furukawa battled for gold, Xiaoxiang Dai managed to win the bronze by defeating Rick Van der Ven by a score of 6-5.
Jacob Wukie of Ohio represented the United States in the event, but was eliminated in the Round of 16 by Baard Nesteng of Norway, 6-2.
Only one American team made it to the finals for the Women's Double Sculls, but there was not any hardware in the end for them. The rowing event's gold medal went to the host nation as Anna Watkins and Katherine Grainger of team Great Britain finished with a time of 6:55.82. Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley of Australia took home the silver with a time of 6:55.82 while the bronze ended up going to Magdalena Fularczyk and Julia Michalska of Poland and their 7:07.92 time.
Despite the best efforts of Ohio native Margot Shumway and her rowing partner Sarah Trowbridge, they placed sixth overall in the Final A group with a very disappointing finishing time of 7:07.92. Margot and Sarah's failure to medal was part of a very disappointing day for the United States in rowing events, with no medals in any events for Americans.
Swimming has been the big medal maker for the United States so far in the Olympics, and the pool in the past couple of days has skyrocketed the US into the lead in the overall medal count.
China was in the lead for a long stretch of time and seemed to end every day for the past week with a lead, but the US managed to end Thursday with 37 total medals and 18 golds, both good for the lead in the count. China is currently tied for first in golds, but is behind in total medal count with only 34. A full medal count tracker can be found here.
Including four more swimming finals that should help the Americans boost their medal count a bit more, Friday will see the end of 27 different events. Track and field events will begin on Friday, with plenty of soccer, water polo and other semi and quarter-finals to keep the day busy.
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.
Along with Ohio native Kayla Harrison's historic gold medal in women's Judo, the United States picked up five other golds on Thursday to storm past China for the overall lead in the medal count after six days of competition.
In addition to the impressive six golds acquired, the U.S. brought home a silver from swimmer Ryan Lochte in the 200m men's individual medley, after the talented American was narrowly defeated by teammate Michael Phelps. Phelps, who himself furthered his Olympic record tally with his 20th overall and 16th gold in the win, will try his hand in the men's 100m butterfly event on Friday evening.
Here's a look at the leaders in 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)
Ohio native Kayla Harrison became the first American to win a gold medal in the women's judo event on Thursday when she defeated Britain's Gemma Gibbons in the final of the 78-kg judo competition. This was an amazing historical performance for Harrison, facing Gibbons who had the home crowd behind her.
The gold medal victory adds to the Harrison's story, considering her background. The Middletown native left Ohio for Boston after her former judo coach went to prison for sexually abusing her. Now Harrison is taking apart her competition in the ultimate success story that anyone from any country can easily gravitate to.
Prior to Harrison's gold medal victory on Thursday, the highest an American ever received in judo action was a bronze medal.
American Kayla Harrison advanced to the gold medal match of women's 78kg judo and the Middletown native will look to be the first American to ever win gold in judo. Harrison upset the No. 1-ranked Mayra Aguiar of Brazil to advance to the finals at 11 a.m ET. Harrison has a singular focus on Thursday, looking to make Team USA history by bringing home the gold, via Rick Maese of The Washington Post:
"This is my day," Harrison had said earlier in the day. "This is my purpose."
Aguiar and Harrison had faced each other nine times before, with Harrison winning five times. "She's always a tough match," Harrison had said earlier in the day. "But no one's taking this away from me today."
Harrison will face the winner of the other semifinal between Audrey Techeumeo of France and Gemma Gibbons of Britain.
You can watch a livestream of the women's 78kg judo match here at 11 a.m. ET.
With the fourth day of the 2012 Olympic games in London complete, China and the United States continue to battle for the overall medal count lead, with China edging out the USA by a slim margin.
The Chinese earned another Gold on Wednesday when their men's synchronized diving team captured the nation their fourth Gold medal in diving (out of four diving events). In addition, China earned a combined four medals in women's table tennis and men's weightlifting, when their competitors earned gold and silver medals in both events.
In total, China added seven medals on Wednesday.
The United States kept pace with China by continuing to impress at 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. 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 it's combined events in the Olympics.
Here's a more complete look at the medal count:
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On Wednesday, Daniele Molmenti won the Gold medal for Italy in the Men's K-1 Whitewater Kayak event, finishing the course with an overall score of 93.43.
This is Molmenti's first Olympic gold. The 28-year-old previously claimed gold in the K-1 World Championships in 2010 and at the European Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Behind Molmenti was Vavrinec Hradilek of the Czech Republic finishing with a final score of 94.78 for the Silver medal and Hannes Aigner of Germany finishing with a 94.92 for the Bronze medal.
Scott Parsons of Toledo, Ohio represented the United States but failed to earn a spot in the semi-final stage registering a 94.16 score in the qualifying stage of the event, which was 16th best out of the initial 22 competitors.
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After an exciting weekend and start to the week, more gold medalists will be decided on Wednesday, especially in the water. Swimming, rowing and kayaking medals are abound along with more fencing, judo and weightlifting to continue the theme from the past few days.
The United States currently holds the medal count lead with 25, but it's China that currently leads in the race for the most gold medals. China is also second in overall medal count with 23.
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.
Day four of the 2012 London Olympics is a thing of the past, and China and the United States are still both battling it out for first place overall in the total medal count.
With four golds, one silver, and one bronze all won on Tuesday alone, Team USA took a big leap forward ahead of the rest of the field, but was unfortunately matched medal-for-medal by China, who also ended the day with four golds.
Along with gold medals in women's gymnastics and then from Vincent Hancock in men's skeet shooting, the Americans continued their dominance in the pool with a gold from women's swimmer Allison Schmitt in the 200m freestyle. A men's team including Michael Phelps also added the United States' fourth gold of the day in the 4x200 freestyle relay, which proved to be Phelps' record-breaking 19th career medal.
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)
The United States men's basketball team is a 55-point favorite Tuesday against Tunisia in group play at the London Olympics, according to Covers.com.
In the article, Covers cites Sportsbook.com, which says 55 points is the biggest point spread they've ever seen.
Tunisia lost to Nigeria, 60-56, in its Olympic opener, while the US trounced France by 27, 98-71.
The other teams in Group A are Lithuania and Argentina. The US plays Nigeria on Thursday, Lithuania on Saturday and Argentina on Monday. Here is a complete schedule.
Tuesday's game will be at 10:15 p.m. London time, or 5:15 p.m. Eastern.
The USA men's basketball team will play its second game of the Olympics at 10:15 p.m. London Time -- 5:15 Eastern -- against Tunisia. But there is plenty of action to tide viewers over until then.
At present, nine separate events are taking place -- badminton, sailing, canoe slalom, men's fly weight boxing, women's field hockey, skeet shooting and more.
Germany claimed Tuesday's first gold medal -- and Germany's first gold medal of these Olympics -- at the equestrian jumping final. Germany was tops in both medals (five) and golds (three) in equestrian events at the 2008 Olympics
All told there are 15 medal events Tuesday.
China and the United States are currently tied atop the medal standings with 17 apiece. China, however, has nine gold medals to the United States' five. France is third in overall medals with seven.
On Monday afternoon, the United States tied China for the overall medal count at the 2012 Olympic Games thanks to some impressive performances in swimming that brought the nation's total to 17.
Cincinnati native Nick Thorman added in the overall medal count when he earned a silver medal in the Men's 100-meter backstroke, placing behind fellow countryman Matt Grevers who earned the U.S. another gold.
In addition to Grevers, Missy Franklin also brought home a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke, winning one in the women's heat.
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 as Ryan Lochte failed to medal in the men's 200-meter freestyle finishing in fourth place.
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:
Cincinnati-born Nick Thoman was listed as one of the favorites to take home some hardware from the Summer Olympics earlier in the month, and he's done that projection proud. Thoman finished second in the Men's 100m Backstroke event behind Matt Grevers, also of the United States. Thoman had a time of 52.92 seconds, just behind Grevers, who will take home the gold with a time of 52.16.
Thoman just barely edged out Ryosuke Irie, who finished witha time of 52.97 seconds. Camille Lacourt and Liam Tancock rounded out the top five at 53.08 and 54.35 seconds, respectively. Thoman set the world record in the 100 meter backstroke in 2009, and placed second in the 100 meter backstroke event in Omaha to cement his place on the Olympic team.
Grevers also bested Thoman in that event. For full results of the event, you can check out NBC's website and keep up with the medal count.
The United States is scraping near the top of the medal count standings going into Monday, with 11 medals to their names. Only China has more, due to an early run in Saturday's events, with 12.
Monday will give the U.S. a good chance to boost themselves up in the medal counts with plenty of swimming on the docket, an event that the Americans have been great at recently. They're currently down a bunch in the race for the most Gold medals as well, so that should hopefully help them grab more than just another batch of Silver.
Here's a list of all of the events on Monday:
After two days of competition the United State and Chinese appear to once again be the two nations battling for the top of the medal table. China has earned 12 medals so far, and half of those have been gold as the Chinese have won a pair of swimming gold in addition to a diving gold. Their dominance in the pool has also carried over to a silver and a gold in the pool.
A Columbus native did earn a medal on Sunday as Abby Johnston earned a silver in the women's 3-meter synchronized diving competition with partner Kelci Bryant. The duo finished a distant second behind the Chinese team, but held on to second place by over five points against the Canadian team.
The American duo of Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston came through in a big way on Sunday morning from London, as the two female divers brought home a silver medal for their efforts in the women's synchronized three meter springboard event.
Johnston, a Columbus, Ohio, native paired with Bryant to produce a score of 321.90 in their routine, which was good enough to edge Canadian competitors Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans' score of 316.80 for second place. The Chinese team of Minxia Wu and He Zi ran away with the gold medal after a 346.20 score, as Wu added to her storied Olympic career with yet another first place medal.
With this silver medal added to their tally, Team USA now has seven total medals for the competition and sits in second place overall. China remains atop the medal leaderboard with nine, including six golds, while Italy continues to hang around in third place with six of its own.
Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.
Team USA quickly erased any worries that might have popped up after a sloppy first quarter against the French that saw the Americans holding only a 22-21 lead. The USA pushed that lead to 16 at halftime and to 27 at the end of the third quarter with better team offense and by pushing the pace to their tempo.
With less than four minutes remaining in this Group A contest, Team USA holds an 89-64 lead.
Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 22 points, and he's helped out on the interior with nine boards. Kevin Love has been a pleasant surprise with 14 points, while Kobe Bryant has 10 and Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony both have nine.
Team USA's rebounding effort is promising going forward, with no players in double figures but with three players with nine. They've out-rebounded France by 16 (44-28) overall.
Foul trouble was a bit of a concern at halftime, as Anthony and Russell Westbrook had three and four players had two fouls, but the USA has been more conservative defensively in the second half in an effort to avoid fouls.
The USA Men's Basketball team and the American beach volleyball duo of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers will begin their respective quests for consecutive Olympic Gold Medals Sunday.
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and the USA men's hoops team is the odds-on favorite to defend their 2008 Olympic gold in Beijing. They'll get a tough test in Group A play at 9:30 am Eastern Sunday against a French team that features NBA players Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw, among others.
The 6-foot-9 Dalhausser and his partner, Todd Rogers, likely will have little trouble in their first few matches, including Sunday's matchup against a Japanese duo at 5 pm ET. They too are the defending Olympic gold medalists and should be on the shortlist of favorites yet again.
The USA Men's Indoor Volleyball team kicks off their Group B play at Earls Court with a crucial matchup against Serbia at 11:45 am ET.
The opening day of competition at the 2012 London Olympics crowned a mere 12 gold medal champions, leaving a whopping 290 events left to be decided as the Summer Games prepares to hit overdrive in the coming weeks.
Powered by a gold medal from 400 meter men's individual medley swimmer Ryan Lochte, Team USA currently sits in third place overall in the updated medal count with five overall. China reigns atop the rest of the world with six medals including four golds, while Italy also came out strong on Sunday with five medals of its own.
South Korea and Brazil each round out the top five after the first day, but it's clear that the United States and China, once again, are shaping up to be the frontrunners.
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 action at the 2012 Summer Olympics from London began on Saturday, as Team USA announced its presence immediately by adding five medals to its growing tally.
Representing the men's archery squad, local shooter Jacob Wukie helped lead his team to the gold medal round against Italy before eventually falling short in the end. Wukie's silver medal marked the second collective medal of the day for the Americans, as the 4x100 women's freestyle relay team of Natalie Coughlin, Lia Neal, Allison Schmitt, Missy Franklin and Jessica Hardy also managed to walk away with bronze for their efforts.
The bulk of Team USA's success on day one, however, came from individuals in the pool, as Ryan Lochte stole the show with a dominant showing in the 400 meter men's individual medley to earn every bit of his gold medal. Finishing in fourth place in the same race was none other than Lochte's teammate Michael Phelps, who remains the current world record holder in the event but clearly did not have his best stuff in Saturday's event.
In addition to Lochte, female swimmer Elizabeth Beisel put forth a strong showing in the 400 meter individual medley that was good enough to earn her a silver medal, while Peter Vanderkaay also brought home a bronze medal in the 400 meter men's freestyle in his only event of this year's games.
If there were such a thing as a dynasty in the Olympics, the Italians would certainly have one. In women's fencing, at least. The Italians won the gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in the women's individual foil event.
Elisa Di Francisca won the gold medal for Italy, defeating Arianna Errigo, 12-11 in one of the closest possible finals there could have been.
Di Francisca also had an equally close semifinal match against against Korea's Hyun Hee Nam. Di Francisca defeated Nam 11-10.
Errigo defeated fellow Italian Valentina Vezzali 15-12 in her match to advance to the gold medal match.
Vezzali did not go home empty handed, as she defeated Nam 13-12 in the bronze medal match, giving the Italians a clean sweep in the women's individual foil fencing event.
For the latest news on the 2012 Olympic Games, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated Olympic Hub.
The United States of America earned its first medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Saturday, as the men's archery team won a silver medal.
Unfortunately for the United States, they were unable to capture the gold medal, which went to the Italians, but a silver medal is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Ohio native Jacob Wukie is a member of the archery team, and he along with Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski were ranked as the No. 1 archery team in the world headed into the Olympics.
The event came down to the wire, and the folks over at Yahoo! Sports have an excellent rundown of the action.
In the final round, Kaminski scored a 10, Wukie a 9 and Ellison a 9. The Italians went 9-10-8, giving the U.S. an opening - their lead was one.
But Kaminski scored an eight on his last shot. Wukie made up for it with a 10. Ellison then fired a nine.
The U.S. would need help ... and nearly received it.
After his teammates fired an eight and nine, Michelle Frangilli stepped up needing a nine to preserve their lead.
Instead, he sank an arrow in the heart of the target - 10 points, and the gold to Italy with a 1-point victory, 219-218. It was the first team gold for Italy in the event.
The medal should be the first of many to come for the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games.
The first gold medal is up for grabs for USA swimming stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte after both qualified for the 400 Individual Medley final on Saturday morning.
Phelps posted the slowest prelim time among the finalist at 4:13.33 and just nipped Laszlo Cseh of Hungary by .07 seconds to win his heat and advance. The slow pace qualified Phelps for the 400 IM final on Saturday evening but cost Cseh, the silver medalist in the event in 2008, a shot at another Olympic medal. Phelps will need to make waves from outside in lane eight in order to repeat his gold medal performance in the event in Beijing in 2008 where he posted a world record time of 4:03.84.
Phelps' U.S. rival Ryah Lochte posted the third best time at 4:12.35, finishing second to South African Chae le Clos in his heat, while also saving a little energy for later. Lochte will race the final from lane three, slated to line up next to Japan's 17-year-old Kosuke Hagino in lane four after the young swimmer surprisingly posted the top time in his prelim heat at 4:10.01.
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 Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics wowed the world on Friday. On Saturday, the games get down to business, with competition in sports ranging from archery to weightlifting. Among the athletes competing on Saturday is American swimmer Michael Phelps and a few with ties to Ohio, seeking gold medals on the first day that the Summer Olympics begin handing out the hardware.
Jacob Wukie of Oak Harbor, OH, will compete for a gold medal in men's archery. That event starts with the round of 16 and continues through the gold medal match on Saturday afternoon. Fencer Lee Kiefer from Cleveland will compete in the women's individual foil event, with the gold medals also being awarded on Saturday.
Swimming and other events will be broadcast on NBC in prime time, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Eastern. Fencing can be seen on MSNBC from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Eastern. The archery competition will be on the NBC Sports Network from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern. For a complete broadcast schedule, visit NBCOlympics.com.
For a complete schedule of events, check out NBC's Olympics schedule page.
The 2012 London Olympics have technically already kicked off with several soccer matches already in the books, but the official Opening Ceremony is coming on Friday evening.
Most events during the Olympics will only be available on tape delay from NBC if you happen to be watching on television rather than on your computer, and the Opening Ceremonies will be no exception. Though it will be taking place at 4 p.m. ET -- which translates to 9 p.m. local time -- NBC will be starting their official coverage of the event at 7:30 p.m.
Other events in the Olympics can be accessed live only if you go to NBCOlympics.com live, assuming that your connection meets the restrictions in place on the site, but the opening ceremony will not be among the events being shown live.
Footage of the super-expensive, super-secretive Opening Ceremony found its way, briefly, to the Internet.
Holley Mangold has embraced her weight -- she's 350 pounds -- and become a recognizable figure at the London Olympics.
With a background in both the corporate world and the US military, Greco-Roman wrestler Justin Lester is more than a jock. Even so, he is all about medals. Gold ones.
When the 2012 Olympic games gets underway, NBC and it's affiliate stations will be plenty busy broadcasting nearly 3,500 hours of coverage over nine television channels.
NBC proper, 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.
NBC will also 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.
Lee Kiefer may live in Lexington, Ky. and plans to attend college at Notre Dame, but the 17-year-old rising fencing star was born in Cleveland, Oh. and will be participating at the 2012 Olympic games in London as a member of the American foil team.
According to a feature on ESPN, Kiefer is ranked seventh in the world in foil and has won 14 gold medals at several events including the 2010 Cadet World Championships and the 2009 Junior World Championships:
Last year, she was the only fencer to win individual medals at the Senior, Youth (under 20) and Cadet (under 17) world championships. She took bronze at the Senior event, becoming just the second American female to win an individual foil medal at the event and the first since Iris Zimmerman in 1999. She took silver in the other two.
She comes from a good fencing pedigree as her father, Steve, was once the fencing captain at Duke and her sister, Alex, won a National Championship at Harvard in foil. After the Olympics, Lee Kiefer will begin her college studies in South Bend on a fencing scholarship.
Most casual sports observers that watch the Olympics probably don't pay much attention to rowing. But the State of Ohio will have an athlete to follow in the sport in Cincinnati native Peter Graves.
Graves, the former captain of the Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.) rowing squad, was selected by USRowing to represent the country in the quadruple sculls this summer in London. Here's a look at some of Peter Graves' collegiate accomplishments in the sport, courtesy of the Trinity College athletic site:
At Trinity, Graves led the Bantams to varsity-eight gold medals in the 2004 and 2005 Head of the Charles Regattas in Cambridge, Mass., the 2005 San Diego Crew Classic, the 2005 Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, and the 2006 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Regatta. His Trinity crews captured three consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) from 2005 to 2007. As a freshman, Graves was a semifinalist in the double sculls at the 2004 Henley Royal Regatta, and he won a gold medal in the event in 2005 in the USRowing National Championships.
The rowing events will take place in Eton, England on Dorney Lake.
Nick Thomas, a native of Cincinnati, has been described by his trainer as a "Renaissance man" and, more importantly, as a legitimate contender to medal at the Olympics.
Ohio is well represented on Team USA, contributing athletes to a number of different events. Among them is Holley Mangold, a young woman with a good chance at weightlifting gold.
Clintonville native and Ohio State graduate Katie Bell will compete in the 10 meter platform at the Olympics. And she's overcome a lot to get there.
Kayla Harrison, who won the 2010 World Judo Championships and is a favorite win do the same at the Olympics, has used judo to overcome sexual abuse from her former coach.
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