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2012 London Olympics Recap: Team USA Collects 5 Medals On Day 1

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.

For more coverage of local athletes at the 2012 Olympics, stay with this StoryStream. For more coverage of the London Games, head over to SB Nation's Olympic hub.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.