Not a lot to follow so far this morning (edit: Field Hockey's blue and pink field is hurting my eyes), but this afternoon the pixies start flipping again, and some big races at the pool later.
Mike Lantry, 1972
Federer vs. Isner. Sorry USA, but come on Roger! It's time for the career golden grand slam.
Janine Hanson was part of Canada's rowing 8 team and won a silver medal today.
Go Korea; more golds in shooting things!
If the middle ages come back, Korea will be a world power! Golds in fencing, archery, judos, pistol/rifle stuff
Man, US continued to choke in the individual archery. Good on Mexico for winning two medals though and nearly beating the Korean for gold.
Korea is good at badminton , which obviously was big in the middle ages
I guess we are a super power because of our basketball and beach volleyball skills.
AMERICA: Best ever at .... balls?
That sounds bad. How about best at things that involve touching balls. Wait thats bad too. I give up.
Of course America is only best at the sports involving big balls. The US men are only good when the balls are played by hand, though the US women have a deft touch with their feet as well. Sports involving tiny balls are dominated by the Chinese, at least until 2016 when golf is added. I hear a Swiss guy is a real wizard with fuzzy balls.
I guess its lucky then that we aren’t good at handball.
especially team handball! 8P
Kayla Harrison becomes first American to win gold in Judo. Silver medalist was also impressive - a British woman fighting above her normal weight class and basically entered as a spot filler ends up surprising everyone and making the final. Final was no contest though - Harrison seemed to dominate.
Have to wonder if we could have gone 1-2 but for that silly rule.
What was the tiebreaker? Since it went to the Russian, I'm assuming it was "maximum volume of tears produced".
There's a tiebreaker for this?! For an organization that won't let all of the best compete, because they want to give other people a chance to win medals, the same score to the thousandth of a point isn't a good enough tie? What are they going to do, bring in the men's pommel horse and whoever gets the higher score on that gets the bronze? Or, since it's the FIG, it's probably "Who has less medals in the Games so far, we need to distribute them as equally as possible, so everybody can feel good!"
Seriously, why not just award two bronze medals? I doubt anyone would consider that a travesty, and it's more fair.
But aren't ther eevents where they issue two silver medals for a tie? (Probably time based). Or two gold, or whatever? I vaguely remember seeing a podium where the other two levels are the same height.
According to wikipedia, the lowest of the gymnast's four scores is eliminated, and the scores of the 3 remaining events are added up to determine the winner.
Mustafina: 15.233 + 16.100 + 14.600 + (13.633) = 45.933
Raisman: 15.900 + 14.333 + 15.133 + (14.200) = 45.366
So because the Russian's screwup was worse than the American's screwup, Mustafina gets the Bronze.
Gabby Douglas gold medalist
Didn't cut to an ad every 15 seconds.
Did that British guy really say something like "it's a great day for black gymnasts"?
The PA announcer at the basketball arena is insane. He makes John Mason seem sedated.
Never thought I enjoy watching badminton quite as much as I did. Have always loved to play at cookouts and stuff, but it was a blast to watch.
I played juniors but could never get past states. It really is fast paced isn’t it? Most volleys last only once or twice.
Lochte for the bronze.
Congrats to Tyler! Beat Ryan Lochte in an Olympic Record time.
One of the bigger swimming upsets so far. Between him and Nathan Adrian yesterday, some very exciting races for American golds lately...
Did he ever graduate at u of m? I know Google, but I also want to know if he was cool or a doucher?
Phelps Gold, Lochte Silver!
I know looks can be deceiving, but Lochte's dad just looks like an asshole. I wouldn't want him to be my coach.
Who would have thought Meatloaf's kid could swim?
others covered the phelps/clary/lochte news... might as well make mention that rebecca soni continued her dominance in the 200m breaststroke... set a new world record after setting it in the semis. she successfully defended her 2008 gold in the same event...
This also makes her the first woman ever to go under 2:20 for the event
Phelps is a boss.
WHERE IS THE FINISH LINE!!!
Elisha Cuthbert must be close by...
Wow - Great Britain nearly knocks off Spain in men's basketball (79-78 final). That would have been an absolute shocker.
And then the U.S. drops 49 (!!!) points in the first quarter against Nigeria. These are 10-minute quarters, mind you. Insane.
He is shooting over 80% from the three point line!
This may be the best 3-point shooting U.S. team ever. 1992 was a more complete team overall, but I don't recall them shooting quite this well from downtown.
EDIT: Unbelievable. U.S. wins by 83 points!
That was the best shooting performance I've ever seen in a basketball game. 156 points in a 40-minute game . . . dang.
2012 vs. 1992 would be amazing to watch. If they were to play a series, it might go seven games.