2012 London Olympics: Update on team USA

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

As of August 3, 2012, 5pm (CST), the U.S. Olympic team is in first place with a total of 43 medals: 21 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze. In second place is China with 42 total medals. With 10 days left of the 2012 London Olympics, you’ll want to make sure you stay tuned to see how the U.S. team is faring against the world’s best athletes!

Big wins!

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history with 21 medals as he won the gold for the 100-meter butterfly final.

The women’s 100-meter backstroke event on July 30, 2012, saw 17-year-old U.S. swimmer, Missy Franklin, win her first gold of the games. Peggy Shinn writes in her July 30, 2012, post for TeamUSA.orgMissy Franklin: A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” how the young swimmer is able to remain control during the high-stress events: “Missy is also remarkably well grounded for someone who won a world championship title at age 16. She does not read any of the articles written about her or watch herself on TV, and she has a remarkable ability to focus clearly.”

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team — being touted as The Fab Five — won gold in the all around competition on Tuesday, July 31 as well. As Bob Kravitz writes in his August 1, 2012 post titled, “Olympics 2012: U.S. women’s gymnastics team will be remembered as dominant, says Bob Kravitz,” for the Indy Star, the women’s gymnastic team was “expected to win; they weren’t quite expected to embarrass the competition, which looked as if it didn’t belong in the same arena as the Americans.” Winning a gymnastics competition by a total of five full points is like seeing the “the Saints clobbering the Colts 62-7,” says Kravitz.

Kristin Armstrong of the U.S. women’s cycling team won gold in the women’s individual time trial on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, where competitors start at 90 second intervals and the one to complete the course with the best time wins.

Twenty-three year-old men’s skeet shooting team member and member of the U.S. Army Vincent Hancock defended his 2008 Beijing gold medal on July 31, 2012, as he beat the competition by two points. When his contract ends with the Army, Hancock has plans to open a shooting academy in Georgia with his father.

Well on their way to winning gold

The U.S. men’s basketball team beat Nigeria 156-73 on August 2, 2012 to make their record 3-0 during the Olympics this summer. The team will go for win #4 on August 4 as they face Lithuania.

The U.S. women’s field hockey team is now 1-2. The team will go for win #2 on August 4, 2012, as it’s matched up with New Zealand.

Other headlines

When swimmer Ryan Lochte won the gold medal, he wanted to stand on the podium wearing a custom-made red, white and blue grill over his teeth. The International Olympic Committee caught wind of this and told Lochte that if he wore the grill on the podium, they would take his gold medal away. Check out Lochte’s collection of custom-made grills on Yahoo! Sports.

U.S. men’s gymnastics isn’t faring as well as the women’s team, but the competition isn’t over yet. The team will fight for fifth place in the men’s team event on August 1.

Just for laughs

Diving is an event that leaves viewers wondering how the participants can look so graceful while doing such difficult dives. Well, if you haven’t yet seen the article posted on TheFW that’s making its way around the Internet, you’ll see that while their bodies may look quite elegant, their faces tell a much different story.

If you haven’t been able to catch as many events as you’d like of this year’s games, be sure to check out the official schedule on London2012.com for the remaining events.

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