Two days into the London Olympics, the United States is in second place in the medal count, behind China. We're only one medal behind the Chinese, but they have three more gold medals than us. Here are the medal standings as of 6:00 A.M. Pacific Time Zone:
#1.) China with 12 medals . . . 6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze.
#2.) The United States with 11 medals . . . 3 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze.
#3.) Italy with 8 medals . . . 2 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze.
#4.) South Korea with 5 medals . . . 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze.
#5.) Japan also has 5 medals . . . NO gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze.
The U.S. athletes to win gold were swimmers Ryan Lochte in the 400 individual medley, Dana Vollmer in the 100 butterfly, and skeet shooter Kim Rhode. That makes Kim the first American athlete EVER to win five medals in an individual event in five consecutive Olympics. Great Britain is the host, but they only have TWO medals so far, one silver and one bronze.
(You can check the updated medal counts at NBCOlympics.com/medals.)
Ryan Lochte was Almost Denied His Gold Medal, Because He Wanted to Wear Grillz on the Medal Stand
Remember five years ago when rappers were all about wearing GRILLZ over their teeth? Well, apparently that trend just caught on in the world of U.S. swimming.
When RYAN LOCHTE beat MICHAEL PHELPS to win his first gold medal on Saturday, he planned to wear a special red, white, and blue GRILL on the medal stand. But the Olympic organizers heard about it, and told him NO.
Apparently, they told Lochte that if he wore the grillz, they WOULDN'T GIVE HIM his medal. So he didn't. Which, long-term, he'll probably be happy about. They really did protect him from himself.
A U.S. Runner Tweets That Americans Should Do Well In "Da Gun Shooting Competition"
How long until athletes stop tweeting entirely? It NEVER GOES WELL. NEVER. Last week a Greek track star was kicked out of the Olympics for a racist tweet. And now an American track star is getting majorly criticized for a tweet of hers. Lolo Jones will be competing in the 100-meter hurdles for the U.S. next week. On Saturday she tweeted, "USA men's archery lost the gold medal to Italy but that's ok, we are Americans, when's da gun shooting competition?" She was immediately flooded with criticism, especially in the wake of the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting.
Jones ended up offering a sort-of apology, "Sorry you guys only think of violence, but I think of all the hunting I do with southerners in da south. It's impressive." And she's not backing down from that position. Yesterday, after Kim Rhode won a gold for the U.S. in skeet shooting, Jones retweeted someone who wrote, "U were right @lolojones! USA dominated the gun shoot!"
The U.S. Olympic Committee decided NOT to kick her off the team for her tweet.
(San Francisco Chronicle)
There's a German Olympic Cyclist Who Might Have the Biggest Thighs In the World
A photo has been circulating of Robert Forstemann, who's a cyclist competing for Germany in the Olympics. It shows him in his underwear, from the waist down, and he just might have the WORLD'S BIGGEST THIGHS.
We have no idea how he manages to sit on a bike. Or walk. His thighs look like the thighs on someone who weighs 700 pounds . . . only his are all quad muscle.
Check out his monster thighs here.
The Ten Funniest Names in the 2012 Olympics Include China's Dong Dong and Canada's Victoria Poon
We were watching women's volleyball on Saturday, and learned there's an American volleyball star named Destinee Hooker. Who knew?
A website called Sports Pickle went through all the Olympic athletes, and picked out the 60 funniest names in the 2012 Games. Most of them aren't great, like, they picked that famous runner USAIN BOLT. But some of them are EXCELLENT.
Here are our ten favorites . . .
#1.) Chinese trampolinist Dong Dong.
#2.) Canadian swimmer Victoria Poon.
#3.) Austrian heptathlete Ivona Dadic. (Yeah, we know it's pronounced 'Dah-ditch', but we're immature.)
#4.) South Korean pole vaulter Yoo Suk Kim.
#5.) New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer . . . like from "24".
#6.) Swiss equestrian athlete Werner Muff.
#7.) Canadian track star Gavin Smellie.
#8.) Japanese volleyball player Yoshie Takeshita.
#9.) Chinese sailor Aichen Wang.
#10.) A track and field athlete from Trinidad and Tobago named . . . Sparkle McKnight.
Almost Nobody Plans On Watching the Olympics at Work
NBC is streaming basically the entire Olympics online this year, but it doesn't look like that's going to cripple the American workforce. Not even a little. According to a new survey, only 16% of American workers say they plan on following Olympic events live during the workday. 84% will not.
The people behind the survey say, "That is an incredible majority that reflects ongoing economic uncertainty. Americans are still looking for job security, they are not going to let potential distractions like the Olympics affect productivity."