The U.S. Won Six New Medals on Tuesday, and Four Were Gold, Plus Other Randoms
U.S. Olympians won six more medals in the London Olympics on Tuesday. We set TWO records in the pool, and also won gold medals in skeet shooting and women's gymnastics. Here's a list of our winners.
#1.) Gabby Douglas, Jordyn Weiber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Kyla Ross won Gold as part of the women's gymnastics team. It's the first time since 1996 the United States has won the women's team event.
#2.) Michael Phelps set a new Olympic record by winning his 19th swimming medal. He won the Silver in the Men's 200-meter Butterfly and then won the Gold as part of the 200-meter Freestyle Relay team with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Ricky Berens.
#3.) Allison Schmitt won Gold in the Women's 200-meter Freestyle, and set a new Olympic record with a time of 1:53.61.
#4.) Caitlin Leverenz won Bronze in the Women's 200-meter Individual Medley.
#5.) Vincent Hancock won Gold in the Men's Skeet-Shooting event: He hit 148 of 150 targets. He also won in 2008, and is the first American skeet-shooter to defend his gold.
The U.S. Are in the Lead This Morning With Medals So Far
The United States won six new medals on Tuesday, and today as of 8am this morning. That brings us in the lead in the overall medal count, but we still trail them in Gold medals by four. Here's the overall medal count:
#1.) The United States with 26 medals . . . 10 Gold, 8 Silver, and 8 Bronze.
#2.) China with 25 medals . . . 14 Gold, 7 Silver, and 4 Bronze.
#3.) Japan with 13 medals . . . 1 Gold, 4 Silver, and 8 Bronze.
#4.) France with 11 medals . . . 4 Gold, 3 Silver, and 4 Bronze.
#5.) Germany with 1 medals . . . 3 Gold, 6 Silver, and 2 Bronze.
Our British hosts are down in 9th place, with two gold, two silver and four bronze. You can get the latest updates at nbcolympics.com/medals/index.html.
Michael Phelps Finally Won Gold, But Not in His Signature Event, and Set the Record For Most Medals
Michael Phelps won two medals on Tuesday, which gave him a total of 19 over his Olympic career. That's the most by any Olympian ever, passing a Soviet gymnast named Larisa Latynina, who won 18 medals from 1956 to 1964. Phelps won six Gold and two Bronze in 2004, and eight Gold in 2008. But he's been struggling this time around . . .
He finished FOURTH in his first race on Saturday, the first time since 2000 that he'd failed to medal in an Olympic race. Then his four-by-100 meter freestyle relay team won the Silver on Sunday. And it looked like his slump was going to continue yesterday. In the 200-meter Butterfly, his signature event, he had a lead of half a body-length with 15 meters to go . . .
But somehow he LOST to South Africa's Chad le Clos. He ended up losing the Gold by one twentieth of a second. If he'd won, it would have been yet another Olympic record: The first man to win gold in an individual event in three straight Olympics.
Still, that Silver medal tied him for the all-time record for most medals. Then he BROKE the record on the four-by-200-meter Freestyle Relay. He was the anchor, and by the time he got into the water, his teammates, Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, and Ricky Berens, had given him a four-second lead. They ended up winning by three seconds.
The U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Won the Gold Medal For the First Time Since 1996
The United States has won the event that EVERYONE seems to care about: The women's gymnastics team took the gold medal yesterday in the team competition. It was only the second gold medal for the U.S. team, and the first since 1996 in Atlanta. That team was the one where Kerri Strug did a vault on her injured leg to wrap up the competition. They were known as the "Magnificent Seven".
This year's team is known as the "Fab Five": Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Weiber . . . she's the one who messed up and didn't qualify for the all-around competition over the weekend. They built a big lead on the vault, where every team member attempted and nailed a vault called the Amanar, one of the most difficult vaults in Olympic history. They never looked back and beat the Russians by more than five points.
Those of you that are sports fans might be upset because the nickname "Fab Five" is ALREADY TAKEN by the 1992 and 1993 Michigan basketball teams. But they never won, so the gymnasts can take it.
An Athlete From The University of Southern California Has Won a Gold Medal Every Summer Olympics For the Last 100 Years
The French relay team won the Four-by-100-Meter Freestyle relay on Sunday, upsetting the United States team that included Michael Phelps. And one of the French swimmers was a guy named Clement Lefert (seen here), who graduated from the University of Southern California. That continued an impressive streak for USC . . .
A USC alum has won a gold at EVERY Summer Olympics since 1912. That's 100 years of gold medals for the Trojans. They even kept their streak alive in the 1980 Moscow Olympics that the United States boycotted. Michelle Ford swam for Australia, and won the gold in the 800-meter Freestyle.
If USC were a country, their 263 medals would rank 17th of all-time. They have more medals than Poland, Canada, Greece, Spain, and Brazil.
A couple of USC rivals also have long streaks of gold medals. Stanford has won a gold in every Summer Olympics since 1920, and UCLA has won one at every Games since 1932.
The Queen's Granddaughter Won a Silver Medal in Equestrian
The Queen got a lot of attention at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics when she did a skit with Daniel Craig as James Bond, and had a stunt double parachute out of a helicopter. But now she's dropped to second place in the family when it comes to Olympic accomplishments.
31-year-old Zara Phillips is Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, and she won a silver medal in a team equestrian event yesterday. Zara was on the British team that won silver in something called the Three-Day Eventing competition. (It combines dressage, show jumping, and cross country, kind of a triathlon for horses. Germany won the gold.)
And she's living like an Olympian for the games: She got rid of the bodyguard protection most royals have, and is staying in the Olympic Village with the other athletes. It's Zara's first Olympics. She would have qualified in 2004 and 2008, but her horse was injured. Zara's father, Mark Phillips, coached the U.S. team, who finished in seventh place.
An Online Tool Lets You Plug In Your Height and Weight and Find the Olympic Athlete Who Matches Your Body
We highly recommend that everyone check out this website, mainly because it will reassure you that you COULD'VE been an Olympian if you'd just made like 17 different lifestyle choices. The BBC put together an online tool where you plug in your height and weight, and it tells you what Olympic athlete is your BODY MATCH. And you don't always get someone of your gender. For example, a man who's 5-foot-10, 190 pounds has the same body specs as, Allison Randall, who's competing in discus for Jamaica.
(Check it out here.)
An Olympic Kayaker Gets a Penalty From a Judge, Who Happens to be His Mom
Kay Dawson is an experienced kayaking judge from New Zealand, who's one of the officials for the kayaking competitions at the Olympics. Her son, Mike Dawson, is actually COMPETING in kayak slalom for New Zealand.
In case anyone was worried Kay might have a conflict of interest, yesterday she proved she was going to be impartial. Because while she was officiating one of her son's races, he illegally touched a slalom gate, and she penalized him.
Mike admitted his mom made the right call. "It was definitely a genuine touch and of course she called it right." He got a two-second penalty but still qualified to move on to the semifinals.
The U.S. Men's Basketball Game Blew Out Tunisia, Their Coach Slapped a Player, and Another Asked For Kobe's Autograph
The U.S. men's basketball team was a 54-POINT FAVORITE against Tunisia yesterday. They didn't cover that spread, they "only" won by 47 points, 110-to-63. But the game produced two highlights that really summed it up. One, in the pregame huddle, Tunisia's coach felt like one of his players wasn't paying attention, so he SMACKED HIM ACROSS THE FACE. Here's the video.
Then, after the game, a Tunisian player named Mohamed Hdidane took advantage of what will probably be his only moment ever meeting KOBE BRYANT, and asked Kobe to autograph his shoe. Kobe did, then Mohamed PUT THE SHOE BACK ON. Tunisia might not have the budget like the U.S. so for all we know, he's going to have to play in his Kobe-autographed shoe in their next game. (Here's the video.)
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#1.) U.S. Women's Volleyball player KERRI WALSH has pinkeye, but she's not going to let it stop her from competing. (Full Story)
#2.) Leading up to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, several celebrities did PSAs urging local residents not to drive, because of all the traffic that was expected. You might even recognize a few of them. (Here's video.)
#3.) CHRIS MARTIN messed up during a recent COLDPLAY gig and tried to blame it on the Olympics. He said, "I was thinking about the Olympics, I was distracted." Then he jokingly added, "[Eff] the Olympics." (Here's video.)
#4.) SAMUEL L. JACKSON loves women's weightlifting. He Tweeted, "GURL GUNZ!! These lil' chick weightlifters are AHH[freakin']MAZEN." (No, he didn't really say "Freakin'". But I'm guessing you knew that.)
Here are some more celebrity Olympic Tweets By the way, the "Jon Daly" about water polo being gay is from a FAKE account.