The seven medals we picked up yesterday weren't enough to catch the Chinese. While we won seven, they earned another nine to solidify a three medal lead. The British and the Russians have been jockeying for third place. As of this morning, they were tied with a total of 48 medals, but the Brits had a dozen more gold to put them back in third again. Here's the overall medal count:
#1.) China with 74 medals . . . 34 Gold, 21 Silver, and 19 Bronze.
#2.) The United States with 71 medals . . . 30 Gold, 19 Silver, and 22 Bronze.
#3.) Great Britain with 48 medals . . . 22 Gold, 13 Silver, and 13 Bronze.
#4.) Russia with 48 medals . . . 10 Gold, 18 Silver, and 20 Bronze.
#5.) Germany with 32 medals . . . 7 Gold, 15 Silver, and 10 Bronze.
There are now "only" 131 countries without any medals, which is 64% of the 204 countries attending. Get the latest updates at nbcolympics.com/medals.
A Russian High Jumper Takes Off His Shirt, Loses It . . . And Wins the Gold Medal In a T-Shirt
Ivan Ukhov is a high jumper from Russia. Before this Olympics, he was best known for a video where he showed up to a high jump meet DRUNK, and failed miserably. And now he's got a new moment of infamy, but also GLORY.
Ukhov was competing in the high jump yesterday, and in the middle of the event, he took off his shirt, and it got LOST. So he had to grab a baggy t-shirt that was lying around and compete in that. He put it on, and WON THE GOLD.
Here's a video of him winning in his t-shirt.
A British Pole Vaulter Didn't Win a Medal, but Her Boyfriend Proposed to Her After the Competition Anyway
20-year-old Holly Bleasdale is a British pole vaulter, and was considered one of the favorites to win a medal. She's vaulted as high as 15 feet, 11-and-three-quarter inches. But on Monday, she didn't come within a FOOT of that. She failed three times at 14 feet, 11 inches. American Jennifer Suhr won the gold by vaulting 15 feet, seven inches.
That means that Holly's all-time best WOULD have won her the gold, but she finished sixth. That kind of threw a wrench into her boyfriend's plans. Paul Bradshaw had planned on making it the BEST night of Holly's life. First she'd win a medal, THEN he'd ask her to marry him. Instead, Holly left the stadium in tears, but Paul popped the question anyway, and she said YES. (We're not sure when or where it happened, but it sounds like he waited until a few hours after the event.)
Holly went on Twitter and said, "6th in the Olympics and Bradshaw proposes to me :) epic day!!!"
And Paul tweeted, "I have just proposed to Holly Bleasdale and she said yes! Best day ever!"
The U.S. Water Polo Coach Called an Illegal Timeout With One Second Left, And Almost Cost Them the Game
The U.S. beat Australia yesterday to earn a spot in tomorrow's gold medal game, no thanks to their coach. The United States was winning nine to eight with ONE SECOND left, and for some reason, their coach, Adam Krikorian, decided to call a timeout.
There was just one problem: You need to have possession of the ball to call a timeout in water polo, and the U.S. DIDN'T. Adam knew the rule, but he thought the American goalie had the ball. That meant that Australia got to take a penalty shot, and they scored to TIE the game. (Sports heads call that a "Chris Webber moment". He was the Michigan basketball player who called timeout at the end of the NCAA championship game when his team didn't have any left, costing them the game.)
Luckily we scored two goals in overtime to win 11 to nine, so it was all good. Adam said, "It was a big mistake and it could have cost us the game. It went through my mind that I might have blown it."
The U.S. has NEVER won gold in women's water polo. They'll play Spain tomorrow, and Australia will play Hungary for the bronze.