Our Olympians won 11 medals in seven different events yesterday. But the big news is that we won gold in beach volleyball for the THIRD STRAIGHT Olympics. This year's Beach Volleyball final had two American teams playing against each other for the first time ever. So we were guaranteed to win both Gold and Silver. While you get a chant of U.S.A., U.S.A. started, here are our medal winners:
(Misty and Kerri won their first gold in the 2004 Athens games. They then became the first beach volleyball team to win back-to-back Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing games, and now have another first with this three-peat.)
The "Wall Street Journal" analyzed all the gold medal winners at the Olympics so far, and broke down exactly how they handled themselves on the medal stand. Here's what they found . . .
There have been 129 gold medal winners, 72 men and 57 women. A total of 15.5% have cried on the medal stand. That includes 8.3% of the men and 24.6% of the women.
Of the countries with a significant number of medal wins, the Chinese winners cry the least, at only 7%. 17% of American winners cry, which is slightly above average. 37.5% of British athletes have cried.
A total of 44.2% sang along with their country's national anthem. That includes 51.4% of men and 35.1% of women.
The Chinese are most likely to sing along, at 92%. 61% of British athletes sang along . . . and only 44% of American athletes sang along.
And finally, 15.5% of winners KISSED or BIT their gold medal. 23.6% of men and 5.3% of women went for the bite or kiss.
(Wall Street Journal)
NBC has profiles of the Olympic athletes on their Olympics website NBCOlympics.com. And as of Monday, more than 1.1 billion people have looked at them.
All of the 10 most-clicked athletes won a gold medal this year, and they combined to win 20. Here's the Top 10:
#1.) Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics: 18.27 million clicks. (She has 11 million more clicks than anyone else.)
#2.) Michael Phelps, Swimming: 7.04 million.
#3.) McKayla Maroney, Gymnastics: 6.04 million.
#4.) Jordyn Wieber, Gymnastics: 5.94 million.
#5.) Aly Raisman, Gymnastics: 3.01 million. (FOUR of the top five are women's gymnasts.)
#6.) Misty May-Treanor, Beach Volleyball: 2.45 million.
#7.) Missy Franklin, Swimming: 2.36 million.
#8.) Usain Bolt, Track: 2.33 million. (He's the only non-American.)
#9.) Ryan Lochte, Swimming: 2.27 million
#10.) Serena Williams, Tennis: 1.83 million.
If the U.S. Soccer Team Wins Gold Today, They'll Split a $1.5 Million Bonus, Here's What Gold Medalists in Other Countries Get
The U.S. Women's Soccer team plays Japan for the gold medal today. But they'll also be playing for a whole lot of CASH. Sunil Gulati is the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. And he announced yesterday that if Team U.S.A. wins, they'll split a bonus of $1.5 million. There are 18 players on the roster, but Sunil said he expects them to share the money with their trainers, and reserve players who didn't make the Olympic team.
Assuming they split it equally and give the trainers and reserves a full share, each player will get $50,000. That's on top of the $25,000 bonus the U.S. Olympic Committee gives any athlete that wins gold. Yes, they'd have to pay taxes on their bonus. And they get a smaller bonus if they win the silver, but Sunil didn't say how much it was.
$75,000 sounds like a lot, and it is. But it's a BARGAIN compared to how much other countries pay their gold medal winners.
Italy pays the most, each of their gold medalists gets $182,400.
Russia comes in second, each gold medalist gets $135,000.
France pays $65,200
Japan pays $35,900
China pays $31,400
Canada and Germany pay around $20,000.
Host country Great Britain has 22 gold medalists, but they're not paying their athletes ANY bonus.
Sri Lanka Sent Seven Athletes to the Olympics . . . But No Coaches?
Sri Lanka has seven athletes at the London Olympics. (Sri Lanka is an island just south of India.) They sent a hurdler, two swimmers, two marathon runners, a shooter, and a badminton player. As of yesterday, they hadn't won ANY medals. Five are done competing and didn't make the finals in any event. But maybe that's because they didn't send along any COACHES.
One of the marathon runners has a coach who lives in England, so he's already there. But the rest of the team is coach-less. Which is weird, because Sri Lanka sent 10 Olympic officials along with the team. That includes the president of Sri Lanka's badminton association, and one of the athlete's sponsors. But again, no coaches.
It's created a major controversy in Sri Lanka. The head of their Olympic committee said he doesn't think it's important for athletes to have their coach in London, because they've already finished their training. But Sri Lanka's sports minister said their Olympic committee is WRONG. "A coach should be with the player up until the final moment."
Mangala Samarakoon was eliminated from the shooting competition in the first round. His coach is also his father, and Mangala said he would have performed better if his coach came with him.
FINALLY, we've got an Olympic athlete who's honest about the REAL reason he's excited about winning his medal.
On Monday, 26-year-old Scott Brash won a gold medal in equestrian for Great Britain. And in an interview with the BBC, he admitted he's most excited about the gold because, "I really hope this win improves my pulling power with women, if I'm honest. That's about it."
He wouldn't say whether the medal helped him get lucky the night he won, but he DID say, "I had too good a celebration and a sore head the next day."