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The U.S. Won Nine Medals Yesterday, and Our Soccer Team Won Gold, Plus More News

8/10/2012




U.S. athletes won five gold, three silver, and a bronze for a total of nine new medals yesterday.  That included the big soccer match between the United States and Japan, which was worth a $1.5 million bonus from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Not too bad for a country that barely gives a crap about soccer.  Here are the new medal winners:

#1.)  The Women's Soccer team beat Japan two to one to win gold (seen here).  Carli Lloyd scored both goals.  That means a $75,000 pay day for every member of the team.

#2.)  The Women's Water Polo team beat Spain eight to five to win gold.  Maggie Steffens scored five goals in the game.

#3.)  Ashton Eaton won gold and Trey Hardee won silver in the Men's Decathlon.

#4.)  Christian Taylor won gold and Will Claye won silver in the Triple Jump.

#5.)  Clarissa Shields won gold in Women's Boxing, Middleweight division.

#6.)  Haley Anderson won silver in Women's Open-Water Swimming.

#7.)  Terrence Jennings won bronze in Men's Featherweight Taekwondo.

 

 

 

 

We Now Have a Ten-Medal Lead Over China

The United States has won 90 medals so far, including the nine we picked up yesterday.  With three more days of competition left, we have a TEN-medal lead over China, as of this morning.  Here are the latest standings:

#1.)  The United States with 90 medals . . . 39 Gold, 25 Silver, and 26 Bronze.

#2.)  China with 80 medals . . . 37 Gold, 24 Silver, and 19 Bronze.

#3.)  Russia with 57 medals . . . 12 Gold, 21 Silver, and 24 Bronze.

#4.)  Great Britain with 54 medals . . . 25 Gold, 15 Silver, and 14 Bronze.

#5.)  Germany with 38 medals . . . 10 Gold, 17 Silver, and 11 Bronze.

After yesterday's results, 39% of participating countries have won a medal.  There are still 124 countries looking on with envy.  The updated medal count is at nbcolympics.com/medals.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Britain is Fourth in the Medal Count, But Also Leading the Olympics in Bottom Three Finishes

Great Britain got off to a slow start at their own Olympics, but they've managed to bounce back and get up to the top five in the medal count.  Unfortunately for them, they're ALSO leading a much-less prestigious count.  

Great Britain is leading the Olympics in BOTTOM THREE finishes.   England has had 31 total finishes in the bottom three of different events, eight last-place finishes, 11 second-to-last, and 12 third-to-last.  Ukraine has the second-worst performance, with 23 bottom three finishes. 

One reason England is toward the bottom?   As the host country, they get an automatic bid into EVERY event, even if their team isn't very good.  For example, their men's water polo team hasn't qualified for the Olympics in more than five decades, but they got an automatic bid to this one and were outscored 77 to 28 in their five losses. 

They also performed VERY poorly in men's and women's handball, women's water polo, and men's volleyball.  The U.S. is currently tied for fifth in bottom three finishes.  Both us and Canada have 18 bottom-three finishes. 

(Wall Street Journal)

We've Pulled Ahead of the Chinese with a Total of 82 Medals




U.S. athletes won five gold, three silver, and a bronze for a total of nine new medals yesterday.  That included the big soccer match between the United States and Japan, which was worth a $1.5 million bonus from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Not too bad for a country that barely gives a crap about soccer.  Here are the new medal winners:

#1.)  The Women's Soccer team beat Japan two to one to win gold (seen here).  Carli Lloyd scored both goals.  That means a $75,000 pay day for every member of the team.

#2.)  The Women's Water Polo team beat Spain eight to five to win gold.  Maggie Steffens scored five goals in the game.

#3.)  Ashton Eaton won gold and Trey Hardee won silver in the Men's Decathlon.

#4.)  Christian Taylor won gold and Will Claye won silver in the Triple Jump.

#5.)  Clarissa Shields won gold in Women's Boxing, Middleweight division.

#6.)  Haley Anderson won silver in Women's Open-Water Swimming.

#7.)  Terrence Jennings won bronze in Men's Featherweight Taekwondo.

 

 

 

 

We Now Have a Ten-Medal Lead Over China

The United States has won 90 medals so far, including the nine we picked up yesterday.  With three more days of competition left, we have a TEN-medal lead over China, as of this morning.  Here are the latest standings:

#1.)  The United States with 90 medals . . . 39 Gold, 25 Silver, and 26 Bronze.

#2.)  China with 80 medals . . . 37 Gold, 24 Silver, and 19 Bronze.

#3.)  Russia with 57 medals . . . 12 Gold, 21 Silver, and 24 Bronze.

#4.)  Great Britain with 54 medals . . . 25 Gold, 15 Silver, and 14 Bronze.

#5.)  Germany with 38 medals . . . 10 Gold, 17 Silver, and 11 Bronze.

After yesterday's results, 39% of participating countries have won a medal.  There are still 124 countries looking on with envy.  The updated medal count is at nbcolympics.com/medals.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Britain is Fourth in the Medal Count, But Also Leading the Olympics in Bottom Three Finishes

Great Britain got off to a slow start at their own Olympics, but they've managed to bounce back and get up to the top five in the medal count.  Unfortunately for them, they're ALSO leading a much-less prestigious count.  

Great Britain is leading the Olympics in BOTTOM THREE finishes.   England has had 31 total finishes in the bottom three of different events, eight last-place finishes, 11 second-to-last, and 12 third-to-last.  Ukraine has the second-worst performance, with 23 bottom three finishes. 

One reason England is toward the bottom?   As the host country, they get an automatic bid into EVERY event, even if their team isn't very good.  For example, their men's water polo team hasn't qualified for the Olympics in more than five decades, but they got an automatic bid to this one and were outscored 77 to 28 in their five losses. 

They also performed VERY poorly in men's and women's handball, women's water polo, and men's volleyball.  The U.S. is currently tied for fifth in bottom three finishes.  Both us and Canada have 18 bottom-three finishes. 

(Wall Street Journal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Usain Bolt Celebrated His 200-Meter Gold By Making a "Shh" Gesture, Doing Some Push Ups, and Saying He's "The Greatest Athlete to Live"

Usain Bolt won gold in the 100-meter dash on Sunday, and in the 200-meter dash yesterday, finishing with a time of 19.32 seconds  That makes him the first runner in Olympic history to win both the 100-meters AND the 200-meters in two straight Olympics.  And when he crossed the finish line, he decided to celebrate with some good old-fashioned POOR sportsmanship.

As he finished the race, Usain put his finger to his lips in a "shh" gesture.  It's not clear if he was telling the crowd to be quiet, or his critics.  It's hard to imagine that he has too many haters at this point.  Although what he did next won't help . . .

After the race he dropped to the track and did some push-ups, to show that he had plenty of gas left in the tank.   Then he told reporters, "I'm now a legend.  I'm also the greatest athlete to live."  Although he also said, "I am in the same category as Michael Johnson.  I'm honored.  It's all about Michael Johnson for me."   (Michael Johnson is the all-time greatest AMERICAN sprinter.  But in the 200-meter race that Usain Bolt just won, the U.S. came in fourth.  The Jamaicans took ALL THREE medals in that race.) 

The U.S. Women's Soccer team also celebrated their gold with some questionable sportsmanship.  After beating Japan, the players all put on shirts from Nike that said, "Greatness has been found" in gold letters.

 


 
 
 
 

Did Aly Raisman Accidentally Tweet Some 'Gymnast-Gone-Wild' Plans? Probably Not

18-year-old gymnast Aly Raisman won two golds and a bronze for the U.S. this Olympics, and apparently decided to celebrate on Wednesday night.   Supposedly, she meant to send out a private Direct Message to someone, but accidentally tweeted it to EVERYONE.     

It said,  "Okay I have no idea were going with the guy gymnasts to some club I'll find out for you were so nervous.  OMG."  The tweet isn't there anymore.  Instead, there's one that says,  "So excited to go to sleep early tonight :) long but fun day!!!"

Everyone assumed that Aly DELETED the gymnasts-gone-wild tweet, and replaced it with one that was better for her public image.  But there's also evidence that her original tweet might have been FAKE.  For one thing, it didn't have the blue checkmark that Twitter gives to a verified account, while her "going to sleep" tweet DOES.  The "going out" tweet also has a different PHOTO than the good-girl tweet.  Which means she would've had to CHANGE her profile photo in between tweets. 

(SF Gate / Bleacher Report)

(You can see photos of the two tweets here.)

 


 

 

 

 

A British Boxer Boarded Her Dog For the Olympics, and Paid Extra So It Could Watch Her Fight on TV

British boxer Nicola Adams won the Women's Flyweight gold medal yesterday, and she made sure her NUMBER ONE fan was watching.   Even though Nicola was fighting for the host country, she needed to board her pet Doberman, Dexter, at Mypetstop Kennels in Leeds, England.  But Nicola knew Dexter would miss her, and that he'd want to share in her big moment.

So she paid an extra fee to Mypetstop, so that they'd let Dexter watch her fight on television.  (They don't say how much it cost.)  The owner of Mypetstop said that customers often request a TV for their dog, which means that the dogs get a special "boarding apartment" instead of a regular kennel.

The owner said, "This will certainly be a first, where the dog can watch their owner in the Olympics.  So I'm sure Dexter will be excited."

(Morley Observer and Advertiser)