Monday, July 30, 2012

Day 3 of London Olympics

Day 3 of the London Olympics have come and gone. I, of course, was hunched over my key board at NBC catching all the action.  In case you missed it, here's a few highlights from today's top match-ups. 

Team USA Easily Defeats Angola in Women's Basketball
In their second preliminary game, the U.S. women's basketball team defeated Angola 90-38. After stumbling two days earlier against Croatia, Team USA proved they deserved their No. 1 ranking, leading 41-18 at the half. And, by the end of the third quarter, the U.S. had a 34-point lead that Angola just couldn't beat. In America's easy romp, Candace Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Today's game was the first time that Angola and the United States had ever faced each other in women's basketball. The U.S. has won 34 consecutive Olympic games and are trying for a fifth straight gold medal. Their next court appearance is set for Wednesday where USA faces undefeated Turkey.

Missy Franklin Wins the Gold
At just 17, Team USA's Missy Franklin has won her first gold medal in the 100m backstroke. She finished at 58.33 seconds, beating the heavily-favored Emily Seebohm of Austalia by 0.35 seconds. The win came just 20 minutes after the first time Olympian took the eighth and final spot for Tuesday's 200m freestyle finals. This is Franklin's first individual medal and second overall. On Saturday, Franklin won a bronze in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

USA's Women's Volleyball Defeats Brazil
In Monday's much anticipated preliminary match, the top ranked U.S. women's volleyball team defeated No. 2 Brazil. Team USA took the game in four sets, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-21. The two teams battled back and forth in the opening set, with neither country leading by more than a point until America took its first timeout. The U.S. opened its second set with a nine-point lead, easily clinching the win. Despite jump serves from American athlete Logan Tom, Brazil had a quick lead in the third set, while the U.S. secured the match win by entirely leading the fourth set. On Wednesday, the U.S. will continue in a match against China. The ultimate gold medal game is August 11.

And if you haven't seen it, be sure to watch this latest parody, "Call Me Lochte." 

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