Friday, August 3, 2012

London 2012 Olympics, Day 6 & 7

There were some notable upsets at the London 2012 Olympics. Tyler Clary won a gold medal beating out Ryan Lochte, who finished 3rd. Clary broke Lochte's Olympic record from Beijing 2008, and it was Lochte's signature race. The US men's volleyball team beat #1 ranked Brazil. They also beat Brazil for the upset gold medal in 2008, so they have their number. Michael Phelps beat Ryan Lochte in their second and final meeting, so they each won one against each other. Phelps also won his final solo race today.

Gabby Douglas, aka "The Flying Squirrel" won the women's gymnastics individual all-around gold to add to her team gold. She joins Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Paul Hamm and Nastia Liukin as Americans who have won the individual all-around gold. Bela Karolyi was animated as usual with his excitement after this. In Beach Volleyball, defending men's gold medalists Rogers & Dalhausser were eliminated.

Kayla Harrison won gold in Women's -78 kg Judo. This is significant because it is the first gold medal for the United States in Judo. This leaves just 8 sports left that the USA has not won Olympic gold in. In Tennis, Roger Federer beat Juan Del Potro in the longest match in Olympic history. Serena Williams will be in the gold medal match.

NBC has said the sport averaging the most viewers on its cable networks during the day is Archery, averaging 1.5 million viewers. You can thank The Hunger Games, Brave and Hawkeye from The Avengers for the rise in the popularity of Archery. The USA Women's Soccer team, Basketball teams, Volleyball teams, etc are getting more viewers, but when you factor in all the other soccer, basketball, volleyball games then that is why archery is averaging more.

North Korea has made some news. Apparently they give Refrigerators to their medal winning athletes. Losing athletes get sent to labor camps. I wonder why none of the North Koreans who lose don't just flee the Olympic area and go into hiding? Also, its weird that they give them refrigerators when they don't have enough food to go around. Kim Jong-un you tease.

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