London 2012 – Day 5: Golden Girls

UPDATE (8/9/12):  CONGRATULATIONS TO Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jenkins on your third consecutive Olympic gold medal! Quite the impressive feat for such a duo – there will probably never be this level of success again.  May-Walsh conclude their time together as Misty May-Treanor will retire, ending her competitive career.  May-Walsh finish their Olympic dream together undefeated in 21 matches…

London 2012 – Day 4: Fab Five and Gold

Not since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta had an American gymnastics team claimed the gold medal in team gymnastics, until The Fab Five (Jordyn Weiber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Aly Raisman) clinched the top spot on Tuesday night.  Call it luck, call it skill, or call it Jordyn Weiber on a mission – the women’s American gymnastics team…

London 2012 – Day 3: Gold Fish

 United States swimmer Missy Franklin led the American school of gold-fish by winning the gold medal (her first individual Olympic medal) and establishing a new American record in the 100 meter backstroke final.  Franklin won a race including “six of the ten greatest swimmers of all time,” including Australian favorite to win Emily Seebohm.  Franklin’s impressive victory came within ten minutes…

London 2012 – Day 2: New Rising

 London 2012 breakout star, South Africa’s Cameron Van Der Burgh, set a new world record and won gold in the 100 meter breaststroke final.  Of other note from the race, Brenden Hansen (of Team USA) came out of retirement to challenge Olympic rival Kitajima (Japan) one last time.  During the previous two summer games, Kitajima (the two-time defending Olympic champion) held Hansen from…

London 2012 – Day 1: Surprise!

 How amazing was it to see swimmer Ryan Lochte, of Team USA, bring home a Gold medal in the 400 meter individual medley?  Pretty amazing, considering that his victory unseated reigning Olympic champion Michael Phelps, who finished fourth in the race.  Wow.  Then consider that Lochte’s win gives the United States its first Gold medal in…