2012 Summer Olympics: From The Opening To Closing Ceremonies (And Everything In Between)

From the Opening Ceremony to the Closing Ceremony, from the Athlete's Village to the medal stand, from the pool to the pole vault, and everything in between. Stay tuned in to this 2012 Summer Olympics Superstream for everything happeing in London.

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2012 Olympic Medal Count: A Graphical Breakdown

With the 2012 Summer Olympics behind us, it's time to delve into the medal count for a better idea of what just happened and who the big winners were.


2012 Olympics: Full Medal Count And Results

The United States took top honors at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing with more total medals and gold medals at the Summer Games. China, Russia, Great Britain and Germany rounded out the Top 5.


U.S. Medal Count: Americans Avenge Second-Place Finish In Beijing

Before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the US had finished at the top of the gold medal count in four consecutive Olympics.

China snapped that streak in 2008, finishing with 51 gold medals to only 36 for the US. Without the benefit of home-field advantage, things returned to "normal" in London, with the US at 46 golds to China's 38.

America made up golds across all three major events: swimming (12 to 16), track and field (8 to 9) and gymnastics (2 to 3).

Most of the Chinese decline came from a slip in gymnastics (11 down to 5) and weightlifting (8 to 5). They maintained their powerhouse programs in table tennis, badminton and diving. They've been very good at finding "sports" like trampolining where it's pretty easy to turn money into medals.

They'd probably say the sheer number of swimming medals and relays unfairly tilts the tables towards the US. Either way, order has been restored to the universe.

For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: United States Reigns Supreme

For nearly two weeks at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it was a dogfight at the top of the medal count leaderboard between the United States and China.

Over the last weekend of events, the United States pulled away. They gained such a lead, in fact, that entering the final day of events on Sunday, they had already ensured they would leave as the winners in total medals and gold medals. Still, the U.S. managed to add two final gold medals to their tally on Sunday, in wrestling and in men's basketball, to make it 46 gold medals in total.

China failed to medal in any event on Sunday and will finish with 87 total medals and 38 gold medals. Russia nabbed four more medals on Sunday to nearly catch up to China, and will wrap things up with 82 total medals.

Host country Great Britain was no slouch, picking up a gold and two silver medals to finish in fourth place with 65. Their 29 gold medals are good for third place in that column, which is something Britain will be very proud of.

Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:

  1. United States, 104 (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)
  4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.

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Mo Farah Wins Gold In 5000m, Completes Rare Olympic Double

Mo Farah doubles up! The British runner won the men's 5000m Saturday night, becoming just the seventh runner ever to accomplish the Olympic 5000m-10,000m double.


NBC Will Stream Olympic Closing Ceremony Live Online

NBC received heavy criticism for its decision to tape-delay the 2012 Olympics' Opening Ceremony two weeks ago and not provide a live online stream to viewers. The network is doing an about-face on the Closing Ceremony, which it announced Saturday that it would stream online.

Sports Business Journal's John Ourand has the full statement from NBC:

"It’s part of our continuing effort to innovate, experiment and learn. This is not precedent setting, but rather another chance for us to gather data about how live streaming and television complement each other."

NBC's live streaming effort, which has been provided for every event in every sport, has not been without its critics. And whether NBC has the bandwidth necessary to accomodate millions tuning in to see the finale of the 2012 Olympics (and the Spice Girls!) remains to be seen.

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Bryshon Nellum Will Carry U.S. Flag In Closing Ceremony

Bryshon Nellum will be the flag bearer for Team USA at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.


This Week In GIFs: The Summer Olympics Are Terrifying

Every fourth Summer, the world gathers its greatest athletes in order to find exactly how terrifyingly things can go wrong. As it turns out, very. Vote, and help us decide the greatest animated GIF of the week.


American Ashton Eaton Wins Gold In Decathlon, Trey Hardee Gets Silver

The title of "World's Greatest Athlete" now belongs to Ashton Eaton of the United States.

Just a bit more than six weeks after breaking the world record in the event, Eaton won gold in men's decathlon on Thursday at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing with 8,869 points. Fellow Team USA member and two-time defending world champion Trey Hardee won the silver (and the title of "World's Second-Greatest Athlete?") with 8,671 points. It marks the first time Americans went 1-2 in the Olympic decathlon since Milton Campbell and Rafer Johnson accomplished the feat in 1956. (The last time any two countrymen took the top two spots in the event was 1988, when Germans Christian Schenk and Torsten Voss took gold and silver, respectively.)

Cuba's Leonel Suarez won his second consecutive bronze medal, totaling 8,523 points to hold off Belgium's Hans van Alphen. Roman Šebrle of the Czech Republic -- who won gold medalist at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens and held the world record in the event before Eaton came along -- did not finish, withdrawing due to injuries.

Decathlon is a two-day, 10-event competition. Day 1 consists of the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m, and Day 2 includes the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m.

Eaton had the best performance in three of the disciplines, winning the 100m, long jump and 400m. He also finished tied for second in high jump and took third in pole vault. In the final event of the competition, the 1500m, Eaton placed seventh, finishing in a time of 4 minutes, 33:59 seconds. He needed to run 4:29.86 to break the Olympic record of 8,893 points.

Eaton becomes the second consecutive American to win men's decathlon, following Bryan Clay's gold medal in Beijing. It's the first time the U.S. has won back-to-back golds since 1956 and 1960.

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Lightning Strikes Twice, Again: Usain Bolt Defends His 200m Gold

Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the men's 200 meters at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday night, posting a time of 19.32 seconds and becoming the first man ever to defend the 200m title.


Claressa Shields Wins USA's First-Ever Women's Boxing Gold Medal

Claressa Shields won the first ever gold medal in women’s middleweight (165 lbs) boxing beating Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova 19-12.


Aly Raisman Wins Floor Exercise Gold

Aly Raisman ends the London Olympics with the most medals of any American gymnast after capturing gold on the women’s floor exercise.


Raisman scored a 15.600, winning by four tenths over silver medalist Catalina Ponor of Romania (the same woman she beat out in a tiebreaker on balance beam earlier on Tuesday). Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took bronze, winning a tiebreaker of her own over Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari.

Jordyn Wieber finished seventh and ended her London Olympics without any individual medals despite the highest of expectations coming in for the 2011 world champion. Instead it was Raisman winning three medals (gold in team and floor and bronze on beam) and Gabby Douglas leading the charge for the Americans in 2012.

The women’s floor marks the end of the artistic gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics. The Chinese team won the most medals with eight, four of them gold. Team USA finished with three golds and six medals overall. Russia’s Mustafina was the most successful individual gymnast, capturing four medals, one gold, one silver and two bronze.

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Aly Raisman Wins Gymnastics Bronze In Beam After Inquiry

Aly Raisman won her second medal of the Olympics, but not without some controversy.

Raisman originally finished one-tenth a point behind Romania’s Catalina Ponor, but was not given the difficulty score she expected and as a result the USA coach put in an inquiry with the judges. After review, the judges raised the difficulty level by one tenth to a 6.3, landing her in a tie with Ponor. However, since Aly had the higher execution score she won the tiebreaker and bronze medal. Perhaps this is some sweet justice for Raisman after she lost a tiebreaker for the bronze in the all-around competition to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina. Raisman was clearly thrilled to be on the winning side of a tie this time around.

The other American on beam, Gabby Douglas, fell during her routine and as a result finished seventh among the competitors, ending her hopes for a third medal at these Olympics. It was the 14th routine for Douglas in London.


The Chinese took gold and silver and finished far above the rest of the gymnasts. Sui Lu, 2011 world champion was first up and set a score that few other gymnasts could match with a 15.500, but her teammate, Deng Linlin, topped it with a 15.600. Both women had an execution score of 9.0, but Linlin, the 2009 beam world champion, had a slightly higher degree of difficulty to her routine.

This marks the end of the London Olympics for Douglas, but we will see Raisman once more later on Tuesday in the floor competition.

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Team USA's Jennifer Suhr Wins Gold In Women's Pole Vault

Yelena Isinbayeva entered the 2012 Olympics as the prohibitive favorite to win the women's pole vault. Thanks to American Jennifer Suhr, she's leaving without gold around her neck.

Suhr jumped 4.75 meters, only to have Cuba's Yarisley Silva match her; neither woman would top that mark, nor would Isinbayeva. But Suhr's fewer failures earned her the gold, according to the tiebreak procedure:

At the end of the competition, any ties are broken in favour of the athlete with fewest failures at the final height. If still tied, the athlete with the fewest total failures wins, and if still tied after that the tie stands, other than for first place, which is normally resolved by a jump-off.

The gold for Suhr, who had four failures to Silva's five, is the first for the U.S. since 2000, when women's pole vault debuted and Stacy Dragila won. It is also the second gold for the Team USA women in track and field events at the 2012 Olympics.

Russia's Isinbayeva had won the last two gold medals in the event, but had to settle for bronze after failing to clear 4.75 meters.

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Man Who Threw Bottle, Got Punched Before 100m Final Identified

Well this is some great camerawork. It's also a great time to ridicule the moron who, just seconds before the gun went off to begin the men's 100m finals, threw a bottle onto the track in the direction of Usain Bolt.

To set the scene, the eight finalists were in the blocks and the stadium had gone quiet. All eyes were on the starting line as Bolt and the rest of his incredibly speedy competitors got set to fly down the track in less than 10 seconds. And one idiot decided he wanted to be completely stupid.

So he threw a bottle. He was close enough to the track and positioned right behind the runners that the bottle got pretty close to the blocks.


See the woman next to him in the black and orange? That's Edith Bosch. Earlier, she took home a bronze medal in judo.

She wasn't having the whole bottle-throwing thing and reportedly decked the guy. A bit of instant karma, if you will. And if that wasn't enough, the man was arrested. Because he's an idiot and did it in plain sight of, well, everyone. Nice job!

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VIDEO: Watch Usain Bolt Dominate The 100m Finals In London

It's Usain Bolt's world and everyone else is living in it. Once again, Bolt blew through the field and took home gold at the Olympics, finishing the 100m finals in a time of 9.63. After questions about whether Bolt was ready -- prompted by Yohan Blake's win at the Jamaican trials -- the world record holder reminded everyone who's the boss.

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And the funny thing about it is that Bolt didn't even get off to a great start. He was slow out of the blocks, lagging a bit behind and everyone hit their stride. And then he decided it was just time to go.

Watch what happened when Bolt hit the afterburners. It was all over.

This field was absolutely loaded. Seven of the participants went under 10 seconds in the final. The only one that didn't, Asafa Powell, pulled up lame. And he ran sub-10 in the semifinals.

But once again, it was all about Bolt. And damn, he is fast.

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Usain Bolt Wins 100m Gold In Olympic Record 9.63 Seconds

Usain Bolt won gold in the men's 100 meter dash Sunday night at the Summer Olympics, defending his title from Beijing and establishing himself as one of the greatest sprinters the world has ever seen.


Serena And Venus Williams Make Olympic History With Women's Doubles Gold

Venus and Serena Williams now have more gold medals than any tennis players in Olympic history after their third doubles gold. The pair has never lost a set in Olympic doubles competition.


Serena Williams Dominates Maria Sharapova To Win Olympic Gold

Serena Williams won the gold medal in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Saturday, absolutely dismantling Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. And really, it wasn't even that close.

Serena took the first game with three aces, broke Sharapova in the second, and then never looked back, winning the first set, 6-0. Sharapova did not hold serve and win her first game until the second set, when she made it 3-1, roughly 45 minutes into the match. The final took a total of just 63 minutes.

After Serena delayed the start a couple of times for what the NBC announcers speculated was either "nerves" or "bathroom breaks" (perhaps both?), the 2012 Wimbledon champion came out and wrecked shop against Sharapova, the tournament's No. 3 seed, and the No. 3 ranked women's player in the world. The domination was hardly anything new for Serena -- she lost just 17 games in her six matches during the Olympics, and including the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Williams was a perfect 13-0 at the All England Club this summer.

Earlier in the day, Belarus' Victoria Azarenka won the bronze medal, defeating Russia's Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 6-4.

For Serena, who had already completed the career grand slam, it's her first gold medal, making her just the second women's player to accomplish the career Golden Slam (Steffi Graf being the other). Serena will team up with sister Venus later Saturday afternoon in the women's doubles semifinals

After match point, Serena let out a scream and then -- on the grass court of Wimbledon, mind you -- celebrated with a perfect crip-walk.


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Oscar Pistorius Qualifies For 400m Semifinals

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games, qualified for the 400m semifinals in London on Saturday. Pistorius posted the second fastest time in the first heat of the day to move on to the semis. He crossed the line in 45:44, just behind the Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who posted a time of 45:04. It was best time of the year for Pistorius, and the fourth fastest of his career.

Pistorius had been working towards his Olympic debut for years, finally earning entry this summer to provide one of the best stories of the Games. He spoke about his first appearance, and the nervousness coming out of the tunnel for the first time, via Joe Battaglia of NBC:

"I've been thinking about this day for the last six years...To finally be on the track, on this stage is amazing. I'm almost speechless."

Pistorius then spoke about his run, marking the Dominican and coming in with the second-fastest time:

"I set up on the starting blocks, came out of the blocks fine," he said. "On the back straight I found a very good rhythm and felt very relaxed. Santos was on my outside and he was my marker during the race. I just keyed on him and we started accelerating quite quickly very early on the second corner.


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The South African cruised across the line, indicating that he was pleased with his rhythm and happy with the time. Luguelin looked over his shoulder down the final stretch but the duo had locked up the one-two finish in the heat. An animated gif of the finish:


Pistorius will now run in the semifinals on Sunday. The men's 400m semis will begin at 3:40 p.m. ET with Pistorius scheduled to run in the second heat. The finals are set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday.

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Women's Rowing Wins Gold, Establishes 'American Dynasty'

"That is an American dynasty, baby."

Susan Francia said it best about the United States' women's eight team, which continued its rowing dominance on Thursday, winning the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Not only is it the Americans' second straight gold at the Summer Games, but it also marks their seventh consecutive win at the highest level -- U.S. won the World Rowing Championships in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (the competition is not held the same years as the Olympics). And at the 2004 Summer Olympics, they brought home a silver.

The U.S., led by coxswain Mary Whipple, led from start to finish, stretching their advantage over the silver-medal winners from Canada to as much as 2.34 seconds at the 1000-meter mark. They completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:10.59, beating the Canadians by 1.47 seconds and the bronze medal winner, the Netherlands, by 2.53 seconds.

"Coming off the line, I felt so much," Whipple said. "And then when we took our stride, that was beautiful.

"We were a little high and I just told them to breathe and enjoy the moment. Feel each stroke. Be present. And we were present -- the whole time."

"It was magical," Whipple added. Then, as is customary in rowing, her crew celebrated by throwing her into the water.


Magical, indeed.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Gymnastics All-Around: Gabby Douglas Takes The Gold

After playing an integral part in the U.S. winning gold in the women's team gymnastics competition on Tuesday, Gabby Douglas once again put on a show on Thursday to win the gold in the women's individual all-around. She is the third-straight American woman to win the event, coming on the heels of Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008. It's just the second time any country has pulled off a three-peat.

It was an incredible performance by Douglas, who led after every rotation to best Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina with a total of 62.232 points. Komova needed to score a 15.360 on the floor exercise, her final rotation, but came up short with a 15.100.

Douglas set the tone for her big night in London on vault, her first rotation, scoring a 15.966 and establishing a lead she would never give up. She pulled off an attempt with a high degree of difficulty, despite a small hop than inched her toward the edge of the mat. It was the highest score of the evening on vault.

An animated GIF of the attempt that, just like the team competition, started the gold-medal evening:


After Komova closed the deficit on uneven bars, Douglas once again put on the performance of the night on balance beam. Her 15.5 score was the highest of the evening and pushed her lead to three-tenths of a point heading into the floor exercise. Her finish on the beam put the crowd at North Greenwich Arena in full roar:


Douglas carried the momentum from the beam over to floor, one of her best events. She finished off the evening with a 15.033, setting a mark that Komova could not overcome.

With the victory, Douglas became the first African-American gymnast to win all-around gold, and the first American gymnast to capture gold in both the team and individual all-around competitions. She reflected on the momentous achievement after the win:

"Oh, my gosh, I forgot about that," she said. "It's definitely an amazing feeling and great honor to be the first African-American to win. I hope I can inspire people. My mother told me that I can inspire a nation."

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Danell Leyva's High Bar Routine Secures Bronze Medal

Danell Leyva's high bar routine was the last of his six in the men's gymnastics all-around competition on Wednesday. It was also a very good one, one that secured his bronze medal in the event.

The high bar is the equivalent of the uneven bars for men's gymnastics, but it swaps the precision of the uneven bars' transitions for the power of the flips male gymnasts pull on it. For example, the one to the right, in which Leyva whips himself around for a backflip.

Leyva was America's best hope for a medal in the all-around event, and he got it done with this routine, which ended up netting him a 15.700, tops in the event on the day.

The backflip wasn't Leyva's only strong move in the routine, as he also pulled off a flip that had a twist to it, but it wasn't until Leyva's dismount that he was well and truly assured of a great routine.


Leyva steps out a bit, but you can tell from the cheers of the crowd as he straightens out that he had done something good. Indeed, it was good enough to win the first medal for an American in the men's all-around since Paul Hamm touched gold in 2004, and only the second since 1984.

You can find a complete medal tracker at SI.com.

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Matt Grevers Makes Nathan Adrian's Bed For Winning Olympic Swimming 100 Freestyle

Swimmer roomies have a lot of bling and at least one made bed.


With 'Rule 40,' Greedy IOC Shows It Cares More About Its Sponsors Than Olympic Athletes

Athletes are banned from mentioning their sponsors on Facebook, Twitter or other social media during the Games. For many, it's their main source of income and they are protesting.


Kohei Uchimura Wins Gymnastics All-Around, American Danell Leyva Gets Bronze

The world's best male gymnast has his gold. Japan's Kohei Uchimura, arguably the great male gymnast ever, won the individual all around Wednesday night in London at the Summer Olympics, posting a score of 92.690. The silver medalist at the Beijing games scored the highest routines in two of the six rotations: vault and high bar.

The gold medal is the exclamation point of an astonishing few years for Uchimura, who is the first male gymnast to win three consecutive world all-around titles (2009, 2010 and 2011). He also becomes the first Japanese man to win the Olympic all-around gold in 28 years (Koji Gushiken, 1984).

American Danell Leyva, the top qualifier heading into the finals, scored a 90.698 to win the bronze medal. Germany's Marcel Nguyen (91.031) grabbed the silver medal. John Orozco, the other member of Team USA in competition, was 8th.

Halfway through the six rotations, Uchimura was leading the field, followed closely by countryman Kazuhito Tanaka, while Leyva was a distant 16th.

John Orozco started strong with a 15.433 on floor, but then was pummeled by the pommel horse, scoring just a 12.566. He struggled through his whole routine and then had a poor dismount, coming to a full stop and having difficulty holding his handstand. Orozco was nearly crying on the sidelines, knowing his medal hopes had all but vanished.

Danell Leyva didn't fair much better. After his strong opening on floor (15.366, third-highest score), he managed just a 13.500 on the horse. After the first two rotations, Leyva and Orozco were in 17th and 22nd place, respectively, out of 24 competitors.

Heading into the final rotation, Uchimura led Tanaka by just 1.616 points, with Nguyen in third and Leyva a seemingly distant sixth. But Leyva had saved his best for last, posting the highest score of the competition on high bar, a 15.700. His clutch routine, couple with Tanaka's fall off the horse, was enough to propel the American onto the medal podium. Tanaka ended up in fifth place overall.

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Michael Phelps Sets Olympic Medal Record, U.S. Wins Gold In 4x200m Relay

Michael Phelps won his 19th career Olympic medal on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated Olympian ever, as the United States dominated to win gold in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.


Fab Five: Team USA Wins Gold In Women's Team Gymnastics

For the first time since 1996 in Atlanta, Team USA has won gold in women's team gymnastics. The "Fab Five," led by Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, posted a total team score of 183.596, crushing Russia by more than five points, which finished second with a score of 178.530. Romania (176.414) took home bronze.

After Aly Raisman's floor routine, the final event for the U.S. -- and needing only to score a 10, more of a formality than anything -- Team USA stood together and watched the scoreboard as the results were officially announced and began laughing and crying, celebrating the moment. The United States' gold medal, just its second ever in the event, comes after two straight silvers in Beijing and Athens, and a bronze in Sydney.

The Americans turned in the highest team scores in vault, beam and floor (they were third on the parallel bars).

The U.S. opened on vault and posted a huge score, leading the way with a 48.132 on the strength of McKayla Maroney's 16.233. Russia was second, with a score of 46.366.

Team USA took a 1.733 point lead over China heading into the second rotation, which for the Americans, was the uneven bars. Jordyn Wieber rebound nicely from Sunday's showing with a 14.666 and no major mistakes, but the team score of 44.799 was only good for third, behind both China and Russia.

The U.S. maintained its slim advantage -- leading Russia just 92.931 to 92.532 -- heading into the third rotation, balance beam. The three Americans all posted solid scores, led by Gabby Douglas' 15.233 (Kyla Ross turned in a 15.133 and Raisman scored a 14.933)

On beam, the trio of Americans all posted strong numbers -- and avoided any falls -- to post a 45.299, the highest team score of the competition. More importantly, the results extended the U.S. lead over the Russians, giving them a 1.299-point advantage heading into the floor exercise, the final routine of the women's team final.

Russia was on the floor first and they struggled, with Anastasia Grishina scoring just a 12.466, a total that brought down their team score to 41.599. The low tallies meant the United States just needed to avoid a collapse of epic proportions on their floor routine to win Olympic gold, and they did just that.

Gabby Douglas stuck her routine to lead things off with a 15.066. Jordyn Wieber followed with one of her career best performances (15.000) and then Raisman brought it home for the U.S (15.300).

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They All Still Watched: The Uncomfortable Realities Of Olympic Broadcasting

Why NBC doesn't have to apologize for its policies after two nights of record ratings.


Tweets, Texts Causing Problems, IOC Warns Spectators

GPS transmitters on bikes had issues due to the large number of texts spectators were sending, causing the IOC to tell everybody to shut up unless it's really important.


USA Track Athletes Stage Tweet-Protest Against Rule 40

Many Team USA athletes made the request to be able to decide what sponsors they can promote during the Olympics by tweeting about the IOC's Rule 40.


Meet Team Handball: Your New Favorite Sport

Let's talk about team handball. You probably didn't know it existed, but you'll learn to love it.


NBC's Online Olympics Coverage Won't Win A Medal After Shaky Weekend Debut

So much for all events live -- for much of the weekend, the only action was watching the video buffer over and over. Sunday was an improvement, but there is still work to do.


France Narrowly Beats U.S. For 4x100m Free Relay Gold

Four years later, France gets its revenge against the United States in the men's 4x100m Free Relay, winning the gold medal Sunday at the 2012 Summer Olympics.


NBC Suggests Live-Stream Problems Are Your Fault

If you, like many, had trouble with NBC's online stream on Saturday, it's probably your own fault. Your computer is outdated, your Internet connection can't handle it or your settings aren't correct. That's what Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital, said, so we should all take him at his word.

No, really, it's your fault.

Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media, said from London that extensive troubleshooting so far suggests that the technical problems might be with the bandwidth provided by cable operators, or users' computers or devices.

Cordella said that tweaking will continue and that he hoped that the problems were resolved on Sunday.

That last line is important. NBC will continue to tweak its player and interface in an effort to smooth out the kinks. It can quietly make changes while maintaining nothing is technically wrong.

Here's the fun thing about all this: I ran through three browsers and two operating systems -- on different computers -- to see if it was a problem on my own end. The NBC Olympics website slowed each browser to a crawl, eventually crashing them. It was leaking memory like no other.

And when it wasn't leaking memory, the player spent its time buffering. I wasn't alone, either, and the complaints were enough to get NBC to look into whatever the problem may be.

The fun part of all this? The app NBC created for the Olympics has been pretty great. I rarely had a problem with it, and it certainly wasn't causing everything to grind to a halt like the web experience. Same Internet connection, same supplier of the feed (NBC), but a different device and an app instead of a browser.

So it's our fault the stream doesn't work. And it's our fault the Opening Ceremony was delayed. Silly us, unaware of context. Everything that may seem like a technical hiccup or glitch on the other side of the broadcast? The public should probably just take the blame -- because you'll be blamed anyway.


NBC Acknowledges Live-Stream Problems, Working On Fix

The first full day of the London 2012 Olympic games had plenty of action, which you might have had trouble watching if you don't own a television. NBC's online streaming service was not up to par for many users, who reported freezing and crashing. New York Times television reporter Richard Sandomir seems to have gotten a hold of the powers that be at NBC and has passed along some extremely encouraging information.

The live stream for the men's 400-meter individual medley showdown involving Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps worked for a select few people, but many were shut out of the stream or succumbed to browser crashes.

If NBC doesn't have its streaming service fixed for the big events to come, a few million people are going to be unhappy. The network is not delivering on the promise to stream every event online if most people can't stream effectively.


Women's 400m IM Final: Shiwen Ye Sets World Record, Elizabeth Beisel Wins Silver

China's Shiwen Ye, just 16-years old, won gold in the Women's 400m IM finals Saturday at the 2012 Summer Olympics. American Elizabeth Beisel won the silver medal.

Ye finished in a time of 4:28.43, setting a new world record in the process, and touching the wall almost a full three seconds ahead of Beisel (4:31.27). China's Xuanxu Li took home the bronze medal (4:32.91).

For Beisel, it's third silver medal in the Olympics after finishing second twice at the 2008 Games. In the 400m IM in Beijing, as a 15-year-old, she finished fourth. Beisel's silver on Saturday was also the third medal won by the United States in three events in the pool.

The previous world record in the 400m IM was 4:29.45, set by Australia's Stephanie Price in Beijing in 2008 -- Ye, the 2011 Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year, beat that mark by nearly a full second.

For complete coverage of the London Games, visit our 2012 Summer Olympics hub.


Men's 400m Freestyle Final: Sun Yang Gets Gold Medal In Upset, Peter Vanderkaay Snags Bronze For U.S.

The longest of the pure sprint events in men's swimming was the undercard on Saturday at the 2012 Olympics, and a Chinese swimmer scored a big upset in it, with 20-year-old Sun Yang winning gold in the men's 400m freestyle.

Sun took the event in a brisk 3:40.14, establishing a new Olympic record, and earning his first gold at an international competition in the event after silver medals in the event at the 2011 World Championships and 2010 Asian Games. South Korea's Park Tae-hwan, who beat Sun in both of those events, finished second in the final after needing to overturn a disqualification to get there, turning in a time of 3:42.06.

American Peter Vanderkaay won Team USA's second medal of the Olympics in the event, taking bronze with a time of 3:44.69. The other American in the final, Conor Dwyer, finished fifth.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.


London Olympics 2012: International Athletes To Watch

The 2012 Summer Olympics begin Friday in London, and Matt Ufford and Amy K. Nelson preview 10 international athletes or teams to watch.


London Olympics 2012: U.S. Athletes To Watch

Matt Ufford and Amy K. Nelson preview U.S. Olympic athletes to watch in London.


How The Dream Team Explains The World

A review of Jack McCallum's "Dream Team," a book that looks back at the '92 Olympic team that changed everything, and accidentally explains what it's like to love anything.

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