Tuesday at the Olympics Games: U.S. women’s gymnasts unite, Phelps and Lochte try to find another gear, the U.S. women’s soccer team puts down the smartphones for a couple of hours to play soccer, and Iceland wakes us up. Yes, I said Iceland.
WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY
Yes, we know, Ryan Lochte didn’t medal. And the U.S. men’s gymnasts went splat in the team final. That’s all anyone’s going to talk about.
And that’s too bad, because Team USA had a lot of great performances. Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers took gold in the pool, with Nick Thoman and Rebecca Soni taking silver, the latter behind a teary-eyed Lithuanian teenager named Ruta Meilutyte. Divers David Boudia and Nick McCrory took bronze in the synchronized platform, with McCrory’s medal keeping Duke (2) ahead of Germany (1) in the medal count. Then there’s Marti Malloy, who extended the U.S. women’s streak of Olympics with a medal to two. (Read my story. I mean it.) And the American tennis players? 6-0 on Monday.
The U.S. women’s teams did well, too — a close win over Hungary in water polo, a comfortable decision over Brazil in volleyball (with Kobe Bryant watching), and the basketball team played Angola.
MEDAL PROJECTION UPDATE
First, I need to correct something from the last two days. Due to a math error (well, an Excel range that was one row short), my underprojection numbers for South Korea, France and the USA should be one lower. That actually helps me out. I’m now dead-on with my South Korea projection (six medals so far), one off on France (I picked six; they have seven) and one off on the USA (I picked 16; they have 17).
Not a great day. I didn’t get shut out in any events, but I only got 16 of a possible 35 medals. The highlight was the 1-2 in men’s team gymnastics. Would’ve been a sweep if the Americans had put it together for bronze.
But overall, I’m not too far off on the medal table except in one glaring case.
Underprojected (more medals than I expected): China 3, North Korea 3, Italy 2, Colombia 2
Overprojected: Germany 5 (??!!), Turkey 3, Britain 2, Australia 2
TUESDAY’S VIEWING RECOMMENDATIONS
times ET; *-medal event
Everything’s available online. NBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports Network may occasionally hop around to other events. Names are U.S. athletes unless otherwise mentioned.
4:00: Archery, men’s and women’s round of 64 and 32.
- 4:13: Jacob Wukie, round of 64
- 4:52: Wukie in round of 32 (if he won earlier)
- 5:44: Jennifer Nichols, round of 64
- 6:23: Nichols (if she won earlier)
- 7:15: Khatuna Lorig
- 7:41: Lorig (if she won earlier)
4:30: Rowing. U.S. men’s four and women’s eight have already advanced and don’t need to row today. NBC will have it at 11:15. Of U.S. interest:
- 4:30: Men’s single sculls, quarterfinals
- 4:50: Women’s double sculls, repechage
- 5:10: Women’s lightweight double sculls, repechage
- 6:00: Men’s single sculls, semifinals
- 6:40: Women’s single sculls, quarterfinals
- 7:40: Men’s lightweight four, semifinals
4:30: Handball (men’s), Iceland vs. Tunisia. Yes, we’re adopting Iceland, because they were so much fun to cover in 2008.
5:19: Judo, men’s 81kg, round of 32. Travis Stevens. Round of 16 and quarterfinals follow over next 2-3 hours.
5:30, NBC SN: Equestrian, team eventing, final event (jumping). Current ranking: Germany, Britain, Sweden, New Zealand, USA. Picks: GBR-GER-AUS
6:50: Fencing, men’s foil, round of 32/16/quarterfinals.
- 6:50: Miles Chamley-Watson
- 7:20: Alexander Massialas
- 8:20: Race Imboden
- 9:10: Round of 16
- 10:30: Quarterfinals
7:00, Bravo: Tennis, various, all second round. Bravo’s on until 3 p.m.
- 7:00: Venus Williams vs. Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak
- tba: Varvara Lepchenko vs. Germany’s Julia Goerges
- tba: Andy Roddick vs. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic
- tba: Williams/Williams vs. Germany
- tba: Huber/Raymond vs Poland (Radwanska/Radwanska)
- tba: Bryan/Bryan vs. Russia
9:00: Shooting, men’s skeet final. USA’s Vincent Hancock leads qualifying, and that’s not a surprise. Frank Thompson might make final. Wait, why didn’t I pick the USA here? Oops. Picks: RUS-CYP-NOR
9:00: Judo, men’s 81kg and women’s 63kg medal rounds.
- Men’s 81: KOR-BRA-AZE-GER
- Women’s 63: JPN-FRA-SLO-NED
9:30, NBC SN: Equestrian, individual eventing, final event (more jumping). U.S. not likely to medal. Picks: GBR-NZL-USA
10:00: Diving, women’s synchronized platform. The one diving event in which the USA did not qualify. Picks: CHN-AUS-GBR
10:06, NBC: Canoe slalom, men’s C1 final. USA didn’t advance to semis. Picks: FRA-SVK-GBR
10:10: Archery, men’s round of 64 and 32.
- 10:13: Brady Ellison
- 10:52: Ellison (if he won earlier)
- 11:31: Jake Kaminski
- 12:10: Kaminski, ibid
10:30: Boxing, men’s 64kg round of 32. Jamel Herring
10:30: Weightlifting, women’s 63kg. Picks: KAZ-TUR-RUS
10:30, NBC: Swimming, early heats.
11:00: Table tennis, women’s singles semifinals.
11:30: Gymnastics, women’s team final. Surely lightning won’t strike down the USA again. Picks: USA-RUS-CHN
11:45, NBC: Volleyball, U.S. men vs. Germany
12:15, NBC SN: Soccer, U.S. women vs. North Korea. Will Abby Wambach’s face be healed? Will Pia Sundhage juggle the lineup again? Will Brandi Chastain do the commentary? And will North Korea suddenly find the form it had when it drew the USA in the 2007 World Cup opener 2-2? (No, it wasn’t a shutout, no matter what you may read on book jackets.)
- Simultaneous: France vs. Colombia, MSNBC
1:00: Fencing, men’s foil, semifinals and medal bouts. Picks: ITA-ITA-USA
2:00, MSNBC: Field hockey, U.S. women vs. Argentina. Rematch of Pan Am Games final, a huge U.S. upset.
2:00: Weightlifting, men’s 69kg. Picks: ARM-ALB-ROU
2:30: Swimming, several semifinals and finals.
- Women’s 200 free: USA-FRA-SWE (Franklin and Schmitt)
- Men’s 200 fly: USA-JPN-AUS (Phelps and Clary)
- Women’s 200 IM: AUS-CHN-USA (Leverenz and Kukors)
- Men’s 4×200 free: USA-FRA-RUS (including Lochte and Phelps?)
2:40, NBC: Water polo, U.S. men vs. Romania
3:30, MSNBC: Soccer (women’s), Great Britain vs. Brazil. Only an hour’s window — maybe just second half?
4:00, NBC: Beach volleyball, men’s pool play. Dalhausser/Rogers
5:15, NBC SN: Basketball, U.S. men vs. Tunisia
6:00: Beach volleyball, women’s pool play. Kessy/Ross
Plus early rounds/heats of badminton and sailing. I highly recommend sailing if you like scenery — I’ll add it to the schedule when we get farther along. Check the full schedule below for updates on table tennis and (non-table) tennis.
You know who actually has the best glance of how Americans are faring? Wikipedia.
Full schedule for the day: London2012.com
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