Olympic Daily Glance, Day 3 — Flipping out

Monday at the Olympic Games: The U.S. men’s gymnasts take their momentum into the men’s final, and we’re back in the pool.

Reminder of the 2012 medal projections, and off we go …


Shooter Kim Rhode won her fifth medal in as many Olympics, Britain’s medal drought ended in the women’s cycling road race, the neo-Dream Team demolished France, the USA’s Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston took silver in synchronized springboard, U.S. boxers, volleyballers and beach volleyballers rolled, the U.S. men’s water polo team held on against Montenegro, tennis was a washout,  and the U.S. women’s field hockey suffered a setback.

The stunner was in gymnastics. The U.S. women did as well as expected in qualifying. But Aly Raisman did even better, posting an all-around score ahead of heralded teammates Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber. Only two Americans can compete in the final, so world champion Wieber is out.

Then came swimming, where Dana Vollmer set a world record to win the 100-meter fly, Allison Schmitt set an American record to take silver in the 400 free, Brendan Hansen got bronze in the 100 breaststroke, and the same lead weight that was tied to Michael Phelps in the 400 IM was apparently tied to Ryan Lochte as France passed him for gold in the 4×100 free relay.


Highlight: Nailed all three medals, in order, in the women’s skeet. Lowlight: Judo. Not even going to talk about it.

But the overall medal count isn’t bad. Aside from China, which has three more swimming medals and two more shooting medals than I expected. North Korea also is better than expected — no surprise, given their penchant for secrecy. At the other end — hey, didn’t you used to be Germany? Projected: 4. Earned: 0.

So far, my fears of overcounting the USA is unfounded. Britain? Slightly, but remember that one of those was the highly unpredictable men’s road race.

Underprojected: China (5), USA (3), North Korea (3), Italy (2), France (2), Hungary (2)

Overprojected: Germany (4), Turkey (2), Mongolia (2), Britain (2), Australia (2), Japan (2)


times ET; *-medal event

Everything’s available online. NBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports Network may occasionally hop around to other events.

3:30 a.m.: Badminton, women’s group play. USA’s Rena Wang.

4:37 a.m.: Judo, women’s 57kg round of 32. USA’s Marti Malloy.

4:39 a.m.: Archery, women’s round of 32. USA’s Miranda Leek.

5:26 a.m.: Judo, men’s 73kg round of 32. USA’s Nick Delpopolo.

5:30 a.m.: Fencing, women’s epee round of 64. USA’s Susie Scanlan (other Americans got a bye).

5:30 a.m.: Judo, men’s 73kg and women’s 57kg round of 16 and quarterfinals.

6:30 a.m., Bravo (TV starts at 7): Tennis, men’s singles. USA’s Andy Roddick vs. Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, first round, weather permitting. Other tennis Americans on the schedule:

  • John Isner vs. Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, second round
  • Varvara Lepchenko vs. Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg, first round
  • Venus Williams vs. Italy’s Sara Errani, first round
  • Serena Williams vs Poland’s Ursula Radwanska, second round
  • Venus/Serena Williams vs. Romania, first round

7:15 a.m.: Shooting, men’s 10m air rifle. In the last two Olympics, the USA’s Matt Emmons has medaled (gold, silver) in the 50m prone and then lost gold on the last shot (cross-fired, hit trigger too soon) in the 50m three-position. This is a different event for him. Picks: ITA-HUN-CHN

7:30 a.m.: Equestrian, eventing. The cross-country phase of the event.

7:50 a.m.: Fencing, women’s epee round of 32. USA’s Courtney Hurley and Maya Lawrence.

9 a.m.: Judo, men’s 73kg and women’s 57kg semis, repechage and medal round. xxx. Picks: men: JPN-KOR-FRA-NED; women: JPN-POR-BRA-ROU

9:10 a.m.: Fencing, women’s epee round of 16/quarterfinals.

9:19 a.m.: Badminton, men’s doubles group play. USA’s Gunawan/Bach.

10 a.m.: Diving, men’s synchronized platform. U.S. veteran Troy Dumais is paired with Kristian Ipsen. Picks: CHN-GER-USA

10:30 a.m.: Weightlifting, women’s 58kg. Picks: BLR-TPE-THA

10:45 a.m., CNBC: Boxing, men’s light heavyweight round of 32. USA’s Marcus Browne.

11:30 a.m.: Gymnastics, men’s team final. If they match their feats from qualifying, the Americans might make me regret picking them no higher than bronze. Picks: CHN-JPN-USA

11:45 a.m.: Volleyball, U.S. women vs. Brazil.

1 p.m.: Fencing, women’s epee semifinals and medal rounds. xxx. Picks: CHN-ROU-CHN

2 p.m.: Weightlifting, men’s 62kg. Picks: CHN-PRK-TUR

2:30 p.m.: Swimming, several finals. Picked a lot of Americans, but it might be time to wonder if they’re not quite up to the task this time.

  • Men’s 200 free. USA-FRA-GER
  • Women’s 100 back. USA-RUS-CHN
  • Men’s 100 back. USA-FRA-GBR
  • Women’s 100 breast. USA-AUS-USA

2:40 p.m.: Water polo, U.S. women vs. Hungary.

4 p.m.: Beach volleyball, men’s pool play. USA’s Gibb/Rosenthal.

5:15 p.m.: Basketball, U.S. women vs. Angola. Might not be close.

6 p.m.: Beach volleyball, women’s pool play. USA’s May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings.

Plus early rounds/heats of archery (individual), canoe slalom, handball, hockey, rowing, sailing, shooting (men’s skeet) and table tennis. Check the full schedule below for updates on table tennis and (non-table) tennis.

Full schedule for the day: London2012.com


Full TV listings: NBCOlympics.com
Full online listings: Also NBCOlympics.com

I’ll be doing this daily during the Games. As a reminder, you’ll also find my work at Bleacher Report, and I’ll be helping Trapit capture the best Olympic news sources. Follow @TrapitSports or all Olympic-related Trapit feeds on Twitter for more.

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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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