Thursday, August 9, 2012

I Am Watching the Olympics (Day 13)

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  1. Men's C-2 1000m canoeing: Germany gold, Belarus silver, Russia bronze.

    Men's K-4 1000m kayaking: Australia gold, Hungary silver, Czech Republic bronze.

    Women's K-1 500m kayaking: Hungary gold, Ukraine silver, South Africa bronze.

    Women's K-2 500m kayaking: Germany gold, Hungary silver, Poland bronze.

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  2. Medal count:

    1. China 36 gold, 22 silver, 19 bronze
    2. United States 34, 23, 25
    3. Great Britain 22, 13, 13
    4. South Korea 12, 7, 6
    5. Russia 11, 19, 23
    6. Germany 9, 15, 10
    7. France 8, 9, 11
    8. Hungary 8, 4, 3
    9. Italy 7, 6, 5
    10. Australia 6, 12, 9
    11. Kazakhstan 6, 0, 2
    12. Netherlands 5, 4, 6
    13. Japan 4, 13, 14
    14. Iran 4, 3, 1
    15. North Korea 4, 0, 1
    16. Belarus. 3, 3, 4
    17. Cuba 3, 3, 1
    18. New Zealand 3, 2, 5
    19. Ukraine 3, 1, 6
    20. South Africa 3, 1, 1
    21. Spain 2, 6, 1
    22. Romania 2, 5, 2
    23. Denmark 2, 4, 3
    24. Jamaica 2, 2, 2
    25. Brazil 2, 1, 7
    26. Poland 2, 1, 6
    27. Croatia 2, 1, 1
    28. Switzerland 2, 1, 0
    29. Ethiopia 2, 0, 2
    30. Canada 1, 4, 9
    31. Czech Republic 1, 3, 3
    31. Sweden 1, 3, 3
    33. Kenya 1, 2, 2
    34. Slovenia 1, 1, 2
    35. Georgia 1, 1, 1
    35. Norway 1, 1, 1
    37. Dominican Republic 1, 1, 0
    38. Lithuania 1, 0, 1
    39. Algeria 1, 0, 0
    39. Grenada 1, 0, 0
    39. Venezuela 1, 0, 0
    42. Colombia 0, 3, 2
    42. Mexico 0, 3, 2
    44. Azerbaijan 0, 2, 2
    45. Egypt 0, 2, 0
    46. India 0, 1, 3
    46. Slovakia 0, 1, 3
    48. Armenia 0, 1, 2
    48. Belgium 0, 1, 2
    48. Mongolia 0, 1, 2
    51. Estonia 0, 1, 1
    51. Indonesia 0, 1, 1
    51. Serbia 0, 1, 1
    51. Thailand 0, 1, 1
    51. Tunisia 0, 1, 1
    56. Cyprus 0, 1, 0
    56. Finland 0, 1, 0
    56. Guatemala 0, 1, 0
    56. Malaysia 0, 1, 0
    56. Portugal 0, 1, 0
    56. Taipei 0, 1, 0
    62. Greece 0, 0, 2
    62. Moldova 0, 0, 2
    62. Qatar 0, 0, 2
    62. Singapore 0, 0, 2
    66. Argentina 0, 0, 1
    66. Hong Kong 0, 0, 1
    66. Ireland 0, 0, 1
    66. Saudi Arabia 0, 0, 1
    66. Kuwait 0, 0, 1
    66. Morocco 0, 0, 1
    66. Puerto Rico 0, 0, 1
    66. Tajikistan 0, 0, 1
    66. Trinidad and Tobago 0, 0, 1
    66. Turkey 0, 0, 1
    66. Uzbekistan 0, 0, 1

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  3. Because I love my country (and because I so enjoy The Bob Costas Show), I will not be watching the following today ...

    -- 9 a.m. Central: Team USA vs. South Korea in a women's volleyball semifinal

    -- 11 a.m.: women's basketball semifinal between United States and Australia

    -- 11:15 a.m.: Claressa Shields's gold-medal boxing match

    -- 1:20 p.m.: men's triple-jump final, which features Will Claye of Phoenix and Christian Taylor of Tyrone, Ga.

    -- 1:45 p.m.: Japan vs. United States for women's soccer gold

    -- 2 p.m.: water polo gold-medal match pitting United States vs. Spain and men's 800m final, which features Duane Solomon of Lompoc, Calif., and Nick Symmonds of Boise, Idaho

    -- 2:55 p.m.: Jamaica's Usain Bolt, Wallace Spearmon of Fayetteville, Ark., and not the Tennessee Titans' Chris Johnson in the men's 200m

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  4. Wow! Huge week in Santa Clara. Hometown-girl Haley Anderson takes silver in women's open-water swimming! Hungary gold, Italy bronze.

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  5. For the sake of Team USA, I've been watching a little figure horseback riding instead of the women's volleyball semi. Well, it was riveting. British Betty Draper and Valegro regaled the home crowd with gold in individual dressage for Team GB. The Netherlands took silver, and another Brit woman, who led her horse in a dance to some Elton John music from The Lion King, claimed bronze. This is historically Germany's turf, so I imagine it was an upset that Team Deutsche failed to reach the podium in this event.

    Plus, with the equestrian events over, it is now official that the United States is going medalless in the sport for the first time (excluding 1980) since the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

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    1. Women's volleyball semi: United States beats South Korea, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22!

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    2. The United States has never won gold in women's volleyball. It won silver in 1984 and 2008. Brazil won gold in 2008, and Japan won the first-ever Olympic gold in the sport, in its home gym in Tokyo in 1964.

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  7. Through eight events of the decathlon, Ashton Eaton, my main man from Bend, Ore., is leading teammate Trey Hardee by 162 points. Third place is Rico Freimuth of Germany, who is another 132 points back of Hardee. Four other competitors are within 56 points of third place.

    The decathlon's last two events are the javelin throw, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Central today, and the 1500m, scheduled for 3:20 p.m.

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  8. Nicola Adams of Leeds wins the first Olympic women's boxing medal, at flyweight, over Ren Cancan of China. Bronze medals go to India and the United States. Congratulations, Marlen Esparza of Pasadena, Texas.

    Given that I need to avoid Claressa Shields's middleweight bout at 11:15 Central, maybe I'll just spend the next 37 minutes, 47 seconds listening to Live at Leeds.

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    1. This version of "Magic Bus" is just out of sight.

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    2. Well, that was good. Almost 1988 good.

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    1. Eight1-0 ‏@810skrillaboyz
      Smh dam near in tears she won @Claressashields u the truth
      11:41 AM - 9 Aug 12

      Eight1-0 ‏@810skrillaboyz
      OMG OMG OMG @Claressashields GOLD BABY GOLD!!!!! IM POPPIN BOTTLES
      11:44 AM - 9 Aug 12

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    2. Women's middleweight: United States gold, Russia silver, China and Kazakhstan bronze. Congratulations, Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich., and her supportive and busy brother, @810skrillaboyz!

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  10. Women's lightweight: Ireland gold, Russia silver, Brazil and Tajikistan bronze. Mavzuna Choriyeva of Kulyab wins Tajikistan's first medal of these games--and first ever Olympic medal by a woman.

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  11. Still waiting out the women's basketball game ...

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    1. United States-Australia has been the gold-medal game at each of the last three Olympics, and Team USA has won all three.

      Team Australia has an accomplished coach, too, plus a seven-time WNBA All-Star who is her nation's flag-bearer and grudge-holder.

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    2. Still in progress. This Tweet disturbs me:

      CAROLYN PECK ‏@CAROLYNPECK
      USA needs a Lisa Leslie presence.
      12:06 PM - 9 Aug 12

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    3. Better:

      mario chalmers ‏@mchalmers15
      Man tameka catchings is the truth. She is the definition of an all around player. She does it all for her team. RESPECT
      12:29 PM - 9 Aug 12

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    4. ?

      Ticha Penicheiro ‏@TichaPenicheiro
      "DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS/MEDALS" ...it's not just a saying!!!
      12:35 PM - 9 Aug 12

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  12. Man, when Norway and South Korea meet up in women's handball, you can throw out the record book ... Norwegians lead, 21-17, in second half of today's first semifinal.

    Second pits Montenegro and Spain. A win would clinch Montenegro's first medal of these games.

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    1. South Korea has won six Olympic women's handball medals, including back-to-back gold in Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992. Norway has won four medals since the sport debuted in 1976 in Montreal, including one gold--in 2008 at Beijing.

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    2. 26-20, Norway, in the second half ...

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    3. Norway's gold defense marches on ... 31-25 over South Korea.

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  13. IT WORKED AGAIN! United States 86, Australia 73 in women's hoops semi!

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  14. Well, this is amazing. The U.S. women won gold in water polo and soccer, too!

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  15. If Chris Johnson makes a surprise show in the 200m and upsets Usain Bolt, this is going to be weird.

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  16. Mom says she thinks I so like the Olympics because she watched almost every night of the 1968 Mexico City games when I was two months old.

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  17. Men's triple jump ... Will Claye and Christian Taylor were teammates at the University of Florida ... I'm pretty sure Heath High School's Bobby Woods once competed for Kentucky triple-jump state championship ... maybe 1984 ...

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    1. Oh, my gosh ... Claye and Taylor went gold-silver for the Team USA in the triple jump ...

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  18. ok, decathlon ... i didn't watch it today either--instead just caught up on Easton and Hardee after each event ... last i let off was after eight events ...

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    1. Eaton and Hardee maintain top two spots in decathlon through nine events ... 1500m to go ...

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  19. Good job, Eric! Great, great performance!

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    1. That is taking one for the team.

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    2. Thanks. And, of course, my main man from Bend, Ashton Eaton, and my main man from Vestavia Hills, Trey Hardee, went 1-2 in the decathlon (United States gold, United States silver, Cuba bronze). It was just amazing.

      Even I could not beat Usain Bolt, however (men's 200m: Jamaica gold, Jamaica silver, Jamaica bronze). He is just amazing.

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  20. OK, maybe I'll go back to respecting the live-blogging jinx.

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