Thursday, August 2, 2012

I Am Watching the Olympics (Day 6)

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Gabrielle Douglas ‏@gabrielledoug
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4:59 AM - 2 Aug 12

Previous reports:


  1. Men's lightweight four rowing: South Africa gold, Great Britain silver, Denmark bronze.

  2. Replies
    1. Lorig is on to a semis with a three-sets-to-one victory over Berengere Schuh of France! Rah!

    2. OK, pardon ... Lorig actually won, 6-2, in "set points" ...

    3. Lorig loses her semifinal to Ki Bo-Bae of South Korea, and now she awaits the winner of a Mexico-v.-Mexico second semi ...

    4. Eric, please, please, please don't watch that bronze-medal match. I think we've lost about 80 bronze-medal matches in a row -- we need to try a different approach.

    5. No U.S. woman has won an archery medal since 1976. No Mexican has ever won an archery medal.

    6. OK, that's a good point. We've turned to Sesame Street.

    7. Just in time, too ... our California girl and Mariana Avitia of Mexico were just gearing up for their first shots.

    8. Women's archery medals: South Korea gold, Mexico silver, Mexico bronze. South Korea is the all-time leader in Olympic archery medals. Mexico had never won a medal in the sport.


      How many of these bronze medal matches are we going to lose?

  3. Kayla Harrison, a 22-year-old from Middletown, Ohio, has won her semifinal in 78kg women's judo, which means she has become the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo!

    1. After three minutes of judo-ing, Kayla Harrison leads, 2-0 ...

    2. NO! The officials just waved off Harrison's second score ... it's back to 1-0 ... 1:42 to go ...

    3. 2-0, Harrison! ... "We're a minute away from history," says the NBC commentator ...

    4. 25 seconds and ticking ... the NBC commentator says Harrison should now stall ... 16 seconds ... "Right now, I wouldn't even touch her ..."

    5. YES! U! S! A! U! S! A! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6. "I am so proud of you," we can hear the coach telling Kayla Harrison. That's really sweet.

    7. Women's half-heavyweight judo medals: United States gold, Great Britain silver, Brazil and France bronze.

    8. The AAU women's grand judo champion of 1975 was Bonnie Korte of Kirkwood, Mo.

      I hereby announce that my new breakout sport of these games is ... judo!

  4. Women's eight rowing medals: United States gold, Canada silver, Netherlands bronze. Congrats to the gold medalists: Erin Cafaro of Modesto, Ca., Caryn Davies of Ithaca, N.Y.; Susan Francia of Abington, Pa.; Caroline Lind of Greensboro, N.C.; Esther Lofgren of Newport Beach, Calif.; Eleanor Logan of Boothbay Harbor, Me.; Meghan Musnicki of Naples, N.Y.; Taylor Ritzel of Larkspur, Colo., and Mary Whipple of Orangevale, Calif.

  5. Here are the scores from today's men's basketball:

    France 82 - 74 Lithuania
    Australia 81 - 61 China

  6. Meanwhile, back at the ol' fencing piste, the U.S. women are playing Poland for fifth place in the team foil. It appears as though individual competitors for both teams fence for a single period, and then two new competitors fence. This goes on until one team gets to 45. Lexington's Lee Kiefer, who tied 5-5 and lost 5-3 in her previous turns, just came off a 7-2 turn that pulled the United States back to within 31-26 of Poland. It is now 33-28 ...

    1. Poland 45, United States 39 ... Lee Kiefer and Team USA finishes sixth in team foil.

    2. Women's team foil medals: Italy gold, Russia silver, South Korea bronze.

  7. Men's double trap shooting: Great Britain gold, Sweden silver, Russia bronze.

  8. Men's half-heavyweight judo: Russia gold, Mongolia silver, Germany and Netherlands bronze.

  9. In men's basketball, Argentina blows out Tunisia 92-69.

    I like FIBA basketball, but they don't have very many close games.

  10. In men's water polo, defending champs Hungary (who were off to an 0-2 start) beat Romania 17-15.

  11. The two golds won by the United States this morning had pulled them ahead of China in the medal count by a score of 31-30. But China then took gold and silver in men's table tennis to retake a 32-31 lead.

  12. OK, we've got a good basketball game going now. Brazil (2-0) and Russia (2-0) are tied at 63 with 5:30 left in the 4th quarter.

  13. Brazil leads Russia 66-65, with 3:40 to go in the 4th quarter.

  14. Brazil 70 - 65 Russia (2:25 left in 4th quarter)

  15. Brazil 72 - 69 Russia (1:18 left in 4th quarter)

    Brazil going to the line.

  16. Brazil 72 - 69 Russia (39.8 seconds left in 4th quarter)

    Russia ball.

  17. Brazil 72 - 72 Russia (26.3 seconds left in 4th quarter)

    Russia nails a three to tie the game. Brazil ball.

  18. Brazil 74 - 72 Russia (6.1 seconds left in 4th quarter)

    Brazil spreads the floor, and somehow their point guard gets through the Russia defense to make one of those great scoop layups that John Wall used to make.

    Russia ball.

  19. Basketball is so great. You really see it when you compare basketball to sports like water polo and volleyball. Those are fine sports, but they don't compare to basketball.

  20. Russia's team is wearing red jerseys that say "RUSSIA" in big letters across the front. And the Russian coach is wearing a polo shirt that matches the jersey.

  21. Brazil 74 - 75 Russia (Final)

    Russia runs an inbounds play to V. Fridzon, who only had 7 points in the game, but who NAILS a three-pointer from the corner to put Russia on top with 4 seconds to go. It was funny because the Russian guy jerked like he was fouled on the shot, but the shot was perfect.

    Brazil races down and gets off a long jump shot, but they miss AND THE RUSSIANS HAVE WON. They move to 3-0, while Brazil falls to 2-1. What a game.

  22. Men's C-2 canoeing: Great Britain gold, Great Britain silver, Slovakia bronze.

    Women's K-1 kayaking: France gold, Australia silver, Spain bronze.

  23. Boy, the FIBA action has been great this afternoon. After Russia's last-minute shot to beat Brazil, Spain edges Great Britain in a 79-78 thriller.

    The last men's basketball game of the day will feature the United States against Nigeria.

  24. Now today the United States men's team is making its three-pointers. In fact, they've gone 21-33 from behind the arc so far. They've also gone 24-30 from two-point range. After three quarters -- that's only 30 minutes of basketball -- they lead Nigeria 119-62. These may be the greatest 30 minutes of basketball I've ever seen played.

  25. Well, that was something to see. The United States beat Nigeria 156-73. They scored 156 points in only 40 minutes. Look at these numbers:

    156 total points (an Olympic record)
    Carmelo Anthony had 37 points (an all-time U.S. Olympic record)
    29-46 from three-point range
    41 assists

    It was just fantastic -- the best game I've ever seen any team play.

    And Anthony Davis had another solid game -- 15 minutes, 4-4 from the field, 9 points, 6 rebounds.

    1. I saw only about five second-half minutes, and it was fantastic. I saw them take a 124-62 lead, and I don't think I had ever seen that on a scoreboard before.

    2. To me, that was one of the greatest things I've ever seen in the Olympics. It was up there with seeing Greg Louganis make a perfect dive, or watching Usain Bolt run off and leave everyone in the 100-meter dash. It was the most perfect basketball game I've ever seen.

    3. I'll tell you this: I literally never saw them miss a shot. Now they probably did while I was watching, but I saw them hit about 12 baskets in the five minutes I watched and I never saw them miss a one.

  26. Wrapping up Thursday ...

    Men's double sculls rowing: New Zealand gold, Italy silver, Slovenia bronze.

    Men's singles table tennis: China gold, China silver, Germany bronze.

    Women's individual all-around gymnastics: United States gold, Russia silver, Russia bronze. Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va., is a spring.

    Women's team sprint cycling: Germany gold, China silver, Australia bronze.

    Men's team sprint cycling: Great Britain gold, France silver, Germany bronze.

    Women's 200m breaststroke: United States gold, Japan silver, Russia bronze. Rebecca Soni of Plainsboro, N.J., breaks the world record that she had set Wednesday.

    Men's 200m backstroke: United States gold, Japan silver, United States bronze. Hurrah for Tyler Clary of Riverside, Calif., and Ryan Lochte of Daytona Beach, Fla.!

    Men's 200m individual medley: United States gold, United States silver, Hungary bronze. Twentieth Olympic medal for Michael Phelps of Baltimore.

    Women's 100m freestyle: Netherlands gold, Belarus silver, China bronze.

  27. Medal table:

    1. China (18 gold, 11 silver, 5 bronze)
    2. United States (18, 9, 10)
    3. South Korea (7, 2, 5)
    4. France (6, 4, 6)
    5. Great Britain (5, 6, 4)
    6. Germany (4, 8, 5)
    7. Italy (4, 5, 2)
    8. North Korea (4, 0, 1)
    9. Russia (3, 6, 8)
    10. Kazakhstan (3, 0, 0)
    10. South Africa (3, 0, 0)
    12. Japan (2, 6, 11)
    13. Hungary (2, 1, 2)
    13. Netherlands (2, 1, 3)
    15. Ukraine (2, 0, 4)
    16. Australia (1, 7, 3)
    17. Romania (1, 3, 2)
    18. Brazil (1, 1, 2)
    19. New Zealand (1, 0, 2)
    20. Slovenia (1, 0, 1)
    21. Georgia (1, 0, 0)
    21. Lithuania (1, 0, 0)
    21. Venezuela (1, 0, 0)
    24. Mexico (0, 3, 1)
    25. Canada (0, 2, 5)
    26. Colombia (0, 2, 1)
    26. Cuba (0, 2, 1)
    28. Sweden (0, 2, 0)
    29. Spain (0, 1, 1)
    29. Indonesia (0, 1, 1)
    29. Denmark (0, 1, 1)
    29. Belarus (0, 1, 1)
    29. Norway (0, 1, 1)
    29. Mongolia (0, 1, 1)
    35. Poland (0, 1, 0)
    35. Chinese Taipei (0, 1, 0)
    35. Thailand (0, 1, 0)
    35. Egypt (0, 1, 0)
    35. Czech Republic (0, 1, 0)
    41. Slovakia (0, 0, 3)
    42. India (0, 0, 1)
    42. Belgium (0, 0, 1)
    42. Serbia (0, 0, 1)
    42. Azerbaijan (0, 0, 1)
    42. Moldova (0, 0, 1)
    42. Uzbekistan (0, 0, 1)
    42. Qatar (0, 0, 1)
    42. Singapore (0, 0, 1)
    42. Greece (0, 0, 1)