Michael Phelps has won the men's 200-meter individual medley at the 2012 Summer Games, winning his 20th Olympic medal — and his first individual gold medal in London. And Rebecca Soni won the women's 200-meter breaststroke, in a race she led from the start. Tyler Clary won gold in the 200m backstroke.
American gymnast Gabby Douglas has won her second Olympic gold medal of the London Summer Games, winning the individual all-around event to match her performance anchoring the U.S. team's gold-medal performance earlier this week. Teammate Aly Raisman finished fourth.
The Olympics make for great spectator sport. They also make for great movies: Miracle and Cool Runnings, to name just a couple. TOTN's favorite movie buff Murray Horwitz picks films about the Olympic Games that score a perfect ten, and those that land in the consolation bracket.
It's hard to find a discipline that Team USA has dominated more than the women's sabre. The team is anchored by two-time medalist Mariel Zagunis. But there's no way the Americans — or any team — can win a women's sabre medal in this year's Olympics. Because there isn't one.
The night after he became Britain's most-decorated Olympian, cyclist Bradley Wiggins tweeted, "Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages." He added, "Thank You everyone it's been emotional X."
Kayla Harrison has defeated Britain's Gemma Gibbons in women's 78kg judo, winning the first gold medal for Harrison, 22, and the first gold for an American in judo. For Harrison, it's also an emphatic triumph over another challenge: overcoming a sexually abusive relationship with her former coach.
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