<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - London Olympics 2012 - Olympics Games, Olympic News, Medals, Sports, Olympic Athletes]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/blogs/london-2012 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 29 Jul 2016 17:41:41 -0400Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:41:41 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Everything Must Go! Olympics Memorabilia for Sale Online]]> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:12:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*156/kerri-falling.jpg The London 2012 Olympics are over but you can bring a piece of the Games home. Everything from Olympic torches to relay batons, beach volleyballs and Olympic Village beds and power cables are going up for auction online, NBC News reported. Proceeds from the auction will “help subsidize the costs of the Torches to Torchbearers (torch relay) and contribute towards the staging of the Games," according to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The items can be found at http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CS-fire.jpg The cream of the British music industry — including The Spice Girls, The Who, Take That, George Michael and the teaming of pop goddess Jesse J with the remaining members of Queen — rocked Olympic Stadium to close the London 2012 Games in a spectacular, joyful ceremony. Titled "A Symphony of British Music," the psychedelic celebration took spectators on a journey through the swinging sixties of Carnaby Street into 1980s new wave and onto the power ballads of the nineties before closing with rap and pop tracks that rule today's U.K. charts. In contrast to the opening ceremony, athletes marched together, not by nationality, thus allowing them to be free to enjoy the festivities as a united group. This tradition began in Melbourne, Australia at the 1956 Games and is seen as bringing the global athletes together as one nation. The musical performances, combined with appearances of super models, celebrities and a lavish fireworks display, provided Great Britain a final opportunity to show off its artistic accomplishments before the official handover to Rio de Janeiro, who will stage the summer games in 2016. "We lit the flame, and we lit up the world," London organizing committee chief Sebastian Coe said. "When our time came, Britain, we did it right."
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<![CDATA[Team USA Victorious Over Spain for Basketball's Gold]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:39:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/basketball-gold.jpg They came to London and did what they said they would. During these Olympics, Team USA averaged 116.7 points — just slightly off the Dream Team's record of 117.3 per game — and set the Olympic record with 156 in an 83-point victory over Nigeria. Now they have the gold medal. In a tight game from beginning to end, Spain and its star player Pau Gasol proved to be worthy opponents with a one or two point difference throughout the battle. But the U.S. finally put a little distance between the two at the end of the fourth quarter, winning 107-100.
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<![CDATA[American Jake Varner Wrestles Unexpected Gold Medal From Ukraine]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:36:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/varner.jpg American Jake Varner won the gold medal in the men's 96-kilogram freestyle division Sunday morning. Varner rallied to beat George Gogshelidze of Georgia 0-2, 1-0, 1-0 in the semifinals and he then beat Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine in the finals. Varner, a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State, became the second American wrestler to win Olympic gold in London, as Jordan Burroughs won the men's 74-kg freestyle on Friday night.
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<![CDATA[Russia Wins 4th Straight Gold in Rhythmic Gymnastics]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:54:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ribbons1.jpg For four consecutive Olympics Russia has proven to be the best ribbon-twirling, hoop-jumping, ball-catching gymnasts in the world. Winning its 4th straight gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics Sunday, they proved their artistic prowess again. Belarus won the silver and the Italian team won the bronze.
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<![CDATA[Czech Republic's Kulhavy Wins Mountain Biking Gold, Switzerland Silver, Italy Bronze]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:21:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mountain-bikers.jpg World champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic won the gold after final sprint against Switzerland's Nino Schurter in the mountain bike race of the London Games. Italy's Marco Aurelio Fontana won the bronze, despite losing his bicycle seat during the race.
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<![CDATA[Great Britain's Joshua Wins Gold Over Italian Boxing Champ Cammarelle in Tiebreaker]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:38:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/boxing6.jpg The Olympic boxing competition concluded Sunday with Great Britain's Anthony Joshua winning the Olympic super heavyweight gold medal over defending champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy. Joshua rallied from a third-round deficit to beat Cammarelle in a tiebreaker. Joshua won Britain's third boxing gold medal in this year's games.
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<![CDATA[Uganda Wins 1st Marathon Medal, U.S. Comes in 4th]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:42:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/marathon-again.jpg Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda won the men's marathon Sunday in the last track and field event of the 2012 Olympics. Kiprotich won gold for running 26 miles and 385 yards in 2 hours, 8 minutes and .01 seconds. His is the first Olympic medal for Uganda in the marathon. U.S. runner Meb Keflezighi came in fourth, just missing a medal.
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<![CDATA[Medal Withheld From Korean Soccer Player After Political Display]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:18:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/korean-soccer-players.jpg South Korea beat Japan for the bronze medal in soccer Friday and one of the winning team members thought a good way to celebrate was to hold up a sign saying that South Korea has sovereignty over some islands that Japan also claims. In response to his island agenda, the International Olympic Committee temporarily withheld Park Jong-woo's bronze medal and told his team to bar him from Saturday's medal ceremony. FIFA must decide on possible sanctions before the IOC makes a final decision on the medal.
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<![CDATA[Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite Wins Women's Modern Pentathlon With New Olympic Record]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:32:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/150217062.jpg Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite won gold in the women's modern pentathlon, with a final combined score of 5408 points, setting a new modern pentathlon Olympic record. Great Britain's Samantha Murray took silver with a score of 5356 points, and Brazil's Yane Marques earned bronze with a final score of 5340 points. The women's modern pentathlon is comprised of four events – fencing, swimming, riding, and a combined run/shoot event. At the end of the first event, fencing, Latvia's Elena Rublevska led the pack of 36 women competing. In the day's second event, swimming, Rublevska took 8th place, and Hungary's Adrienn Toth won the swimming event. Toth came in 5th place in riding, the day's third event, while Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite came in first in the riding category. Asadauskaite's also won the competition's final event, the combined run/shoot.
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<![CDATA[Russia Takes Bronze, Wins First Medal in Men's Basketball]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:19:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Russia+Basketball.jpg Russia took the bronze in men's basketball Sunday, winning its first Olympic medal in the sport with an 81-77 win over Argentina. Russian player Alexei Shved, who recently signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, scored 25 points, 13 of which were in the fourth quarter. After a wild scramble in the closing seconds of a very tight game, Argentina's players confronted the referees, screaming and shouting to no avail. One of the players threw the substitution clock to the floor. Russia, which came in ninth at the Beijing Games, came into the tournament an unlikely medal contender, but won their group in preliminary play and appeared on a collision course with the Americans before stumbling in the semis. This was probably the final game for Argentina's "Golden Generation," a team that became national heroes when they gave their country international basketball relevance by beating the U.S. in the 2002 world championships and then again at the Athens Games in 2004, when they won gold.
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<![CDATA[Italy Wins Bronze in Olympic Volleyball]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:33:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/ItalyVolleyball.jpg Italy took home its fourth men's volleyball medal in the last five Olympics by beating Bulgaria for the bronze on Sunday. The Italian team won 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, with captain Cristian Savani scoring a game-high 23 points. Bulgaria had been trying for its first men's volleyball medal since the 1980 Moscow Games when the team won silver despite team turmoil before the start of the London Olympics when the coach and several players quit the team.
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<![CDATA[Bolt, Jamaica Win 4x100 Relay, Set World Record]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:33:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bolt-smile-thumb.jpg Jamaica won the men's 4x100-meter relay, and set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds. The United States took a very close second, with only .20 seconds separating the two relay teams. The U.S. was ahead of the pack at the second changeover, but was neck-and-neck with Jamaica at the third changeover. As soon as Usain Bolt got the baton in the last leg of the race, he bolted toward the finish line. Bolt pulled away from American Ryan Bailey, to win his third gold medal of the London games. The U.S. finished the race with a time of 37.04 seconds, matching the old world record time set in 2011 by Jamaica. Trinidad & Tobago earned bronze with a time of 38.12 seconds.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women's Basketball Wins 5th Straight Gold Medal]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 04:31:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/womenbball-huddle.jpg The United States women's basketball team defeated France on Saturday to win their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Team USA beat France 86-50. American Candace Parker led the team in scoring, posting 21 points, while teammate Sue Bird added 11. At the end of the first, it was a close game, with the U.S. leading 20-15. But in the second, the Americans began to pull ahead 37-25. The second half saw Team USA take an even more commanding lead over the French, making it 63-37 at the end of the third. The fourth quarter saw excellent defense from the Americans, who only gave up 13 points the entire quarter. Team USA finished the London Olympics undefeated.
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<![CDATA[American David Boudia Wins Gold in Men's 10m Platform Diving]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:34:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/boudia1.jpg The United States' David Boudia won gold in the men's 10-meter platform diving final on Saturday. In his final dive, Boudia threw an almost perfect dive, earning a score of 102.60 and securing a medal. Bo Qiu of China took silver with a score of 566.85, while Tom Daley, the 18-year-old British diving sensation, earned bronze with a score of 556.95. Going into the final round of dives, Daley led the scoreboard with 466.20 points, while Boudia and Bo Qiu of China were tied for second with 466.05 points. In 2008, Boudia placed 10th in Beijing.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Leads China in Medal Count in Olympic Home Stretch]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:35:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/207*120/149650669-1.jpg With only Sunday left in the 2012 Olympics, the United States is leading the medal count with 102 medals total compared to China's 87. The U.S. also leads the gold medal count (44 to China's 38) and has a shot at extending its lead as the men's basketball team heads toward gold Sunday. The shiny foundation was set early on at the Aquatic Center where Michael Phelps took four golds and two silvers in London and Missy Franklin added four golds and one bronze. On Saturday Russia overtook Great Britain for third place with 78 medals, 21 of them gold.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women Win Gold in 4x400-meter Relay]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:46:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sanya2.jpg The U.S. women won gold in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:16.88. American DeeDee Trotter was quick off the blocks, to lead the pack in the first leg and at the first changeover. Allyson Felix ran the second leg in 47.90 seconds, giving Francena McCorory a commanding lead. McCorory passed the baton to Sanya Richards-Ross, who ran away with the race. The Russians took silver with a time of 3:20.23 and Jamaica earned bronze, posting a time of 3:20.95.
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<![CDATA[Michael Phelps Sets Sights on Golf]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:39:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/phelps-golf.jpg Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is leaving the pool behind, for the golf course. Phelps is slated to star in season five of the Golf Channel's "The Haney Project," where he will travel the world visiting the best golf courses, and practicing his swing with the help of golfing coach Hank Haney. "I have traveled the world through swimming, but I really haven't had an opportunity to experience the world through my travels," Phelps told the Associated Press. Phelps is following in the footsteps of other celebrities, like Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Charles Barkley, who have previously been on the show.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women Fall to Brazil For Volleyball Silver]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:12:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/150044010.jpg The U.S. women's volleyball team lost to Brazil in the gold medal match on Saturday. Team USA were powerful in the first set, dominating Brazil 25-11. But, the Brazilians came back strong, winning the next three sets straight 25-17, 25-20, and 25-17. The loss broke the Americans' seven match winning streak, and denied the U.S. their first women's volleyball gold. "I still believe that team is one of the best, if not the best in the world, and we weren't that today," Team USA's coach Hugh McCutcheon told the Associated Press. This is the third straight silver for the U.S. They fell to Brazil in 2008, and to China in 2004.
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<![CDATA[Mexico Wins Gold Over Brazil, Scores Fastest Goal Since 1976]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:05:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/soccer-mexico.jpg Both countries are known for their soccer excellence, but neither one had ever won an Olympic gold medal in the sport. This changed for Mexico Saturday morning as they won 2-1 in the soccer finals against Brazil. The game had a roaring start as Mexico's Oribe Peralta scored the fastest goal in Olympic history since 1976. Peralta kicked in the second goal for Mexico as well. Brazil scored one goal in the last five minutes of the game.
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<![CDATA[Russia's Yevgenia Kanayeva Defends Rhythmic Gymnastics Gold]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:36:37 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP365102476154.jpg Rhythmic gymnastics concluded Saturday morning with Russia'a Yevgenia Kanayeva, the defending Olympic champion, winning gold with a score of 116.900. She is the first rhythmic gymnast to win two consecutive Olympic all-around titles, the Associated Press reported. Kanayeva's teammate and compatriot Dmitrieva Daria took silver with a score of 114.500, and Lyubov Cherkashina of Belarus earned bronze, posting a score of 111.700.
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<![CDATA[2 Americans Wrestle for Bronze]]> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 04:36:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/london-2012-wrestling-mens.jpg American Coleman Scott won a bronze medal in the men's 60kg freestyle against Yogeshwar Dutt of India. Scott's teammate and countryman Tervel Ivaylov Dlagnev wrestled Iran's Komeil Ghasemi in the 120kg freestyle bronze medal match on Saturday afternoon. Diagnev lost to Ghasmi after 6:10 minutes.
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<![CDATA[Russian Kirdyapkin Wins Gold in 50K Walk, Breaks Olympic Record]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:44:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/walk-marathon.jpg Sergei Kirdyapkin won the 50-kilometer walk at the London Games, breaking the Olympic record by more than a minute and giving Russia its first gold medal in the event in 20 years. Kirdyapkin finished Saturday's race 54 seconds ahead of Jared Tallent of Australia, who took silver. Si Tianfeng of China was 1 minute, 17 seconds behind to win bronze.
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<![CDATA[France Takes Gold in Women's Cross Country Mountain Bike, U.S. Grabs Bronze]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mountain-biking.jpg It was not an easy trail, but Julie Bresset of France won the mountain bike gold medal in her first Olympics Saturday morning. The women's cross country mountain was a tough one as competitors hit piles of rocks, crashed on descents, and even one biker had to walk her bike up a hill. But Bresset dominated the picturesque course at Hadleigh Farm, as Germany's Sabine Spitz wound up with the silver medal, and Georgia Gould of the United States claimed bronze.
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<![CDATA[Canoe Sprinter McKeever Wins Britain's 26th Gold in Games]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:48:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/McKeever1.jpg Ed McKeever of Britain won the final of the inaugural 200-meter K-1 at the Olympic canoe sprint regatta early Saturday morning — the host nation's 26th gold medal of the London Games. McKeever was victorious in 36.246 seconds in the sport's fastest discipline over a distance that's new to the Olympic program this year. Saul Craviotto Rivero of Spain won the silver medal, a quarter-length behind. Mark de Jonge of Canada took the bronze.
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<![CDATA[U.S.' Morgan Uceny Falls in 1500M Final, Doesn't Finish]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:18:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uceny.jpg American Morgan Uceny tripped up in the 1,500 meters Friday night and did not finish the race. Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin won the gold. With just one lap to go, Uceny was tripped by Ethiopia’s Abeba Aregawi and landed on her right knee and hip. She pounded her palms on the track in frustration. Uceny finally trudged off the track with blood dripping from her leg and her face buried in her hands. She did not speak to reporters. Uceney also tripped up at last year’s world championships, which she entered as one of the top runners. That time she picked herself up and finished a disappointing 10th.
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<![CDATA[Bahamas Breaks U.S. Win Streak in Men's 4x400M Relay]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:51:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Angelo+Taylor.jpg Team USA has dominated the men's 4x400m relay for many decades, but their winning streak finally came to an end Friday afternoon. Bahamian anchorman Ramon Miller overcame American Angelo Taylor in the final 50 meters, and they finished at the 2:56.72 and 2:57.05 marks, respectively. Trinidad and Tobago came in third, in 2:59.40. The South African team, anchored by double-amputee Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius finished last. The last time a non-U.S. team won gold was at the 1980 games in Moscow, which the Americans boycotted. In Munich in 1972, two Americans were disqualified and a third was injured, leaving Team USA without enough runners to compete. The last time the Americans lost was in Helsinki in 1952, when Jamaica beat them.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women’s 4x100M Relay Team Wins Gold]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:39:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Carmelita+Jeter1.jpg The U.S. women’s 4x100 relay team won the gold medal on Friday afternoon and set a new world record in the process with a time of 40.82. The team consisted of Carmelita Jeter, who won silver this week in the 100m sprint, and Allyson Felix, who won gold in the 200m as well as Bianca Knight and Tianna Madison. It's America’s first title in the event since 1996. "It's an honor to be part of this team," Felix told reporters. "Who would have thought that we would have had a world record tonight? It's amazing. Our names are going down in history." Jamaica earned the silver medal, while Ukraine took home the bronze.
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<![CDATA[Dutch Win 2nd Straight Gold in Women's Field Hockey]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:36:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/field+hockey.jpg The Netherlands defended women's Olympic hockey title beating world champion Argentina 2-0 on Friday, according to The Associated Press. The Dutch scored off two second-half penalty corners to join Australia as the only three-time Olympic champions. Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel scored the first Dutch goal from a rebound of midfielder Eva de Goede's corner in the 40th minute. "I had a good feeling from the beginning and we played such a good first half, and the second half they (Argentina) were absolutely nowhere," De Goede said. The Netherlands will get a shot a first-ever Olympic double Saturday when the Dutch men's hockey team plays Germany.
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<![CDATA[8 Cold War Track Records Still Stand]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:12:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/new-WR-womens-4x100.jpg When the U.S. women’s 4x100 relay team won gold on Friday afternoon, finishing in 40.82 second, they also broke a 27-year old record held by an East German squad from 1985. But that is not the last of the Cold War track records to fall. In fact, eight world records from the 1980’s, most highly suspect, still stand. Two, in women’s 100m and 200m belong to a famous American track and field star Florence Griffith, whose career was tainted by rumors of drug use. Other Cold War record holders include East Germany’s Marita Koch, who won 400m in 47.60 seconds; Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova, who finished 100m in 12.21 seconds and USRR’s Galina Cistjakova who holds the 24 feet 8 ¼ inches record in long jump.
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<![CDATA[Burroughs Wins Freestyle Wrestling Gold]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:18:41 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/AP112660867994.jpg American Jordan Burroughs won the gold medal Friday afternoon in the 74-kg freestyle wrestling competition after he defeated Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi 3-0. Burroughs, a 2011 world champion, was the favorite going into the event and vowed before the competition to bring home the top honor to the United States. Since leaving the University of Nebraska, Burroughs is 38-0 in freestyle competition.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women Face Brazil Again in Hopes of 1st Volleyball Gold]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:41:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/folukesemifinals.jpg They have never won a gold medal, but at 1:30 p.m. ET the U.S. women's indoor volleyball team have a chance to turn that around in the gold medal match against Brazil. Brazil beat the U.S. 3-1 in the 2008 Beijing games. American Destinee Hooker has led the team throughout the London Olympics. Hooker, an Olympic rookie, is second in scoring amongst all competitors in the London games, having scored 147 points, 123 of them kills. "She's incredible," U.S. team captain and setter Lindsey Berg told the Associated Press. "She's playing like a vet right now and it's very easy to play with her. And I'm lucky that's who I have to set up because she makes my balls look good." The U.S. and Brazil met during preliminary round play earlier in London, where the U.S. defeated Brazil in a 3-1 victory. Watch the women's volleyball final match live on NBCOlympics.com.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Diver David Boudia a Medal Contender in 10M Platform]]> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 11:12:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/boudia1.jpg The top 12 divers in the world advanced to the men's 10-meter platform diving finals Saturday morning, and American David Boudia came in third overall in the semifinals with a score of 531.15, trailing behind Chinese divers Qiu Bo and Lin Yue. Britain's favorite Tom Daley received a lot of hometown cheering Saturday morning as he came in fourth. Watch the 10-meter platform finals at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com.
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<![CDATA[Report: French Runner Booted For Doping]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:39:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hassan+Hirt.jpg French runner Hassan Hirt has been kicked out of the Olympic Games, just days before the closing ceremony, after testing positive for the blood-booster EPO the French daily L'Equipe reported. Hirt finished 11th in his first-round heat in the 5,000m Wednesday, five days after he provided a urine sample that disqualified him from competition. An IOC official told The Associated Press that the 32-year-old who was competing at the Olympics for the first time, had been targeted by the French anti-doping agency for months. Hirt's the second French runner to test positive for EPO in three months. His teammate Nordine Gezzar, a steeplechase specialist, failed a test in June after coming back from a two-year doping suspension that began in 2006. Gezzar now faces a lifetime ban.
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<![CDATA[Dream Team Beats Argentina in Semifinal Matchup]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:39:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/london-olympic-usa-basketball-lebron-james1.jpg The Dream Team steamrolled to a 109-83 victory over Argentina in a semifinal game Friday night, the third time in two weeks the teams have played. Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James added 18 apiece. "Anything less than this would have been unsatisfying for us," Anthony said. "We believe that we could get here and we're here now. We got one game left. The Americans kept pulling ahead only to see the Argentines climb back in — until James and Durant finally put them away for good. The Dream Team will face Spain, which beat Russia in the other semifinal, for gold on Sunday. The U.S. beat Spain in Beijing. The U.S entered the semifinal game fresh off a big win earlier in the week when they defeated Australia in their quarterfinal match-up on Wednesday 119-86.
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<![CDATA[Felix Already Thinking About Brazil]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:54:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/allyson+felix1.jpg Fresh off her 200m win Allyson Felix is already thinking about the future. In an interview on Friday, Felix, 26, told The Associated Press she's thinking of participating in the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. Felix was a runner-up in the 200m in the 2004 and 2008 games. After winning the gold on Wednesday, the AP reported Felix and her medal have been attached at the hip, literally. She's been carrying her newly acquired gold in her purse.
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<![CDATA[Bolt: I Have No Respect for Carl Lewis]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 05:06:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Usain-Bolt-pose.jpg Newly-crowned "greatest-ever sprinter" Usain Bolt said Thursday he had lost all respect for American sprinter Carl Lewis, who was quick to point the finger of suspicion at Bolt and Jamaica. "Countries like Jamaica do not have a random (drugs testing) program, so they can go months without being tested," Lewis said. "I'm not saying anyone is on anything, but everyone needs to be on a level playing field." Bolt, fresh off his win in the 100 and 200 meters in consecutive Olympics, fired back. "I'm going to say something controversial right now, Carl Lewis - I have no respect for him," Bolt said. "I think he is just looking for attention really because nobody really talks much about him." Lewis is the only other athlete to win two Olympic 100m gold medals. He won the 200m in 1984, but came in second four years later. Lewis himself tested positive three times for a stimulant before the 1988 Seoul Games, but the results were overturned by American officials.
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<![CDATA[Lopez Family Taekwondo Medal Streak Could End After Loss]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:15:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Steven+Lopez.jpg The Lopez family's taekwondo medal streak may be coming to an end. The American family has dominated the sport for more than a decade with Steven Lopez taking gold in 2000 and 2004 and bronze in 2008—the same year his brother Mark Lopez grabbed a silver and his sister Diana a bronze. London has not brought them so much fortune. Diana Lopez, who felt a "pop" in her knee during a fight Thursday night, fell out of medal contention. And Steven Lopez lost a first-round match Friday to Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan. Lopez still could win the bronze, but that will depend on Azizov's performances. Another American, however, had a huge first day. Paige McPherson knocked out British world champion Sarah Stevenson Friday morning and is up again in the afternoon for the quarterfinals.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women's Soccer Team Wins Gold in 2-1 Win Over Japan]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:15:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/soccer19.jpg The United States women's soccer team won a gold medal after they defeated Japan 2-1 on Thursday. Japan dominated possession and had more scoring chances in the first half, but a Carli Lloyd header in the eighth minute put the U.S. women's soccer team up 1-0. U.S. goaltender Hope Solo was marvelous; her save on Yuki Ogimi in the 18th minute kept Japan off the score sheet. Japan didn't help themselves either, missing several golden opportunities and hitting a crossbar in the 33rd minute. In the 54th minute, Lloyd added an insurance goal that put U.S. up 2-0. Japan fought back after Ogimi helped herself in the 63rd minute tapping home a pass from Homare Sawa that made it a 2-1 game, but behind Solo's goalkeeping, U.S. held on for a 2-1 win. The U.S.-Japan final drew a crowd of 80,203, the largest ever to see a women's soccer game at the Olympics.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women's Water Polo Win Gold]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:39:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/maggie+steffens.jpg The United States won gold over Spain in the women's water polo final match on Thursday, in an 8-5 victory. At the end of the first quarter, Spain and the U.S. were tied 1-1. But, Team USA pulled ahead in the second, to lead at halftime 5-2. In the third quarter, the Americans continued to grow their lead with goals by Maggie Steffens and Brenda Villa. At the end of the third the U.S. led 7-2. In the fourth quarter Steffens added another goal for the U.S. making the score 8-2. Spain added two goals with four minutes to go, making the score 8-4. With two minutes left, Spain added another goal, 8-5. The U.S. finished strong, holding onto their three-point lead to the finish. Steffens led the pool in scoring with five goals, while Jennifer Pareja had three of Spain's goals.
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<![CDATA[Americans Eaton, Hardee Win Gold and Silver in Decathlon]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:14:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/eaton.jpg American Ashton Eaton won the decathlon Thursday, and earned the title of "World's Best Athlete." Eaton finished the ten-event, two-day competition with 8869 points. Fellow American Trey Hardee took silver, with a total of 8671 points. Cuba's Leonel Suarez earned bronze. Eaton was ahead at the end of Wednesday's five events with a 220-point lead, despite Hardee's first-place finish in the 400-meter Wednesday afternoon. Eaton led though the first event Thursday morning, which resulted in Hardee winning the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.54 seconds, and in the following event - discus - Eaton came in dead last with his third throw landing out of bounds. In pole vault, Eaton took first and kept a 222 point lead over Hardee, who came in second. After the ninth event, the javelin throw, Eaton, who took 9th in the event, was still holding a 151 point lead over Hardee, who came in third with a 66.65-meter throw. Eaton came in seventh in the 1500m race, while Hardee finished in 18th place.
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<![CDATA[American Christian Taylor Wins Gold in Triple Jump]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:46:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/AP183002202848.jpg American Christian Taylor won the gold medal in the triple jump on Thursday with a jump of 17.81 meters. Fellow American and bronze medal winner in the long jump competition Will Claye won the silver, while Italian Fabrizio Donato earned the bronze. The gold medal is America’s sixth in the track and field competition in London.
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<![CDATA[Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha Wins 800m, Sets New World Record]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:12:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/rudishawinsgold.jpg Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha won the gold medal and broke his own world record in the men's 800-meter race, posting a time of 1:40.91. Botswana's Nigel Amos took the silver with a time of 1:41.73, and Kenya's Timothy Kitum earned the bronze with a time of 1:42.53.
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<![CDATA[Usain Bolt Completes Golden Double-Double With 200m Win]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:12:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bolt5.jpg Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the 200m final on Thursday, while Yohan Blake, earned the silver. After the first turn, the Jamaican pair pulled ahead of the pack to make it a race of their own. Bolt finished first with a time of 19.32 seconds, while Blake followed close behind, finishing with a time of 19.44 seconds. Bolt is the first Olympian in history to retain the gold medal in the 200m sprint. Fellow Jamaican Warren Weir won the bronze after posting a time of 19.84 seconds. American Wallace Spearmon failed to medal in a fourth place finish.
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<![CDATA[U.S. Women Defeat Australia in Semifinal 86-73]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:39:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/womenbball-huddle.jpg The United States defeated Australia in the women's basketball semifinal game 86-73 on Thursday. The Australians started strong in the first quarter, with a slim 22-20 lead over the U.S. at the end of the first. While the Americans played great defense, Australia kept their momentum going, shooting 64% in the first half. At the end of the second quarter, Australia narrowly led the U.S. 47-43. Australia's Elizabeth Cambage dominated scoring in the first half with 19 points. But, the Americans came out strong offensively in the second half, posting 22 points in the third.The Americans remained in control of the court in the fourth quarter, increasing their lead 79-66 with four minutes to go. Tina Charles and Dana Taurasi led the Americans in scoring with 14 points each. The U.S. women have dominated Olympic basketball, winning gold at every Olympics since 1996. They will continue the drive for five consecutive golds at the final game on Saturday.
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<![CDATA[Germany Wins Gold in Men’s Beach Volleyball]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:15:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/AP260110048780%281%29.jpg The German team of Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann won a gold medal in beach volleyball after they defeated the Brazilian team of Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego on Thursday in three sets, 23-12, 16-21, 16-14. A fiercely competitive encounter, Reckermann’s five blocks and Brink’s 14 digs helped ensure the Germany victory.
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<![CDATA[U.S.'s Claressa Shields Gets Gold in Women's Boxing]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:59:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/london-olympics-womens-boxing-final.jpg Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich. became the first ever female middleweight Olympic champion after defeating her Russian opponent on Thursday. The 17-year-old's gold medal will be added on to Team USA's bronze medal won by her teammate Marlen Esparza who made it to the semifinal round before losing to China's world champion, 10-8, on Wednesday. Ireland's Katie Taylor, the pound-for-pound world champion and crowd favorite, took the gold in the lightweight division after defeating Russia's Sofya Ochigava 10-8.
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<![CDATA[McKayla Maroney "Not Impressed" Meme Hits the Web]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:42:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mckaylasad.jpg Caught with a sourpuss on the Olympic podium, U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney with her crossed arms, puckered lips and all-over uninterested expression has hit the blogosphere as a hilarious meme. Tumblr blog "McKayla Is Not Impressed" has been Photoshopping the silver medalist's infamous photo into some of history's most lauded feats, including the moon landing, the first flight, the Sistine Chapel -- you get the idea. On Thursday's Today Show, Maroney said that it wasn't the medal she was unimpressed with, it was her performance.
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<![CDATA[Canada Takes Bronze in Women's Soccer]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:27:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Canada+Soccer.jpg Canada scored in injury time in the bronze medal match on Thursday to give the team a 1-0 victory over France. Midfielder Diana Matheson latched onto a loose ball in the second minute of injury time and was unmarked when she kicked the ball past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. The U.S. and Japan will face off for the gold at 2:45 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports.
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<![CDATA[Belgian Cyclist Sent Home for "Drunken" Photos]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:06:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BelgianCyclist.jpg The Belgian Olympic Committee has sent a track cyclist home from the London 2012 Games after pictures appeared in British newspapers of him looking drunk and being carried into a taxi after a night out in the city. The pictures show Van Hoecke, who came 15th in the men's omnium on Sunday, with his eyes closed being carried by two others, including team mate Jonathan Dufrasne, with his trousers and shirt covered in liquid. "The Belgian Olympic Committee and the Royal Cycling Federation deplore this incident, which fortunately did not affect life in the Olympic Village and athletes trying to rest ahead of their competition," the sporting body said in a statement. Van Hoecke, 20, had been sent home immediately, the statement said.
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