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London 2012: Days 6 and 7

It’s been an interesting couple of days at the Olympics.  At this point, the USA has taken the lead in the medal count. 

Today we watched Dalhausser/Rogers lose their beach volleyball match.  That puts them out of getting a medal for these Olympics.  It’s really a shame, but it happens. 

Our swimmers were HOT!!  Michael Phelps has a record number with one more to race to go.  That one will be a relay.  Our ladies are doing fantastic too.  I’m really enjoying the swimming this year.  I enjoyed what Phelps had to say about the young ones coming up.  Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was on hand to watch the events too!!

Gabby Douglas got the gold medal and 2 Soviet’s got the silver and bronze.  It was a tie with Ally of the US for the bronze, but in a tie breaker, the Soviet came out on top. 

Women’s volleyball is on a roll too.  Women’s water polo wins again too.  Track and Field had many of their opening events as well.  The US earned the silver medal in shot-put.  That’s one that I did as a young girl!!

Here’s the latest medal count…..

Leaders
Total
1
United States 21 10 12
43
2
China 20 13 9
42
3
Korea 9 2 5
16
4
United Kingdom 8 6 8
22
5
France 8 5 6
19
6
Germany 5 9 6
20
7
Italy 4 5 3
12
8
DPR Korea 4 1
5
9
Kazakhstan 4
4
10
Russia 3 12 8
23
11
South Africa 3 1
4
12
New Zealand 3 3
6
13
Japan 2 8 11
21
14
Cuba 2 2 1
5
15
Netherlands 2 1 3
6
16
Hungary 2 1 2
5
17
Poland 2 1 1
4
18
Ukraine 2 4
6
19
Australia 1 9 4
14
20
Romania 1 4 2
7
21
Brazil 1 1 4
6
22
Belarus 1 1 2
4
23
Slovenia 1 2
3
24
Ethiopia 1
1
24
Georgia 1
1
24
Lithuania 1
1
24
Venezuela 1
1
28
Mexico 3 1
4
29
Canada 2 5
7
30
Colombia 2 1
3
30
Spain 2 1
3
32
Czech Republic 2
2
32
Sweden 2
2
34
Denmark 1 2
3
35
Belgium 1 1
2
35
Indonesia 1 1
2
35
India 1 1
2
35
Kenya 1 1
2
35
Mongolia 1 1
2
35
Norway 1 1
2
41
Croatia 1
1
41
Egypt 1
1
41
Thailand 1
1
41
Chinese Taipei 1
1
45
Slovakia 3
3
46
Azerbaijan 1
1
46
Greece 1
1
46
Hong Kong, China 1
1
46
Iran 1
1
46
Moldova 1
1
46
Qatar 1
1
46
Singapore 1
1
46
Serbia 1
1
46
Uzbekistan 1
1



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London 2012: Days 3, 4, and 5

It’s been a busy time around the house and it’s been a great couple of days in Olympic action.  Where do I begin!?!?

It was amazing watching the women’s gymnastics!!  You just couldn’t help being totally wrapped up in the action.  You could feel that spirit and pride flow through you.  It was amazing and at the same time, it was hard to see the Russian’s in so much pain of missing out on medal.  Then again, it happened to our men’s team as well.

We got to see Michael Phelps get the record number of Olympic medals too.  So far, he’s pretty much shown up those on our own team who took aim at him.  Our women swimmers are doing great too.  Scored a couple more medals there!!

Beach volleyball is one of our favorites.  We saw May-Trainer and Walsh win their match.  The next day, Dalhausser and Rogers won theirs too, but it was a really close one.  The water polo match is so exciting.  Those guys are on a roll.  They’re not bad to look at either!!  HAHA

Men’s beach volleyball played today and they looked way better than the match we saw the other day.  They were on it!!  Women’s volleyball was amazing today!!  We beat China in 3 strait games, but the last one was a rough one.  There was 5 match points!!  We looked really rough in gymnastics, but one of our guys still took home the bronze.  One of the best views today was women’s swimming!!  I can’t tell you how exciting it was, as you just had to see it yourself.  Fantastic!!

Here’s the latest medal count….

Rank
Country
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1 United States 36 38 36 110
2 China 51 21 28 100
3 Russia 23 21 28 72
4 Britain 19 13 15 47
5 Australia 14 15 17 46
6 Germany 16 10 15 41
7 France 7 16 17 40
8 South Korea 13 10 8 31
9 Italy 8 10 10 28
10 Ukraine 7 5 15 27
11 Japan 9 6 10 25
12 Cuba 2 11 11 24
13 Belarus 4 5 10 19
14 Spain 5 10 3 18
15 Canada 3 9 6 18
16 Netherlands 7 5 4 16
17 Brazil 3 4 8 15
18 Kenya 5 5 4 14
19 Kazakhstan 2 4 7 13
20 Jamaica 6 3 2 11
21 Poland 3 6 1 10
22 Hungary 3 5 2 10
22 Norway 3 5 2 10
24 New Zealand 3 1 5 9
25 Romania 4 1 3 8
26 Turkey 1 4 3 8
27 Ethiopia 4 1 2 7
28 Denmark 2 2 3 7
29 Azerbaijan 1 2 4 7
30 Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
31 Slovakia 3 2 1 6
32 Georgia 3 0 3 6
33 North Korea 2 1 3 6
34 Argentina 2 0 4 6
34 Switzerland 2 0 4 6
36 Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
37 Armenia 0 0 6 6
38 Slovenia 1 2 2 5
39 Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
39 Indonesia 1 1 3 5
41 Sweden 0 4 1 5
42 Croatia 0 2 3 5
42 Lithuania 0 2 3 5
44 Mongolia 2 2 0 4
44 Thailand 2 2 0 4
46 Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
47 Finland 1 1 2 4
48 Greece 0 2 2 4
49 Nigeria 0 1 3 4
50 Taiwan 0 0 4 4
51 Mexico 2 0 1 3
52 Latvia 1 1 1 3
53 India 1 0 2 3
54 Austria 0 1 2 3
54 Ireland 0 1 2 3
54 Serbia 0 1 2 3
57 Belgium 1 1 0 2
57 Dominican Republic 1 1 0 2
57 Estonia 1 1 0 2
57 Portugal 1 1 0 2
61 I.R.Iran 1 0 1 2
62 Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 0 2
63 Algeria 0 1 1 2
63 Bahamas 0 1 1 2
63 Colombia 0 1 1 2
63 Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
63 Morocco 0 1 1 2
63 Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
69 Bahrain 1 0 0 1
69 Cameroon 1 0 0 1
69 Panama 1 0 0 1
69 Tunisia 1 0 0 1
73 Chile 0 1 0 1
73 Ecuador 0 1 0 1
73 Iceland 0 1 0 1
73 Malaysia 0 1 0 1
73 Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
73 Singapore 0 1 0 1
73 South Africa 0 1 0 1
73 Sudan 0 1 0 1
73 Vietnam 0 1 0 1
82 Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
82 Egypt 0 0 1 1
82 Israel 0 0 1 1
82 Mauritius 0 0 1 1
82 Moldova 0 0 1 1
82 Togo 0 0 1 1
82 Venezuela 0 0 1 1

Notice that there is now 82 countries that have gotten medals!!  How great is that?!?!  Has your country gotten a medal yet??




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London 2012: Day 2

Today was another great day of Olympics!!  Other than a break to watch the Brickyard 400, we watched Olympics all day long.  I have to say though, it was a great race!!  Jimmy Johnson won his 4th race at Indianapolis.  Best of all, Dale Jr took the points lead!!  WooHoo  It’s the first time since 2004 that he’s been in this position.

It was actually a day of disappointment in London too.  Ryan Lochte lost the lead in the 4x 100m.  Phelps had us in good position and Lochte had the final leg, but finished in 2nd.  We ended up with a silver medal out of it, but we really shouldn’t have lost that gold.  I say Lochte and Phelps are now tied up for the performances!!

In other sad news, Jordyn Wieber won’t be doing the all-around for Team USA.  She was scored incredibly unfair.  Trust me, that’s not just my opinion.  With the new format, only the top 2 scoring members of each country move on to the all-around.  For us, it’ll be Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.  Of course, Jordyn still gets to perform her individual routine, but it’s a shame that the reigning World Champion won’t go to the all-around.

Rhodes took the gold medal in clay shooting.  She’s totally awesome!!  Also, Dana Vollmer not only got the gold, but set the new world record for the 100m butterfly.  She was flawless in the pool!!  In the ladies synchronized 3m springboard diving, we got a silver and they were fascinating to watch.

The other big event that we watched today was men’s water polo.  We beat Montenegro.  It wasn’t a medal round, but it was a great game and sends us on!!

Today’s medal count is…..

Rank
Country
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1 China 6 4 2 12
2 United States 3 5 3 11
3 Italy 2 3 2 7
4 South Korea 2 1 2 5
5 Japan 0 2 3 5
6 France 2 1 1 4
7 Russia 1 0 3 4
8 North Korea 2 0 1 3
9 Australia 1 1 1 3
9 Brazil 1 1 1 3
9 Hungary 1 1 1 3
12 Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2
13 Netherlands 1 1 0 2
14 Great Britain 0 1 1 2
15 Georgia 1 0 0 1
15 South Africa 1 0 0 1
17 Taiwan 0 1 0 1
17 Colombia 0 1 0 1
17 Cuba 0 1 0 1
17 Poland 0 1 0 1
17 Romania 0 1 0 1
22 Azerbaijan 0 0 1 1
22 Belgium 0 0 1 1
22 Canada 0 0 1 1
22 Norway 0 0 1 1
22 Moldova 0 0 1 1
22 Serbia 0 0 1 1
22 Slovakia 0 0 1 1
22 Slovenia 0 0 1 1
22 Ukraine 0 0 1 1
22 Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1

 
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Chinese Gymnasts

I always check out my e-mail and browse around a bit before coming to do my blog.  Of course I heard during Olympic coverage that the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is going to investigate the allegations that China sent underage girls to the Olympics to compete in gymnastics.  As I’m reading this story, I begin to read the comments below the article.  Let me tell you, I was shocked at what people had to say.  They called the columnist names.  They called the Americans names.  Some of this came from Americans.  Many said we were poor sports and jealous of the gold China won.  It sickened me the crap that I read in the comments section.  Now I’ve been around the internet a very long time.  I know many people spew that kind of bs because they want attention and it usually gets them what they want.  Another reason is because people are very brave when they can hide behind a computer screen and let the keyboard do the talking.

I for one am ecstatic that the IOC will be investigating this.  I don’t give a rats @ss what country you’re from, if you cheat, you deserve to lose your medals.  When any country pisses hot or athlete admits to doping, they lose their medals and the statistics are readjusted.  Yes, I’ve had a blast doing my nightly update on medals, but it means nothing to me if my country doesn’t deserve it.  And I’m far from biased as I’ve tried to “report” on many events and countries during the Olympics.  So if someone wants to call me names and try to insult me, fine by me, but they had better be able to back it up.  A cheater is a cheater and there is no other name for it.  Men and women, many still boys and girls, from countries all over this world work their living butts off to get where they are and they don’t do drugs or cheat to get there.  They deserve to be there.  If you have to use underage girls to get medals, then even for a Communist country, you’re sick.  Period!!

Some idiot that was commenting was trying to insult the columnist by saying that they needed to be edited because they couldn’t keep track if the person they were talking about was a he or a she.  Perhaps that person had better put the crack pipe down and know what they’re talking about before insulting someone.  Even a columnist they might not like.  The Chinese gymnast that is being investigated is named He.  However, He is a she.  DUH!!  Crap or get off the toilet people.  My daddy always told me, “don’t open your mouth if all you can do is put your foot into it”.  If you don’t know that the person in the article is named He and that person is a she, please do yourself a favor so you don’t look like the idiot that you are and walk away from the keyboard.

{DEEP BREATH}

With that said and done, it was another fairly exciting night for the Olympics.  Can I just say that I was on the edge of my seat through the whole men’s volleyball game.  Holy moly!!  Miss K was asleep and hubby was still at work.  One dog was by my side and the other at my feet.  I couldn’t scream, but I jumped up and tried to hit the ball a few times to help!!  Dalhausser and Rogers played an exciting game.  The first set went back and forth.  The second set was horrible for the U.S. team.  The third set, they were fired up and kicked some booty!!  Man, that was fun….and nerve racking!!  The U.S. took home bronze in women’s BMX and silver and bronze in men’s BMX.  BMX??  YEESH  Another bronze for us in equestrian for individual jumping.  However, our men’s and women’s relay teams failed to qualify for the finals.  The women’s softball and water polo both had surprising upsets, both taking home silver.  How about that German gold medalist in the heavy division of weightlifting.  He lost his wife last year in a car accident and during the medal ceremony, held up her picture and said it was for her.  Amazing people and stories out there!!  I didn’t see any unusual or noteworthy countries on the medal list.  It’s just great to see so many countries with at least one medal.  What pride that must be.  Still nothing for Belgium.  What a shame.  It’s not over though, so we can hope and pray.  With that, tonight’s medal count is:

 

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 30 35 34 99
China 46 15 22 83
Russia 16 16 20 52
Britain 17 12 11 40
Australia 11 14 14 39
France 5 13 14 32
Germany 11 8 12 31
South Korea 10 10 6 26
Japan 9 6 9 24
Italy 7 7 8 22
Ukraine 5 5 9 19
Netherlands 6 5 4 15
Canada 3 7 5 15
Cuba 2 6 6 14
Belarus 2 3 8 13
Spain 4 5 2 11
Kazakhstan 1 4 5 10
Brazil 1 3 6 10
Jamaica 5 3 1 9
New Zealand 3 1 5 9
Romania 4 1 3 8
Poland 3 4 1 8
Kenya 2 4 2 8
Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
Georgia 3 0 3 6
Denmark 2 1 3 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Norway 1 3 2 6
Turkey 1 3 2 6
Azerbaijan 1 2 3 6
Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
Slovakia 3 1 1 5
Switzerland 2 0 3 5
Slovenia 1 2 2 5
Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
Indonesia 1 1 3 5
Hungary 0 4 1 5
Sweden 0 4 1 5
Lithuania 0 2 3 5
Armenia 0 0 5 5
Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Taiwan 0 0 4 4
Ethiopia 2 1 0 3
Finland 1 1 1 3
Argentina 1 0 2 3
Austria 0 1 2 3
Croatia 0 1 2 3
Greece 0 1 2 3
Estonia 1 1 0 2
Mongolia 1 1 0 2
Portugal 1 1 0 2
Thailand 1 1 0 2
India 1 0 1 2
Latvia 1 0 1 2
Mexico 1 0 1 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Serbia 0 1 1 2
Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
Bahrain 1 0 0 1
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
Panama 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 1 0 0 1
Chile 0 1 0 1
Dominican Republic 0 1 0 1
Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1
Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Trinidad & Tobago 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
Bahamas 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
I.R.Iran 0 0 1 1
Israel 0 0 1 1
Morocco 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Venezuela 0 0 1 1

 

 

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The Heart of a Champion

I’m in shock and awe of the U.S. women gymnasts right now.  It was an amazing night.  Tonight wasn’t about Phelps, although he did qualify for finals tomorrow.  Tonight was about gymnastics.  What a night it was.  The U.S. women went in there and poured their heart and soul into what they love.  Another example of what the Olympics are all about.  In a night that saw some scores too high for the routine and others marked quite hard, the U.S. came out on top.  Shawn Johnson is just the cutest little thing, but she’s all heart….and gymnastics.  I love watching her.  She walked away with a silver tonight, but it wasn’t a walk in the park.  Nastia Liukin got gold with her elegance and grace.  Watching these two on the podium made even me choke up.  When it was all said and done, these 2 friends were right there to congratulate each other on an event well done.  They truly have the heart of a champion.

In other events, the U.S. women won a tough match against Belgium to move on.  They’re now headed on to the elimination round.  This was also Miss K’s chance to see her Belgium team play.  And boy was she tore up as to who to root for.  She ended up screaming for both sides.  However, Walsh and May-Treanor came out on top!!

The U.S. also took home a silver in men’s 50m free rifle prone.  There were 2 more bronze in swimming, 1 for each men and women.  A U.S. weightlifter also set 2 records today which put him in contention for a medal on Friday.  Belgium is still without a medal, but even Egypt now has a bronze and Czech Republic has 3 medals.  A small French speaking country in Africa has a bronze in kayaking.  I know I haven’t been able to mention many other sports in my updates because NBC doesn’t have the best coverage.  I love most of the events that they are showing, but that’s leaving many events to pass by unnoticed.  I try to read up on them each night, but I’m usually doing too many things or just plain tired.  I do apologize for not having full coverage.  With that, tonight’s latest medal results are:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 14 12 17 43
China 22 8 6 36
Australia 5 6 8 19
South Korea 6 7 3 16
Russia 3 8 4 15
France 2 7 6 15
Germany 8 2 3 13
Italy 6 4 3 13
Japan 5 3 3 11
Great Britain 2 2 3 7
Netherlands 1 2 4 7
North Korea 1 2 4 7
Ukraine 2 0 4 6
Cuba 1 3 2 6
Hungary 0 4 1 5
Azerbaijan 1 2 1 4
Romania 1 1 2 4
Switzerland 1 0 3 4
Kazakhstan 0 2 2 4
Armenia 0 0 4 4
Brazil 0 0 4 4
Czech Republic 2 1 0 3
Georgia 2 0 1 3
Zimbabwe 0 3 0 3
Sweden 0 2 1 3
Mongolia 1 1 0 2
Slovakia 1 1 0 2
Finland 1 0 1 2
Spain 1 0 1 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Austria 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Norway 0 1 1 2
Turkey 0 1 1 2
Belarus 0 0 2 2
Indonesia 0 0 2 2
Taiwan 0 0 2 2
India 1 0 0 1
Thailand 1 0 0 1
Colombia 0 1 0 1
Slovenia 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Argentina 0 0 1 1
Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
Croatia 0 0 1 1
Denmark 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Lithuania 0 0 1 1
Mexico 0 0 1 1
Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1

 

With that, I’m off for some much needed beauty sleep!!
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