London Olympics 2012: The United States Finishes On Top In Total Medals.

The United States finishes as the top country in the medal count at the 2012 Olympics.

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2012 Olympic Medal Count: USA Captures The Most Gold And Overall Medals

It comes as a shock to absolutely nobody, but the United States of America took home the most medals, as well as the most gold medals, during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

American Olympians paved the way with a grand total of 104 medals, including 46 gold medals. The United States notably captured the gold medal in major team sports such as men's basketball, women's basketball and women's soccer. The Americans also captured 29 silver medals, which is also more than any other country, as well as 29 bronze medals.

China, who led the Olympics in overall and gold medals at a few points during the Games, finished second in both categories. Chinese Olympians earned 38 gold medals, the second-most of any participating country, to go along with 27 silver and 23 bronze medals, for 88 total medals.

Russia (82 total, 24 gold), Great Britain (65 total, 29 gold) and Germany (44 total, 11 gold) round out the top-five.

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London Olympics Medal Count: Atlanta Athletes Earn 11 Medals

At the London Olympic Games there were 11 medals won by Atlanta athletes with Allison Schmitt winning five of those.

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2012 Olympics London Medal Count: United States Takes Top Spot

The 2012 Olympic Games are coming to a close and the United States has pulled away from China and has taken the top spot in the medal count by a large margin.

The U.S. finished with 104 total medals of which 46 were gold and capped off nicely by Team USA's win over Spain in Basketball on Sunday. China was right with the United States for most of the games but was unable to keep up that pace late finishing with 87 medals.

Russia made a late run at China but comes in third with 82 total. Great Britain and Germany round out the top five of the 2012 Olympics.

Here is a the final top five in the medal count:

1. United States, 104 (46 Gold, 29 Silver, 29 Bronze)
2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)
4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)
5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

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Olympics Closing Ceremony 2012: TV Schedule, Watch Online, Live Updates And More

After 16 days and more than 300 events, the 2012 London Olympics will come to a close Sunday with the Closing Ceremony.

Similar to the Opening Ceremony, the Closing Ceremony will feature appearances and performances from some of Great Britain's most famous celebrities. The Spice Girls are among the musicians scheduled to perform and they will be joined by Coldplay, Queen, The Who and others.

In addition to appearances from other celebrities, the Closing Ceremony will include more than 4,100 performers. The Olympic athletes will also be on hand with the event ending with they Olympic flag being handed over to Rio, the next host country.

Initially, NBC was planning to air the Closing Ceremony only in tape-delay during primetime. They, however, decided to allow fans to watch the event live online. The Closing Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched live at NBCOlympics.com. It will also air in primetime on NBC beginning at 7 p.m.

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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: United States Defeats China

Throughout the Olympics the medal leaders rotated between the United States and China, but over the past few days Team USA has pulled away and will win the medal count at London. There is one day left in competition and the United States has over 100 medals with 44 of those being gold.

Some of the medals that the United States won on Saturday came from women's basketball with a gold, a silver in women's volleyball, a gold in men's 10m platform diving, a gold in the 4x400m women's relay and others.

Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:

1. United States, 102 (44 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
3. Russia, 78 (21, 25, 32)
4. Great Britain, 62 (28, 15, 19)
5/ Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

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Team USA Basketball: United States Win Fifth Straight Gold Medal, Defeat France 86-50

The United States women's basketball team defeated France 86-50 to win their fifth-straight Olympic gold medal on Saturday. France was able to hang around with Team USA in the first half, and after one quarter the United States led by only five points. Then at the half the lead expanded a little bit more as the United States outscored France 17-10 to lead 37-25.

The second half was a different story as Team USA came out playing much better and they outscored France by 14 points to take a 26-point lead heading into the final quarter. With that lead France had no chance of mounting a comeback, and the win for Team USA was their 41st in Olympic play.

Candace Parker led the way for Team USA with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream had a down game as she finished with seven points but she did have three steals and a block shot to help out defensively. As for that Team defense, that was their strength on Saturday as they held France to a mere 28 percent from the field.

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London Olympics 2012: U.S. Women Face France In Gold Medal Game

Team USA will go for an unprecedented fifth straight gold medal in Women's basketball Saturday night when they meet France in the Gold Medal game of the 2012 London Olympics. Both Team USA and France are undefeated at the Olympics but the U.S. has defeated opponents by an average of 34 points. France's average margin of victory is eight points.

Despite being the overwhelming favorites in the tournament, the U.S. Women have done an excellent job of taking each game one at a time. They trailed in Thursday's semifinal game against Australia at halftime but didn't blink in the second half and went on to an otherwise easy victory.

France will come into Saturday's game loose having clinched the country's first medal in women's basketball. A victory over the Americans would go down as one of the biggest upsets in Olympics history.

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2012 London Olympics: U.S. Finishes With Silver In Men's 4x400 Relay

The Bahamas caught up with the United States - literally - to pass the American team that beat them for gold in the last Olympics, taking the gold in London in a time of 2 minutes and 56.72 seconds when Ramon Miller passed Georgia Tech's Angelo Taylor with 50 meters remaining in the race.

Despite winning the silver, the U.S. team of Bryshon Nellum, Joshua Mance, Tony McQuay and Taylor finished with a season best time of 2:57.05, but broke a run of seven gold medals in a row for the Americans. Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon, Ade Alleyne-Forte and Deon Lendore won the bronze.

Previous to the London games, Taylor, a former NCAA champion at Tech, has three gold medals from the 2000 and 2008 games, two coming from from the 4x400 relay event.

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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Still Leads In Total Medals, Takes Lead For Gold

The United States extended its lead in the overall medal count at the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday. It also took the lead in gold medals as we head into Friday's events.

After Thursday, the U.S. has 90 total medals, including 39 golds, while China is 10 back in total medals and two back in gold. Russia moved into third place with 56 total medals, Great Britain has 52 and Germany is in fifth with 37.

The U.S. day was highlighted by the gold won by the women's soccer team, but the U.S. grabbed four more medals in various track & field events. The women's water polo team also won a gold medal over Spain.

Here are the top five current leaders in total medals:

1. United States - 90 (39, 25, 26)
2. China - 80 (37, 24, 19)
3. Russia - 56 (12, 21, 23)
4. Great Britain - 52 (25, 13, 14)
5. Germany - 37 (10, 16, 11)

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London Olympics 2012: U.S. Womens Soccer Wins Gold Medal Over Japan

The women of the United State national team don't need to be reminded that Thursday night wasn't a World Cup match, but there was still the feeling of revenge, as the Americans defeated Japan 2-1 to win the gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. Cari Lloyd had two goals, likely silencing many of her critics, and Hope Solo anchored a defense looking for redemption.

Lloyd's first goal came eight minutes into the game thanks to an assist from Alex Morgan. The U.S. wouldn't score again until 46 minutes later, when Lloyd sliced from midfield right through the Japanese defense. Japan would respond minutes later with a goal from Yuki Ogimi in the 63rd minute of play.

From then on out, the pressure shifted to the U.S. defense, maligned for blowing two leads in their overtime loss to Japan in the Womens World Cup final in 2011. Solo had three saves, including one with seven minutes left that arguably saved the game, after Asuna Tanaka had a clear shot on goal following a turnover. Solo deflected the shot and the U.S. held on for the remainder, with the Japanese pressing heavily and the Americans committing multiple fouls.

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London Olympics 2012: Team USA Defeats Australia 86-73

With a margin of victory above 30 points through their first six games in London, Team USA came into their semifinal game against Australia on a 40-win streak that extends over a decade.

However, the Aussies, who had lost to Team USA in the last three Olympic semifinals, were expected to give the Americans more of a challenge, and they delivered on Thursday.

Behind their mammoth front-line of 6'8 Liz Cambage and 6'5 Lauren Jackson, Australia led Team USA at half-time 47-43. The second half was a different story, as the Americans came out determined to protect the paint and make the Aussies beat the from the perimeter.

Cambage had scored 19 points in the first half, but she was held without a point in the second, as the Americans advanced to the gold medal game with an 86-73.

Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream had a solid game off the bench, giving Geno Auriemma's club 4 points and 2 assists on 1-3 shooting while playing 9 minutes.

Team USA will play the winner of the France/Russia semifinal for the gold on Saturday.

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US Women's Soccer Team Has 'No Animosity' With Japan

After Japan shocked the US on penalty kicks in the Women's World Cup, the two countries are meeting again on the biggest stage in women's soccer in Thursday's gold medal game.

And in sharp contrast to the often chippy affair that was the US women's defeat of Canada on Tuesday, the American and Japanese teams have gone out of their way to talk about how much they respect each other:

"I think that both teams have the utmost respect for one another on a lot of different levels," said Megan Rapinoe in a press availability. "We've played with quite a few of the players and we've played against them quite a few times. We definitely respect the way that they play and they respect the way that we play. We just know that it's going to be a good game. There is no animosity. They snatched our dream last year and still we have that respect for them. There's nothing off the field, there's no antics. All that matters is that we play an entertaining style of game tomorrow."

The game will take place at 2:45 PM ET on the NBC Sports Channel and streamed online at NBCsports.com.

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2012 London Olympics VIDEO: Christie Rampone Talks About The U.S. Women Facing Japan

The United States will have a chance to earn at least some sense of reclamation on Tuesday when they face Japan in the gold medal game of the Olympic Games for women's soccer. SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson talked with team captain Christine Rampone a few months ago for the following interview, which detailed just how brutal of a loss it was for the U.S. against Japan in the 2011 Women's World Cup final last summer.

Take for instance, this very candid quote:

"I'll always remember that feeling on the field... not finishing it off and knowing with all of my experience how hard it is to make it to a final," Rampone said. "Especially the world cup where every other country -- that's their tournament. The Olympics is more I think of, for Americans. It's what we dream about being involved in and playing in. For a lot of the Europeans, a lot of the international soccer teams, it's the World Cup and to be on that stage and realize how close we came and kind of let it slip away, I don't want it to slip away again."

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2012 London Olympic Games: U.S. Women's Soccer Vs. Japan, Game Preview

The United States' women's soccer team will get a rematch with Japan in the gold medal final in London - a rematch not from the previous games, but from the gut-punch loss the Japanese delivered in last year's Women's World Cup. That game - where the U.S. blew two leads and missed two penalty kicks - has haunted the team for a year.

The good news for the Americans is that they've been at their best in these Olympic Games, compiling a 5-0-0 record while Japan has looked sluggish at 3-0-2, not to mention a staggering goal differential of 14-6 in favor of the United States. The US beat Japan 4-1 in a exhibition in June, the last time the two teams met.

For what it's worth: No women's team has ever followed a World Cup win with a Gold medal in the following Olympics.

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London Olympics 2012: Team USA Set For Semifinal Showdown Against Austrailia

Team USA looks to move one step closer to a fifth straight gold medal on Thursday when they take on Australia in the semifinals at the London Olympics.

The USA women have had little challenge to this point but Australia's front line of Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage is sure to draw a lot of their attention in the semifinal. National team head coach Geno Auriemma has matched up with Aussies enough to know what the key to beating them will be.

"We've played Australia enough times to know their perimeter guys are good, but the strength of their team is Lauren and Cambage. They're what make that team go. I think they're going to impose themselves on us."

Perhaps the best defense in this case for Team USA will be a good offense and the need to get out in transition will be primary. That will prevent Australia from slowing the game in an effort to feed their strong post game. Team USA's depth has been the deciding factor in most of their blow wins a the Olympics and look for Auriemma to once again use it to his advantage on Thursday.

Tip off is scheduled for noon ET and the game can be seen on the NBC family of networks.

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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Leads Total Medals, Second In Gold Medals

It has been a very eventful couple of days at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The medal count lead has flip-flopped over the past few days and there have been shake-ups further down the list as well. Heading into Thurday, the United States leads the overall medal count with 81 medals, but China holds the lead in hold medals, with 36 against America's 34.

In third place, Russia has once again moved ahead of Great Britain with a flurry of podium visits over the past few days. Russia now has 52 medals, while the hold country has just 48.

Here is what the medal count leaderboard looked like heading into Thursday's events.

1. United States - 81 (34, 22, 25)
2. China - 77 (36, 22, 19)
3. Russia - 52 (11, 19, 22)
4. Great Britain - 48 (22, 13, 13)
5. Germany - 32 (7, 15, 10)

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London Olympics 2012: TV Schedule & Events For Thursday

Another day, another packed schedule at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. On Thursday, there will be another slew of gold medal events and qualifiers as the United States tries to take the gold medal lead at the Summer Games.

The highlight of the day, of course, will be the United States women's soccer team taking on Japan for the gold medal in a rematch of the already legendary 2011 World Cup final.

Here is the complete schedule for Thursday's events. All times are ET, except for the coverage televised on NBC, which will air on tape delay at the same time in all time zones. You can of course stream every event live at NBCOlympics.com.

Thursday, Aug. 9

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Women's Soccer: Bronze Medal Game, Canada vs. France (8 a.m.)
  • Synchronized Swimming: Team Qualifying (10 a.m.)
  • Women's Wrestling: Qualifying, Repechages, Gold Medal Finals (55 kg and 72 kg classes. 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Semifinal (Noon)
  • Women's Soccer: Gold Medal Match, Team USA vs. Japan (2:30 p.m.)

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Equestrian: Individual Dressage Final (9 a.m.)
  • Men's Field Hockey: Semifinal (11 a.m.)
  • Women's Handball: Semifinal (Noon)
  • Taekwondo: Semifinals or Finals (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Semifinals (2:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Semifinal (4 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Women's Volleyball: Semifinal (10 a.m.)
  • Swimming: Women's 10KM Marathon (11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m.)
  • Track & Field: Qualifying Heats (Noon)
  • Canoe/Kayak: Sprint Discipline Finals (1 p.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Bronze Medal Match (1:30 p.m.), Gold Medal Match (3 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Bronze Medal Match (4 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Women's Boxing: Gold Medal Bouts (flyweight, lightweight and middleweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (decathlon, Men's triple jump, 200m, 800m)
  • Women's Diving: Platform Gold Medal Final
  • Men's Beach Volleyball: Gold Medal Final
  • Cycling: Men's BMX Quarterfinals

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualifying
  • Track & Field: Women's Javelin Gold Medal Final

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2012 Olympics Medal Count: USA Leads Overall, China Leads Gold

Track and field was kind to the Americans on Wednesday, as a solid day there put the Americans on top of the overall medal count at the 2012 Olympics through Wednesday's events.

American Olympians lead all countries with 81 medals, including 34 gold medals. The United States has also captured 22 silver and 25 bronze medals.

China, however, leads the way in gold medals. Chinese Olympians have captured 36 gold medals so far, two more than the Americans. The Chinese also have captured 22 silver and 19 bronze medals.

Russia is a distant third, with 52 overall medals, including 11 gold. Host nation Great Britain is right on Russia's heels, with 48 overall medals. The British have 22 gold medals, however, double the Russians' total.

Germany rounds out the top five with 32 medals, but just seven of which are gold.

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2012 Olympics Results: Aries Merritt Wins Gold In 110m Hurdles

Another day, another gold medal for the United States in a track and field event. Georgia's own Aries Merritt won the gold medal in the men's 110m hurdles on Wednesday, his only scheduled event at the 2012 Olympics.

Merritt won the race with a time of 12.92, narrowly missing out on the world record of 12.87, set by Cuban Dayron Robles in 2008.

Fellow American Jason Richardson finished in second place, earning the silver medal. Richardson posted a time of 13.04. Like Merritt, the race is Richardson's only schedule event in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Jamaican Hansle Parchment earned the bronze medal, finishing with a time of 13.12.

Robles, who owns the world record, participated in the event, but was disqualified, and finished in eighth.

The two medals bring the United States' medal count in track and field up to a staggering 18, 10 ahead of second-place Russia, and 12 ahead of third-place Jamaica.

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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: China Leads Both Gold And Total Medals

The United States grabbed four medals thanks to track and field on Tuesday, but still trail the Chinese in the overall medal count as well as the gold. Let's take an 8-bit look:

There's still a chance for the U.S. to catch China in the home stretch, especially with the conclusion of many track and field events yet to come, but the window is beginning to close. It's possible that these Olympic Games could see a repeat of the finish in Beijing in 2008, when the Chinese boasted the most gold, but the U.S. the most medals.

Meanwhile the usual home field advantage has paid off again, as the host Brits are in third place with 48 medals (22 gold) aided by Saturday's six-gold effort.

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London Olympics 2012: Team USA Women's Basketball Team Demolishes Canada, 91-48

Atlanta native Maya Moore and Dream star Angel McCoughtry each scored 11 points in Team USA's convincing 91-48 victory against Canada on Tuesday morning.

The Canadians never stood a chance in this one. Team USA got out to an early 19-8 advantage after the first quarter and took a 42-21 lead into halftime. The second half was more of the same with USA dominance.

Diana Taurasi led all scorers with 15 points, while Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker each contributed 12.

For Canada, Kim Smith was the top scorer with 13 points, while Chelsea Aubry was the only other Canadian to reach double figures with 10. Canada recorded 26 team turnovers compared to USA's 10.

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2012 Medal Count Standings: United States Trails China By 1 Medal

The United States continues to trail China in the medal count after Monday's events.

China leads with 64 total medals, including 31 golds. The U.S. is one medal back and two back in the golds. Behind the top two, Russia has 41 medals, Great Britain has 40 — including 18 golds — and Japan is in fifth with 29 medals.

Among the events, China picked up two medals in gymnastics on Monday, while the U.S. grabbed two in track & field. The United States women's soccer team has clinched a medal, winning its semifinal match against Canada earlier in the day.

Here are the top five current leaders in total medals:

1. China - 64 (31, 19, 14)
2. United States - 63 (29, 15, 19)
3. Russia - 41 (7, 17, 17)
4. Great Britain - 40 (18, 11, 11)
5. Japan - 29 (2, 12, 15)

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2012 Olympics: Women's Basketball Quarterfinal Schedule

Quarterfinal play for women's basketball at the 2012 Olympics gets underway on Tuesday, August 7, with all four quarterfinal games set to take place.

Geno Auriemma's squad will take on Canada in the first quarterfinal matchup of the day. The United States and Canada will tipoff at 2 p.m. in London, which is 9 a.m. for those on the east coast of the United States.

If you're interested in the rest of the women's quarterfinal games, China takes on Australia at 11:15 a.m. ET, before Russia and Turkey get underway at 3 p.m. ET. France takes on the Czech Republic in the final quarterfinal game, and that tips off at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Needless to say, anything less than a gold medal for the United States would come off as disappointing for the women's basketball team -- especially after the 114-66 thrashing of the Chinese on Sunday.

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2012 Olympics Results: Alex Morgan Leads Team USA Past Canada

It wasn't the United States' prettiest win, but it's certainly a win nonetheless. The United States' women's soccer team bested Canada in one of the two semifinal game at the 2012 London Olympics, winning 4-3.

Alex Morgan's stoppage time goal was the difference, as the United States needed every last second to defeat Canada, as the match looked like it was ready to head to penalty kicks.

Canada jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 22 minutes into the game, when Christine Sinclair added her first of three goals. The American team answered each of Sinclair's goals though, with Megan Rapinoe scoring 54 minutes into the game to knot the score at 1-1.

Sinclair scored again 67 minutes into the match, giving Canada the lead, but once again, Rapinoe responded with a goal of her own 70 minutes into the game.

Canada took their final lead of the match just minutes later, when Sinclair added her third goal at the 73 minute mark.

Abby Wambach converted a penalty kick at the 80 minute mark, before Alex Morgan delivered the decisive goal in stoppage time, giving the United States the victory. Here's what that goal looked like:

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Georgia native Keeley O'Hara did not score a goal, but did start for the Americans.

A date with Japan for the gold medal awaits the American team, as Japan defeated France 2-1 earlier on Monday.

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2012 Olympics Results: Angelo Taylor Finishes Fourth In 400m Hurdles

Angelo Taylor didn't add to the United States of America's medal count on Monday at the 2012 London Olympics, as Taylor finished in fifth place in the 400 meter hurdles.

Taylor, a Georgia native, finished behind Dominican Felix Sanchez, American Michael Tinsley and Puerto Rican Javier Culson and David Greene. Taylor finished with a time of 48.25 -- .15 behind Culson, who earned the bronze medal.

Sanchez finished with with a time of 47.63 to earn gold, while Tinsley finished at 47.91, and Culson finished at 48.10, accounting for the gold, silver and bronze medals.

Unfortunately for Taylor, this was his only event at the 2012 Olympics. This could very well have been Taylor's final Olympic Games, as he'll turn 38 in December.

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London Olympics 2012: Missy Franklin Considering Georgia For College

Some recruiting news came out of London over the weekend as female swimming sensation Missy Franklin listed her potential college destinations. Included in those was the University of Georgia.

Franklin will be turning down millions of dollars in endorsements in order to swim in college.

“I have always wanted to swim in college. I love being a part of team. It is so important to me. A lot of people think of swimming as an individual event, but there is such a huge team aspect behind [it] in just knowing that you have the support of so many people behind you. And you know they’re there, and they’re cheering you. I think that’s so special and college takes that to a whole other level.”

Other potential destinations for Franklin are Cal-Berkley, USC and Texas. She is set to become a high school senior this year.

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2012 Medal Count Standings: China Takes Lead On Sunday As United States Fails To Medal

The host country of Great Britain were able to celebrate one of their own in epic proportions on Sunday, as Andy Murray got revenge at Wimbledon by defeating Roger Federer in straight sets to win gold at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club to win the gold medal in Men's Tennis. That medal gives the host country 36 for the 2012 Olympics and are in third place in the medal standings.

The United States were unable to pick up any medals on during Sunday's events as the Chinese won gold in badminton and men's floor exercise to take the medal count lead. China's 59 total medals and 29 golds lead all countries, but with events like basketball and track and field looming, the Americans have plenty of time to catch up and possibly overtake the leaders.

Here are the top five current leaders in total medals:

1. China - 59 (29, 16, 14)
2. United States - 56 (27, 14, 15)
3. Great Britain - 36 (16, 10, 10)
4. Russia - 33 (3, 16, 14)
5. Japan - 25 (2, 11, 12)

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2012 London Olympics: Team USA Destroys China 114-66

The U.S. Women's Olympic team tied a national team record with a 114-66 rout of China to wrap up the preliminary round undefeated at 5-0. Next up for Team USA will be a cross over match up with Canada.

The team got off to a sluggish start defensively against China and only led 31-28 at the end of the first quarter. Team USA would clamp down from there allowing China just 38 points the rest of the way and outscoring them 30-8 in the second quarter.

After struggling early in the tournament Diana Taurasi is finding her stride which is bad news for the rest of the Olympic field. Taurasi finished with a game-high 22 points. Angel McCoughtry added 16 points off the bench while Atlanta native Maya Moore added 12. Tina Charles returned to the starting lineup and finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Candace Parker and Lindsey Whalen each finished with 10 points to round out U.S. players in double figures.

Nan Chen led China with 16 points while Xiaoyun Song added 15.

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2012 London Olympics: Team USA Wraps Up Preliminaries Against China

The United States Women's Basketball team will wrap up preliminary play at the Olympics on Sunday morning when they take on China. The U.S. is 4-0 thus far and will be taking on China Sunday morning who are 3-1. The U.S. has an average margin of victory of nearly 35 points and defeated China in an exhibition earlier this summer by 38 points.

Diana Taurasi led the team with 18 points last time out against the Czech Republic. Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry came off the bench to score eight points in the victory.

Here is a look at Team USA's schedule and results in London so far:

July 28 - USA 81, Croatia 56
July 30 - USA 90, Angola 38
August 1 - USA 89, Turkey 58
August 3 - USA 88, Czech Republic 61
August 5 - USA Vs. China 11:30 a.m. (NBC)

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London 2012 Olympics: Sunday TV Listings And Event Schedule

The final full week of the Olympics gets underway early Sunday morning with all of the action available on the NBC family of networks. Sunday will mark the third day of track and field events and wrestling will get underway. Women's Team USA will continue preliminary round play this morning against China.

Here is a look at Sunday's complete schedule:

NBC Sports Network (4 a.m.-7 p.m.)

  • Badminton: Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match (4 a.m.)
  • Cycling: Track events (5 a.m.)
  • Badminton: Men's Doubles Bronze Medal Match (6:30 a.m.)
  • Tennis: Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match (7 a.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: China vs. South Korea (8:30 a.m.)
  • Synchronized Swimming: Duet qualifying (10 a.m.)
  • Shooting: Men's Pistol Final (11:50 a.m.)
  • Tennis: Women's Doubles Final (12:15 p.m.)
  • Women's Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinal Match (2 p.m.)
  • Badminton: Men's Singles Gold Medal Match (3 p.m.)
  • Weightlifing: Women's 75kg (3:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Italy vs. Russia (4:15 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Brazil vs. Serbia (5 p.m.)

NBC (6 a.m.-6 p.m.)

  • Track and Field: Women's Marathon (6 a.m.)
  • Tennis: Men's Singles Gold Medal Match: Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray (9 a.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: USA vs. China (11:30 a.m.)
  • Equestrian: Team Jumping Final (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Quarterfinal (2 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: USA vs. Turkey (3 p.m.)
  • Cycling: Women's Track Final (4:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinal Match (5 p.m.)

MSNBC (7 a.m.-6 p.m.)

  • Tennis: Men's Bronze Medal Match: Novak Djokovic vs. Juan Martin del Potro (7 a.m.)
  • Table Tennis: Men's Team Quarterfinal (9 a.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Quarterfinals (9:45 a.m.)
  • Wrestling: Greco-Roman Qualifying Matches (12:15 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Women's Quarterfinal (1 p.m.)
  • Men's Field Hockey: Great Britain vs. Australia (2 p.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Quarterfinal (3:30 p.m.)
  • Wrestling: Men's 55kg Finals; Men's 74kg Finals (4:20 p.m.)
  • Women's Handball: Denmark vs. France (5:15 p.m.)

CNBC (8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.)

  • Boxing: Women's flyweight, lightweight, and middleweight elimination bouts

CNBC (3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)

  • Boxing: Men's bantamweight and heavyweight quarterfinals

NBC (7 p.m.-midnight)

  • Track and Field: Men's 100m, Women's 400m, Men's 400M Semifinals, Men's 1500M Semifinals, Women's Triple Jump Final, Women's 400m Hurdles First Round
  • Gymnastics: Men's Floor Exercise Final, Women's Vault Final, Men's Pommel Horse
  • Diving: Women's 3m Springboard Final
  • Beach Volleyball: Women's Quarterfinal Match

NBC (12:35 a.m.-1:35 a.m.)

  • Track and Field: Men's Hammer Throw Final, Men's Steeplechase Final, Men's High Jump Qualifying Rounds
  • Badminton: Men's Singles Final

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Olympics Medal Count: United States Leads China With 54 Medals, 26 Gold

The United States took back the overal medal lead against China and now have a slim one medal lead 54-53. The gold medal race is also just as close with 26 for the United States and 25 for the Chinese. After China it is the host country United Kingdom who is at 29 total medals and then in fourth place is Korea.

In the swimming pool on Saturday saw the United States won a pair of gold medals as they won the 4x100 medley relay. The women's gold medal victory set a new world record, and featured Georgia Bulldog Allison Schmitt as the freestyle leg.

Over at track and field Team USA won a silver medal in the women's 100m and Galen Rupp and one in the men's 10,000m. The third medal came in the long jump as Will Claye won bronze.

Here's a more complete look at the medal count:

Leaders Total

1
United States 26 13 15
54
2
China 25 16 12
53
3
United Kingdom 14 7 8
29
4
Korea 9 3 5
17
5
France 8 6 8
22
6
Germany 5 10 6
21
7
Italy 5 5 3
13
8
Kazakhstan 5 - -
5
9
DPR Korea 4 - 1
5
10
Russia 3 15 10
28
11
Netherlands 3 1 4
8
12
South Africa 3 1 -
4
13
New Zealand 3 - 4
7
14
Japan 2 10 12
24
15
Cuba 2 2 1
5
16
Hungary 2 1 2
5
17
Poland 2 1 1
4
18
Ukraine 2 - 5
7
19
Australia 1 12 7
20
20
Romania 1 4 2
7
21
Canada 1 3 6
10
22
Belarus 1 2 3
6
23
Denmark 1 2 2
5
24
Czech Republic 1 2 1
4
25
Brazil 1 1 4
6
26
Croatia 1 1 -
2
27
Slovenia 1 - 2
3
28
Ethiopia 1 - 1
2
28
Jamaica 1 - 1
2
30
Georgia 1 - -
1
30
Lithuania 1 - -
1
30
Switzerland 1 - -
1
30
Venezuela 1 - -
1
34
Mexico - 3 1
4
35
Sweden - 3 -
3
36
Colombia - 2 1
3
36
Spain - 2 1
3
38
Slovakia - 1 3
4
39
India - 1 2
3
40
Belgium - 1 1
2
40
Indonesia - 1 1
2
40
Kenya - 1 1
2
40
Mongolia - 1 1
2
40
Norway - 1 1
2
40
Serbia - 1 1
2
46
Egypt - 1 -
1
46
Guatemala - 1 -
1
46
Thailand - 1 -
1
46
Chinese Taipei - 1 -
1
50
Greece - - 2
2
50
Moldova - - 2
2
52
Azerbaijan - - 1
1
52
Hong Kong, China - - 1
1
52
Iran - - 1
1
52
Qatar - - 1
1
52
Singapore - - 1
1
52
Tunisia - - 1
1
52
Uzbekistan - - 1
1

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Team USA Swimming: United States Sets World Record In Women's 4x100 Medley Relay

In the final swimming event at the London Olympics, the United States women swim team won the 4x100 medley relay in a world record time of 3:52.05 with the team of Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Georgia Bulldog Allison Schmitt. This team defeated Australia who finished with a time of 3:54.02 and then coming in third place was Japan who was in a distance third with 3:55.73. Schmitt swam the freestyle leg of the medley relay in a time of 53.97.

The win for Schmitt earned her fifth medal of the London Olympics -- sixth overal with a bronze medal in Beijing -- and has the most Olympic medals for any Georgia athlete.

For the United States women's team this was their eighth gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games and makes 14 swimming medals total for the women in London.

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Team USA Basketball Final Score: Women Defeat Czech Republic 88-61

The USA women's basketball team trailed after the first quarter, but dominated the rest of the way, downing Czech Republic 88-61 in an Olympic qualification game on Friday.

The Czechs finished the first quarter in a 9-2 run to take a 26-24 lead. But the Americans answered with a 24-12 edge in the second quarter for a 10-point halftime lead. Team USA blew the game open in the third, outscoring the Czech Republic 22-9.

Diana Taurasi led all scorers with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Tina Charles scored 16 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Team USA shot just 38.9 percent from the floor, but dominated the glass with a 57-32 rebounding edge. The Americans had as many offensive rebounds as the Czechs had defensive (24).

The win was Team USA's 37th straight in the Olympics.

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2012 London Olympics: Former Bulldog Reese Hoffa Earns Bronze In Men's Shot Put

Former Georgia Bulldog Reese Hoffa won bronze in the men's shot put in London on Friday.

Hoffa's mark was 21.23 meters. Tomasz Majewski of Poland defended his Olympic shot put title, winning the gold with a mark of 21.89 meters. David Storl of Germany took silver.

The 34-year-old Hoffa graduated from UGA in 2001, lives in Athens and is coached by Georgia assistant Don Babbitt. This was his third trip to the Olympics, qualifying in 2004 and 2008. In Beijing, he reached the finals and finished seventh.

His breakthrough to a medal sure was close, as American Christian Cantwell finished fourth with a mark of 21.19 meters.

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2012 London Olympics Power Rankings: Allison Schmitt, Rebecca Soni Are No. 10

For your entertainment pleasure, SB Nation's Andrew Sharp set up these Olympics Power Rankings, which he shows love to two of America's best Olympic swimmers in Rebecca Soni and Georgia's Allison Schmitt

Despite being overshadowed by Missy Franklin, Schmitt had her own coming out party in these Summer Olympics, winning four medals and one that included a record setting performance of 1:53.61 in the 200-meter freestyle.

Sharp:

There's so much pre-planned marketing wrapped up in the entire presentation of the Olympics that sometimes the best athletes can still somehow fly under the radar. The entire world knows who Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin are, but Schmitt and Soni have been even better. Networks and brands have to guess months in advance who's worth background profiles and massive marketing campaigns, and sometimes they just miss people. That's what happened with Schmitt and Soni, I think, but they've both been incredible regardless, so here's to showing some overdue love for two of America's best female swimmers.

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2012 London Olympics: Event And TV Schedule For Friday

The highlights for Friday include the USA women's basketball team taking on the Czech Republic, and the women's soccer team facing New Zealand. NBC's family of networks will bring both of them to you, along with a host of other events.

Here is the list of Friday's events and the networks on which they will be televised:

(CNBC)

Boxing (3-4 a.m.)

Boxing (8:30-11:30 a.m.)

Boxing (5-8 p.m.)

(NBCSN)

Beach volleyball (3-4 a.m.)

Women's volleyball: Brazil vs. China (5-6:30 a.m.)

Beach volleyball (6:30-7 a.m.)

Women's soccer: Sweden vs. France (7-8:45 a.m.)

Women's volleyball: Japan vs. Russia (8:45-9:30 a.m.)

Women's soccer: USA vs. New Zealand (9:30-11:15 a.m.)

Archery: Men's individual final (11:15 a.m.-noon)

Women's soccer: Brazil vs. Japan (noon-1:45 p.m.)

Shooting (1:45-2 p.m.)

Boxing (2-2:30 p.m.)

Women's soccer: Great Britain vs. Canada (2:30-4:15 p.m.)

Weightlifting (4:15-5 p.m.)

Women's basketball: USA vs. Czech Republic (5-7 p.m.)

Beach volleyball (7-8 p.m.)

(NBC)

Track & Field: Qualifying rounds (10-10:30 a.m.)

Rowing (10:30-10:45 a.m.)

Swimming: Qualifying heats (10:45-11:30 a.m.)

Track & Field: Qualifying rounds (11:30 a.m.-noon)

Beach volleyball (noon-2 p.m.)

Swimming: Qualifying heats (2-2:30 p.m.)

Women's water polo: USA vs. China (2:30-3:45p.m.)

Rowing: Four finals (3:45-4 p.m.)

Cycling: Track final (4-4:15 p.m.)

Track & Field (4:15-5 p.m.)

8 p.m.-midnight

Swimming finals: Men's 100M butterfly

Track & Field

Diving

Women's volleyball: USA vs. Serbia

Gymnastics: Men's trampoline final

(MSNBC)

Gymnastics (9-10:30 a.m.)

Women's water polo: Russia vs. Australia (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Women's handball: Russia vs. Brazil (11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.)

Women's water polo: Spain vs. Hungary (12:45-1:45 p.m.)

Equestrian: Team dressage qualifying (1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Table Tennis: USA vs Japan (2:45-3:30 p.m.)

Badminton: Mixed doubles final: China vs. China (3:30-4 p.m.)

Beach volleyball (4-6 p.m.)

(Bravo)

Men's tennis: Semifinals (7 a.m.-3 p.m.)

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Former Georgia Bulldog John Isner Falls To Roger Federer In Quarterfinals

Roger Federer is two wins away from his first singles gold medal after downing former Georgia tennis star John Isner in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

A medal is the one thing missing from Federer's impeccable resume. He defeated Isner 6-4, 7-6 (5). From the AP, via The Augusta Chronicle

"Being in the medal matches, at least I'll get two shots," Federer said. "That's why I looked at this match as a final. You can imagine the relief and happiness I feel right now."

Isner was the last American remaining in men's tennis singles. The Swiss Federer will face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro on Friday, while the other semifinal will see home favorite Brit Andy Murray against Serbian Novak Djokovic.

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Georgia Tech Alumnus Angelo Taylor Preparing For Olympic Record

As the running events are set to get underway in London for the 2012 Olympics, Georgia Tech alumnus Angelo Taylor is looking to set a record.

No hurdler has ever won three Olympic gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles. Taylor is one of three to win two golds. The first-round heats are on Friday, followed by Saturday's semifinals, and the final is on Monday.Taylor's 400-meter golds came in 2000 and 2008. He is the second-oldest hurdler in London's 400-meter field. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"I want to do something no one's ever done before," Taylor said before leaving for London. "That's my motivation."

Before Georgia Tech, Taylor graduated from Southwest DeKalb High. His main competition in London likely will be Puerto Rico's Javier Culson and Great Britain's David Greene.

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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: United States The Overall Leader

After Thursday's medal events, the United States is now the sole leader atop the medal count board

The U.S. have 37 total medals followed by China who has 34 and the next highest medal winner is Korea at 14 medals won thus far at the 2012 London Olympic games. America currently holds 18 gold medals (which ties them with China), nine silver medals and 10 bronze.

The US. swimmers are responsible for the bulk of the medals won by America so far

Ryan Lochte has won five total medals (two gold, two silver, one bronze) while Michael Phelps, the most decorated U.S. Olympian ever has won four medals at the games (two gold, two silver).

On the women's side, Allison Schmitt has won four total medals (two gold, one silver, one bronze) while Missy Franklin has three medals (two gold, one bronze).

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2012 London Olympics: Atlantans Eric Hurd And Jeff Larimer Finish 12th In Canoe Preliminaries

Two Atlantans - Woodstock's Eric Hurd and Marietta's Jeff Larimer - finished 12th in the Mens Double Canoe Heat, missing the cut for the semifinals and a chance to medal. The pair finished with scores of 112.91 and 109.78. However, Hurd told to the Cherokee Ledger News that he's just happy to be in London after missing the cut for the 2008 Games by less than a second:

We’re a little disappointed, but still happy to be here,” said Hurd, who in 2000, at the age of 12, was the youngest performer in his sport to qualify for the Olympic Trials. “After missing out in ’08, being here has been surreal. For 17 years, I’ve been in the water just about every day, and fact that I’m at the Olympics has really just started to sink in.

There are no American teams in the men's double final. Great Brittian's David Florence and Richard Hounslow are currently the top qualifiers for the final with a score of 108.93.

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Team USA Basketball Final Score: United States Women Defeat Turkey 89-58

The United States was taking on upstart Turkey who was a surprise to be 2-0, but their dream of upsetting Team USA came crashing down thanks to a 26-11 run in the fourth quarter to win 89-58. This Turkey team was not scared going up against the heavy favorite United States team and even led by one point during the first quarter, and even after a United States led by 15 at the half Turkey came back to make it a 50-45 game.

In the final quarter is when the United States turned it on to easily defeat Turkey and improve to 3-0 in pool play. Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry led the United States in scoring with 18 points and 16 was scored by Tina Charles.

Head coach Geno Auriemma talked about his depth and praised McCoughtry's play on Wednesday:

"What we lack in preparation time we make up for in the quality of our depth," Auriemma said. "We have to use it to the best of our advantage. That second group led by Lindsay (Whalen) and Angel (McCoughtry) was the difference in the game.

"From the minute (McCoughtry) stepped on the floor to when the game ended she was the dominant player. That's something that I think we have that very few if any teams in this tournament have so I'm fortunate to have that option."

Team USA is tied for first place in Group A with a 3-0 record with China.

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2012 Olympics Medal Count: China Leads In Gold, Overall Medals

The People's Republic of China is currently enjoying quite a bit of success at the 2012 Olympics. Through Wednesday's games, China has the overall lead in medal count, and the Chinese have also taken home the most gold medals to date as well.

China leads the way with 30 overall medals, and they've taken home 17 gold. Chinese athletes have also taken home nine silver medals and four bronze medals through August 1.

The United States of America isn't far behind China. American athletes are second in the overall medal count, with 29 -- just one behind China. The United States, however, only has captured 12 gold medals, which is five behind China. Americans have captured eight silver and nine bronze medals as well.

The Japanese are in third place, with 17 medals overall, but only two of them are gold. Japan has captured four silver and eleven bronze.

France and Germany are tied with 13 medals each. France has taken home five gold, three silver and five bronze, while the Germans have captured three gold, eight silver and two bronze.

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2012 Olympics Results: Allison Schmitt, United States Team Wins Gold In 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay

Allison Schmitt is enjoying herself at the 2012 Olympic Games. On Tuesday, Schmitt took home the gold medal in the women's 200m freestyle. On Wednesday, she led the United States to the gold medal in the 4x200m women's freestyle relay.

As a team, the Americans finished with a time of 7:42.92, nearly a second and a half better than the silver medalists from Australia. The Australians finished with a time of 7:44.41.

While it's a team achievement, Schmitt, who was the final American racer to swim, finished with a team best time of 1:54.09. Missy Franklin had the second best time for the US team, with a time of 1:55.96. Dana Vollmer finished with a time of 1:56.02, while Shannon Vreeland posted a time of 1:56.85.

France finished a distant third, with a time of 7:47.49, over four and a half seconds off the pace.

The gold medal is Schmitt's second, and she also has a silver and bronze medal as well.

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2012 London Olympics Swimming Results: Kathleen Hersey Finishes Fourth In 200M Butterfly

The Americans failed to medal in the women's 200m butterfly at the 2012 Olympic Games. Jiao Liuyang added to China's gold medal count by winning the race with a 2:04.06 time. Kathleen Hersey was the United States' top swimmer in the race, finishing in fourth place with a 2:05.78 time. Hersey, who grew up in Atlanta, finished three tenths of a second behind Natsumi Hoshi -- who won the bronze medal for Japan.

Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia won the silver medal, finishing 1.19 seconds behind Liuyang with a time of 2:05.25.

Hersey will undoubtedly feel disappointed finishing fourth, as she had the best time in the competition's seminal, with a time of 2:05.90. Despite the fact that she bested that time, she still finished in fourth place. Such is life at the Olympic Games.

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2012 London Olympics: Gal Nevo Advances To 200IM Semifinals

Former Georgia Tech swimmer Gal Nevo advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meter individual relay race in the 2012 London Olympics on Wednesday.

The 200 IM, considered the decathlon of the swimming, combines the freestyle, backstroke, breastroke and butterfly into a grueling race that tests its competitors.

Nevo, who is representing Israel, will be competing against Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps as swimmer's two marquee stars wrap up their long-standing rivalry in their final Olympic games.

Nevo's time of 1:59.56 barely made the cut as the 14th out of 16th. To make the finals, he'll need to finish among the top 8 in one of the two semifinal heats. He just missed the cut in the even more grueling 400 IM, falling short by 1.44 seconds, while he did not qualify out of the starting heats in the 200 butterfly.

The 200 IM semifinals will take place at 1:45 PM Eastern, but they won't be televised in the US until NBC's prime-time block on Wednesday night.

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2012 London Olympics: Allison Schmitt Is First Individual Bulldog Swimmer To Win Gold

Allison Schmitt's gold medal on Tuesday in the 200m freestyle is the first individual winner in Bulldogs swimming history. It was also Schmitt's third medal of the 2012 games and fourth overall which ties a school record. Schmitt also set an Olympic record along with winning her first gold medal in the 200m freestyle. Bulldogs swim coach Jack Bauerle had this to say about Schmitt's performance at the Olympics.

"She just went out and did it," Bauerle said in a UGA news release. "She took care of business immediately and it was never in doubt. She swam such a great race. She was absolutely outstanding. I am so happy for Allison, her family, Team USA and Georgia. She made us all so proud."

Schmitt now has a bronze, silver and gold medal from the 2012 London Games. She previously took home a bronze medal back in 2008 in Beijing. She will compete as a senior this year at UGA and hopefully add to a resume that includes being an eight time NCAA champion and a five-time SEC champion.

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London Olympics Medal Count: U.S. Trails China In Gold, Tied Overall

Two University of Georgia graduates had a big day in the pool, while the U.S. and an economic rival are in a dead heat for medals.

After Tuesday's events at the Olympic Games in London, the score atop the medal leader board remains tied between the United States and China at 23 medals each, with the Chinese boasting a 13-9 advantage in gold medals over the Americans. Rounding out the top five is Japan, with 13 total medals, France (11 total) and South Korea (nine).

UGA senior swimmer Allison Schmitt became the Bulldogs' first-ever individual gold medal winner, by crushing the 200-meter freestyle race with a time of 1:53.61, almost a full two seconds better than second place. The time was good enough to beat the Olympic record of 1:54.82.

Meanwhile, fellow Bulldog Kathleen Hersey American Kathleen Hersey beat the favored Jiao Liuyang of China to finish first in the qualifiers for the women's 200 meters butterfly final. Hersey finished the four laps in two minutes and 5.9 seconds. She'll advance to the final on Wednesday as the top seed.

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2012 Olympics Results: UGA Alum Allison Schmitt Wins Gold In Women's 200m Freestyle

UGA fans and Georgians in general have a great reason to celebrate on Tuesday. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Georgia Bulldogs alum Allison Schmitt has not only captured the gold medal in the women's 200m freestyle to add to the United States medal count, but set an Olympic record in the process.

Schmitt beat runner-up Camille Muffat of France by nearly two seconds in the women's swimming final on Tuesday, setting a new Olympic mark of 1:53.61. Muffat finished in 1:55.58, while Bronte Barratt of Australia took the bronze with a time of 1:55.81. American Missy Franklin finished fourth, missing out on the bronze by 0.01 seconds.

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2012 Olympics Results: France Wins Whitewater Men's C-1 Gold Medal Event

The finals of the men's canoeing C-1 whitewater slalom took place on Tuesday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Georgia had two competitors early in the event, as Erick Hurd of Woodstock and Jeff Larimer of Marietta both went to the XXX Olympiad to compete in both C-1 and C-2.

Unfortunately, neither Hurd nor Larimer were able to reach Tuesday's gold medal final, which was eventually won by Tony Estanguet of France, with a time of 97.06 seconds, well ahead of silver medal winner Sideris Tasiadis of Germany, who finished in 98.09. 2008 gold medalist Michal Martikan took the bronze on Tuesday with a time of 98.31 seconds.

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2012 Olympics Medal Count: Battle Between China And United States Heating Up

Day 4 of the 2012 Olympic Games in London is well underway on Tuesday. The medal count race is definitely heating up, as the United States and China remain deadlocked in total medals. A big win for the United States in a marquee event on Tuesday has them gaining ground on China's gold medal lead.

Both the U.S. and China have 19 medals each, outpacing 12 from Japan and nine from France. The U.S. took the gold in the women's team gymnastics on Tuesday, a massive victory for the country, especially considering that China failed to medal in the event. Added to a shooting gold earlier in the day, the United States now has seven gold medals and is closing in on China's 10.

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2012 London Olympics: Event And TV Schedule For Tuesday

The highlight of the fourth day of the 2012 Olympic games will be Team USA taking on Tunisia in basketball, but there is also a full day of coverage ahead and the NBC family of networks will bring it all to you.

Here is the list of Tuesday's events and the respective networks that they will be televised on:

CNBC
Boxing: Elimination bouts (5 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

MSNBC
Table Tennis: Women's quarterfinals (9 a.m.)
Women's Soccer: Canada vs. Sweden (9:30 a.m.)
Men's Badminton: Qualifying match (11:15 a.m.)
Women's Soccer: France vs. Colombia (12:15 p.m.)
Women's Field Hockey: USA vs. Argentina (2 p.m.)
Women's Soccer: Great Britain vs. Brazil (3:30 p.m.)
Table Tennis: Women's semifinal (4:30 p.m.)
Archery: Individual matches (5 p.m.)
Weightlifting: Women's 63kg event, Men's 69kg event (5:30 p.m.)

NBC
Canoeing: Men's C-1 Whitewater final (10 a.m.)
Swimming: Qualifying (10:30 a.m.)
Rowing: Qualifying (11:15 a.m.)
Men's Volleyball: USA vs. Germany (11:45 a.m.)
Swimming: Qualifying (1:30 p.m.)
Rowing: Qualifying (2:15 p.m.)
Men's Water Polo: USA vs. Romania (2:40 p.m.)
Men's Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (4 p.m.)
8 p.m. - Midnight
Women's gymnastics: Team final
Diving: Women's Synchronized 10m platform final
Swimming: Women's 200m freestyle, Men's 200m butterfly, Women's 200m IM, Men's 4x200m freestyle relay

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Men's Basketball: China vs. Russia (4 a.m.)
Equestrian: Team eventing final (5:45 a.m.)
Men's Water Polo: Hungary vs. Montenegro (8:15 a.m.)
Equestrian: Individual Jumping (9:15 a.m.)
Men's Beach Volleyball: Qualifying match (10:35 a.m.)
Women's Beach Volleyball: Qualifying match (11:15 a.m.)
Women's Soccer: USA vs. North Korea (12:15 p.m.)
Boxing: Men's flyweight and light welterweight elimination bouts (2 p.m.)
Men's Basketball: France vs. Argentina (3 p.m.)
Shooting: Men's Skeet Final (4:45 p.m.)
Men's Basketball: USA vs. Tunisia (5:15 p.m.)
Men's Volleyball: Brazil vs. Russia (7:15 p.m.)

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London Olympics 2012: Two Georgia Swimmers Set To Compete In The Pool On Tuesday

Two swimmers from the State of Georgia will be ready to compete -- and in some cases, bring home medals -- on Tuesday, the fourth official day of competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

Allison Schmitt, a Pittsburgh native who attended college at the University of Georgia, will be competing in the semifinals of the women's 200-meter freestyle event. Schmitt has already won two Olympic medals thus far. She grabbed a silver medal in the women's 400-meter freestyle and a bronze medal in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

Also in the pool, Kathleen Hersey, a native of Athens, Ga. who like Schmitt, attended college at Georgia, will compete in the fourth heat of the women's 200-meter butterfly.

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London Olympics 2012: Allison Schmitt, Missy Franklin Qualify For Women's 200m Freestyle Final

UGA's Allison Schmitt took second in the first qualifying heat and second overall, turning in a time of 1:56.15 for Team USA. Her teammate Missy Franklin finished eighth of 16 semifinalists in the two heats of the day at 1:57.57, just .19 seconds ahead of Melani Costa-Schmid of Spain.

As SB Nation's Andy Hutchins put it, Franklin "got into the women's 200m freestyle final on Monday by the skin of her teeth."

The U.S. Olympic team tied China for the medal count lead with its swimming on Monday, but there was Ryan Lochte's disappointing showing in the 200m freestyle where he finished fourth in a race he was expected to win.

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Women's Olympic Basketball: Team USA Rolls Over Angola 90-38

Team USA didn't bother with a slow start this time around as they rolled over Angola 90-38 in Group A play at the 2012 London Olympics. The U.S. quickly grabbed a 22-12 first quarter lead and then clamped down with a 19-6 run in the second quarter. The lead swelled to 41-18 at halftime and a 28-11 third quarter by the Americans put the final nail in the coffin of Angola.

Candace Parker led Team USA with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Seimone Augustus added 13. Maya Moore added 11 points while Angel McCoughtry finished in double figures with 10. Sonia Guadalupe led Angola with 10 points and Felizarda Jorge finished with eight.

Team USA will enjoy a day off on Tuesday before taking on Turkey on Wednesday.

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Olympic Medal Count: USA, China Lead After Day 3 In London

The USA tied China for the medal count lead at the Olympics in London on Monday, thanks to some solid performances in the swimming pool. In the men's 100m backstroke, Americans took both the gold and silver medals with Matt Grevers and Nick Thorman going one and two in that event. It was the first time the U.S. won more than on medal in a single event in these Olympics.

Ryan Lochte, while expected to win the 200m freestyle, placed fourth in disappointing fashion.

You can check out the top five in the medal count right here:

China, 17 (9 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze)
United States, 17 (5, 7, 5)
Japan, 11 (1, 4, 6)
Italy, 8 (2, 4, 2)
France, 7 (3, 1, 3)

Also worth noting: the only team beyond that top five with three gold medals is North Korea; Great Britain moved into a five-way tie for ninth with its third medal.

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Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte Competes For Gold Medal In 200m Freestyle

Ryan Lochte will compete for a gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle on Monday, looking to redeem himself from his performance on Sunday at the end of the men's 4x100 relay. Lochte is the clear favorite to win this race, which begins at the Aquatics Center at 2:30 p.m ET.

His challengers include Sun Yang of China, won a gold medal in the 400m free in this Olympic and Yannick Agnel of France, who smoked Lochte by a full second in the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay on Sunday.

The Americans could possibly sweep the swimming medals on Monday, with Missy Franklin competing in the women's 100m backstroke, Matt Grevers the favorite in the men's 100m backstroke, and Rebecca Soni and Breeja Larson in the women's 100m breaststroke.

Check out the schedule for those events right here:

  • 2:43 p.m. - Men's 200m Freestyle
  • 2:51 p.m. - Women's 100m Backstroke
  • 2:58 p.m. - Men's 100m Backstroke
  • 3:15 p.m. - Women's 100m Breaststroke

It's not easy to watch these events live, with NBC's tape delay, but you can check out their live online streaming here.

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London Olympics, What To Watch Day 3: Women's Team USA Basketball Takes On Angola

The women's United States basketball team is back in action on Monday afternoon in London when they take on Angola and are looking to improve to 2-0 in group play. Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry had 13 points in Team USA's win over Croatia on Saturday. Angola lost their opening match 72-50 against Turkey and should not be a real threat to Team USA.

This game will be streamed live online at 5:15 p.m. ET at NBCOlympics.com and on NBC's specialty basketball channel as well as NBC Sports Network.

Other notable events taking place on Monday will be in swimming as Allison Schmitt will be swimming in the prelims 200m freestyle. She has already won an Olympic silver medal in the 400m freestyle, and will now be looking to win another Olympic medal.

Schmitt enters the 200m freestyle as the favorite as she has the fastest time 1:54.40, but there are three swimmers who are within one second of Schmitt. Fellow American teammate Missy Franklin has the third fastest time heading into the prelims.

The prelims begin at 5 a.m. ET and the semifinals will be at 2:30 p.m. ET, and both events will be streamed online at NBCOlympics.com. The prelims and semifinals can be seen throughout the day on NBC at 11 a.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. ET and in primetime starting at 7 p.m. ET

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2012 Olympics Medal Count: China Still Leads With 12 Total Medals, U.S. In Second With 11

After the second day of the 2012 London Olympics it is still China who leads all countries in the medal count with 12 overall, and they also lead everyone with six golds. The United States is the only country able to keep pace with the Chines, and after the second day of competition Team USA has 11 total medals with three gold. Both the United States and China won five medals on Sunday.

Swimming is where the United States won most of their medals. Team USA won a silver medal in one of the more exciting events of the day in the men's 400m free relay, former Georgia Bulldog Allison Schmitt won a silver medal in the women's 400m freestyle, Dana Vollmer lost one of her swim caps but still set the world record in the 100m butterfly en route to a gold medal and Brendan Hansen who qualified eighth in the prelims ended up winning a bronze medal in the 100m breast stroke.

Here is the current top five medal count by country:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 6 4 2 12
United States 3 5 3 11
Italy 2 3 2 7
Korea 2 1 2 5
Japan 0 2 3 5

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2012 London Olympics: Allison Schmitt Earns Silver Medal In Women's 400m Freestyle

UGA's Allison Schmitt scored a silver medal on Sunday in the Women's 400 meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics and a new American record. Schmitt finished the race with a time of 4:01.77 which was just a fraction behind gold medal winner Camille Muffat who registered an Olympic record 4:01.45.

Schmitt also won a bronze medal on Saturday as a part of the 4x100 meter freestyle relay team. She is also scheduled to take part in the 200 meter freestyle competition that will take place on Monday.

Schmitt took last year off from school while preparing for the games but is set to compete this season as a senior at Georgia. This is her second trip to the Olympics having competed during the 2008 Games in Beijing

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2012 Olympic Medal Count: China Leads After Day 1, Italy Tied With U.S. For Second

China leads the medal count after the first day of the 2012 London Olympic Games with six total medals with four of them being gold and the other two being silver medals. Just behind China is the and Italy who are currently tied with five medals apiece.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte has won the only gold medal for the United States on the first day when he cruised to victory in the 400m IM. The United States also won a pair of bronze medals in swimming in the men's 400m freestyle with Peter Vanderkaay finishing third, and the other was in the women's 400m freestyle relay. That 400m free relay featured to former Georgia Bulldogs in Amanda Weir and Allison Schmitt.

Two of China's four gold medals came in swimming, another came in shooting and the final one came in weight lifting. Italy's gold medals came in fencing with their came in archery where they defeated the United States in a thrilling finish.

Here is the current top five medal count by country.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 4 0 2 6
Italy 2 2 1 5
United States 1 2 2 5
Brazil 1 1 1 3
Korea 1 1 1 3

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London Olympics 2012: Jon Isner, Andy Roddick Ousted In Doubles Tennis

Jon Isner was paired up with Andy Roddick as doubles tennis partners for the Olympics. All of the tennis action for the Olympics is taking place at Wimbledon. The two did not last very long as they fell to the duo of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares of Brazil in straight sets by a score of 6-2, 6-4.

Isner and Roddick were making mistake after mistake as they had 14 unforced errors compared to just four between Melo and Soares. Those errors could likely be due to that Isner and Roddick do not normally play doubles tennis and they did not have a lot of time to train together.

The one area that Roddick and Isner did perform well was by having nine aces, but that is the only area where they played well but it was not enough.

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Olympics 2012: Angel McCoughtry Helps Spark Team USA To Win Over Croatia

The U.S. Women's basketball team looked a little sloppy in their preliminary opening round win over Croatia. In the end it was Team USA's depth that was the difference with coach Geno Auriemma opting to go with two completely different units for much of the second half.

The U.S. run started midway through the third quarter with the insertion of that second unit. Angel McCoughtry helped start that run with a couple of baskets to get the team off and running once again. Tina Charles led the team with 14 points while McCoughtry added 13 off the bench.

McCoughtry hit five of her six field goal attempts and was also three of four from the free throw line. She also was active defensively coming up with three steals and a block.

Up next for Team USA is a match up with Angola on Monday.

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London Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte Wins Gold In 400m IM, Michael Phelps Fails To Medal

The much anticipated matchup between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the men's 400m IM, but there was no challenge as Lochte easily won the gold medal with a time of 4:05.18, which was more than three seconds ahead of Brazil's Thiago Pereira who won the silver meda. Japan's Kosuke Hagino took home the bronze, and Michael Phelps finished in a shocking fourth place in a time of 4:09.28.

The fourth place finish for Phelps was the first time he failed to medal since the 2000 Sydney Games. In fact, Phelps barely made it into the finals as he qualified in eighth place, and if he was .08 seconds slower we would not have made the finals.

Lochte dominated the race the entire way as he lead after the first 100 meters in butterfly, and then he broke away in the backstroke, his best event. During the breaststroke he created even more distance, and by the time he was swimming the last 100 meters of freestyle the race was already decided.

Phelps still owns the world record in this event and was the gold medal winner at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, but now the face of United States men's swimming belongs to Lochte.

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Team USA Swimming: Pair Of Former Georgia Swimmers Earn Bronze Medal In 400m Free Relay

The United States women's swimming team earned their first relay medal of the 2012 Olympic Games as they finished in third place in the 400m freestyle relay to earn a bronze medal. This relay featured a pair of former Georgia Bulldog swimmers in Amanda Weir and Allison Schmitt.

Both Weir and Schmitt swam in the prelims and helped give Team USA the fastest time heading into Saturday's finals with a time of 3:36.53. Weir had a split of 54.37 seconds for her 100 meters while Schmitt anchored the team in the prelims with a split time of 54.08.

In the finals Weir was not in the lineup, but Schmitt was in and was once again the anchor. The relay team did improve their of 3:34.24, but it was not good enough as they fell to Australia who set an Olympic record with a time of 3:33.15 and coming in second was the Netherlands who finished just a half-second ahead of the United States with a time of 3:33.79. The United States was in first place after the first two swimmers but felt to second after the third leg and was in second place heading into the final 50 meters but ultimately finished third once Schmitt touched the wall.

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Team USA 2012: Women's Olympic Team Defeats Croatia, 81-56

The women's USA Olympic squad was dominate in the preliminary round against Croatia on Saturday, demolishing the team 81-56. The Americans controlled the game from the start, though the first quarter was extremely low scoring with Team USA outscoring Croatia 11-4.

There was a turn in the second period, though, when Croatia rallied to outscore Team USA, 24-20 and make the game competitive for a little while. But Tina Charles (14 points), Angel McCoughtry (13), Candace Parker (11) and Tamika Catchings (10) along with the rest of the USA group proved to be too much for Croatia. The Americans were overwhelming in the second half, capping it all off in the fourth quarter by outscoring Croatia, 28-9.

Jelena Ivezic and Marija Vrsaljko put in most of the work offensively, with 22 and 19 points, respectively.

Next up for Team USA is Angola.

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2012 Olympics: Opening Ceremony Draws Highest Rating In USA For Non-US Olympics

Friday's Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic games in London was quite popular here in the United States. So popular, in fact, that it drew the highest rating ever in the United States -- for a non-US Olympic games, at least.

That's quite the jump in popularity in just eight years, as the London Opening Ceremony rated 28% higher than the Athens Opening Ceremony.

Unfortunately, the event was aired on tape delay by NBC in the United States, as the network did everything they could to milk primetime ratings across the country.

Regardless, the interest in the Opening Ceremony bodes well for NBC throughout the next two weeks, as the Olympics are sure to generate more interest this year than they have in years past -- as evidenced by the ratings last night.

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Team USA Women's Basketball: Group Play Begins Against Croatia On Saturday

Team USA is looking for its fifth straight gold medal when Olympic competition gets underway on Saturday. The U.S. team cruised through five exhibition games in which the average margin of victory approaching 33 points a game. The U.S. women currently hold a 33-game Olympic winning streak and are 50-3 since 1976. The rest of the world may be closing the gap but there is little doubt who the favorite here is.

Key members of the squad include three-time Olympians Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings. The Atlanta Dream have two representatives with the team in All-Star forward Angel McCoughtry and head coach Marynell Meadors who is an assistant on head coach Geno Auriemma's staff.

The Americans will take part in Group A in the preliminary round beginning on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Here is a complete look at Team USA's upcoming schedule:

July 28 Vs. Croatia
July 30 Vs. Angola
Aug 1 Vs. Turkey
Aug 3 Vs. Czech Republic
Aug 5 Vs. China

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Team USA Women's Basketball: Angel McCoughtry Excited To Compete In Her First Olympics

The women's basketball side of Team USA begins competition on Saturday as they face off against Croatia in the Group A preliminary round.

With contributions from Atlanta Dream star Angel McCoughtry -- who plays in Turkey during the offseason -- the U.S. women went undefeated in their Olympic tune-up contests this summer and will be looking to win their fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

The 2012 London Olympics will be McCoughtry's first experience on such a grand stage and she's excited to take part in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, according to a recent interview she did with her Alma Mater, the University of Louisville:

"I'm excited. I'm very excited about Opening Ceremonies. It's going to be like nothing I can ever imagine. I'm looking forward to it. I don't really know what to expect. I've only heard what people have told me. It's one of those things you have to experience for yourself. So, I'm really excited to see it. People keep asking me if it's hit me yet. And it hasn't. I know I know I'm playing in the Olympics and I know that I'm playing for my country, but it hasn't really hit me yet. I keep telling everybody that I think Opening Ceremonies is going to be like, `oh my gosh! I'm in the Olympics!' You know? So I think it's going to hit me tonight."

The game between the United States and Croatia will kick off at 3 p.m., ET.

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London Olympics: What To Watch On Day 1; Swimming, Women's Basketball

The first full day of competition gets underway at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and there will be many of the local Atlanta athletes to keep an eye on. Every single event can be seen live online, and then others will be tape-delayed on one of the many NBC networks.

For local athletes only basketball and swimming will be represented on the Saturday's first day of competition.

Basketball

Team USA women's basketball begins their quest for a gold medal when they face Croatia at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the game will be on NBC's specialty basketball channel, check your local listings to find that channel for your provider. The game will then be rebroadcast at 12:45 p.m. ET on NBC. The local tie in women's basketball is Angel McCoughtry who plays for the Atlanta Dream.

Swimming

Former Georgia Bulldogs Allison Schmitt, who recently finished here career at Georgia, and Amanda Weir will be swimming in the first of four events in the 400 free relay. The 400 free relay is scheduled to begin at 4:55 a.m. ET with the finals for the 400 free relay at 3:40 p.m. ET. The first big event of the Olympics begins in the men's 400 I.M. which will feature Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte.

The swimming prelims will be shown on NBC at 1:30 p.m. ET with the finals during primetime beginning at 8 p.m. ET, also on NBC.

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USA Tennis Preview: John Isner Becomes First Georgia Tennis Player To Reach Olympics

John Isner was a highly decorated tennis player for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2004-07. Named an All-American eight times and helping the Bulldogs win the 2007 national championship, he makes history being the first Georgia tennis alumni to reach the Olympics.

Isner is the highest ranked American singles player at No. 11. He will be pairing with Andy Roddick (No. 22) to play in the doubles competition in addition to the singles competition. Bob and Mike Bryan, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison will all join Isner on the men's tennis team in London.

Isner's college coach, Manny Diaz, spoke very highly of how Isner excited and honored Isner is to be playing at the Olympics this year.

It's a big honor for John and it's a big honor for UGA to be represented by John. It's the biggest honor to be representing our country. I think John feels that way, and he mentioned it to me last summer, as early as a year ago. And when he learned that he was going to be asked, he was ecstatic. It's a great honor to be involved with the world's greatest athletes of all sports.

Though the chances of Isner medaling could be a long shot, this competition could show how much potential Isner has going forward.

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USA Canoeing Preview: Two Georgia Natives Helping The U.S. Go For Gold

Jeff Larimer and Eric Hurd are trying to bring home the gold medal in canoeing for the first time since 1992.

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2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony Preview: Team USA Flag Bearer, Schedule And More

The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games takes place Friday, July 27. Mariel Zagunis will carry the flag for Team USA.

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London Olympics 2012 Viewer's Guide: Television Coverage, How To Watch Online And More

The 2012 London Olympic Games are set to begin shortly, and fans who want to catch the action from London can take advantage of full coverage both on television and online. NBC is providing television coverage for the Games, utilizing all of their networks: the flagship network, the NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, and special channels set up for the Basketball and Soccer events will all be showing the Games. With the action coming out of London, many events start very early in the morning. Check out the complete listings at NBC Olympics (by time or by sport) to make sure you don't miss your favorite events.

Streaming coverage of 2012 London Olympics comes via NBC Olympics Live Extra, though a cable or satellite subscription is required to watch online. Live Extra will provide coverage of everything at the Games, all 302 events from all 32 sports. For a more concise take on things, check out the video highlights, interviews, and expert insight, all of which is available to those without a subscription.

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Olympics 2012: US Women's Soccer Team Defeats France 4-2

In their first match of the 2012 Olympics, the US Women's Soccer Team roared back from an early 2-0 deficit to win going away 4-2.

France got on the board first, with Gaetane Thiney scoring from 25-yards away in the 12th minute and Marie-Laurie Delie scoring off a corner kick in the 14th.

From there, it was all the Americans, as the women's team reminded everyone of why they are one of the favorites to win gold. Abby Wambach headed in a corner kick in the 18th minute and then set up Alex Morgan in the 31rst to tie the game.

Halftime couldn't slow down Team USA and neither could a series of French substitutions to blunt the American attack, as Carlo Lloyd scored in the 56th minute and Morgan got her second goal in the 66th.

Kelley O'Hara, a 23-year old defender from Fayetteville, got the 10th cap of her career on the national team in the game.

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Team USA Swimming 2012 Preview: UGA's Allison Schmitt Goes For The Gold

The 2012 Olympics begin this week. The U.S. women's swimming team will be led by Georgia Bulldogs alum Allison Schmitt.

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Team USA 2012: Americans Face Spaniards Before Olympics

Team USA takes on the Spain team in what is undoubtedly their biggest rivalry on the international scene. This Americans are coming off an 86-80 win against Argentina over the weekend and look for similar results in their final exhibition game before the Olympics get started officially.

The Spaniards are led by the Gasol brothers, Pau and Mark, as well as Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka. What plagues the Americans is inside play and size and Spain has the clear advantage there. But Team USA is believed to have the best basketball players and overall athletes, so this is set to be an interesting head-to-head. The play of Tyson Chandler will obviously be key here, since he's the Americans' only true experienced big.

A win for Team USA would make them 5-0 in exhibition play.

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Olympics 2012 Preview: 20 Atlanta Area Athletes Competing In London

Atlanta will be represented well at the 2012 London Olympic Games as 20 area athletes will be participating.

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