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London Olympics Day One Review and UK Notes

USA Volleyball’s Logan Tom

USA Volleyball’s Logan Tom led all scorers in the 2008 Beijing games

Here’s a recap of today’s Olympic events in the first full day of competition in the London games. I’ll start with Volleyball as an excuse to place that picture above.

Volleyball: The U.S. women were silver medalists in the 2008 Beijing games, but entered these Olympics ranked as the #1 team in the world. Opening up this afternoon against South Korea, the Americans took care of business, but faced some challenges along the way. The U.S. won the match in four sets, with scores of 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21.

Women’s Basketball: Tina Charles and Candace Parker each had double-doubles and former Louisville Cardinal Angel McCoughtry scored 13 points off the bench to help the U.S. women’s team win 81-56 over Croatia in what was a sloppy performance for three quarters, before pulling away in the 4th quarter on a 16-0 run. The U.S., who had defeated Croatia by 54 points in an exhibition just one week ago, only led 53-49 before their 4th quarter rally to seal the team’s 34th consecutive Olympic win. Coach Geno Auriemma has talked about playing an entertaining brand of basketball in London that would help grow the women’s game internationally, but that didn’t happen today. If Auriemma is concerned about making women’s basketball entertaining, perhaps he should consult UK Hoops’ Coach Matthew Mitchell for dance lessons. Auriemma is coaching six of his former UConn players on the USA squad. Four years from now, perhaps John Calipari will be in a similar situation with the men’s squad.

Women’s Soccer: The Americans dominated Colombia 3-0 this afternoon, guaranteeing a spot in the quarterfinals. Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, and Carli Lloyd each scored a goal and Hope Solo was perfect defending the net. Obligatory Hope Solo picture included below:

Men’s Swimming: Michael Phelps, a 16-time Olympic medalist (14 gold), finished only fourth today in the 400-meter individual medley. Fellow American Ryan Lochte dominated the field, finishing more than 3.5 seconds faster than silver medalist Thiago Pereira of Brazil. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino was third, and Phelps exited the pool after an Olympic race without a medal for the first time in 12 years. Lochte swam the race of his life and Phelps, for whatever reason, didn’t swim well today.

Fencing: Lexingtonian Lee Kiefer advanced past the round of 32 and 16 today with victories over Monica Peterson of Canada and Gil Ok Jung of South Korea, but fell in the quarterfinals to Italy’s Arianna Errigo. Kiefer will still participate in the team foil against South Korea on August 2nd.

For a complete schedule of local athletes’ Olympic participation, check out this report from Kentucky Forward, and for continued Olympic coverage throughout the London games, be sure to check out

Now on to some UK notes…

–In the morning links today, we found out that Dick Vitale is now among the many who think that Anthony Davis is closing out on the best year ever for a college basketball player.

–Scroll down a little bit to see Rashawn Franklin’s profile of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who is expected to be a package deal with high school teammate Andrew Wiggins.

–Unlike Laettner in ’92, at some point Davis will be called upon to make a difference in the 2012 games.

–Speaking of Laettner, he helped break down tomorrow’s opener for the U.S. team against France at 9:30 in the morning (U.S. Eastern time) for Fox Sports in the video below. With the U.S. favored heavily, look for Anthony Davis to potentially see some action.

–Come back and see us tomorrow and I will guide you through the morning. Ashley Scoby will also be back with some behind-the-scenes pictures from today’s UK Football Women’s clinic inside of the Nutter Center.

In case you’ll be in church tomorrow morning and can’t watch the game, you can follow me on your mobile Twitter devices @wilmhoffKSR for any potential Anthony Davis updates in USA’s 9:30 Olympic opener vs. France.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

24 Comments for London Olympics Day One Review and UK Notes

  1. tyrus
    11:28 pm July 28, 2012 Permalink

    Good post.

  2. DCS195
    11:45 pm July 28, 2012 Permalink

    It’s going to AD’s chance to shine. My grandson has a great video he did for an internet contest. Check it out, and if you like it, please vote.

  3. RYNO
    1:23 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hope Solo is so getting reamed right now.

  4. RYNO
    1:25 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Norweagan ladies handball team will be very popular in olympic villiage. Yowsa!

  5. BPsycho
    2:11 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry but, 4 years later and I still wanna motor boat Misty May-Treanor’s ***.

  6. Myself
    2:12 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Get with the program. We need pics of Alex Morgan!

  7. melo
    2:36 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hello my family member! I want to say that this article is amazing, nice written and include almost all important infos. I’d like to see more posts like this .

  8. Laetnersucks
    4:29 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Laetner sucks as a commentator. FOX should bitch slap him and never let him on again.

  9. Matt
    4:43 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Best year for a college player? How about best year for a 19 year old ever in the history of the world. National Championship, winner of 5/6 player of the year awards, #1 draft pick, and possibly a gold medal to go along. Does not get any better than that.

  10. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    9:52 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Who is coaching this game? Team USA is playing stupid.

  11. Pioneer
    9:57 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Tyson chandler is wOrthless! Kevin love couldn’t jump over a phone book. USA is playing like ish early! Can’t hit a shot!

  12. ebell55
    10:06 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    what channel is the game on?

  13. pioneer
    10:14 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    I got it on channel 147 on dish network, its a special NBC olympic basketball channel

  14. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    10:15 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Channel 603 on Directv. This team would have been so much better with Rondo instead of Westbrook or Harden. Hell, Doron Lamb would be better than those guys.

  15. pioneer
    10:16 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    BTW, team USA has come around some, but the officiating is shaky at best, and Team USA is struggling to adjust to the garbage they are calling on the RED WHITE AND BLUE.

  16. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    10:16 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Also, why is it that Syracuse guys can’t play defense? Oh yeah, I remember.

  17. pioneer
    10:18 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    #14 my concern is where is the rim protector and big guy thats worth a damn??? Kevin love can’t even dunk a lob… lol

  18. Alex Morgan
    10:18 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Get with the times… Hope Solo is so 2011.

  19. pioneer
    10:19 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    #16 and I agree with you, Melo is one of the worst defenders on the team….as well as James Harden.

  20. pioneer
    10:20 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    #18 Alex you are sexy!

  21. pioneer
    10:21 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    If KD wasn’t making 3’s, team USA would be tied right now. I repeat, WHY IS KEVIN LOVE ON THIS TEAM?

  22. pioneer
    10:25 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    Finally, we start sharing the ball and getting work done! KD/LeBron are the heat and soul of this team!

  23. nassau65
    10:36 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    I have nothing against Laettner as a person, but boring doesn’t even begin to describe that commentary. I think this will be his last olympics as a face.

  24. usa
    10:50 am July 29, 2012 Permalink

    549 on insight