Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/30/12
"She just won," Ryan Lochte deadpanned. This monotone, exhausted and somewhat deflated three-word sentence is what amounted to play-by-play for Missy Franklin's gold-medal winning and frankly somewhat unbelievable 100-meter backstroke swim -- unbelievable because that swim came 14 minutes after she had just finished a 200-meter freestyle semifinal. "I can't believe you just did that," Michael Phelps told her afterward, and he knows a little something about impossible doubles. Franklin's race had been going on behind us on TV as Lochte tried to explain how he failed to medal in the 200-meter freestyle, a day after being overtaken in the anchor leg of the 4x100 freestyle relay. And this moment perfectly sums up our screwed-up way of deciphering Olympic results in America. Lochte has been disappointing, despite his dominating 400 IM performance, mostly because he's not Phelps circa 2008. Franklin is a success because she lived up to our expectations. And who really cares about Amer...
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