Found July 27, 2012 on
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Olympic Swim Preview
Opening ceremonies are just hours away and soon the official beginning of the 2012 London Olympics will begin. Swimming will be begin on Saturday and briefly end on August 4th and resume four days later on the 8th. The main swimmers with everyone watching are Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Elizabeth Beisel, and the return of Brandon Hansen. Lochte and Phelps are going head to head in the 200 Individual Medley and 400 Individual Medley which both probably finish 1-2. My pick is Phelps edges him in 400 IM and Lochte takes the 200 IM because it’s a shorter distance. Beisel looks to take home Gold in the 400 IM setting the world’s fastest time this year at the Olympic Trials. Missy Franklin has the largest workload of all American swimmers with 6 events (4 individual and 2 relays). She looks to at least medal in each event and will have lots of medals to take back to Colorado. Brandon Hansen is the comeback kid from a disappointing Beijing Olympics finishing 4th in the 100 breast. He looks to return to prominence and close out his swimming career. Soni looks to take gold in the 200m Breastroke and is seeded two seconds better than the competition. Others to watch for are Nathan Adrian, Cullen Jones as they will be members of Phelps and Lochte’s relay teams. United States look to dominate the swimming scene and walk away with the most medals. A few countries to watch out for are Australia, France, Japan, Netherlands.
Phelps looks to become the most decorated Olympian of all time and only needs 2 more medals to achieve that incredible accomplishment. Phelps has already said this is his last Olympics and he wants to explore the world and travel. He certainly has accomplished an amazing track record on a huge worldwide spotlight in international competition. He’s a true pioneer of swimming and has really aided the growth of the sport. Lochte looks to cement himself as an elite swimmer and break away from Phelps’s shadow. Missy Franklin looks to become a teenage sensation and hopefully have a big pay day if she becomes a professional. All eyes will be on America’s swim team as they go for Gold!!!!
Go TEAM USA!!!!!
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Arguably the greatest Olympic Athlete ever gave a very uninspiring performance this morning as Michael Phelps of the United States came very close to missing the medal round in the 400M IM this morning.
Phelps qualified in the eighth and final spot just making it by seven hundreths of a second.
Questions will now continue to arise as to whether or not the 14-time Olympic Gold...
Michael Phelps is having more fun at what he insists will be his final Olympics.
Several hundred media packed the largest conference room at the Main Press Centre on Thursday for Phelps' last big news conference before the start of the swimming competition in London.
When Phelps was in Beijing in 2008, he says he was ''trying to conquer everything.'' Now, even...
Michael Phelps, that guy who won eight gold medals for the USA back in the 2008 Olympics, didn’t even place in his first shot at this year’s London Olympics. In the 400m Individual Medley, Phelps disappointed us all and finished in 4th place. He was in second place at the halfway point, but just couldn’t maintain his place.
However, the US’ rising Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte...
The already controversial decision to include Ryan Lochte on the U.S. men's 4x100 freestyle relay grew even more so Sunday night, as he surrendered the lead during the final leg of the race, forcing the Americans to settle for silver.
The French, who were vanquished throughout Michael Phelps' run to eight gold medals during the 2008 Games, overcame the U.S. on the final...
For Michael Phelps, this is it. In his mind, there's no doubt about it. As soon as his hand touches the wall for the final time at the London Olympics, his swimming career is over.
And, really, what's left to accomplish?
Maybe that's why he seems to be having a lot more fun in the days leading up to London than he did at Athens or Beijing, where he was under intense...
Ryan Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Michael Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win the Olympic 400-meter individual medley by more than 3 seconds Saturday night. Even more stunning: Phelps didn't even win a medal.
After barely qualifying for the evening final in a performance that hinted at trouble ahead, Phelps struggled to a fourth-place finish and was denied...
Michael Phelps barely qualified in the 400-meter individual medley on the opening day of Olympic swimming Saturday, squeaking into the final by seven-hundredths of a second.
''That one didn't feel too good,'' he said.
The two-time defending Olympic champion won his heat in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds with a time that was well off his world record of 4:03.84 set...
Michael Phelps qualified eighth-fastest in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries on Saturday, grabbing the last spot in the evening final.
The two-time defending Olympic champion won his heat in 4 minutes, 13.33 seconds with a time that was well off his world record of 4:03.84 set four years ago in Beijing, when Phelps won a record eight gold medals.
Kosuke Hagino of Japan...
On a stunner of an opening night at the pool in London, Michael Phelps was routed by his American rival, Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley, losing to Lochte by more than 4 seconds Saturday. That’s not all: The winningest Olympian ever didn’t win any medal at all, the first time that’s happened in a race of this magnitude since he was a 15-year-old kid competing...
Michael Phelps is chasing more Olympic history in his next two events at the London Games. Winning medals in the 200-meter butterfly and a relay would let him get it done in the same night.
Phelps goes into Tuesday night's fly final with the fourth-fastest time in his signature race. He'll try for the second time to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual...
Michael Phelps didn't exactly get dressed up for his official
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Here's what to watch for at the London Olympics on Sunday:
1. SWIMMING: The United States, Australia and France go for gold in the final of the 4 x100m freestyle relay, a day after Michael Phelps was stunningly defeated by teammate Ryan Lochte.
2. BASKETBALL: The U.S. men's team plays France (and NBA star Tony Parker).
3. FANS: Londoners - and visitors - are craving...
The Opening Ceremony to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London was a disappointment. The 60-foot Boston Harbor hologram -- sponsored by the hygiene product company Gillette -- featuring Tyson Gay and Ryan Lochte was the much more impressive show on Friday night. The visuals were on two screens of water vapor above the harbor's surface and featured half a dozen projectors to...
Here's what to watch for at the London Olympics on Saturday:
1. FIRST GOLD: Seven golds are up for grabs. China's Yi Siling took the first in the women's 10-meter air rifle.
2. ALL TO DO: Michael Phelps barely, barely qualified for the final of the 400-meter individual medley. He's in the unpopular Lane 8. Can he recover?
3. US WOMEN: They play Colombia at...