2012 London Olympics: Team USA Features Numerous St. Louis Area Athletes

The 2012 Olympics, in London, will offer plenty of chances for St. Louis area fans to root on their own in Team USA.

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London Olympics 2012: USA Vs. Argentina Basketball Live Again On NBC Sports

If you've yet to tire of pre-Redeem-Team rematches, take heart: Team USA's second basketball matchup with Argentina in the 2012 London Olympics will be airing live on NBC Sports at 2:30 PM CDT as Manu Ginobili and company meet with the Americans in the semifinal for the third consecutive Olympics. The winner will get the winner of the Russia vs. Spain game earlier in the day in the gold medal match.

For Argentina, it's a chance to prove 2004 wasn't just a product of American weakness; for America, it's a chance to extend their run of Olympic dominance as pressure mounts to create an age limit to rein in the NBA's professionals. For Russia—it's a chance to break the curse of Arvydas Sabonis, I guess. (For Spain, it's a chance to atone for winning a 66-59 game against France, in which the fans in attendance were undoubtedly all losers.)

For up-to-the-minute updates on all the 2012 London Olympics action, stay tuned to the national's Olympics hub, or subscribe to SB Nation Studios's constantly updated YouTube Olympics channel, as seen below:

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London Olympics 2012: USA Vs. Japan Women's Soccer Final Live On NBC Sports

This seems like exactly the kind of 2012 London Olympics event NBC would prefer to show on tape-delay in their primetime network hours, but fear not: The 2012 women's soccer final, between Team USA and Japan, will air live on NBC Sports at 1:15 PM CDT. A rematch of the World Cup contest that saw Japan upset the Americans—and a chance, more broadly, for the Americans to narrow the gold medal gap with the Chinese—this promises to be an even more heated match than the Americans' wild win against Team Canada.

There's even a local angle; native St. Louisan Becky Sauerbrunn, who saw action in just one of those World Cup games last year, has been an important substitute on the Olympics squad. Of course, the individual focus will remain on Abby Wambach, who after missing the 2008 Olympics due to injury has been one of the most dangerous scorers in the London tournament.

For more updates, stay tuned to the SB Nation St. Louis Olympics stream (you are here) or the national's massive Olympics hub, which has everything you could want to know about soccer, medal counts, and creepy Olympic mascots (which is all of them.)

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London Olympics 2012: USA Works Toward Beach Volleyball Medals On MSNBC Tuesday

The 2012 London Olympics beach volleyball semifinals are scheduled to begin Tuesday at 11 AM CDT on MSNBC. The women's semifinals matches each feature American teams—the infamous Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings combo are the No. 3 seed, and they'll face No. 1-seeded Brazil; on the other side of the bracket, No. 4-seeded Jan Kessy and April Ross will take on Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China.

The Americans could make a three-medal swing on China—who currently leads in the medal count—if both sides win and China loses, but they represent the Americans' last chance at medals in beach volleyball; the U.S. men were eliminated in the quarterfinals—by Latvia, of all countries.

MSNBC's beach volleyball coverage runs from 11 AM-1 PM, according to NBC's current schedule. The men's semifinal moves to NBC at 3 PM, but I don't think I'll be able to watch it knowing that the Americans lost to Latvia, much as I admire their ability to recover from the economic disaster in Europe through gut-wrenching internal devaluation. At least, I think that was them.

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: China Still Leads USA In London

The United States continues to trail China in the 2012 Olympic medal count through Monday in London, 64 to 63—a late surge cut things close, with track and field medals getting the United States within one. The USA is also second in gold medals, with 29 to China's 31. Russia is third, with 42 (7/17/18) which puts them narrowly ahead of the more-golden hosts, Great Britain, who have 40 (18/11/11.) Japan has fallen into a distant fifth, with 28 (2/12/14.)

Right now the United States' medal count is largely dependent on swimming, where they have 30 (16/8/6), though track (2/3/4) is starting to catch up. China is working from a broader base, as is their Olympic wont, with eight badminton and seven weightlifting medals pushing them up past the United States. The United States should consider pushing its badminton budget up—they've never won a badminton medal.

For a full look at the medal count, visit SI.com's medal tracker, which goes all the way down to the bottom of the ranks. There you'll be able to follow Uzbekistan's hard-charging competition with Estonia.

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London Olympics Medal Count 2012: China Leads The Way With 64 Medals

China continues to lead all nations at the 2012 Summer Olympics with 64 (31 gold, 19 silver, 14 bronze) medals won. The United States is a close second with 63 (29 gold, 15 silver, 19 bronze). Russia, Great Britain and Japan round out the top five.

Related: London 2012 Olympics: Dawn Harper Qualifies For 100m Hurdle Semifinals

The current top 10:

1. China (64 total medals)
2. United States (63)
3. Russia (42)
4. Great Britain (40)
5. Japan (28)
6. France (26)
T7. South Korea (22)
T7. Germany (22)
T7. Australia (22)
10. Italy (17)

The U.S. medaled in three events on Monday: Jenn Suhr won gold in the women's pole vault event, Michael Tinsley took silver in the men's 400m hurdles event and Matt Emmons won bronze in the men's 50m rifle (3 pos.) event.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For comprehensive coverage of the 2012 London Games, visit SB Nation's Olympics news hub. Stay up to date on the medal count with Sports Illustrated's tracker.

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London Olympics 2012: Gymnastics And Track And Field Dominate Monday's Schedule

The 2012 London Olympics are in full swing Monday, for those with flexible TV schedules, but if you're waiting until NBC's primetime coverage to begin (at 7 PM CDT) for your fix, get ready for all the gymnastics and track and field you can shake a stick at, if that's the kind of thing you like to do. The men's 400m final is on the slate on the track side, while gymnastics fans will get to see even more Gabby Douglas on the uneven bars, along with men's events in the rings and the vault.

Also worth checking out: The men's basketball matchup between Team USA and Argentina, featuring Manu Ginobili. For a complete preview, check out the national's exhaustive coverage, which should give you a more-than-adequate-idea of what to watch.

As for your morning medal count update: China has taken the lead, and we're blaming all the medals they give away in badminton (primarily because we're afraid to lay the blame at the feet of the weightlifters, who get even more medals. They're very large.)

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London Olympic Medal Count: 2012 Swings Back To China Ahead Of Monday's Events

The 2012 London Olympics swung back to China Sunday, after a few days of US Olympic rule, and I, for one, am blaming badminton. Did you know no American has ever medaled in badminton? Did you know badminton was a sport in the Olympics? In any case, China won five gold medals in it, which is really probably two or three more than should even be offered in the Olympics for a sport that is best played on lawns with your little cousins and your Great Aunt Agnes.

(Please don't kill me, badminton fans. High-level badminton is fascinating and I am letting off a little nationalistic steam, is all. Though, mixed doubles, really?) Team China now has 61 medals, including 30 gold, to the United States's 60 (28/14/18.) Great Britain is next with 37, including 16 gold; the Russians are in fourth with 35 but just four gold, while the Japanese are in fifth with a bottom-heavy 2/12/13 27.

None of this would be happening if I had just paid more attention to that badminton lesson Great Aunt Agnes tried to give me. Alas—I ran back inside, and much later on they rejected my proposal to allow Sega Genesis mixed doubles as a demonstration sport.

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London Olympics Men's Tennis Final: A Gold Medal's The Last Thing Roger Federer Lacks

At 30, Roger Federer—set to participate in the 2012 London Olympics men's tennis final Sunday morning—has 17 Grand Slam victories, the widespread conception that he's the best tennis player who ever lived, and, as if that weren't enough, a truly outstanding David Foster Wallace essay devoted entirely to how great he is. One thing he doesn't have, not that it will make you feel any better about yourself in comparison, unless you're Michael Phelps: A singles gold medal.

Oh, yeah—he already has a doubles gold medal, from Beijing. Sorry, Bryan brothers. At 8 AM CDT, on NBC, Roger Federer is scheduled to get a chance at that elusive singles gold when he takes on crowd favorite Andy Murray in the men's finals. If he wins, Roger Federer officially has everything you wish you had, including cool hair; if he loses, he still wins, because everyone in Great Britain will think happy thoughts about the time Andy Murray saved Wimbledon from a Swiss invasion from this moment forward.

It is good to be Roger Federer. I don't think that's a limb I'm going out on. Turn your TV on and watch him do something else remarkable.

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London Olympic Medal Count: 2012 Continues To Trend USA's Way As Swimming Ends

Granted: The 2012 London Olympics are at least theoretically about amateur achievement and international cooperation first, and competitive nationalism second. Posited: The 2012 London Olympics are really about constantly following the USA vs. China metagame going on in the daily Olympic medal count updates. By that standard, USA! USA!—on the day Michael Phelps picked up his 18th and ostensibly final gold medal, the United States took advantage of the end of its always-strong swimming events to remain one medal ahead of Team China, carrying 54 medals, 26 gold, to China's 53/25. The hosts, under the combined Great Britain banner, have staked out a commanding third place position, with their 14 gold medals five more than fourth-place South Korea.

Rounding out the top five are Russia, with 28 total medals (3/15/10), and Japan, with 24 (2/10/12.) For continual medal count updates throughout the 2012 Summer Olympics, we recommend SI.com's medal tracker, even though it's convinced, like the IOC, that there's something called "Chinese Taipei."

It's a great web app for those moments when you're waiting to see whether the Republic of Moldova will be able to outmaneuver Mongolia on the podium.

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2012 Olympic Women's Tennis Final: Serena Williams Dominates Maria Sharapova For Gold Medal

For a moment it looked like Serena Williams, who'd left a trail of dominant performances in her wake on her way to the 2012 Olympic Women's Tennis Final, was nervous ahead of her gold medal match with Maria Sharapova. A series of bathroom breaks made for a strange prelude to the match, and she drew boos for the 20-minute delay that began the action at Wimbledon.

Then she started playing tennis. In about an hour it was all over, with Williams up 6-0 6-1 and joining her sister Venus on the short list of gold medalists in women's tennis. She was nothing if not giddy after the match—oh my gosh, she said, and little else—and after a performance like that I'm not sure anyone will begrudge it of her.

She's not done, either—she's still got the women's doubles tournament ahead of her, where she and Venus will take on Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, who have to be a little concerned after watching what just happened to their Russian teammate.

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2012 London Olympics: Saturday's Events, Previews and TV Schedule

The 2012 London Olympics begin one of their busiest days Saturday morning, with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova looking for tennis gold, beach volleyball continuing in the men and women's brackets, and the first events in track and field getting underway. There's swimming, too—Michael Phelps has a chance to win one more medal, with Missy Franklin also spending her last day in the pool. There's also team handball, if you find team handball as fascinating as I do. Here are the TV listings for Saturday's action, spread across a million NBC stations:

On NBC, live coverage begins with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova competing for Olympic gold in women's singles at 8 AM. Track and field coverage begins at 10:15, interrupted by men's volleyball between Russia and Brazil at 10:45. The track cycling final is at 1:00, a USA men's water polo match is at 1:40, and you'll see the remaining rowing finals at 2:45. Beach volleyball closes out their live coverage at 4 PM.

Beach volleyball begins at 7 AM CDT on NBC Sports; after that you'll see cycling, as a palate cleanser, and then Team USA basketball takes on Lithuania at 8:30. Then you've got the brilliant Bryan brothers looking to bring gold to the US in men's doubles tennis, and at 1 PM Team USA will play New Zealand in field hockey. Equestrian and shooting follow, if you like that sort of thing before the 4 PM-6 PM matchup between Bulgaria and Argentina in men's volleyball. NBC Sports's coverage concludes at 6 PM, with a beach volleyball match between—you guessed it—Brazil and the Czech Republic.

MSNBC starts even earlier, with a men's soccer quarterfinal between Japan and Egypt. Men's water polo follows at 7:45, with Montenegro vs. Romania, then at 8:30 there's more soccer, between Mexico and Team Senegal. Then it's badminton, with Brazil/Honduras's soccer match sandwiched between—an all-China gold medal final in badminton comes on at 10:15, with the women's doubles final between China and Japan at 12:45. Quarterfinal soccer play ends at 1:30, when Great Britain meets the Republic of Korea (that's the one that's an actual republic.)

CNBC has boxing on from 2:30 to 5:30; no word as to whether Jim Cramer will be participating.

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London Olympics Medal Count: USA Takes 2012 Lead In Golds And Overall

Saturday morning, for the first time all year, Team USA is in sole possession of number one in the 2012 London Olympics medal count derby—they've got one more medal (43) than China overall, and they've finally taken the gold medal lead as well, 21 to 20. Russia, Team USA's longtime nemesis, moved into third place with 23, with the hosts in Great Britain taking 22 and long-time third place-holders Japan getting the bump to fifth overall.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Germany (20), France (19), South Korea (16), Australia (14), and Italy (12); Western Europe's hegemony on the Top 10 is, if I may lecture the Eurozone, a reasonable hint that further political integration could be a boon for those nations' economies and nationalistic love of winning the Olympics. (I'm still trying to get my "United States of Chimerica" proposal for 2016 off the ground.)

We'll continue to update you on St. Louis athletes and whatever else we find interesting at SB Nation St. Louis; for up-to-the-minute medal count totals you'll want to check out Sports Illustrated's Olympics medal count tracker.

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Team USA Women's Soccer Draws First Blood Vs. New Zealand

Abby Wambach picked up yet another goal in international play Friday, putting Team USA on the board 1-0 in a women's soccer match vs. New Zealand Friday. It's the second quarterfinal contest of the 2012 London Olympics tournament; France defeated Sweden 2-1 earlier. Japan takes on Brazil at 11:00 AM CDT, while the combined Great Britain team and their erstwhile subjects in Canada tangle at 1:30.

Team USA is undefeated so far; in group play they defeated France, Colombia, and North Korea by a combined score of 7-2 to move on to the quarterfinals in the first place. The US women have taken the gold medal three times in four Olympic attempts, losing only to Norway in the 2000 games in Sydney.

St. Louis-born defender Becky Sauerbrunn appeared briefly in America's win against North Korea, making her Olympics debut; we'll follow her progress as she and the US women look to continue their run of Olympic dominance. For more updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis and follow along at SB Nation's national Olympics hub.

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London Olympics Medal Count: USA Tops China On Strength Of Phelps, Swimmers

Swimming events finally reached critical mass at the 2012 Olympics on Thursday, and that was good news for Team USA in London—on Michael Phelps and company's weirdly long, sturdy backs, they pulled ahead of China for the first time, tying them in gold medals with 18 and moving ahead with 37 total medals to China's 34. Given China's narrow advantage in silver medals (11-9) this is about as much of a stalemate as the Olympics can be, which should make for some real excitement as track and field events come online Friday. (The USA also took another gymnastics gold, with Gabby Douglas winning the all-around individual competition.)

Here's SB Nation Studios' latest 8-bit look at the medal count. (For more Olympics news and analysis check out our YouTube homepage.)

Japan continues to hold down third place, with 19 total medals, most of them bronze; Germany sticks around in fourth, while Russia entered the top five by earning its 17th medal. On a related note, can we stop worrying, for one solitary moment, whether Ye Shiwen is using steroids? This is beginning to seem like one of those witch-burning tests, where by the time we realize someone is innocent it's no longer especially relevant.

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London Olympics Medal Count: USA Roars Past China With Gold Medals Thursday

The United States roared past China in the 2012 London Olympics medal count derby Thursday, evening the score in gold medals with 18 and getting to 37 total (18/9/10), with China close behind at 34 (18/11/5.) Spoilers follow in today's swimming-dominated action, beginning with Michael Phelps's return to individual action. Spoiler, again—Phelps did pick up another individual gold, winning the 200m medley for the third consecutive Olympics, while Ryan Lochte picked up the silver there and the bronze in the 200m backstroke, where the American Tyler Clary won gold. On the women's side Rebecca Soni picked up a gold medal and another world record in the 200m breaststroke.

America also won gold in gymnastics; it was a big day all around for chanting the country on your passport. Here's SB Nation Studios' latest 8-bit medal count recap, which will show you Ye Shiwen in a bikini if you type in the password "JUSTIN BAILEY."

Japan remains in third place at 19 (2/6/11), but Germany (4/8/5) and France (3/6/8) are close behind with 17. For daily updates, subscribe to SB nation Studios's YouTube channel, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis, and chant USA! at strangers until they start talking to you about that day's events.

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London 2012 Olympics: American Gabby Douglas Wins Women's Gymnastics Gold

The Americans got another gold medal as gymnast Gabby Douglas narrowly defeated Russian Viktoria Komova in the women's individual all-around competition. The impact of the win was not lost on the 16-year-old Douglas, who becomes the first African-American to win an individual Olympic medal since 1996:

"I hope that I inspire people," Douglas said. "I want to inspire people. My mother said you can inspire a nation."

Here is a look at the top-five from the all-around women's event:

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1 Gabby Douglas 62.232
2 Viktoria Komova 61.973
3 Aliya Mustafina 59.566
4 Aly Raisman 59.566
5 Sandra Izbasa 58.833

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For comprehensive coverage of the 2012 London Games, visit SB Nation's Olympics news hub. Stay up to date on the medal count with Sports Illustrated's tracker.

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2012 Olympics: Swimming Records Don't Last Long, Whether You're Michael Phelps Or Ye Shiwen

I'm not going to begrudge anybody his world record, should he be lucky and good enough to get one—I'm still trying to top the all-time records for the Cyclone pinball machine, though I have a lot of work left to do—but swimming records have always bewildered me. They're just broken so often; one Olympics' worldbeater seems, four years later, like a routine scrimmage's work. Which is why I'm glad the 2012 London Olympics occasioned this article from erstwhile sportswriter Nate Silver, about the difference between track and field's records—which have apparently progressed farther toward the theoretical human limits—and swimming, where there's still technological and geopolitical runway for superstars like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and the 16-year-old Chinese phenom Ye Shiwen.

In case you were wondering, by my count five swimming world records have been broken so far during the London Olympics. The South African Cameron Van der Burgh broke the men's 100m breastroke record on July 29, while Daniel Gyurta of Hungary took the 200m breaststroke record Wednesday. On the women's side, the USA's Rebecca Soni took the 200m breaststroke record; Dana Vollmer took the 100m butterfly record; and Ye Shiwen took the 400m medley record, shaving a full second off a mark set in Beijing.

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London Olympics Medal Count: 2012 Lead Remains In China's Hands Going Into Day 6

China took another narrow medal count lead on Day 5 of the 2012 London Olympics, taking their 30th medal to the USA's 29 on Wednesday. Thursday morning sees China with 17/9/4 medals, to America's 12/8/9 and Japan's 2/4/11. France and Germany round out the top five, with 5/3/5 and 3/8/2, respectively. USA swimming's impressive work—Nathan Adrian and the women's relay team each won gold—wasn't enough to move the states closer in overall medal count or total golds.

As always, SB Nation Studios is here with the chiptunes-laced video summary. Anamanaguchi would perform in this closing ceremony, I think.

As swimming continues the US might have a chance to pull ahead of China. In the meantime, I'll continue to wonder how and why Japan racks up so many bronze finishes. For continual updates on the medal count derby subscribe to SB Nation Studios's videos, follow along here at SB Nation St. Louis, or just stop and think, "At this very moment, how much do I feel like letting out a gutteral, beautiful USA! chant?" If the answer is "even more than usual" we probably just pulled ahead.

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2012 Olympics: Michael Phelps Sets All-Time Medal Record; Will He Swim In 2016?

The 2012 Olympics have been a disappointment for Michael Phelps in one sense—he's yet to earn an individual gold medal—and a triumph in another, inasmuch as he's set the Olympics' all-time medal record while in London. Which is more than most people have done in London, I think. He's got more events to come this year, but we're getting round to a question that will dog him for the next four years: Will he compete in Rio in 2016? He says no. Mark Spitz, among other people, says yes.

I can understand wanting to avoid the rigors of Olympic training for another four years, but no matter what happens for the rest of his London experience I can't imagine him leaving it and thinking: Okay, I'm satisfied. Spitz knows from which he speaks—after retiring at 22 years old, he came back 19 years later to try out for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, which he just missed.

Wanting to retire is one thing. But knowingly giving up your last chance to compete at a world-class level, in the endeavor that is going to define the rest of your life no matter what—well, 31 just isn't old enough for me to see him turning away from it.

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2012 Olympics, USA Vs. North Korea Soccer Score: USA Leads 1-0 In Second Half

The most geopolitically fraught match of the 2012 London Olympics so far, USA vs. North Korea in women's soccer, is 1-0 in favor of neoliberalism in the second half; St. Louis native Becky Sauerbrunn has subbed in for Rachel Buehler, making her first appearance in the Olympics so far. Abby Wambach has the goal for the USA, which has the chance to come out of its group undefeated; North Korea needs a goal to be sure it will advance.

North Korea's women are most notable, so far, for being involved in an embarrassing gaffe that saw the South Korean flag incorrectly placed next to their names and photos during an Olympics introduction. In protest of the mistake they refused to take the pitch for more than thirty minutes at the time; the team carried small North Korean flags prior to Tuesday's match.

For more updates on the London Olympics, local athletes, and North Korean kremlinology, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. Or don't; England, at least, is a free country.

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London Olympics Medal Count: USA Finally Ties China After Swimming Bonanza

The 2012 London Olympics belonged to China over the first two days, but the USA has caught up to their chief rivals in medal count following Monday's swimming victories, including a gold medal from Missy Franklin in the women's 100m backstroke. China's lead in gold medal continues to look strong; they have nine to the United States' five. Japan is in third place, with just one gold medal but four silvers and six bronzes through Monday's performances.

For an updated medal count chart, take a look at this chiptune-inflected video from SB Nation Studios, which will remain on top of the nationalism coverage for the rest of the Summer Olympics if I have anything to say about it.

The United States are, of course, a little handicapped in this race by their not-quite-so-authoritarian government's inability to pluck promising athletes out of school and make them the very best almost-five-feet-tall-and-no-more-than-x-pounds female weightlifters they can be for the rest of their lives. But Rocky didn't accept that as an excuse in Rocky IV, that awesome documentary about beating the Soviet Union, did he?

No—he bought a delightful robot and made sure to beat them anyway. I like to think that's a lesson all of us can learn something from.

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Olympic Games 2012: USA Women's Soccer Takes On North Korea In Rare Rocky-Caliber Political Dogfight

The 2012 Olympic Games, occurring so far as they do from the mid-80s heyday of capitalist-vs-communist sports and evil Soviet characters in Rocky movies, have offered the discerning USA! chanter limited opportunities to really cheer on Americans against hostile forces; such is the downside of globalization. Tuesday's women's soccer match between America and North Korea is a vintage opportunity—get your best Dolph Lundgren voice ready and read the following quotes from the KCNA, the DPRK's official news agency:

Some evil-minded foreign media asserted that the DPRK would take only one silver medal, but our sportspersons refuted such assertion with good results. The hostile forces had better try hard to get a correct understanding of the DPRK.

I mean, you're going to have to really work the Lundgren voice to get pissed off by that; the KCNA's sins are related more to not reporting the literal starvation of its citizens than being especially inflammatory in its wire stories. The USA and the DPRK square off on St. Louis-area TV at 11:15 AM, on NBC Sports.

No pressure, USA women, but if you allow North Korea to win, Kim Jong Un is going to use you as prime-cut propaganda in his continued attempts to subjugate a people who die by the thousands in prison camps or alone, starving, in their homes, is all. So good luck Tuesday!

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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: China, USA Tops Among Total Medals

Depending on how you count it, China is either leading the 2012 London Olympics medal count, or they are tied with the lead. The USA and China are both at 17 medals through Day 6 of the 2012 Olympics, but China holds 9 golds to the USA's 5.


Related: Total Medal Standings, via Sports Illustrated

Here is a graphical and scientific breakdown of the top five medal counts:

    The US Olympic team highlighted its Monday with Missy Franklin's gold medal in the women's 100m backstroke and the gold medal from Chicagoan Matt Grevers in the men's 100m backstroke.

    Meanwhile, Springfield, Ill., native Kelci Bryant grabbed a silver medal in the synchronized 3m springboard event. She and teammate Abigail Johnston finished an impressive 24-plus points behind the winning duo of Zi He and Wu Minxia from first-place China.

    For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For comprehensive coverage of the 2012 London Games, visit SB Nation's Olympics news hub.

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London Olympics Medal Count: USA Picks Up Two Golds, Still Trails China

You might be watching the 2012 Olympics for pure reasons—athletics, sport, amateurism, whatever—but I'm going to be honest: I'm in it for the medal counts. I want to watch the United States of America—USA! USA!—top the rest of the world. The most golds, silvers, bronzes, brasses if they've got them, whatever. Saturday Ryan Lochte put America on the board with a gold medal; Sunday we (USA! USA!) added two more, with Kim Rhode getting a gold in women's skeet shooting. It was her fifth consecutive Olympics with a medal, earning a gold all the way back in 1996. Dana Vollmer won gold, as well, winning the Women's 100m butterfly with a world record time.

For all that, America still trails China in overall medal count—12 to 11—and golds, six to three. Suffice it to say this indignity will not stand; I plan on petitioning the Olympics to include angry, nationalist sportsblogging as an experimental event in 2016.

For more updates on the London Olympics—from medal counts to what St. Louis-area athletes are doing—stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. While you're at it, check out SB Nation Studios's ongoing Olympics coverage:

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London Olympics Opening Ceremony: 2012's Extravaganza Scheduled For Friday

The 2012 Olympics, in London, began Thursday, when the first soccer matches—including a surprise upset of No. 1 Spain by team Japan—were played across the UK. But it begins Friday, on the schedule, at least, when the 2012 Opening Ceremony comes in on your TV for the inevitable and likely unpleasant comparisons to Beijing's authoritarian extravaganza in 2008. There's a certain dignity to it, at least—you know you're skimping, but you also know you're skimping because you aren't at the center of a corrupt, oligarchic pseudo-party that runs the world's most populous nation. And the economy, you know.

In any case, the events begin at 6:30 PM CDT on NBC, when the network begins four solid hours of coverage of the Olympics, and stories about the Olympics, and parades related to the Olympics, and so on, and everybody says, "Well it's not quite the Bird's Nest, is it?" and the architect in London wonders to himself why he didn't give his own Olympic stadium such a cool name.

This is all speculation, of course, but I believe this is how things go. For a complete look at NBC's Olympics schedule check out NBC's website, and for updates on local athletes stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis.

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London Olympics 2012 TV Schedule: Soccer's On All Afternoon On NBC's Cable Channels

The 2012 London Olympics, if nothing else, are going to force you to pay attention to NBC Sports. The Olympics TV schedule is dominated by the network's cable stations, including the newly rebranded sports channel formerly known as Versus, and Thursday's slate of soccer games is no exception. Here's where and when you'll be able to find Olympic soccer ahead of the Opening Ceremonies Friday night:

NBC Sports: Honduras and Morocco aired live at 6 AM CDT, drawing at 2-2. Mexico and South Korea began next, at 8:30 AM. After that you'l see the United Arab Emirates play Uraguay, scheduled for an 11 AM start, but the night's big event is the debut of the unified Great Britain team, competing against first-timers Senegal at 2 PM. After that, at 3:45, NBC Sports will air the already-played match between Belarus and New Zealand, which Belarusian dictator Alexander Kukashenko has been barred from attending.

MSNBC: You probably already have an opinion about NBC, but its soccer schedule is partisan in a different, less divisive way. Spain and Japan started playing at 8:45; they'll be followed by Gabon and Switzerland, two newcomers, at 10:45. Rounding out the afternoon's play is Egypt vs. Brazil, at 1:45.

For more viewer's guides, updates on NBC's byzantine Olympic TV schedule, and updates about the political situation in Belarus, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis.

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2012 Olympics Schedule: Soccer Dominates Thursday's TV Choices Ahead Of Opening Ceremonies

The 2012 London Olympics are dominated by soccer on Thursday. Which is okay, considering they haven't started yet. Here's a look at Thursday's Olympics TV schedule.

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