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Olympic Games 2012: USA Off To Strong Start

Although Olympic competition began prior to the Opening Ceremony, it certainly feels like the 2012 London Olympics have now officially begun. On the first weekend of competition, the United States have had a strong start in both the team and individual competitions.

Ryan Lochte earned the first gold medal of the competition for the United States, winning the 400 IM. Michael Phelps finished in 4th place.

The United States surprisingly had great success in the men's team archery, picking up the silver medal after falling to Italy. This was the first medal in men's team archery for the USA since 2000. The U.S. women's basketball team didn't impress in their first game, putting together a sloppy performance in a 81-56 win over Croatia. It was actually only a four-point game early in the fourth quarter before the women found their rhythm. Tina Charles and Candace Parker both recorded double-doubles.

The women's soccer team continued its strong start, picking up a 3-0 win over Columbia. Megan Rapinoe scored the opening goal to help propel the team to a win and a likely berth in the Quarterfinals.

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