Olympics 2012: 10 Things You May Have Missed From Sunday’s Games (PHOTOS)
Among the highlights: Swimmer Michael Phelps pulled himself together after a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, to help Team USA finish second in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Sure, it wasn’t a perfect performance by the 16-time Olympic champion; but, hey, it’s something.
Also creating drama was the Women’s Gymnastics qualifying round, where Team USA stayed on point to place first in the Team competition.
Still, it wasn’t all good news for America’s little tumblers. Certainly not for defending world champion Jordyn Wieber, anyway, who missed qualifying for the Individual All-Around when she finished behind teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas.
What else happened on Sunday?
Read on for Celebuzz‘s recap and stay tuned for more round-the-clock coverage of the Games in London.
1.) Michael Phelps Goes From Fourth to Second
Though he hasn’t performed as well as he did four years ago, in Beijing, swimmer Michael Phelps made his way to the podium on Sunday, winning the Silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay. This came just one day after Phelps finished a disappointing fourth in the 400-meter individual medley.
2.) Gymnast Jordyn Wieber Misses All-Around
Due to a rule that stipulates only two gymnasts per country can compete in the Individual All-Around, defending World Champion Jordyn Wieber missed her chance to become the next Nastia Liukin when she finished behind teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas during Sunday’s qualifying round.
3.) Dana Vollmer Goes for Gold, Sets World Record
While Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and and the men of the 400-m freestyle relay came up short, American Dana Vollmer dominated the 100-meter butterfly on Sunday, setting a new world record in the process.
4.) Kimberly Rhode Shoots Her Way to the Top
And speaking of records: Shooter Kimberly Rhode became the first American to win five medals in an individual event in five-conesecutive Olympics on Sunday, when she took home the Gold in women’s skeet. Rhode shot 99 out of 100 targets, setting a new Olympic record in the process.
5.) Michelle Obama Hugs It Out, Court-Side
The only thing better than watching Team USA’s men’s basketball team dominate France 98-71 in Sunday’s first preliminary game was seeing the overjoyed reaction from First Lady Michelle Obama, who hugged every single player after their victory.
6.) Kelci Bryant, Abigail Johnston Spring to Second
American Divers Kelci Bryant, Abigail Johnston were no match for China in Sunday’s synchronized 3-meter diving finals on Sunday; however, their flips and turns were still impressive enough to land the fabulous duo an unexpected Silver.
7.) Brendan Hansen Medals Again
Veteran Olympian and two-time champ Brendan Hansen added another medal to his collection on Sunday, when he won the Bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke. He previously won Silver in the same event, at the 2004 games in Athens.
8.) Allison Schmitt Silvers in Photo-Finish
American swimmer Allison Schmitt came this close to winning the Gold in the women’s 400-meter freestyle; however, she lost the Gold to Camille Muffat of France, by a meter two one-hundredths of a second.
9.) Tom Jones Cancels Performance
Talk about unusual: Legendary singer Tom Jones had to cancel performances for Saturday and Sunday after the 72-year-old was stricken with bronchitis.
10.) ‘Call Me Maybe’ Inspires Another Viral Swimming Parody
Just days after USA’s swimming team recorded a lip-dup to Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy (but now-annoying) ‘Call Me Maybe,’ NOC posted its own parody set to the song of the summer, which mocks the rivalry between swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.