Olympics 2012: 7 Things You May Have Missed From Monday’s Games (VIDEOS)
For the men’s gymnastics team, it was indeed the very worst. Right off the bat, the medal hopefuls gave a disastrous performance during the team finals Monday afternoon, falling on multiple apparatuses for a fifth-place finish.
Luckily, the Red, White and Blue fared much better elsewhere, especially in the pool. Monday’s biggest star? Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin, who swam to her first Gold medal in a stunning performance in the 100-meter backstroke.
What else went down during Monday night’s extensive coverage?
Celebuzz has pulled together the 10 biggest moments from London. Check them out below.
1.) Team USA Takes a Tumble
The men’s gymnastics team got off to a very rough start in the team finals on Monday, beginning with a fall by Sam Mikulak on the Floor Exercise. Subsequent falls occurred on the Pommel Horse and Vault, and after three rotations, the medal hopefuls found themselves in eighth place, or dead last. They recovered slightly to finish in fifth, a far cry from the podium that many had predicted they’d stand on.
2.) Great Britain Pulls Off Major Surprise
Amid Team USA’s major screw-up, Great Britain emerged as the real stars of the men’s gymnastics team finals. With a Bronze medal finish, GB won its first medal in the team finals in — wait for it — 100 years.
Of course, it wasn’t without its share of controversy. The team actually finished in second place, initially, until Japan appealed as score awarded to Kohei Uchimura on the Pommel Horse. Japan won the appeal, knocking Britain to third and Ukraine off the podium. (China finished first, natch.)
3.) Missy Franklin Dominates the Pool
Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin of Colorado won the hearts of America — not to mention the world — with her Gold medal-winning performance in the 100-meter backstroke. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Franklin — who fought back tears of joy on the podium — managed to win the Gold just 10 minutes after qualifying for the 200-meter freestyle.
4.) Michael Phelps Prepares for Comeback
After a rough start to the London Games, in which he finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley and second in the 400-meter freestyle relay, Michael Phelps looked much better in the pool on Monday, finishing first in his heat in the 200-meter butterfly. On Tuesday, the two-time defending champion will attempt to become the first swimmer in history to win three-consecutive Gold medals in a single event.
5.) France Beats America — Again
France continued to prove itself in the pool on Tuesday, when 20-year-old Yannick Agnel cruised to victory in the 200-meter freestyle. USA’s Ryan Lochte — who fell behind Agnel in the final stretch of the 400-meter freestyle relay — finished a disappointing fourth.
6.) Zara Phillips Gives Royal Performance
Zara Phillips, the cousin of Princes William and Harry, impressed again in the team equestrian competition on Monday, finishing under the limit in the grueling cross-country portion of the event. Phillips was solid again on Tuesday’s final leg, showjumping, to help Britain win a Silver medal, behind the favorite, Germany.
Forget Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Monday night was all about swimmer Matt Grevers, who swam to victory in the 100-meter backstroke finals after a Silver medal finish, in Beijing. His teammate, Nick Thoman, finished second.