Olympics 2012: 6 Things You May Have Missed From Wednesday’s Games (VIDEOS)
Perhaps the biggest highlight: gymnast Danell Leyva won Bronze in the men’s individual all-around, only two days after the United States dropped the ball in the team finals.
Also scoring big: swimmer Missy Franklin, who won her second Gold in her first Olympics — this time, in the 800-meter freestyle relay.
Who else did well?
Find out which Williams sister made it through to the next round of tennis, and which one was sent packing, in our recap below:
1.) Danell Leyva Stages Comeback in All-Around
Gymnast Danell Leyva bounced back from Team USA’s disastrous performance in the team finals to win Bronze in the Individual All-Around. Leyva finished with a respectable 90.698 points, behind Marcel Nguyen of Germany (91.031 points) and Kohei Uchimura of Japan (92.690 points).
2.) Missy Franklin Wins Again
Everyone’s favorite 17-year-old Gold medalist Missy Franklin triumphed again on Wednesday — this time, in the 800-meter freestyle relay. The Gold medal victory came just two days after Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke.
3.) Nathan Adrian Wins Gold — But Just Barely
American swimmer Nathan Adrian beat James “The Missile” Magnussen of Australia in the 100-meter freestyle finals Tuesday by — wait for it — one-hundredth of a second. Adrian’s photo-finish victory once again prevented Australia from winning its first individual Gold medal in swimming.
4.) One Williams Sister Advances, While The Other Is Eliminated
Tennis mega-star Serena Williams cruised to the next round on Wednesday with 6-1, 6-0 a victory over 13th-seeded player Vera Zvonareva. Sadly, Williams’ sister, Venus — who will compete with Serena in the Doubles tournament — fell to the No. 7 seed, Angelique Kerber of Germany, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
5.) Michael Phelps: Sports Announcer?
NBC reportedly wants Michael Phelps, the most-decorated Olympian of all time, to become a sports announcer for the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as “other world sporting events between now and then.” So says TMZ, anyway.
6.) Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Flip for Gymnastics
Even the biggest names in music are obsessing over Team USA’s women’s gymnastics squad. Following their victory, the Fab 5 was congratulated by everyone from Lady Gaga, who tweeted, “Woohoo! Gold for the ladies! just want to squeeze them! So much talent and beauty. Did u seem all holding hands? There’s no ‘I’ in team,” to Justin Bieber, who said, “CONGRATS to @McKaylaMaroney [@jordyn_wieber] @kyla_ross96 @Aly_Raisman @gabrielledoug on your GOLD MEDAL. #BeliebersWinGOLD #Proud..”