Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From London 2012, Day 7?

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The 2012 Summer Olympics’ Day 7 was a great one for American swimming, with two of its best (and, as such, biggest hyped) hopes delivering in a huge way. It’s easy to wax cynical about the coverage that’s surrounded swimmers Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps in the last month, but far easier to join in the joy that showed on their faces – and those of their families and coaches – when they hit their Olympic targets with flair.

First up, Franklin’s world-record-breaking turn in the 200-meter backstroke. The high school senior confidently knifed through the water, extended arms cycling like the blades on a combine, and was a body length ahead of the entire field going into the final flip turn. (She could’ve gotten a pedicure and read an US Weekly in the time between when she touched the wall and when her competitors followed suit.) Franklin’s gold-winning glee as she nearly leapt the lane line to hug teammate and bronze winner Elizabeth Beisel was mirrored in the stands as the teen’s coach wept, members of the U.S. basketball team got to their feet and Royal Ken and Barbie (Wills and Kate) joined in the hearty applause.

Having bested rival and teammate Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley the day before, Phelps’ Friday was all about going for his second Olympic threepeat – a feat he accomplished with a gold medal-winning glide through the 100m butterfly. Slow off the start and seventh at the turn, Phelps turned it on in the last few moments of the race, pulling ahead of the pack to nab first place. It was his last individual event of what he claims are his last Olympic games, and he seemed genuinely carefree as he talked about the following day’s relay, his final swim. “We’re going to have some fun tomorrow,” he said, dripping with pool water and grinning with unadulterated happiness.

What was your favorite moment of Day 7? There were plenty to choose from, including Hannah Starling’s contented hop into the warming pool after a dive that advanced the young Brit to the next round of the women’s 3-meter springboard and the crazy slow-mo footage of the female sprinters doing their thing on the track. Hit the comments and let us know what glimpses of the games’ Day 7 gave you goosebumps!

Comments (17)

  • Canada Womens football team beating out Great Britain!

    Comment by Eve – August 3, 2012 09:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • New Zealands two gold medals within an hour of each other in the men’s double and singles rowing.

    Comment by Joel – August 3, 2012 09:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Damn straight! How awesome was this!? And NZ is now 12th on the medal table, ahead of Aussie!

      Comment by Amy – August 3, 2012 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Im so proud to be a Kiwi!

      Comment by Bernadine – August 3, 2012 10:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Easily the best hour of the day!!

      Comment by rach – August 4, 2012 01:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly, I think it was the female judo athelete from Saudi Arabia who was the very first female to represent that nation in the Olympics ever. She may not have won, but it truly was a step forward in women’s rights.

    Comment by Melanie – August 3, 2012 09:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was just going to post all the women who are represented for the first time. They were quite a few in track too. They probably won’t medal, but it’s amazing to see them giving it their all anyway. I was a wreck watching the video on the runners from one of those war torn countries who run laps in a bombed out stadium. Really puts things in perspective. I also loved the sculling sloth (the guy who just started rowing 4 months ago) earlier in the week. I was so happy the crowd was so supportive of him. As much as I love seeing the U.S. run up the medal total, seeing some of these underdogs is even better!

      Comment by Kate – August 3, 2012 10:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watching the 15 year old in the 800 meter swimming event was amazing. It was great watching it while it happened, and I’m glad that I did, since the NBC broadcast of the event was lacking.

    Comment by Annie – August 3, 2012 09:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She was incredible!

      Comment by Nessie – August 4, 2012 02:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • U.S. vs. New Zealand in women’s soccer! woke up super early just to watch and was not disappointed!

    Comment by Bonnie – August 3, 2012 11:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Definitely! Loved watching our girls do work. Onto the semis… Canada next on Monday!

      Comment by tlc19 – August 4, 2012 06:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Poland winning 2 gold medals within an 30 minutes! And the 15year old girl from u.s. winning the 800m in swimming.

    Comment by Diana – August 4, 2012 04:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Phelps! Just for the shear athletic feat he has accomplished. Like watching Gretzky or Babe Ruth, you will know in 20, 40, or 100 years you saw something you will never see again.

    Comment by Mig991 – August 4, 2012 06:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Phelps. I will never tire of watching him swim. It’s pretty awesome that he can trail a race at the beginning and then just surge through to the finish line when he nears the end. Sad that it’s his last race and games…
    Missy Franklin is amazing! it’s just seems too easy for both of them.

    Comment by Sha – August 4, 2012 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Watching the massive amount of cheating from London Olympics.The level of refereeing this year is outrageous.

    “British cyclist Philip Hindes’ judgement has been questioned when he suggested that he crashed on purpose on the qualifying round of the men’s team sprint to ensure a restart, and then went on to win gold.”

    Badminton, where they decided to change the competition format at the Olympics and introduce group stage instead of the traditional knockout stages.
    athletes should never be placed in a position where losing a match will increase their chances of securing a medal.

    Also, corruption in the women’s fencing, where the clock defaulted and the judges didn’t care and gave the medal (unfairly) to Germany over South Korea. Video footage shows straight out that the timer’s 1 second was not correct. Shame, shame.

    Comment by Mara – August 4, 2012 08:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The best moment is: Del Potro vs Federer. Vamos Delpo!!!!!!

    Comment by Juli – August 4, 2012 09:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That is the freakiest looking picture I’ve seen in awhile.

    Comment by aunt_deen – August 4, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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