Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From London 2012, Day 11?

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TVLine’s Olympics Watch coverage has focused a lot on swimmers, gymnasts and runners. And so while it’s tempting to name Aly Raisman’s Gold medal performance in the women’s gymnastics floor exercises as the highlight of my Day 11 viewing experience — who says human beings don’t have springs in their feet? — I’m going to zag where I’d usually zig and give props tobeach volleyball stars Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh for a gritty, gutsy semifinal win over Chinese duo Xi Zhang and Chen Xue by a margin of 22-20, 22-20.

Down 13-7 in the first, Walsh and May-Treanor (who are seeking their third Gold medal in London) came roaring back to tie things up with a fearsome run, putting up brutal blocks and stuffing well-placed spikes to relegate their hungry rivals to today’s Bronze-medal match. My favorite point of the match found Walsh doing “the limbo” under the net to successfully retrieve a drop shot, while her opponents froze from the sight of her derring-do.

Just as fun was Walsh and May-Treanor’s jubilant post-match celebration, which proves that with only one match left together in their sporting careers — they’ll face off against fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy for the Gold today — their enthusiasm hasn’t flagged a bit.

What was your favorite moment from Day 10? Sound off in the comments!

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Comments (20)

  • dude the moment yesterday was Epke Zonderland on the horizental bar…. thats what the whle world is talking about

    Comment by Murtada – August 8, 2012 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you. You disappoint me Slezak!

      Comment by Eli – August 8, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • everything that happened in gymnastics last night was the highlight. volleyball was the phenomenal exception.

      Comment by cjeffery7 – August 8, 2012 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Absolutely. Our new Dutch national hero. :-)

      Comment by Daisy – August 8, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree he was awesome and his routine was breathtaking. My jaw dropped to the floor.

      Comment by Gee – August 8, 2012 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with Murtada, Epke on the horizontal bar, that was amazing. The three big releases in a row, stunning. Plus he stuck that landing. He deserved Gold.

    Comment by Ashlee – August 8, 2012 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • epke zonderland no doubt!

    Comment by Serad – August 8, 2012 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The two American women who won silver and bronze in the 200m hurdles. They were adorable! Also, Ali Raisman being incredibly gracious and hugging each gymnast as the finished their beam and floor routines.

    Comment by Fanny – August 8, 2012 07:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Epke Zonderland! We are very proud of him in the Netherlands. It’s the first time in history that a Dutchman won a medal gymnastics!

    Comment by Susan – August 8, 2012 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The flying dutchman STOLE.THE.SHOW. Enough said, Zonderland routine was the jaw droping moment of the day. I watch it 5 time in a row!

    Comment by Magali – August 8, 2012 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Aly becoming the first American gymnast to win the gold in floor exercise and being on the right side of a tiebreaker this time! It was nice to see her come through after the other girls faltered in the individual events even Maroney who was pretty much guaranteed a gold from what everyone said. It was a great ending to a great Olympics for the Fab Five!

    Comment by Jen – August 8, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Epic Zonderland! Best moment of the Olympics so far!

    Comment by Eli – August 8, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great routines on floor (women) and high bar (men). Felt sorry for the Romania that lost her bronze in the beam in the tie with Aly, but they both did even better on the floor.

    Also the Chinese guy who couldn’t finish the 110 hurdles after he hit the first one. He was one of the favorites. He hopped on one foot to the final hurdle and kissed it. Two other competitors helped him off the track afterwards. Love seeing the athletes support each other.

    Comment by jba – August 8, 2012 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I LOVED that. My heart broke for the Chinese athlete, but it was also very moving. Love the solidarity of the Olympics.

      Comment by Allie – August 8, 2012 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • High bar final. I mean, wow. Zonderland’s routine made my entire family speechless.

    Comment by em – August 8, 2012 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Zonderland. And as much as I like Misty and Kerri, I always feel really bad for the media’s blatant one-sided-ness. April Ross and Jen Kessy totally get shafted in the coverage.

    Comment by Molly – August 8, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree. At least NBC could have played the Ross/kessy game during the day. The editing for this Olympics seems to some of the worst ever.

      Comment by Brigitte – August 8, 2012 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • SO AGREE WITH THIS!! In all the NBC tweets leading up to the match, it was always THREEPEAT! Misty and Kerri! Olympic Gold! Will they do it! And once or twice maybe USA vs USA. But never anything about just Kessy and Ross, who also have an amazing story and are doing their country proud.

      Comment by katzie – August 8, 2012 09:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So sick of volleyball and even sicker of Trainor and Walsh.

    Comment by forwarddad – August 8, 2012 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aly Aly Aly! Love that girl…what a perfect exclamation point for her and Team USA! I do wish Jordyn hadn’t stepped out of bounds and gotten a medal as well but she should still be proud of how she did in the team competition after being so disappointed in qualifying.

    Comment by Jules – August 8, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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