Olympics Watch: What Was Your Favorite Moment From London 2012, Day 13?

Did you know that on Facebook, the U.S. women’s soccer team has almost 200 times more “likes” than its Japanese counterpart? That historically significant tidbit came straight from Ryan Seacrest’s mouth during his social-media report during Day 13 of the 2012 Olympics in London. [Insert eye-roll here.]

Seacrest’s pink-slime filler wouldn’t be so grody if there weren’t so many meaty athletic competitions that never see the light of NBC’s primetime telecast.

Which isn’t to suggest by any means that Day 13 coverage was a bust. There was Usain Bolt’s facile win in the men’s 200 meter finals (followed by celebratory push-ups!). We had David Rudisha’s World Record explosive romp in the 800 meters. There was the aforementioned U.S. soccer team taking home the Gold with a 2-1 win over Japan. And, of course, we witnessed the fetching Ashton Eaton (pictured) dominating the decathalon competition from start to finish (despite abbreviated coverage of the event in general).

For me, though, the highlight came via the women’s 10-meter platform event. China’s 19-year-old Chen Roulen completely towered over the competition for her second straight Olympics, giving her four Gold medals in total before her 20th birthday. And with her almost machine-like precision throughout the five rounds — save for her adorable smile when she finally wrapped up the win — it was easy to see why. The Silver and Bronze medalists in the event had pretty compelling stories, too: 16-year-old Brittany Broben of Australia needed to nail her final dive to pull herself from fourth place into medal contention, and nailed the particularly complex dive like an old pro. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Pandelela Pamg became her country’s first female Olympic medalist with a super-consistent showing that carried her to Bronze glory.

What was your favorite moment from Day 13? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. HAS says:

    Women’s soccer for sure. It was so fun to watch all their games. Women’s soccer was on fire this year (all teams).

    • FreeHaley says:


      Has to be this, but man the Bolt race was utterly insane and so was Rudisha’s 800mm record and Eaton sure capped off an amazing two days.

      That was a crazy dramatic soccer game for the gold following up on the best games in team sports even for the semi-final, that was up there with the single most nail-biting baseball or NFL games in history, wow.

  2. jacksvault says:

    I dont know about day 13. But my favourite momwnt was when chris hoy and the other two won the mens team pursuit in cycling :)

  3. Women’s US National Team!

  4. Marsha says:

    1. Jamaica sweeping the 200m finals – Gold, Silver & Bronze.
    2. Rudisha winning the 800m finals
    3. Pamg winning the bronze for Malaysia in the 10m platform dive

  5. tlc19 says:

    The US National Team’s win over Japan! I’ve been such a fan of these girls since the World Cup last year, so it was fabulous to watch their journey from a wrenching loss in penalty kicks at the World Cup final to Olympic gold medalists yesterday in London. Talented, dedicated, and with a never-say-die attitude, these girls are so exciting to watch. So happy to see them on the top of the podium yesterday!

  6. Vetle says:

    Norway advancing to the finals in the handball tournament. <3

  7. forwarddad says:

    Slezak what does Grody mean?

    • FreeHaley says:

      It means disgusting, like totally gross. That pink-slime filler they use in tacos is grody to the max.

      It originated with the valley girls of the San Fernando valley in CA (although possibly, in part, brought there, even more originally, from a part of Australia some say). Much of that local speech pattern and vernacular quickly spread across the country during the mid-80s and some of it became long term entrenched and is still widespread across much of the nation to this day. Although “grody/grody to the max” itself wasn’t necessarily used all that much across the nation as some of the other stuff even if most people at least used to know what it meant for a while.

  8. Kosha says:

    Michael, I have to agree with your comment about Ryan Seacrest and his daily social media roundup. Is this really Olymipics coverage? There is so much more to the games that could be covered, but NBC chooses this. No wonder their ratings continue to drop…

  9. heyitsme says:

    USA vs Japan was definitely the highlight of day 13. Watching the US team throughout the olymipics and since I first started watching them in 09 has been such a joy. They deserved that gold medal and have finally got their redemption from the World Cup final! GO TEAM USA!

  10. Bonnie says:

    definitely women’s soccer. so proud of our national team! loved watching all their games! they played amazing!

  11. julia says:

    The Malaysian diver winning was pretty great….her little english interview afterwards was adorable!
    Ryan Seacrest IS filled with pink sllime, NOT a joournalist, and his presence is an insult to sportsfans everywhere. Back to the Kardashian house for him!

  12. Alan says:

    katie taylor becomming the first woman to win a gold medal in her weight class for boxing ever, and thus cementing her place as a national treasure here in ireland forever in one o the best boxing matches of the entire tournament

  13. Emily says:

    you thought the NBC commentary was bad-we were treated to the 10K marthon swimming which included a very long discussion on which country was the best at handing out waterbottles-followed comments that the rhythmic gymnastics are ‘really flexable’- But my favourite moment was by far the diving-just amazing

  14. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Slezak, are you stalking my facebook page? :) Last night I totally went on a rant over Ryan Seacrest and his stupid social media updates that are taking up valuable airtime from actual sporting events at the Olympics. What is Seacrest even doing being a sportscaster at the Olympics anyway?? Why do they think people care how many Facebook fans the soccer team has? Does anyone ever actually hear that info and say, “Oh, that is so interesting, Ryan Seacrest, thank you for that news.” Ugh.
    My favorite moment was team Jamaica sweeping the 200m, and Usain being declared the fastest sprinter that ever lived in the history of the Olympics. History being made, people!