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!Follow @MichaelSlezakTV