The Americans? We're going to smash them. That's what we came here for. - The French
The French men's 4X100 free style relay team were all, "oh, we're going to beat the American relay team". And seriously, it kind of looked like they were going to do it. 1st, 2nd, and the 3rd leg, but then somewhere in the 4th leg, Jason Lezak freaking closed the gap between him and Bernard (the Frenchie who'd done the trash-talking in the first place) in the last 25 yards, and then, in the last 5 yards, just reached on past him for the win.
Michael Phelps, Jared Weber Gale, Cullun Jones and Jason Lezak (who swam his leg in 46 seconds flat) swam the race in 3:08.24. The previous world record was 3:12.23.
By far, the most exciting thing that's happened in the Olympics yet.
The women's gymnastics had kind of a rough start. Chellsie Memmel wasn't competing because of a hurt ankle, and then, suddenly, Sam Peszek wasn't going up for the floor exercises. She hurt her knee (or it might of been an ankle) during warm-ups. This was just the qualifiers for the team competition, but still, it was disconcerting.
Nastia Liukin fell on her dismount from the uneven bars (very unusual), Alica Sacramone stepped way out of bounds on floor, and Bridget Sloan had big problems on both her floor and uneven bar routine.
Luckily, Shawn Johnson, the rock, finished both a solid, solid uneven bar routine, and a practically perfect beam routine.
My big beef with the gymnastic judging continues: An Argentinian judge scored Shawn Johnson's (perfect) beam routine an 8.8 for execution. Where were the deductions? Where Argentina?
We'll see how this plays out, but expect a lot more complaining. I may or may not sense a conspiracy.
The American women swept the medals in saber, and look good for the team competition.