Sports

11:41am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Torch

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins Wins Seventh Olympic Medal, A British Record

Britain's Bradley Wiggins celebrates after winning the gold medal at the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games men's individual time trial road cycling event in London.
Odd Andersen AFP/Getty Images

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has won the gold medal in the men's individual time trial event, beating Germany's Tony Martin by 42 seconds. He took 50 minutes and 39 seconds to cover the course of 49 kilometers (just under 30.5 miles).

Martin took silver, and the bronze went to Britain's Chris Froome, who played a vital support role as Wiggins' teammate in his Tour de France victory last month.

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11:21am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Salt

Olympic-Sized Appetites: The World Of Competitive Eating

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:32 am

Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut, second from left, competes in Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship on July 4 this year.
John Minchillo AP

Here's a sport you won't be seeing in London this year: Competitive eating. But if you're curious enough — and you can stomach it — you're likely to find an eating contest at your local fair or festival this summer.

Now eating contests are nothing new — they've been around since at least the 13th century, when a servant supposedly beat the Norse god Loki by eating his plate. But they've only become popular in the U.S. in the last hundred years or so.

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11:19am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Torch

Coming Up: Today's Olympic Highlights Include More Swimming And Gymnastics

Boxer Michael Hunter Jr. of the U.S. lost a close bout to Artur Beterbiev (left) of Russia in the heavyweight division's Round of 16 at the ExCel Arena Wednesday.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

There are 20 medal events today — including the cycling women's time trial, which was won by American Kristin Armstrong. Here's a list of other highlights from Wednesday's action; you can also check out our full schedule. All times are EDT:

Gymnastics

  • 11:30 a.m. men's individual all-around final

Swimming

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11:19am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: U.S. Rowers End Drought, Phelps And Lochte Reload

Adrienne Martelli, Megan Kalmoe, Kara Kohler and Natalie Dell of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning bronze in the women's quadruple sculls at Eton Dorney in Windsor, England.
Harry How Getty Images

Good morning. Things are hopping at the London Games, with 20 medal events today. And conversations are still buzzing about the scandal in Olympic badminton, over players intentionally throwing matches. Here are some highlights from this morning's news:

- The U.S. women's quadruple sculls team has won a bronze medal, ending a 28-year American medal drought in the sport. It's also only the second U.S. medal.

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9:13am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Torch

Kristin Armstrong Wins Second Straight Gold Medal In Olympic Time Trial

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 2:41 pm

Kristin Armstrong rides on her way to winning the women's individual time trial at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

Kristin Armstrong has successfully defended her gold medal in the Olympic time trial, winning the race held in Surrey, England. Armstrong finished the 18-mile course in 37:34.82, nearly 16 seconds ahead of Judith Arndt of Germany, who won the silver.

Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia won bronze, seven seconds behind Arndt. American Amber Neben came in sixth, at 38:45.17. Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead, the silver medal winner in the road race, was tenth.

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7:18am

Wed August 1, 2012
Sports

Phelps' 19th Medal Breaks 48-Year-Old Record

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 7:31 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Nobody was booing when American swimmer Michael Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian ever. Two medals yesterday in London broke a 48-year-old record. Phelps has now has 19 Olympic medals, total.

NPR's Howard Berkes reports from London.

HOWARD BERKES, BYLINE: Michael Phelps was a little sloppy on his way to breaking one of the most enduring records of the Olympics.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Take your mark.

(SOUNDBITE OF AN ALARM AND CHEERING)

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7:02am

Wed August 1, 2012
Sports

U.S. Gymnasts Win Gold, Ending 16-Year Drought

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 7:31 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

At the London Olympics, the U.S. women's gymnastics team did what it was expected to do yesterday - and then some. The five Americans won the gold medal. It's the first time in 16 years that's happened for a U.S. women's team. And they did it in a big way - beating second place Russia by what team members called a huge margin. From London, NPR's Tom Goldman has the story.

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5:12am

Wed August 1, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Four Sports Superstars, Four Years Later

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:34 pm

Michael Phelps reacts after winning silver in the men's 200-meter butterfly final at the Aquatics Centre on Tuesday. South Africa's Chad le Clos took home the gold.
Matt Slocum AP

Let us go back an Olympiad, to August of 2008. Incredibly, then, in all four of the world's most popular men's individual sports, we were at a time when, quite possibly, the four greatest champions ever in each of those sports was at or near his peak.

There they were, as the Beijing Olympics began:

  • Tiger Woods, 32 years old, still a prime age for a golfer, winner of his 14th major, the U.S. Open, only a few weeks ago — gloriously alone at the top.
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6:37pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Torch

We've Got Olympic Spirit, Yes We Do; How 'Bout You?

Cheerleaders perform during the women's beach volleyball preliminary phase Pool B match on the Centre Court Stadium at Horse Guards Parade in London on Monday.
Daniel Garcia AFP/Getty Images

When I say citius, you say altius; when I say altius, you say fortius. Or don't. That's fine, too, traditional even. But these Olympics have conspicuously defied traditional notions by having cheerleaders, in a few different styles, at a few different venues. In basketball, dance teams perform between matches. In beach volleyball, highly choreographed teams delight attendees.

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6:35pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Sports

Gymnastics Vault Needs 'Speed, Explosive Action'

U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney took the floor on Tuesday to tackle the event that can make or break Team USA in just a fraction of a second. It's the vault. And Maroney has the approval of the man who's been on the mat for so many memorable vault moments — Bela Karolyi. Audie Cornish asks Karolyi about the pivotal moments that can make or break success in the event.

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