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9:23am

Fri August 10, 2012
The Torch

Coming Up: Friday's Olympic Best Bets

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:25 am

Track and field will hold eight of today's 17 medal events, as the Summer Olympics moves into its final weekend. The U.S. men's basketball team plays to get into the gold medal game, and the day's highlights also include an intriguing men's soccer bronze-medal match between South Korea and Japan.

All times refer to the Eastern time zone:

Athletics

  • 2:00p Men's Pole Vault Final
  • 2:10p Women's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1
  • 2:35p Women's Hammer Throw Final
  • 2:45p Men's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1
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4:45am

Fri August 10, 2012
Sports

U.S. Women's Soccer Captures 3rd Gold Medal

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 6:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The United States women's soccer team now has its third consecutive Olympic gold medal. The U.S. played Japan yesterday in London. When those teams met last year in the World Cup, the Japanese won a tie-breaking shootout. This time, the U.S. scored early and held on, 2-1. NPR's Howard Berkes was there.

HOWARD BERKES, BYLINE: At the moment of victory...

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING CROWD)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: The USA, 2; Japan, 1. USA are the Olympic champions.

(APPLAUSE)

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4:45am

Fri August 10, 2012
Sports

Usain Bolt Sprints Into Olympic History

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 6:28 am

Jamaican Usain Bolt cemented his place as one of the greatest sprinters in history, when he won the 200 meter final Thursday. Bolt is the first Olympian to win both the 100 meter and 200 meter races two Olympics in a row.

5:31pm

Thu August 9, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Olympics Have Temporarily Transformed England

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Before the Olympics began, the British were in a funk. The Times of London predicted the games would be a disaster, and many Britons agreed. Now, nearly two weeks later, they've forgotten all that and pretty much everything else that's gone wrong. As we hear from NPR's Philip Reeves, the Olympics have temporarily transformed a nation.

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: What on Earth is happening to the British?

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

REEVES: I mean, just listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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5:28pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Sports

Tiny Island Nation Finds Olympic Pride In Weightlifter

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Olympics are winding down, and for some nations, they're already over. Among them, the small Pacific island nation of Nauru. With roughly 9,300 people, it is the least populous country competing in these games. NPR's Mike Pesca says for the Nauruvians that's a point of pride.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Nauru is small. How small? Remember this song?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SMALL TOWN")

JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP: (Singing) But I've seen it all in a small town. Had myself a ball in a small town.

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5:22pm

Thu August 9, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Missing Athletes Join Long List Of Olympic Defectors

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now to the case of the missing Olympians. Seven competitors from Cameroon have gone missing in London - five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer goalie - six men and one woman. It's presumed they may seek asylum in England. And if so, they'll join a long list of athletes who've defected during the Olympic Games. For more on who has defected and why, I'm joined by Olympic historian, David Wallechinsky. He's at the games in London. David, welcome to the program.

Thank you.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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3:03pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Torch

Women's Olympic Soccer Final: U.S. Beats Japan 2-1, To Win Gold

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:08 am

American Carli Lloyd heads in a goal in the first half to put the U.S. up 1-0 against Japan in the Olympic gold medal match.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

In Olympic women's soccer, the U.S. team has beaten Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal match at London's Wembley Stadium, a game that set a new attendance record with more than 80,000 spectators. Carli Lloyd scored both of the American goals, while U.S. stars Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach weren't able to finish their chances. But they were very active, and both players kept the Japanese defenders occupied around the goal.

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1:29pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Torch

Teenager Claressa Shields Wins Historic Gold Medal In Women's Boxing

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 3:59 pm

U.S. boxer Claressa Shields (left) lands a punch on Nadezda Torlopova of Russia during the women's boxing middleweight final at the ExCel Arena in London. Shields, 17, won the first-ever gold medal in the event.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

She's still in high school, but boxer Claressa Shields, 17, is also an Olympic gold medalist, after she won her middleweight final Thursday. She defeated Russia's Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12.

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1:29pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Picture Show

Superwomen: Portraits Of Olympians ... And Moms

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 12:29 pm

Courtesy of Jennifer Pottheiser

When Jennifer Pottheiser photographed basketball player Lisa Leslie before the 2008 Olympic Games, she couldn't believe that the WNBA player was both an Olympic competitor and a new mom.

Four years later, she set out to find other American women who were juggling Olympic training with diaper changes, bath times and breast-feeding.

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11:49am

Thu August 9, 2012
Strange News

It's Not Gold, But Fastest US Texter Wins Big

It may not be an Olympic sport, but Wisconsin teen Austin Wierschke was just named the fastest texter in America. The texting champion was awarded $50,000. Wierschke speaks with host Michel Martin about how he keeps his thumbs in shape.

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