Daily Briefing, Aug. 17
• Along with Liu, U.S. hopefuls
• SI's pick to win the men's 3000 steeplechase final (9:10 p.m.) is
• The prediction here is that the U.S. will sweep the men's 400 hurdle final (10:00 a.m.) with
• The women's uneven bars final (6:43 a.m.) features Olympic all-around champ
• American diver
• Plenty of team action, including The Redeem Team -- smashing opponents by an average of 28.0 per game. The U.S. plays a meaningless final pool game against Germany (1-3), who has flamed out despite the presence of
• In a diamond doubleheader of sorts: The U.S. softball competes pool play against China (noon) while the U.S. baseball meet the host country at 7:00 a.m.
"I want to be the first Michael Phelps, not the second Mark Spitz. Never once will I ever downplay the accomplishments of Spitz. What he did still is an amazing feat and will always be an amazing accomplishment in the swimming world and also the Olympics. Being able to have something like that to shoot for made those days when you were tired and didn't want to be there, when you just wanted to go home and sleep and not work out, it made those days easier."
"They are all mentally weak. Technically and physically they are really good. There are no differences between Chinese and European fencers. Only the Chinese always feel scared."
While Michael Mania reigns in the U.S. and much of the world, in China, Phelps' rising star may never eclipse the heights already attained by some of China's native sons and daughters, who to their 1.3 billion countrymen are the true stars of these Olympic Games,"