Daily Briefing, Aug. 12
Asked before the start of the Games about the American athletes with the requisite charisma to explode off the screen, NBC Sports and Olympics executive producer
Well, get ready for plenty of
• Johnson and Liukin lead the U.S. women's gymnastics team against China in the women's team finals (10:30 p.m. ET). The U.S. lineup looks like this: vault,
"The beauty of it is China and the U.S. will be paired together, competing on the same apparatus at the same time," says
• At the Water Cube, Phelps goes for gold No. 4 in the men's 200 butterfly final (10:21 p.m.) while
• Then comes that man again: Phelps goes for his second gold of the night (and No. 5 in the Games) in the men's 4x200 freestyle relay (11:19 p.m.). If Phelps doubles on Wednesday, he'll have 11 career gold medals, which would set the all-time record for most gold medals by a U.S. athlete (Phelps is currently tied with
• My colleague
"No, no, no. Nobody can beat us."
"We didn't expect it at all. Normally it is not allowed in international tournaments. It tricked us and we didn't understand why it was allowed. It ruined the game."