Daily Briefing, Aug. 16
Well, there's always
Earlier today, the USOC was kind enough to send a Phelps By The Numbers info sheet. Some highlights:
• His 13 gold medals are the most by any athlete in the history of the Olympics. Gymnast
• Phelps has 15 total Olympic medals (2004, 2008), including 13 gold and two bronzes. He is tied with
• Phelps is the all-time leader in medals (15) by a U.S. athlete.
• Latynina is the all-time leader in Olympic medals with 18. Phelps is tied for second (15) with Andrianov.
• If not for Phelps, 41-year-old
• The women's 100 final (10:30 a.m.) is anyone's race.
• The women's marathon (9:00 p.m.) has a loaded field including
• Individual medals will be handed out in the men's pommel horse final (7:29 a.m.), women's vault final (6:43 a.m.), and women's floor exercise (8:15 a.m.).
• Olympic tennis comes to a close (save your tears, please) as an all-Russian women's final pits
• The U.S. softball team's looks to extend its Olympic winning streak to 20 against the Netherlands (7:30 a.m.) while the U.S. women's volleyball team should improve to 4-1 with a win over Poland (12:30 a.m.) in pool play.
• The women's 3000 steeplechase final (11:30 a.m.) features American record holder
• Look for the U.S. women's basketball team (4-0) to roll over New Zealand in the final game of preliminary action (10:15 a.m.).
• U.S. welterweight
• Beach volleyball queens
• Finally, the athletics program for the night concludes with the 10,000 men's final (10:45 a.m.).
"I couldn't telephone my parents because all the telephones are broken, but I did receive an SMS from my brother saying it is all okay. But I am not sure because he would not tell me if he was injured."
"Handball has brought both happiness and misery to me -- that is sport."
If Phelps wins, is he the greatest Olympian ever -- greater than, among others,