Daily Briefing, Aug. 18
"They are not good friends (nor enemies, either), yet each understands the other better than any outsider could, sharing outsized talents and rare ambition. Both are at the Beijing Games fighting separately for the tiny and exclusive slice of fleeting fame awarded to the queen of Olympic track. They will be compared without facing off."
• Richards will attempt to hold off
• Felix (SI's pick) takes to the track 12 hours earlier in the opening round of the women's 200. She runs her heat at 10 p.m. ET Monday night.
• Along with Felix,
The men's 400 semifinals should be great theater. Defending champion
• Away from the track, beach volleyball queens
• The U.S. women's water polo team can advance to the gold-medal match with a win over Australia in the semis (2:20 a.m.). The rivalry has a history: The two teams have met in every Olympic Games in which women's water polo has been contested (2000, '04, '08). The U.S. lost the gold medal game to Australia in Sydney, but beat the Aussies in Athens to capture the bronze.
• Now it gets serious for the basketball teams: The U.S. women (5-0) meet South Korea (2-3) in the quarterfinals (8 a.m.) of the competition.
• China will have a pair of diving stars in the men's 3-meter springboard final (8:30 a.m.):
•The U.S. women's volleyball team was a force in pool play. Now comes the elimination round. They face Italy in the quarterfinals (10 a.m.) in an attempt to hit the medal stand for the first time since 1992.
Other finals include the men's freestyle wrestling 55g final (5:20 a.m.), men's Madison track cycling (5:30 a.m.), women's sprint track cycling (6:25 a.m.) and the individual dressage final in equestrian (7:15 a.m.)
"I've never used drugs, but you would have to be on a huge trip to experience this."
"I am going to get fat."
• "With one week now in the bag," writes