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At the London Olympics, there's a lot of interest in a rematch coming up this Thursday, with a gold medal on the line. The U.S. women's soccer team will be playing Japan, a team that beat the Americans last year in a shoot-out at the end of the final match of the World Cup.
But first, the U.S. players had to get past Canada last night, and they did - barely, as NPR's Howard Berkes reports.
American shooter Matt Emmons was on Time Magazine's list of chokers after suffering some mental lapses in the last Olympics. On Monday, he competed in the finals in his best discipline and took the bronze medal.
The U.S. women's soccer team defeated longtime rival Canada Monday in a close Olympic semi-final match 4-3 in overtime. They will face Japan in the gold medal match on Thursday. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Howard Berkes about the game.
U.S. Olympic boxer Claressa Shields, the teenager whose dream of being in the first crop of Olympic women boxers led her to tell her story on All Things Considered back in February, will fight for a medal in London.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt gestures to a camera after running in an Olympic 100-meter semifinal. There's no telling when Americans might have seen his actions, as NBC tape-delays top events. Online, fans are finding ways around the network's strategy.
Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 8:42 am
When we posted about the apps and streaming options NBC and others offer for the London 2012 Games, many readers responded that as non-TV subscribers, they were cut out of the plan. Many added that they aren't scofflaws — they're people who watch broadcast television, and occasionally pay for cable shows or movies via Netflix or iTunes.
Olympic boxing continues to be mired in controversy at the 2012 Summer Games. Over the weekend, Belarus and Cuba filed protests about questionable decisions involving their fighters.
Two decisions Sunday angered fans and boxing commentators. Judges awarded victory to Teymur Mammadov, a heavyweight fighter from Azerbaijan, even though his opponent from Belarus, Siarhei Karneyeu, appeared to land most of the punches in a third round in which the Belarussian was repeatedly held.
American judo athlete Nick Delpopolo has been disqualified from the London 2012 Games after failing a drug test, according to the International Olympic Committee. The 23-year-old Delpopolo tested positive for the substance THC, found in marijuana.
Delpopolo finished seventh in the 73 kg — or 160.5 pound — judo event. After the competition, his urine sample showed the presence of THC, a prohibited substance in Olympic sport.
Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 2:36 pm
The following exchange has played out over and over in the last ten days:
Point: "NBC's coverage of the Olympics stinks, because everything is tape-delayed and cut to shreds, and also the announcers are awful and they only care about American athletes, and by the time I get to watch anything, I already know what happened."
Counterpoint: "People are watching in huge numbers."
We are about halfway through the Summer Olympics and millions of viewers have been thrilled by the feats of the world's athletes. For Americans, it's been especially exciting to watch America's swimmers. Michael Phelps, who set a record for the most medals won by any Olympian, as well as the young upstarts, Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.