The sport of boxing has struggled for years with the question of scoring. A scandalous result in a 1988 bout led to the implementation of a computer system, which had plenty of flaws of its own. These Olympics, the scoring has been overhauled.
The opening weekend of the Summer Olympics was marked by highs and lows, of course, and the swimming pool had its share of both. World records, a stunning loss and a medal for the home team — and that was all in just one afternoon.
Before American Dana Vollmer answers how a 55.98-second 100-meter butterfly — the fastest time ever, and worth a gold medal — feels, consider this: Vollmer was diagnosed as a teenager with two life-threatening heart conditions that prompted her mom to carry a defibrillator to Dana's races.
In what appeared to be payback for their 2008 loss in Beijing, France chased down the U.S. team and took the gold in the men's 400-meter relay on Sunday.
With Michael Phelps swimming the second leg of the race, looking much stronger than he did in his fourth place finish the night before, the Americans built a substantial lead during the first three legs of the race.
Ryan Lochte, leaping into the water in the anchor leg of the race with a half-body length lead, was simply outgunned by France's Yannick Agnel. The Associated Press reports:
The Olympics have officially had a "Salahi moment." Remember, the White House gatecrashers? Well, on Friday during the opening ceremony, a young woman wearing a red jacket and turquoise pants was seen walking with the Indian delegation into Olympic stadium. Not only that, but she was walking alongside the flag bearer.