U.S. Continues to Add to Medal Total

The U.S. takes an impressive lead in the medal count, with gold medals in the women's 4x100 relay, victory in men's basketball, and the first upset in women's volleyball.

U.S. Wins Gold in Wrestling, Decathlon, and 4x100m Relay

Americans with gold and silver in the decathlon, Jordan Burroughs wins gold in wrestling, and the U.S. women win the 4x100m relay to capture gold in the event for the first time since 1996.

U.S. Women's Soccer Wins Gold and Lightning (Bolt) Strikes Twice

U.S. women win soccer gold, Claressa Shields becomes the first gold medalist in middleweight women's boxing, and nobody can keep up with Usain Bolt.

U.S. Regains Medal Lead with 81 Medals Total

Allyson Felix, Misty May-Treanor, and Kerry Walsh Jennings win gold. Other U.S. athletes are positioned to medal in boxing and decathlon. The U.S. officially passes China for the overall medal lead.

China Pads Both Overall and Gold Medal Lead; U.S. Still Within Reach

More gymnastics medals and both the men's and women's basketball teams keep moving forward. A huge mistake in water polo is rectified by the skills of the team. Read on for the day's medal count.

The Literariness of the Olympics

Sports and literature seem to fall on different ends of the spectrum - one cerebral, the other physical. But as a spectator of all sports, I find the arc of a good game as thematic as a good book.

Day 10 Olympic Updates: U.S. Women's Soccer Team Advances to Final

U.S. women's soccer advances to the final round, Jenn Suhr wins gold in pole vault, and three women advance in the 100m hurdle competition. Read on for more Olympic updates.

Day 9: China and U.S. Still Neck and Neck in the Medals Race

Although China edged into the lead on the medal count today, there were some impressive performances by U.S. athletes, including the first gold medal in track and field.

Phelps Goes Out a Winner

The U.S. stays in the lead as Michael Phelps makes his grand finale, plus other gold medals in tennis, track and field, and men's basketball.

Phelps Wins Another Gold While Franklin Breaks a World Record

Michael Phelps ends his Olympic career with 21 medals (17 of them gold), while Missy Franklin sets a new world record, beating out a time set in one of the banned bodysuits by Kristy Coventry.

U.S. Catapults Into Medal Lead, Tied With China at 18 Golds

Allison Schmitt, Rebecca Soni, Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, Kayla Harrison, and more win gold medals for the U.S.A. at the Olympics today - bringing the American medal count to 37.

China Regains Medal Lead, U.S. Close Behind

Kristin Armstrong wins the cycling time trial. Lochte and Phelps both qualify for the 200m individual medley swim event. And one Williams sister loses, while the other continues on.

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