Despite dominating the first set of its match against Brazil Saturday, the U.S. women's volleyball team lost all momentum thereafter and dropped three-straight sets to lose its bid for the Olympic gold medal. The loss marked the second-straight time the U.S. squad lost to Brazil in the Olympic games.
The U.S. men's basketball team will take on Spain for the Olympic gold medal following the team's 109-83 rout of Argentina Friday at the London Games. Kevin Durant scored 19 points, while Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James had 18 apiece in the semi-final game. The Timberwolves' Kevin Love scored 9.
Brittany Viola, the daughter of former Twins great Frank Viola, finished 14th in the Olympic women's 10-meter platform diving preliminaries Wednesday at the London Games. The St. Paul native's score qualified her for the semi-finals, which are set for Thursday morning.
The undefeated United States men's basketball team will go up against Argentina in the final game of group play at the 2012 London Olympics Monday at 4:15 p.m. CDT. Team USA is already guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals, but a victory will secure the No. 1 seed.
The USA women's epee fencing team, which includes St. Paul's Susie Scanlan, salvaged a disappointing London Games with a bronze medal on Saturday when the team defeated Russia in a dramatic sudden-death bout.
Eden Prairie-native Rachel Bootsma helped Team USA advance to the finals in the women’s 4x100 meter medley relay set for Saturday. Bootsma led off the relay with a 100-meter backstroke time of 59.70 seconds, putting the U.S. in third place, the Star Tribune reports. The Americans qualified with the fourth-fastest time. Bootsma won’t swim Saturday, but she will receive a medal if the team finishes in the top three.
First-time Olympian Amanda Smock will not compete in the women's triple jump finals on Sunday. The Melrose native finished 27th out of 33 competitors in the preliminary round at the London Olympics on Friday morning.
Russia remains unbeaten in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament after defeating Brazil 75-74 on Thursday in the final seconds of the game. Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved, both headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves, scored a combined 36 points to secure the last second victory at the London Olympics.
The undefeated United States men’s basketball team will go up against Nigeria at 4:15 p.m. CDT on Thursday. Wolves all-star Kevin Love has scored 30 points for the U.S. in their first two victories at the London Olympics. Team USA is a 42-point favorite in Thursday afternoon’s Olympic matchup, according to NBC sports.
Team USA will play its second game of the Olympics when they go up against Tunisia at 4:15 p.m. CDT or 10:15 p.m. London time on Tuesday. The matchup shouldn't be much of a challenge for the United States. The Tunisian squad is ranked No. 32 in the world and doesn't have any NBA players on its roster.
Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved led Russia to another easy victory on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. The two future Timberwolves players helped beat China 73-54 in the men's Olympic basketball tournament. Kirilenko finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Shved had 14 points and six assists. Russia will face Brazil on Thursday.
An Olympic fencer from St. Paul bowed out of the London Games in the first individual round of the women’s epee fencing competition on Monday, the Pioneer Press reports. Susie Scanlan will compete in the team event when the U.S. takes on Italy on Saturday.
KARE-TV Sports Director Eric Perkins says he's excited to be heading to London to report on as many local Olympics stories as possible until the event wraps up Aug. 12. KARE became the gold standard of Olympics coverage during the Bejing Games four years ago, as there were days when more people tuned into the local NBC affiliate to watch the event than anywhere else in the United States.