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Golden Girl Missy Franklin Is the Sweetheart of These Olympics

Franklin Earns First Gold Medal in 100m Backstroke
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Call her The Natural. In her first Olympic Games, Missy Franklin, a giggly 17-year-old high schooler from Colorado, has already shown an uncanny ability to flip the switch when the lights come on and transition into steely veteran with a killer instinct. Only minutes after completing a semifinal heat in the 200m freestyle, Franklin hopped back in the pool and swam to gold in the 100m backstroke, perhaps her signature event.

Olympics Photo of the Day: U.S. Beach Volleyball Players Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

London Olympics 2012 Photo of the Day
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Misty May-Treanor, right, of the U.S. looks on as  teammate Kerri Walsh digs out a ball during the beach volleyball match against Czech Republic at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. The beach volleyball matches, held in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, have been among the most popular events of these Olympics.

2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for July 31

Today's Biggest Events to Watch at London 2012
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Today's Fab Five, which will highlight NBC's prime-time schedule starting at 8 pm Eastern:

1. Men's 200m Butterfly
Another night, another shot at history for Phelps, who will be going for his third straight gold medal in this event. No Ryan Lochte in this one, so all eyes will be on Phelps as he chases career gold medal No. 15 and attempts to tie Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina's record of 18 career Olympic medals.

2012 Olympics: Top 10 Favorites for Women’s Gymnastics Individual All-Around

Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify, but the USA still has Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman.
<p> Jordyn Wieber did not qualify for the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition at the 2012 London Olympics. But the USA still has Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, while Russia will contend with Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina.</p>
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Jordyn Wieber did not qualify for the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition at the 2012 London Olympics. Despite finishing with the fourth-highest score during qualifying, the reigning World Champion and favorite to win Olympic gold failed to make the cut due to a rule that limits the number of bids to two per country — known stateside as the “Wieber Rule” until further notice.

2012 Olympics: 5 Can't-Miss Events for July 30

Today's biggest events to watch at London 2012
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<p> Today's biggest events to watch at London 2012</p>
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Okay, NBC. We'll play along. All during the Olympics, we'll be presenting a rundown of the essential, can't-miss events — according to when they'll be broadcast on NBC. (We don't sanction watching the Olympics at work, but there are streaming options for those who choose to do so.)

Today's Fab Five, with broadcast times (all times Eastern):

Olympics Photo of the Day: U.S. Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas

Athlon Presents the Most Striking Images from London 2012
<p> Athlon Presents the Most Striking Images from London 2012.</p>
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London Olympics 2012 Photo of the Day

American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas eyes perfection on the uneven bars during the team portion of the women's gymnastics competition. Her stellar performance ultimately earned her a spot on the gymnastics all-around for Team USA. 

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2012 Summer Olympics: Watch The Opening Ceremony Tonight

James Bond and a Beatle Headline Opening Ceremony
<p> James Bond and a Beatle Headline Opening Ceremony</p>
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The 2012 Summer Olympics: What to Watch, July 27
The Opening Ceremony
Time: 7:30 pm Eastern (tape delay), NBC


Years of preparation and months of hype are finally giving way to actual competition, but today's highlight is undoubtedly the Opening Ceremony kicking off the Games of the XXX Olympiad (careful when you Google that phrase, by the way).

Which Country has the Most Gold Medals Over the Last Five Olympics?

The United States, China, Russia and Germany top the list heading into London.
<p> Most Gold Medals Over the Last Five Olympics</p>
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As we head into the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, we take a moment to look back at the gold medal-winning dominance of the United States over the past five games. Here's a look at how the U.S., China, Russia and other countries stack up in the medal count. 

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