From Ryan Lochte to Dana Vollmer, the U.S contenders are already scoring impressive victories
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Only a few days into the 2012 Olympics, Team USA is already showing some impressive victories in London. The country currently boasts 23 medals total, including nine gold, according to Sports Illustrated.
Perhaps the biggest highlight from the games so far: Michael Phelps shattering the Olympic record to become the most decorated Olympian of all time with 19 medals.
That’s not to say there haven’t been other amazing wins for Team USA. From favorites Kerri Walsh Jennings, 33, and Misty May-Treanor, 34, advancing in beach volleyball to a new record set in skeet shooting, check out a recap of the U.S. highlights so far. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!)
Michael Phelps made history Tuesday when he won his 19th Olympic medal, beating out previous record holder, gymnast Larissa Latynina of the former Soviet Union, who earned 18 medals. Throughout his career, Phelps has won 15 gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Gabrielle Douglas
Team USA’s “Fab Five” earned a gold medal following their incredible floor show on Tuesday. After their astonishing win, Coach John Geddert called the group the “best team of all time.”
The swimmer struck gold when he earned top honors in the 100M Backstroke with a time of 52.16 seconds – a new Olympic record, according to the USA Today. Cheering him on? His No. 1 fan (according to her Twitter account), fiancée and fellow swimmer Annie Chandler. Fellow American – and Grevers’s pal – Nick Thoman took home the silver in the same category.
At just 17, Missy Franklin has been called the best swimmer in the world by many, after she won her first world title at age 16 in 2011. Franklin took home the gold after she finished the two-lap 100M backstroke in just 58.33 seconds. Even Michael Phelps praised the young swimmer: “She’s never tired, she’s always swimming fast. She’s really been able to come on the scene strong. I’ve said this all along, she’s a stud.”
The 22-year-old swimmer took home the silver medal in the women’s 400M freestyle final with a time of 4:01.77 on Sunday. Schmitt’s impressive time may have not earned the young swimmer the gold, but she did set a new record” for the United States. On Tuesday, Schmitt took home the gold at the 200M freestyle event, setting another Olympic record with her time of 1:53.61.
Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston
Hailing from Ohio, Kelci Bryant, and Abby Johnston earned silver medals Sunday in the women’s three-meter platform event. Their synchronized dives secured the second place spot for Bryant, 23, and Johnston, 22. “It was amazing all our hard work has paid off over the last four years,” Johnston told the press. “I think since Abby and I got the medal it will set a good tone for U.S. diving.”
Rhode Island’s Elizabeth Beisel took home a silver medal in the 400M individual medley on Sunday. “It’s every little kid’s dream to have an Olympic medal and to have it finally happen, it feels so great,” she told the New York Post.
The swimmer took home his first Gold medal in the 400 IM and has already qualified for the 200 M freestyle. Lochte was perhaps so overwhelmed with his win that he could barely sleep last night. “I didn’t get to bed until like 2 a.m., so I’m a little tired,” he told NBC. Phelps, meanwhile, was gracious about his loss. “Congrats to Ryan,” he posted on Facebook. “Way to keep that title in the country where it belongs!”
The female athlete, 33, won the gold in women’s skeet shooting Sunday, making her the first U.S. contender to take an individual-sport medal in five back-to-back Olympics, according to the AP. She also tied the world record and set an Olympic record: she shot 99 out of 100 targets.
The 24-year-old swimmer and defending world champion set a world record in the 100 M butterfly with a time of 55.98 seconds Sunday – good enough to earn her the gold medal, according to the AP.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings
The beach volleyball contenders are trying for a third consecutive gold medal – and they’re already well on their way to securing that win. On Saturday, the duo beat out Australians Tasmin Hinchley and Natalie Cook in a tense match that went way past 11 p.m. local time. The final score: 21-18 and 21-19. “I was worried,” Walsh Jennings said of playing so late. “At home, it hits 11 and I’m a zombie. But we could play at 4 in the morning, we don’t care.”