London 2012 Olympics

2012 Summer Olympic Games | London, England | July 28th - August 4th, 2012 | Coverage Sponsored by

Previews & Recaps

Schlanger to Anchor Australian Women’s Medley Relay

The Australian women threw down a big number in the prelims of the 400 medley relay, with a 3:55.42 to…


Jaeger, Hardy Safely Into Finals; Aussie Women Dominate Medley Prelims

Jessica Hardy survived a tight 50 free prelim, though KLJ was nipped by a three-way swim off. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Clary Upsets Lochte; Phelps Completes History on Day 6 Finals

Tyler Clary Celebrates his upset victory in the men’s 200 backstroke. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Phelps Begins Last Run at Olympic Three-Peat in 100 Fly Prelims

Michael Phelps is still seeking individual gold at this meet, and enters still as the favorite in the men’s 100 fly. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


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Adrian Shocks the Field, Wins 100 Free Gold by .01 in Day 5 Finals

On Wednesday, Nathan Adrian did something that no American has done in nearly a quarter of a century. (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)


Ryan Lochte Handles Double Easily Through Preliminary Rounds

Ryan Lochte exerted little more energy than would a warmup on Wednesday morning (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Phelps Anchors American Relay for First Gold Medal of Olympics

The American men had big expectations upon them in Tuesday’s 800 free relay, and they delivered (Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis/


Adrian’s Confidence Shows in 100 Free Prelims Swim

Nathan Adrian looked very good to take the top seed in the 100 free on morning 4 of the 2012 Olympics (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Missy Arrives With First Gold in Day 3 Evening Session

Missy Franklin played her double perfectly, and earned her first ever gold medal (Photo Courtesy: US Presswire)


China Keeps Sweep In-Tact; Americans Get Second Medal in Men’s Platform Synchro

The second diving event is in the books, and the same storylines continue after the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform. The…


Phelps 5th in 200 Fly; Shiwen Ye Warns of More Records in 200 IM

Michael Phelps began his quest for a third-straight gold medal in the 200 fly Monday morning, but the Austrian Jukic outshone him (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Phelps’ legacy on the line in London

There’s pressure on Michael Phelps to succeed in London and ensure his final Olympic chapter includes touches of the greatness we saw in Beijing.


American Men Win Nailbiter Over Montenegro in Men’s WP

Tony Azevedo scored the Americans’ last goal as they snuck past powerhouses Montenegro. (Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis/


American Vollmer; van der Burgh Break World Records on Day 2 (RECAP)

The French were all smiles after pulling off their first ever relay gold medal on day 2. (Photo: US Presswire)


Record Watch: Swimming is exciting again

Since 2009, world records have been scarcely found in the swimming pool. That will all change in London, with a handful of very real world record possibilities.


Picks: American 1-2 Punch is Unbeatable in Women’s 800 Relay

If Missy is as good as she was in 2011, the Americans have a strong 1-2 punch (Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis/


Picks: Phelps Holds the Key to American 400 Free Relay

Michael Phelps will have to be the Americans’ silver bullet if they want to clip the Aussies. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Must-See Women’s Races in London

The Olympic Women’s swimming competition is a compelling mix of stars in the making and seasoned veterans. Here are a handful of battles for gold that you just can’t miss.


Picks: Kromos Health Means Dutch Repeat in 400 Free Relay

A healthy and happy Romo means a Dutch repeat. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


More Analysis

London’s Olympic Aquatics Centre to Become Diving High Performance Centre

The London Aquatics Centre, seen here in its full glory before the 2012 Summer Olympics, will reopen in 2014 as the home of a new British Diving High Performance Centre.


FINA – All Olympic Doping Tests Negative

In a statement from FINA they have said all 518 doping tests carried out on athletes in aquatic events at…


Great Britain’s High Performance Director Michael Scott Resigns

The Daily Telegraph has reported that after the poor showing by Great Britain’s National Swim Team at the 2012 London…


Cal’s Other Olympian in the Recruiting Class of ’13

Meet Farida Osman, a 2012 Olympian for Egypt who is part of a star-studded recruiting class for the Golden Bears.


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Coach’s Perspective on The 2012 US Olympic Team

David Marsh talks about a team, he says, is the best he’s ever been a part of. (Photo Courtesy © Tim Binning,


Commentary: What Sport has to do with Syria

Sport dominated our world for the time during London 2012. But after, contributor Callum Ng, was left with a very sobering reflection.


Keepin the Scam Going: Peter Vanderkaay

Well, until Mel kicks us off we’re going to keep doing this. What? Peter Vanderkaay’s going to waste his time with us too? Game on.


Dave and Gary: Aaron Peirsol Ladies and Gentlemen

Aaron Peirsol? On our column? I know, it seems too good to be true. But it is!


Missy Franklin Reveals Olympic Tattoo

Missy Franklin shows off her new emblem.


British Chief Michael Scott Announces Inquiry into Olympic Medal Count

Though Britain had more swimming finalists than they ever have, the powers-that-be were still displeased with the medal counts. (Photo of Fran Halsall Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Dave Enters Another Dumbension…

…and Gary lets him know. Again. And again. Come read, you’ll hate it!



Now that the 2012 Olympics have ended and we have had some time to reflect on what was certainly something…


Olympic Warming Down and Gearing Up

Chuck Warner’s “Lesson From Legends”


Dear Katrina Olympic Closing Ceremonies experience

Dear Katrina, What are the closing ceremonies like for the Olympic athlete? One of my favorite memories of the Olympic…


Reports: IOC Strongly Considering 50’s for 2016 Olympics

American Jessica Hardy is the world’s best 50 breaststroker, but has never had the chance to prove it on the Olympic stage. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


When I Was Fifteen – a Memoir by Jesse Kubanet

Last week, I watched, mouth agape, just like the rest of the world, as fifteen-year-old Katie Ledecky absolutely crushed the…


Contract with Federation Forces Sun Yang Give Up Bulk of $18 Million in Endorsements

Yang will still walk away with roughly $6 million, though, which will still make him one of the world’s wealthiest swimmers. (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Cal’s 11 Medals, 7 Gold, Top Collegiate Tables at Olympics

Teri McKeever (above) and Dave Durden have been masterful in Berkeley (Photo Courtesy: ©Tim Binning/


Ous Mellouli Golden in Olympic 10K Open Water

Photo Courtesy: Mike Lewis/, @Mike2swim