The U.S. womens basketball team, which hasnt lost an Olympic game in 20 years, is winning by an average of 36 points. Heading into the Lithuania game, the men were winning by 52. Williams rolled past Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to win the womens tennis gold on Saturday, and twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the mens doubles.
The American womens volleyball team is also rolling, and pulled off a huge upset of reigning champion Brazil.
• Biggest Disappointment: All of Great Britain woke up in a euphoric mood the morning after the Opening Ceremony because beloved cyclist Mark Cavendish was expected to win the first gold medal for the host nation in the road race. Tens of thousands of fans lined The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace for the finish. Coming off Bradley Wiggins Tour de France win, surely a Brit would win the Olympic road race, right?
Cavendish finished in 28th place, and it was Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan standing atop the medal podium smiling with the gold when it was all over. Cavendishs collapse was considered the most deflating Olympic performance in recent history.
• The Home Team: As if that werent enough to depress the locals, imagine their disappointment when they turned on their tellies and saw patches of hundreds of empty seats at many venues. Tickets to Olympic events have been nearly impossible to get for months, and yet, sections of seats sat vacant in the first few days of the Games. Turns out they were mostly in the accredited areas for the Olympic Family.
• Blemishes: Turns out there was no need to panic after Cavendishs bad day. Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won Team GBs first gold on Wednesday, and they have been coming in at a steady pace since.
The London organizing committee (LOCOG) frantically attempted to avoid a potential public relations nightmare by getting back some tickets and having volunteers, students and military fill the seats. They also put some of those tickets on the market for the public. By the end of the week, the Olympic venues were 85 percent full. On Friday, the velodrome and 80,000-seat track stadium were filled to capacity and the atmosphere was said to be electric.
It goes without saying that there would be a scandal or two. This time, they came at the Aquatic Center and the Badminton venue. Chinese 16-year-old phenom Ye Shiwen raised eyebrows when the first of her two gold-medal performances came in a time five seconds faster than her previous best. She swam her relay leg faster than Lochte swam his, leading veteran U.S. coach John Leonard to call it unbelievable and suspicious. She and the Chinese federation denied any suggestion of doping.
The Chinese were also involved in the badminton controversy, which resulted in four doubles teams being disqualified for throwing matches to manipulate the draw. A Chinese team, two from Korea and one from Indonesia were bounced.
• Looking Ahead: Swimming is over, and Track and Field takes over the spotlight. Is Usain Bolt still the fastest man in the world? Will double-amputee Oscar The Blade Runner Pistorius contend for a medal? Can U.S. decathlete Ashton Easton win the gold? How about Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400 or Allyson Felix in the 200? Will five-time World Cup champion Brazil finally win its first mens soccer gold? Will the favored U.S. womens soccer team, volleyball team, and the two basketball teams avoid upsets?
Buckle your seatbelts and keep that remote close at hand.