Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
Americans reminded the world they were America by being all American Thursday, winning six golds, a silver, and a bronze to catch, then pass the Chinese and take the top spot in the medal table: they now have 37, including 18 golds, 9 silver, and 10 bronze.
There were few surprises, as Gabby Douglas earned the U.S. women’s third straight all-around title, Michael Phelps swam to another 200m IM gold, the women’s rowing eight dominated on the water, and Rebecca Soni broke the world record for the second consecutive night to win the 200m breaststroke.
The Americans went three for four in pool finals, but it wasn’t just more of the same. Kayla Harrison won the first American gold in judo, taking out Brit Gemma Gibbons in front of her home crowd.
If anything Team USA was its own worst enemy, since the only two medals of a different shade, both won by Ryan Lochte, came at the hands of compatriot rivals Phelps and Tyler Clary, who won the 200m back in Olympic record fashion.
Just for an extra measure of egotism, the USA Hoops team didn’t win gold, yet, but broke the all-time points record for a game, beating Nigeria 156-73 while hitting 29 threes. Say it with me now: “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
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