Lost behind the flurry of Michael Phelps' mad medal haul and a world-record-setting Chinese teenager, something remarkable occurred at the London Games' swim competition this week.

Kohei Uchimura, the Japanese gymnast, did not fool anyone by qualifying in ninth place last week for the Olympic men's all-around event in gymnastics. His competitors knew all along that he would be the one to beat in the final Wednesday, and they were right.

If the object of competing in the Olympics is to win a gold medal, weren't the women's badminton players who attempted to tank their matches Tuesday trying harder and working smarter toward that goal than if they attempted to win?

Granite Bay swimmer Alyssa Anderson played a part in helping Team USA to a gold-medal victory in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the Olympic Games in London on Wednesday.

With so many stars on the U.S. swimming team, it's easy to overlook Scott Weltz of Davis.

Making her Olympic debut, Marti Malloy had just lost in the women's judo semifinals Monday but had to prepare quickly for the bronze-medal match.

Katie Davis admits she is no natural athlete, but neither that nor the fact that she was born without sight stopped her from becoming a Paralympian.

This, that and the other thing: Ye Shiwen, the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer who shattered the women's world record in the 400-meter individual medley, has some 'splaining to do.

The most remarkable thing about Missy "The Missile" Franklin is not that she won an Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke Monday, her second medal of these Games after collecting a bronze in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

If you don't want to know how 17-year-old Missy Franklin fared in the 100-meter backstroke, her first individual Olympic final, before NBC shows us tonight during prime time, you'll need to check out from electronics (TV, radio, Facebook, Twitter, email) and communications (friends, neighbors, co-workers).

Contemplating a competition that was her last, Kelci Bryant gave this reminder Sunday to her synchronized diving partner, Abby Johnston: No matter what, we've done amazing things. I love you.

For nearly a decade Ryan Lochte chased Michael Phelps in the pool, picking up bronzes to Phelps' golds. But all the while, Lochte has been closing the gap, second by precious second.

High above the cotton-candy-colored floor of the Olympic gymnastics arena, the scoreboard Saturday showed the U.S. men's team in the lead after qualifying. But the five Americans who have said for weeks they would win the gold medal dared not celebrate.

That back and forth between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan about their U.S. men's Olympic teams was silly.

Stanford named Bernard Muir as its new athletic director Friday, ending a search that spanned nearly three months.

Swimming is one of those great Olympic sports we only follow closely every four years, when once-obscure athletes become overnight sensations.

Even though this U.S. Olympic men's basketball team has lost the likes of Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard because of injury, count Chris Paul among those who believe this squad would beat the 2008 gold-medal version.

When the Opening Ceremony officially kicks off the Summer Olympics today, six athletes with Sacramento-area roots will be among the more than 500 competitors for the United States in London.

These were the Beatles in shorts and sneakers. Magic, Michael, Larry and Charles. The late Chuck Daly as George Martin. More? A chorus of Scottie Pippen and John Stockton and Karl Malone. Chris Mullin and Clyde Drexler and Patrick Ewing and David Robinson. And don't forget Christian Laettner, the college token from Duke, who absorbed daily doses of mostly good-natured ribbing.

In Michael Phelps' telling, one of the greatest Olympic careers almost began with a skinny-dip. It was the first trip out of the country for the kid from the Rodgers Forge area of Baltimore County, Md., and he gawked like a tourist – not at monuments or museums – but at the famous swimmers competing in Sydney.

If you heed any advice before the London Olympics begin – beyond buying earplugs to muzzle Rowdy Gaines' shouting as swimmers reach the end of their races – it is this: verify your cable, satellite or telephone account on nbcolympics.com to watch the live video streaming of all the events.

In 1948, London was a broken city barely crawling out of the Second World War. The Blitz had reduced whole neighborhoods to rubble. There were shortages of milk, eggs, coal and other basics. The Olympic Games, which came here that bleak summer, were about as welcome as a sunburn.

In the finals of the women's 200-meter freestyle at the United States Olympic Swimming Trials on June 28 in Omaha, Neb., Granite Bay's Alyssa and Colette Anderson were nervous wrecks, but for different reasons.

Guor Marial ran for his life to escape a Sudanese child labor camp. Now he will get to run in the Olympics.

LONDON – With the flame comes the Games.

The best swimmer you've never heard of made the U.S. team for the Athens Summer Games at the age of 12. She shocked her rivals and came home with three gold medals. She picked up six more, four of them gold, in Beijing and now is in Colorado Springs, Colo., wrapping up her preparations for London in a full-time training program supported by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The question would be almost unimaginable in the United States.

With opening ceremonies for the London Olympics in less than two weeks, The Bee set out to talk with some of the area's young athletes about the upcoming Games.

It was a tough start for the Americans.

Not quite a Dream Team, still the Olympic favorite.

The job description certainly isn't sexy. Members of the USA Men's Select Team are asked to swallow their egos, practice in an adjacent gym for a while, scrimmage against the Olympic team when called upon, and compete hard without inflicting bodily harm.

When LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the U.S. men's basketball team take the court tonight in Las Vegas for an exhibition against the Dominican Republic, it will be the first chance for fans to see the latest version of the Dream Team.

If someone asked if you were following Sacramento-area athletes who qualified for the upcoming Summer Olympics, your answer likely would be: "Like who?"

The dream of bringing the Winter Olympics to the Lake Tahoe region is deferred, not dashed, says the chairman of the bistate booster committee.

While anticipating extensive media coverage for the women's opener July 25 in Glasgow, Scotland, U.S. standout Megan Rapinoe last week confirmed what most of her friends and family have long known: that she is gay.

Kim Conley was in fifth place, more than 20 meters behind third-place runner Julia Lucas with less than 200 remaining, in the 5,000-meter final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., last week.

USA Basketball says Lamar Odom won't try to earn an Olympic roster spot, leaving the Americans with 15 players for 12 spots.

Dara Torres lingered in the water after the other swimmers had climbed out of the pool.

Michael Phelps' Olympic program is set. He'll be going for eight more gold medals.

No posing, no salutes, no fist pumping. First, Yohan Blake fell to both knees and rested his head on the track. A bit later, he simply paced in front of the jam-packed grandstand at National Stadium and stared into the crowd, letting all those fans soak in a nice, long look.

Results from the Olympics track and field, swimming and gymnastics trials in Eugene, Ore.; Omaha, Neb., and San Jose.

After a series of close second-place finishes in previous competitions, Gabby Douglas flashed a smile Sunday when she delivered a charismatic and energetic floor routine in edging out national and world champion Jordyn Wieber for the automatic berth on the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team.

Michael Phelps 2, Ryan Lochte 1. In their most stirring duel of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, Phelps and Lochte went stroke for stroke in the 200-meter individual medley Saturday night, the world's two greatest swimmers never more than inches apart.

Allyson Felix left no doubts this time.

One kept a focused, stony stare as he clutched his thumb. The other cracked a smile and punched the chalk particles around him.

Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau were the favorites.

Jordyn Wieber looks ready for London. As for the rest of the U.S. women, they still have some work to do.

Diondre Batson, a sophomore sprinter from American River College, came up short Friday in his bid to qualify for the Summer Olympics in the 200 meters.

Maybe the response just slipped. Or maybe the question completely caught her off guard.

After two epic duels against his biggest rival, Michael Phelps made this race look easy. Phelps stayed on course to swim eight events at the London Games, pulling away for a dominating win in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Thursday night.

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