Day 1 of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was full of surprises. Some of them happened during competition, while others happened off the field of play.

Day 1 of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was full of surprises. Some of them happened during competition, while others happened off the field of play. he Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte rivalry was perhaps the biggest storyline leading to the 2012 games, and it came to a head on the opening day. There were some surprising results in team competition and near-upsets in women's basketball. Canada fell just short in an upset bid against Russia and didn't make the top 10...but they at least get a h/t here.

Lochte beats Phelps for gold

The Americans, led by Lochte, and Vollmer, lead the way in the 2012 Summer Olympics. They have two golds, and their comrades have picked up two other medals. Lochte is certainly the story of the day, taking away a victory from one of the greatest Olympians of all-time, Michael Phelps. The victory was a tone-setter, a victory that made Phelps well-aware of the greatness that Lochte possesses in a swimming pool. With several more events slated for tomorrow, the competition will only get hotter.

U.S. beats South Korea in Archery, wins silver medal

The United States archery team won its first Olympic medal since winning gold in Atlanta in 1996. The team consists of 23-year-old Brady Ellison, ranked No. 1 in the world; Jake Kaminski (23); and Jacob Wukie (26). The U.S. secured a medal by shocking the heavily-favored South Korean team in the semifinals, 224-219. South Korea was the three-time defending Olympic champion and was expected to repeat in 2012. The U.S. lost a tight gold-medal match with Italy, but securing the silver medal was a tremendous surprise. This was the first medal for the U.S. at the London Games.

Great Britain, Gymnastics

Great Britain's odds of hanging with the top teams weren't widely discussed, so crushing China in the day's opening session and finishing ahead of Japan were huge surprises for the host nation. Saturday's results serve only to place participants in the finals. Scores are reset, so the early results won't help Great Britain medal. But Britain's ability to dominate the defending world and Olympic champions from China was impressive. The United States cruised in the second session and ended with a three-point lead over Great Britain. Russia barely edged out the host country for second place in the qualifying round.

Alexandr Vinokourov rebounds to Olympic gold

Alexandr Vinokourov was ready to retire after he broke his femur in a nasty crash at the Tour de France in 2011 but the 38-year-old from Kazakhstan held off Rigoberto Uran of Colombia in the final sprint, as the two had separated from the pack. The win came as a big surprise to the host nation, whose Mark Cavendish predicted a win, calling Great Britain's cyclists a "dream team," a team including 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins. Cavendish never came clear of the large pack that trailed the two lead riders. Alexander Kristoff came clear of that pack to earn the bronze, edging out American Taylor Phinney. Fourth place was a huge accomplishment for the 22-year-old Phinney, but he was visible and verbally distraught with the outcome.

China Defeats Czech Republic in Women's Basketball

Croatia attempted to claim the biggest upset on Day 1 of the Olympic Games with a courageous effort against Team USA in women's basketball. The Croatians came up short in the fourth quarter, but China didn't in their game against the Czech Republic. The Chinese used a dominating, 11-2 finish to give themselves a 66-57 win. The Czech Republic took the silver medals in the 2010 World Championships and are expected to have a medal performance in London. China called that into question on Saturday, jumping out to an early 15-4 lead. The Czech team rebounded its way to a 55-55 tie in the third quarter, but it couldn't get in front of China.


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