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VISA Congratulates Phelps

And so it begins. Granted the pool water has yet to dry on Michael Phelps' swimsuit, that's not stopping VISA from piecing together an ad on-the-fly for the athlete being dubbed as the greatest Olympian ever. The photomontage commercial, called "Congratulation Phelps," recently began running during the games and features the voice over of Morgan Freeman (who's had a total of about 5 minutes to recover from his recent car accident). And now that Phelps has destroyed Spitz' 7 gold medals in a single Olympics record over the weekend, you can bet your bottom dollar credit card that a new one is being pieced together as we speak. read more

Phelps' Historic Night Gives NBC a Golden Boost

Michael Phelps by Phil Walter/Getty Images

Nearly 40 million people tuned in Saturday night to watch Michael Phelps make Olympic history with his eighth gold medal NBCs prime-time coverage from 730 pm to midnightET averaged 3159 million viewers making it the networks most watched Saturday night program in more than 18 years An episode of the sitcom Empty Nest averaged 314 million on Feb 24 1990 From 11 to 1130 pmET as Phelps and his teammates were winning the 4x100-meter medley relay the audience peaked to 399 million Thanks in large part to Phelps NBC is averaging 301 million prime-time viewers through the first nine days of the Beijing Games Now that live swimming is over and track and field will be almost entirely tape-delayed it remains to be seen if NBC can sustain this momentum read more

Eight for Eight: Phelps Makes Olympic History

Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, Jason Lezak and Aaron Piersol by Al Bello/Getty Images

Usain Bolt was crowned the worlds fastest man and Dara Torres picked up two more silver medals at age 41 but without a doubt the day belonged to Michael Phelps The king of the Water Cube contributed a sizzling 5015 butterfly split historys fastest to the USs world-record setting 4x100-meter medley relay earning his eighth gold medal in Beijing and leaving Mark Spitz venerable 1972 record in his proverbial wake The sport of swimming will never be the same NBCs Rowdy Gaines said The name Michael Phelps will be synonymous with perfectionAs Phelps was quick to point out dont forget the names of his teammates either Aaron Peirsol Brendan Hansen salvaging an otherwise disappointing Olympics and Jason Lezak the hero of the 4x100 freestyle relay swam the backstroke breaststroke and freestyle legs respectively And as if feeling responsible for Phelps historic run wasnt enough Lezak jokingly told NBCs read more

Phelps Matches Spitz With Thrilling Seventh Gold

Michael Phelps by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Michael Phelps made history Saturday morning Friday night in the US in dramatic fashion coming from way back to out-touch Serbian Milorad Cavic for gold in the 100-meter butterfly With Cavics fingertips seemingly millimeters away from the wall Phelps final stroke whipped around and the man with the magic as NBCs Rowdy Gaines called him did it again Phelps clocked in with an Olympic record and personal best 5058 one-hundreth of a second ahead of Cavic It was Phelps first gold of the Games that didnt come with a world record but it seemed to be the one he savored the mostThe Baltimore native now has seven victories in Beijing tying Mark Spitz 36-year-old Olympic record for most gold medals in a single Games This is taking on the feeling of a coronation rather than a competition studio host Bob Costas noted Later in a thee-way interview with Costas and Spitz via remote from the States Phelps said Im just happy read more

Nastia Liukin Makes an All-Around Golden Statement

Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin and Yang Yillin by Jeff Gross/Getty Images Sport

Nastia Liuikin and Ryan Lochte are both world champion athletes who have long lived in the shadows of their more decorated teammates Thursday night Friday morning in Beijing they finally stepped out of the shadows on the worlds biggest stage Liukin captured the womens gymnastics individual all-around title over Shawn Johnson and Lochte upset defending Olympic champion Aaron Perisol in the 200-meter backstrokeThe Russian-bornTexas-raised Liukin was near flawless at the National Indoor Stadium compiling 63325 points in an event NBCs gymnastics narrator Al Trautwig called an individual medley of sorts that Michael Phelps cannot do Johnson the 2007 world champion had a few wobbles including another crossover step on her vault landing and collected 62725 points just edging out bronze-medalist Yang Lilin of China with 62650Because the event ended so late just before 1 amET NBC will air a special recap on Friday night during read more

Phelps Sets World Record for Most Career Golds!

Michael Phelps by Robert B. Stanton/WireImage.com

Though all sorts of athletes shined last night, the star of the evening was none other than USA's own Michael Phelps. Despite a pair of leaky goggles, the swimming sensation nabbed two more gold medals last night — the tenth and eleventh of his career — making him the winningest Olympian in history and, as the Nation Aquatics Center announcer declared, "arguably the greatest Olympian of all time." Watch the video! | More online videos read more

Chinese Gymnasts Shine as Phelps Sets New Gold Standard

China's Deng Linlin competes on the floor during the women's team final. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Nothing cutens up a country like panda bears Mary Carillo told Bob Costas on Tuesday during her nightly feature on Chinese culture Panda bears and teenage gymnasts that is As the Americans faltered you had to admire the way the Chinese kids hung tough and wowed the home crowd in the womens team final Their ages may be in question but their abilities were not as they scored a dominating 188900186525 win over the US The barely mentioned Romanians took bronze well back in 181525The US women with the exception of Shawn Johnson who NBCs Tim Daggett called monster tough have looked like deer in headlights all week Daggett seemed downright disgusted with their performances and as the defending world champions their silver medal is a bit of a disappointment Compare that to the fanfare surrounding the mens bronze a day earlierOf course the star of the night was once again Michael Phelps who won two more events becoming read more

U.S. Gymnasts Vault to Bronze and Phelps Wins Again

Jonathan Horton of the US competes on the rings by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Silver is beautiful Matt Grevers told NBCs Andrea Kremer shortly after finishing second to US teammate Aaron Peirsol in the 100-meter backstroke on Monday night Tuesday morning in Beijing A little more than two hours later at 1240 amET the US mens gymnastics team showed that in some cases bronze might even be better The scrappy Hamm-less squad performed out of their collective heads save for two disastrous pommel horse routines to finish an unexpected third 125 points ahead of Germany China won gold as expected and the Japanese came from behind to take silverHouston native Jonathan Horton led the team performing cleanly on his five apparatuses nailing his landings as if the soles of his feet were dipped in glue NBCs Tim Daggett described Hortons performances as fairytale good and MVP times 10 Huddled with his teammates before the final scores were revealed he told them This is the mo read more

Lezak Saves the Day For U.S. Freestyle Relay — and Phelps

Jason Lezak by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Michael Phelps wasnt the hero of the American relay victory on Sunday nights telecast of the Olympics but his over-the-top reaction showed how important that win was Jason Lezaks sensational anchor leg in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay gave the US its first gold in the event since 1996 It also kept hope alive for Phelps quest to break Mark Spitz record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics Hes 2-for-2 so far with six events to goBut the performance of the night or the morning since the race went off at 1126 am Beijing time belonged to Lezak The Irvine Calif native clocked a 4606 split the fastest ever and closed down on Frances former world-record holder Alain Bernard That was especially satisfying since Bernard had predicted that France would smash the Americans in the race Lezaks triumph was especially significant since he swam on the bronze and silver teams from the last two Games the only read more

A Roller Coaster of Olympic Emotions

Garrett Weber-Gale and Michael Phelps of the United States celebrate. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Shouting at the TV can be good for you. It’s cathartic. I do it all the time. “Making noise,” as I like to call it, happens a lot while watching favorite shows that either shock or delight, anger or frustrate. I had a very noisy night watching Sunday’s prime-time Olympics coverage.Ups and downs (the U.S. women’s—or is that girls’—gymnastic team’s rocky qualifying performance), twists and turns, a moment of crushing disappointment (swimmer Katie Hoff just missing a gold in the 400 freestyle by a touch) chased by an historic moment of absolute triumph (the men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay). It was that kind of night.Even the most sedate coach potatoes had to rouse themselves for the freestyle relay late in NBC’s prime-time telecast. It was immediately being heralded, by the announcers and later studio host Bob Costas, as the best of its sort ever seen, as the top five teams in the race shattered the former world record time. It w... read more

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