Summer Olympics 2012: Missy Franklin Wins 4 Gold Medals, Games Continue

Missy Franklin has four gold medals at the London Olympics. She will need to wait until 2016 in Rio to win more.

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Olympics Closing Ceremony: TV Coverage, Streaming, Live Updates And More

After two weeks of hearing viewers complain about its broadcast of the London Olympics, NBC has decided to live-stream the Closing Ceremony on Sunday afternoon for American viewers. Beginning at 4 p.m. ET, NBC will have live coverage of the event from London over at its official website, for those that are interested.

The decision presumably comes after a major backlash from viewers that were unable to watch the Opening Ceremony live from London. NBC opted to broadcast that event on tape-delay without any sort of live-streaming option, much to the ire of viewers across the nation.

Now, viewers won't be put in such an unfortunate situation, as they can simply mosey on over to NBC's website to get the live feed. Those that prefer to watch the event on television still have that option, though, as NBC will be broadcasting the ceremony on tape-delay across each time zone if you want to catch the star-studded event that way.

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Missy Franklin Captures Gold Medal In 200m Backstroke

Missy Franklin has added her third gold medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics after dominating the 200 meter backstroke final. She set a world record with a finish time of 2:04.06, besting Kirsty Coventry's 2:04.81 from 2009.

Russia's Anastasia Zueva of Russia came in second place, but +1.86 seconds behind Franklin. Franklin led at each turn of the race and built an insurmountable lead during the final 50 meters.

Fellow United States swimmer Elizabeth Beisel came in third place, taking the bronze medal at +2.49 seconds. Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds came in fourth at over three seconds behind.

Franklin won the gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke and also as part of the relay team in the 4x200 freestyle. She has a bronze medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

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2012 Summer Olympic Results: Missy Franklin Finishes 5th In Women's 100m Freestyle Final

Missy Franklin reached the 100 meter freestyle final on Thursday, but she failed to medal in the event. Earlier having advanced to the finals of the 200 meter backstroke, Franklin finished in fifth during the freestyle event. She posted a time of 53.64, 0.64 seconds behind gold medal winner behind the Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who set an Olympic record at 53.00 seconds.

Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia came in second, trailing by 0.38 seconds. China's Yi Tang took the bronze medal at 53.44. The only other United States swimmer in the final race was Jessica Hardy and she finished in eighth place, +1:02 behind Kromowidjojo.

Franklin will compete for a gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke on Friday. She currently owns two gold medals and one bronze this summer.

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2012 Olympic Results: Missy Franklin Advances To 200m Backstroke Finals

Missy Franklin will compete for gold in the 200 meter backstroke on Friday after winning her heat in the semifinals on Thursday. Franklin posted a time of 2:06.84, besting Zimbabwe''s Kirsty Coventry by +1.48. Canada's Sinead Russell took third place, nearly two seconds behind Franklin.

In Heat 1, United States swimmer Elizabeth Beisel won it with a time of 2:06.18, the best in the semifinals. Australia's Meagan Nay (+1.24) and Russia's Anastasia Zueva (+1.70) finished in second and third, respectively.

The final will take place at 12:30 p.m. MT on Friday. Franklin, by that time, might have her fourth Olympic medal already. She is set to race for one in the 100 meter freestyle event later on Thursday. She has two gold medals (one individual, one team) and one bronze (team).

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Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt Help U.S. To Gold In Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final

The U.S. picked up a gold medal in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay on Wednesday by setting a new Olympic record at 7:42.92. The U.S. team defeated Australia by 0:1.49 and France by 0:4.57.

Colorado's Missy Franklin started the race for the U.S. and was outstanding for the first 100 meters, completing it in 55.87 seconds. She did slow down during the second 100 meters, but when it was time for the change, Dana Vollmer entered the pool in third place, behind France and Australia. Vollmer and Shannon Vreeland kept the U.S. team steady over the next 400 meters and remained right there with Australia and France, who switched positions.

Allison Schmitt took to the pool last, but she got off to an outstanding start and just blew past her competition for the new Olympic record. China set the world record in 2009 with a finish time of 7:42.08.

Missy Franklin now has three medals. The other two are a gold in the 100 meter backstroke and a bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

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Women's 200m Freestyle Final: Missy Franklin Finishes 4th Overall

Colorado-native Missy Franklin, who won the women's 100m backstroke gold medal, failed to follow-up her strong Monday performance as she took a fourth-place finish behind American Allison Schmitt by 2.21 seconds in the women's 200m freestyle -- just 0.01 seconds off the podium.

Schmitt, meanwhile, finished with an Olympic record 1:53.6 time, beating the highly-touted Camille Muffat of France and Bronte Barratt of Australia. Missy Franklin will have a chance at redemption on Wednesday as she begins the 100m freestyle heats.

Here's a look at the top five finishers from Tuesday:

Women's 200m Freestyle

RANKLANENATATHLETEFINISH
1 5 USA Allison Schmitt 01:53.6
2 3 FRA MUFFAT Camille 1.97
3 4 AUS BARRATT Bronte 2.20
4 8 USA Missy Franklin 2.21
5 6 ITA Federica Pellegrini 3.12

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Missy Franklin Wins Gold In Women's 100m Backstroke Final

Just minutes after taking the eighth and final spot for the 200 meter freestyle finals, Missy Franklin was back in the pool once again. Competing for a medal in the women's 100 meter backstroke final, Franklin finished in first place to capture the gold medal.

Franklin beat the heavily-favored Emily Seebohm of Australia by 0.35 seconds, 58.33 to 58.68. Japan's Aya Terakawa took the bronze medal with a 58.83 finish time. Gemma Spofforth of Great Britain finished in fifth place with a 59.20 time.

Franklin got off to a bit of a slow start, but when they made the turn for the final 50 meters she emerged in third place. A strong finisher to her races, Franklin was able to get that final push and beat Seebohm for the gold medal.

This is Franklin's first individual medal and her second overall. Over the weekend, Franklin won a bronze in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

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2012 London Olympics: Missy Franklin Advances To Finals In 100m Backstroke

Colorado's Missy Franklin will compete for a gold medal in the women's 100 meter backstroke finals on Monday night. After winning her heat and placing the second-best time in the preliminaries earlier on Sunday, Franklin went on to win her heat in the semifinals with a finish time of 59.12, besting Japan's Aya Terakawa by 0.22 seconds.

Australia's Emily Seebohm won her heat and posted the best time at 58.39 seconds. In the prelims, she had set a new Olympic record at 58.23. China's Jing Zhao placed second in that heat with a time of 59.55 seconds.

The women's 100 meter backstroke final will take place on Monday afternoon at 12:51 p.m. MT. Franklin will compete for her second medal in the Summer Games so far, having won bronze in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay on Saturday.

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London Olympics Results: Missy Franklin Helps USA To Bronze In Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay

The United States is among the early leaders in the medal count, now holding a total of five medals. The latest comes in the Women's 4x100 meter freestyle relay, finishing in third place for the bronze with a time of 3:34.24.

Colorado's own Missy Franklin won her first Olympic medal by swimming the first leg of this event. The first 100 meters took 53.52 seconds to complete, at which point the remainder of the race rested on her teammates: Jessica Hardy, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt. Ultimately, however, it was Australia that captured the gold medal.

Alicia Coutts helped Australia to a new Olympic record with a finishing time of 3:33.15. Inge Dekker and the Netherlands took the silver medal with time of 3:33.79. See the complete results here.

The United States now has five medals: one gold, two silver and two bronze. Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.

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London Olympic Results: Alexander Vinokourov Wins Men's Cycling Road Race

Kazakhstan cyclist Alexander Vinokourov, 38, captured a surprising gold medal on Saturday in the 2012 London Olympics, winning the road race. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) and Alexander Kristoff (Norway) captured the silver and bronze, respectively. Vinokourov and Uran were the main two contenders during the final kilometers, but Vinokourov had just a little bit more in him to take the victory.

Mark Cavendish of Britain was considered the home favorite to win this race, but the sprinter wasn't able to make a move to the front. Boulder, CO'sTaylor Phinney was in contention and ultimately finished in fourth place.

Here are the medal times (complete results):

Gold Medal: Alexander Vinokourov, Kazakhstan, 5:45:57
Silver Medal: Rigoberto Uran, Columbia, +0:00
Bronze Medal: Alexander Kristoff, Norway, +0:08

At the moment, China is in the medal lead with two: one gold and one bronze. Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.

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