By The Associated Press, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:
CHASING THE ELUSIVE GOLD
The U.S. men's gymnastics team is looking to win its first team gold since 1984 when it hits the mat Monday morning.
Danell Leyva will anchor the Americans in the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. local time.
Leyva will compete in four of the six events and serve as the last man up for the U.S. on the high bar, the team's final event.
The U.S. topped qualifying Saturday, but scores are reset in the finals.
National champion John Orozco will do everything but the floor exercise for the U.S., while Sam Mikulak will compete on the floor, still rings, pommel horse and parallel bars.
Jake Dalton will perform on the rings, vault and floor, with two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton working on the rings and high bar.
"It's magical, simply magical," said rising swim star Yannick Agnel, after surpassing the U.S. team to win a gold medal for France in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. "We didn't have too much pressure. We did what we know how to do. Now, Olympic champions. It's brilliant."
— Paul Newberry — Twitter http://twitter.com/pnewberry1963
NBC'S TWITTER RETORT
NBC's executive producer of the games, Jim Bell, has taken to Twitter to answer critics.
James Poniewozik, Time magazine TV critic, tweeted that "NBC tape delay coverage is like the airlines: its interest is in giving you the least satisfactory service you will still come back for."
That drew a quick response from NBC's Bell: "You do know that all sports events are being streamed live right?"
"I do, indeed!" replied Poniewozik. "Have enjoyed it. Apparently a lot of folks still prefer watching it on TV."
— David Bauder — Twitter http://twitter.com/dbauder
The expression on this horse's face is priceless.
The horse's name is Sofarsogood, ridden by Malin Petersen of Sweden. AP photographer David Goldman captured this image Sunday as they exited the ring after competing in the equestrian eventing dressage phase. In dressage, horse and rider walk, trot and canter to a standard test without jumps that are designed to test the animal's obedience.
See the image here: http://apne.ws/MNJwHF
London police lost a set of keys last week to Wembley Stadium, an Olympic soccer venue in west London, Scotland Yard said. But officials say security wasn't compromised.
Although the keys haven't been found, there was no evidence of criminal offenses, the force said. They believe police probably misplaced the keys.
Organizers of the London Olympics stressed that relevant locks have been changed and there was no security breach. Police declined to provide more details about what the keys were for.
FLASHBACK: LONDON 1948
The 2012 games may be known as the first iPhone games, but the last time the Olympics were held in London also marked a technological milestone. In the 1948 London games, more than half a million Brits watched the events on the 80,000 television receivers then in operation, the first time that medium had been part of the reporting of the games. Most coverage in North America was still through radio and newspaper, as there were no comparable television networks.
-Source: "Pursuit of Excellence, The Olympic Story" by The Associated Press and Grolier
THREE CHEERS FOR CHEERING
There's cheering and then, well, there's cheering.
A female fan of the Venezuelan boxing team isn't shy about urging her fighters on in the ring. From her balcony seat she shouts words of encouragement in Spanish in a loud, singsong voice that pierces through the arena.
On Sunday the crowd watching Gabriel Maestre Perez of Venezuela defeat Iran's Amin Ghasemi Pour enjoyed her more than the bout. They cheered her when she yelled, then started responding with a collective cheer every time she shouted.