When Maestre Perez won, many of the fans turned and clapped for her instead of him. She was finally silent at the moment, doing just the sign of the cross in relief.
— Tim Dahlberg — Twitter http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
Did you see those argyle pants Norway's curling team wore for the winter Olympics and think, "I wish they made something like that for the beach?"
Neither did I.
But American beach volleyball players Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser did.
The defending gold medalists took to the sand for the first time on Sunday night wearing a funky red, white and blue boardshort designed by Loudmouth, the same company that made the much-discussed pants the Norwegian curlers wore in the Vancouver Games. They narrowed it down from eight choices to three they'll wear in London.
Rogers told the AP's Janie McCauley this spring that he doesn't care what the clothes look like as long as they fit well so they don't distract him while he's playing.
"I don't think anyone's ever worn anything like this at the Summer Games," he said after beating Japan in their opener on Sunday night. "It's different. It's fun. Beach volleyball is a fun game, so I think they go hand in hand."
THE DAY'S ACTION
So, two more swimming world records were broken on Sunday and Spain's highly favored football team tumbled out of medal contention after losing to Honduras.
American Dana Vollmer won the 100 butterfly in a world record and was followed by Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa, who set a world mark to win the 100-meter breaststroke.
The biggest surprise of the day came from France's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team, which upset the favored United States and Australia.
— Mike Corder — Twitter http://twitter.com/mikecorder
It's a personal battle against the elements that evokes the drama of the high seas. But this is an Olympics K1 canoe slalom event in a man-made environment in east London.
In a single frame, AP photographer Kirsty Wigglesworth has captured a man's bid for glory under foreboding skies.
Here's a link to the picture which is also in the attached photo gallery: http://bit.ly/PdHKKl
—James Collins — Twitter http://twitter.com/jimcollinsAP
AP's Steve Wade saw Bill Gates as he slipped into the table tennis venue to watch Ariel Hsing. "I'm wishing her good luck but she has a really great opponent," said Gates. "She's done very well to get this far."
He asked if Gates had ever won a point off Hsing. "Not legitimately. She beat me when she was 9, easily. She has been nice to me in social situations."
— Stephen Wade — Twitter http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP
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