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:
GABBY'S GRAND FINALE
Gabby Douglas is back for her grand finale.
The American two-time gold medalist has a chance for one more title before she leaves the London Games, competing Tuesday on the balance beam.
Even Douglas wouldn't have expected to make the final in the event a month ago, considering she had been so shaky in training. A fall off the beam on the second day of the U.S. championships in June cost her the national title.
But lately Douglas has the highest scores of anybody on the talented U.S. women's roster. She is determined to keep that run going and finish strong after placing eighth — and last — in the uneven bars final Monday with a score of 14.9.
"I want to finish strong and I'm going to do as best as I can," Douglas said. "Fresh day. Leave on a good note."
— Janie McCauley — Twitter http://twitter.com/janiemccAP
WHAT A JUMP
Nick Skelton, who returned after breaking his neck in a competition fall, led Britain to its first Olympic show jumping gold medal in 60 years.
Skelton, 54, fractured his neck in 2000 but returned to riding two years later.
"After I broke my neck, my goal was to get back to Athens in 2004 and then to get to here," Skeleton said. "When you have a horse as good as Big Star, you look forward to getting up every day and riding him."
Three members of Britain's four-man team — Skelton, Ben Maher and Peter Charles — rode clear rounds in a jumpoff to give the host team victory over the Netherlands on Monday. Saudi Arabia, a relative newcomer to the sport, was a surprising third.
The last time Britain won an Olympic gold medal in show jumping was at Helsinki in 1952.
— Margaret Freeman
AP Television Writer David Bauder reports on NBC's broadcast of the Olympic games:
Sweet moment when the Dominican Republic's Felix Sanchez won the 400 meters hurdle gold medal. He took out a picture of his late grandmother, laid it on the track and kissed it. Those are the shots you don't want to miss, and NBC was right there.
— David Bauder — Twitter http://twitter.com/dbauder
CANADA'S CANOE DYNASTY
Mark Oldershaw ready for his final event with his canoe, his paddle and a lot of family history.
The Oldershaws are a canoeing dynasty in Canada, with three generations reaching Olympic canoe finals.
In 1948, Bert Oldershaw was part of a flatwater canoe doubles team that finished fifth in a 10,000-meter final at the London Olympics — just miles from where his grandson is competing.
His sons — Dean, Reed and Scott — all competed at summer games across the 1970s and '80s. Mark, Bert's grandson, qualified for the final of the 1,000-meter C-1 event on Monday by finishing second in his semifinal.
"To do it back here in London, where my grandfather started the whole thing, is pretty special for me," Mark Oldershaw said. "It feels good to get the name back in the final again."
— Steve Douglas — Twitter http://twitter.com/sdouglas80
Monday's Olympics debut of Irish boxer Katie Taylor has transfixed her homeland.
Her 26-15 quarterfinal pummeling of Britain's Natasha Jonas brought thousands to a standstill in shopping malls and other public places. With a semifinal looming Wednesday and the final Thursday, Taylor is considered Ireland's best bet for Olympic gold.
It's no home bias, either. The 26-year-old Taylor is renowned as a hard puncher and is the reigning Irish, European and world champion in the lightweight class, a.k.a. under 60 kilograms (132 pounds).
Global demand by Irish emigrants to see the match proved so great that the live media stream by RTE, the national broadcaster, crashed midway through the four-round bout.
And in the most dramatic show of support, more than 6,000 people traveled from across Ireland to the beachfront of Taylor's hometown south of Dublin, Bray, to watch the fight live on a big-screen TV.