Matt Grevers (center) and Nick Thoman (bottom of frame) of the United States push off of the wall at the start of the second semifinal heat of the Men's 100m Backstroke on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Americans racked up the medals on Day Two of the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was filled with record-breaking wins and surprising shutouts.
Our local area athletes were in the mix competing for medals and advancing to the next round in their events.
Event: Women's 3-Meter Synchronized Diving
Local Athlete Result: It wasn't gold, but it was still redemption for Kelci Bryant, who dove her way to a silver medal with teammate Abby Johnson. Four years ago, and with a different partner, she found herself just shy of a medal in the same event. China's divers Wu Minxia and Hi Zu won gold. Bryant is the first Illinois resident to bring home a medal from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Event: Men's Basketball Preliminaries
Local Athlete Result: They were not dreamy, but Team USA routed France 98-71 on Sunday. Former Olympian Kevin Love chipped in 14 points during the game. The men pulled away in the fourth quarter which allowed 19-year-old Anthony Davis, the top pick in June's NBA draft, his first taste of Olympic play. Team USA will be back on the court Tuesday for tip off against Tunisia.
Event: Women's Gymnastics
Local Athlete Result: The most dramatic moment of Sunday's games occurred during the Women's Gymnastics Qualification Round. Defending world all-around champion Jordyn Weiber was shut out of the Olympic all-around finals by fellow teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. Team USA set the score to beat in the qualifications of the London Games and will advance to the women's team final on Tuesday. Weiber qualified to compete to the floor exercise individual event final.
Event: Men's Volleyball
Local Athlete Result: The gold medal-winning team opened play on Sunday with a sweep of Serbia. Wheaton native Sean Rooney and the rest of Team USA looked strong and confident during their first performance in the London Games. Team USA has won three gold all-time in this event to tie the Soviet Union for the most. They will
Local Athlete Results: It was an exciting day for Team USA at the pool. Dana Vollmer won the team's second gold medal in world-record fashion in the Woman's 100-Meter Butterfly with a time of 55.98. In the Women's 400-Meter Freestyle, Allison Schmitt swam her way to silver for her second medal in the London Games.
Matt Grevers competed in two events Sunday, the Men's 100-Meter Backstroke and the Men's 4x100-Meter Freestyle Relay Qualification. Grevers advanced to the final in the 100-Meter Backstroke race on Monday. He also helped the men's relay team advance to the final where Nathan Adrian, Micheal Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte swam to silver.
Rachel Bootsma passed the first round of qualifications in the Women's 100-Meter Backstroke, but did not qualify for the finals. She still has a chance to win a medal on Friday when she competes in the Women's 4x100 Medley Relay.
Event: Women's Field Hockey
Local Results: Team USA was unable to overcome a two-goal half-time deficit and fell to Germany 2-1. The women will play again Tuesday against Argentina.
Local Results: Kristin Hedstrom and teammate Julie Nichols did not secure a spot in the Women's Lightweight Double Sculls…yet. The duo will compete in the Repechage round Tuesday for another shot at the semifinals.