“Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, arguably the best backcourt in the world”
“And five straight gold medals [for the U.S. Women’s Basketball team] will be the third best team accomplishment for any national team in any sport in the history of the Olympics. It’s just remarkable the level of excellence, domination.”
“A lot of that is just us getting used to each other, you know, not a lot of prep time with these Olympics. But with each game, we’re getting better.”
-Sue Bird on coming together as a team
WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
May-Treanor & Walsh Jennings vs. Slukova & Kolocova
“They have not dropped a match or a set in Olympic competition. That streak has been amazing and it is still going”
-Ted Robinson about the team’s winning streak
Bob Costas with John McEnroe
“Jonny Mac, you didn’t look too bad out there in the sand.”
-Bob Costas to John McEnroe on his interview with Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings
MEN’S & WOMEN’S SWIMMING
Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle
“Angel has taken it out”
-Dan Hicks on Yannick Agnel winning the Men’s 200 Meter Freestyle
“I said he had to do the little things right, and the only little thing he did not do was the finish.”
-Rowdy Gaines on Ryan Lochte’s finish
“I don’t know really where I fell off. I guess you live and learn.”
-Ryan Lochte to Andrea Cramer on not making the podium in the 200 Meter Freestyle competition
Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke
“Is her first individual medal going to be Gold? Yes. Seebohm wins the Silver.”
–Dan Hicks on Missy Franklin winning the Gold medal in the Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke
“Missy Franklin, better than advertised.”
-Dan Hicks on Missy Franklin winning the Gold medal
“I got so much advice. I tried to do the best I could so I think everything worked out perfectly.”
-Missy Franklin on winning the Women’s 100 Meter Backstroke
Women’s 4 X 100 Relay
Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle
“I’ve been at every single Olympics since 1984 and I’ve never seen anything close to this.”
-Rowdy Gaines on Missy Franklin swimming in back-to-back races in less than 10 minutes.
Men’s Synchronized Platform
“China just secured themselves another Gold medal”
“If they ever needed a dive where they averaged nines, this is it.”
“It will come down to one dive. The United States medal hopes will depend on the results of Tom Daly and Peter Waterfield”
-Ted Robinson on Tom Daly and Peter Waterfield
July 30, 2012
“The good news is he looked really good today, very businesslike, served well. Less good news is he faces Novak Djokovic, the second seed. Back to the good news side, he’s done okay against Djokovic, actually a career winning record. This is a great second-round match. And we’ll see if Andy is serving the way he did today, he’s got a real chance.”
-Jon Wertheim on Andy Roddick’s upcoming match against Novak Djokovic
“You hate to say it, a gold to lose, but boy that would be a shock if she didn’t win the gold.”
-Jon Wertheim on Serena William’s chances of winning the gold medal
“I served pretty well and I was in every single return game. You know, I felt like I put returns in on most of them, played good points.”
-Andy Roddick on his match versus Martin Klizan
“At his best, he is capable of beating anybody.”
-Justin Gimblestob on Jon Isner
“He’s still an incredible competitor and in a best-of-three format on this grass surface, I think he’s a wildcard that nobody wants to see and nobody in the top 20 certainly wants see. He’s very dangerous here.”
-Brett Haber on Andy Roddick
“One of the amazing things about winning here at Wimbledon is you get your name up on the board and you often walk by it and to see V. Williams or S. Williams 10 times in the singles, it’s just an incredible story.”
-Renee Stubbs on the Williams sisters singles play success at Wimbledon
“As much as they play singles and as great of singles players as they are, and they don’t play a lot of doubles, because they really only virtually play with each other, getting it back together isn’t as difficult as it would be for somebody else. They know instinctively what each other can do.”
-Renee Stubbs on the Williams sisters playing doubles together
NBC SPORTS NETWORK
Michelle Beadle Interview with Brendan Hanson
July 30, 2012
Michelle Beadle: Last night in the pool, U.S. swimmers won medals in all four events. One of the vets – oh, that just means old guy – Brendan Hansen with the bronze in the 100 meter breast stroke. He is here now. That was like magical television what just happened there.
Brendan Hansen: I know.
Michelle Beadle: Number one, you didn’t look super thrilled. What was going through your mind right there?
Brendan Hansen: I don’t think there was any kind of emotion at all with that. You know, you just get excited about winning a medal and being up there. I mean, it was a big race for me coming off of I barely made the final and to come out with a medal for the U.S., it was just awesome.
Michelle Beadle: Your fifth Olympic medal career-wise…
Brendan Hansen: Yeah.
Michelle Beadle: …which ain’t too shabby.
Brendan Hansen: No.
Michelle Beadle: Is the eighth lane, we’ve heard the experts talking about, we assume people watching right now need to get smarter with me. So the eighth lane, is it a disadvantage? That’s where you were. Does it hurt, hinder, does it bother you at all?
Brendan Hansen: I think it depends on the race, you know, and the athlete itself. When I swam last night, I just put myself in my zone and my own race and, kind of, went out there and did my thing, and it’s what got me the Olympic team for the U.S. and it’s what won me a medal last night.
Brendan Hansen on U.S. team: This is the closest knit team I have ever been a part of. This is my third Olympics and just from top to bottom, the balance of veteran and rookie. We’re feeding off each other and you’re going to see a lot more swimmers the rest of this week because we are definitely not done. We are at day three of eight and we’re just building momentum for the rest for the week.
Michelle Beadle: Is it true that the gentleman that was in lane seven, Kosuke Kitajima, is your biggest, would you say biggest rival and that you just needed to beat him?
Brendan Hansen: I think it was a two-man race in that respect. The guy that won the gold was obviously the favorite to win after the semis. And for me and Kosuke, it was just, it was like another chapter of our rivalry last night. And to beat him out for the bronze last night made it pretty sweet considering I missed the podium in Beijing in this race.
Michelle Beadle: Now I have to ask you this, 2008, gold medal. You lost it on a plane, bachelor party.
Brendan Hansen: Don’t blame me. Oh, you add bachelor party like it’s…okay.
Michelle Beadle: Well you add that because it’s sexy, obviously. Want to tell us what happened and how you got it back?
Brendan Hansen: Yeah, well you know everyone is excited when you get back to the U.S. to, kind of, see your medal and stuff like that. When you go through any kind of metal detector, the medal here just goes off. Everyone is like, ‘what’s that?’ You know, you are trying to pawn it off like belt buckle, anything you can. Well, they took it out of a secret pocket that Nike had made for us and pout it around on the other side. Well, I was like I just want to get on the plane, let me go and so he grabbed the medal and put it in just the side water bottle pocket. I was like get me out of here, just let me get on the plane. Put my bag underneath in front of me, put on my belt, everything. We took off. The medal rolled four rows back, I had no idea. The best part about this story is that my girlfriend at the time, wife now, was sitting next to me on the plane and I had to tell the stewardess, was like ‘Ma’am, I lost something really important on this plane.’ So what would you think she immediately thought of? She was like, ‘An engagement ring?’ And I was like, ‘No, an Olympic medal.’