Saturday was the first full day of action at the 2012 London Olympics, and it was quite a day. Team USA is currently third in the medal count with five medals, one gold and two each of silver and bronze. China is in the lead with six total medals, four gold and two bronze, and Italy is in second with five, two each of gold and silver and one bronze.
The Men's 400m Individual Medley was the event everyone had their eye on, and they weren't disappointed. Ryan Lochte took the win, deafeating rival Michel Phelps, to pick up America's first and currently only Gold Medal. Phelps failed to medal at all, something he had not done since the Sydney Games in 2000. He had won at least a Bronze Medal in the last 16 events he particpated it. He'll have a chance at redemption in the 200m Individual Medley.
Team USA's other medals came in a variety of events. The Men's Team Archery event saw Team USA lose the Gold Medal match to Italy by a single point, 219-218. The other Silver Medal the US collected on the day was won by Elizabeth Beisel in the Women's 400m Individual Medley event. Swimmers also provided the US with its two Bronze Medals, one in the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay, won by Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt, and one by Peter Vanderkaay in the Men's 400m Freestyle.
Local athletes had a successful day in London. Jessica Hardy is a Long Beach native and won Bronze in the 4x100m Medley, and Serena Williams crushed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia to advance in the Women's Singles event.
American athletes were active in the teams as well, where Team USA advanced in a number of sports. The Women's basketball team defeated Croatia 81-56, and the Women's Soccer team had a similarly dominant victory over Columbia, 3-0. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings advanced over Australia in Women's Beach Volleyball, and in Men's Beach Volleyball Jake Gibbs and Seth Rosenthal did the same, beating South Africa. The Women's Volleyball team beat Korea 3-1.