Daily Olympian: Carmelo Anthony Sets Team USA Record, Katie Ledecky Wins Another Gold

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USA's swim relay team

American gymnast Sam Mikulak failed to medal in a men's all-around competition dominated by Japan's Kohei Uchimura.

A rainy Wednesday in Rio saw the men's basketball team come back in the second half to defeat Australia, gymnast Sam Mikulak place seventh in the men's all-around competition and Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross advanced in the women's beach volleyball tournament. 

Melo's Olympic Record
When they're not recording their Olympic exploits on social media (they were cheering on Michael Phelps Tuesday night), the USA men's basketball team continues to rout the competition on their way to expected gold. Their game against Australia gave them a little trouble in the first half, but they emerged victorious at the end thanks to four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 31 points. That was enough for Anthony to break a record for most total points scored during Olympic match-ups for Team USA. He surpassed a record set by LeBron James, who now ranks second with 273 total Olympic points scored.

Swimming Domination Continues
Another strong night at the pool for Team USA was capped off when they took home gold in the women's 200m free relay after a strong performance from anchor Katie Ledecky. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte also secured their spots in the men's 200m IM by placing 1-2 in the semifinals. 

NBC's Ratings Gold
Team USA's early medal dominance didn't immediately translate into ratings success for NBC, but the broadcaster bounced back Tuesday with a star-studded night that, for the first time during the Rio Games, passed the number of viewers in London four years ago. Streaming, meanwhile, is up considerably since London. 

Global Olympic Gaffes
Several NBC Olympics commentators have already been called out on social media for their sexist and offensive comments during the first five days of the Rio Games. But it appears that they will have to share the blame. The Hollywood Reporter reports that South Korean, Russian and French media also have come under fire for their inappropriate remarks. 

Save That Gold!
Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram have been the best way to keep tabs on the Final Five (a name chosen in honor of retiring coach Martha Karolyi), who have found plenty of time for social media in between practice and winning women's gymnastics team gold. From pics with other athletes to a behind-the-scenes look at their preparation process, Simone Biles and her teammates are giving fans around the world an inside glimpse at the lives of Olympics athletes — including midday fire alarms. But don't worry, the gymnasts could be seen on Biles' Snapchat grabbing their gold medals before heading toward the exits. 

 

 

Thursday Events to Watch

Morning: Phelps and Ledecky return to the pool for the preliminary heats of the 100m butterfly and 800m freestyle, respectively. Meanwhile, The U.S. women's water polo team (who have rallied around coach Adam Krikorian following the unexpected death of his brother, Sling Media founder Blake Krikorian) will face off against China in their quest for back-to-back Olympic gold. 

Daytime: The first-ever men's rugby sevens Olympic gold medal will be awarded to the winner of Thursday's match. Fiji, Japan, Great Britain and South Africa are left in the competition. In tennis, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray continue their quest for medals in the men's singles competition.

Primetime: Biles and Ally Raisman will attempt to keep the gold coming for USA women's gymnastics as they vie in the individual all-around competition. Despite finishing third in the qualifying round, reigning Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas (who had to apologize Wednesday for not putting her hand on her heart during the National Anthem at the team all-around medal ceremony) will not compete due to a rule that allows only two gymnasts from each country to compete. In swimming, Phelps and Ryan Lochte will go head-to-head one last time in the 200m IM finals. 

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