Olympic Games 2012 Recap: Day 1 In London Nets 5 Medals For Team USA

Day 1 of the 2012 London Olympics has come and gone, and after a full day of action Team USA is currently third in the medal count. They have collected five medals in total, one gold, two silver and two bronze. China is in first with four gold and two silver, and Italy sits in second with two Gold, two Silver and one Bronze.

Ryan Lochte was the star of the day, defeating rival Michael Phelps in the Men's 400m Individual Medley. Lochte won the event, picking up America's first (and currently only) Gold Medal. Phelps failed to medal for the first time in 16 races, a streak that goes all the way back to the Sydney Games in 2000. The two men will see each other again in the Men's 200m Individual Medley.

America's Men's Archery Team came within a point of securing a second Gold Medal, but the settled for Silver after falling to Italy in the Gold Medal match by a score of 219-218. Swimming rounded out the day's medal count: Another Silver came via Elizabeth Beisel in the Women's 400m Individual Medley, the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay team of Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt won Bronze, and Peter Vanderkaay won Bronze in the Men's 400m Freestyle.

It was a mixed day for the Pacific Northwest's representatives in London. Richland, Washington's Hope Solo helped guide the Women's Soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Colombia, while the participants in the Men's Cycling Road Race didn't fare so well. Wenatchee, Washington's Tyler Farrar finished 23rd in the event, Chris Horner of Bend, Oregon finished 93rd, and Tejay Van Garderen of Tacoma, Washington came in 104th. Farrar and Horner are done with the Olympics, but Van Garderen will have a chance at redemption in the Men's Individual Time Trial.

In the team sports, the Women's Basketball team had an easy victory against Croatia, winning 81-56. The Women's Volleyball team beat Korea 3-1, and in Beach Volleyball Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings advanced with a win over Australia, and Jake Gibbs and Seth Rosenthal beat South Africa.

A complete results list for Saturday can be found here. For a complete tally of the medals won, use SI.com's Medal Tracker.

Stick with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games. For complete coverage of the London Games, check out SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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