2012 London Olympics: Americans Win First Medal, Take Silver in Archery

By Steve Palumbo

The 2012 London Olympics have just begun and we already have plenty to talk about, including the Americans upsetting South Korea in the archery semifinal en route to winning a silver medal.

Team USA won its first medal of the games, as the men’s archery team settled for silver after succumbing to the Italians in the final.  The U.S. would not have been there had they not pulled off a stunning victory over South Korea earlier in the day.

The archery team used three straight perfect shots to upset the three-time defending Olympic champion South Koreans.  The U.S. scored 224 points to South Korea’s 219. Before that, the Americans rallied to beat Japan, 220-219, in the quarterfinals.

The United States had a chance to win a gold medal in archery for the first time since 1996. Instead their opponent, Italy, becomes the first team other than South Korea to take home the honor since the Americans in ’96 did it. The Italians won silver in 2008.

Archery proves to be another example of a sport American fans have little interest in, other than in an Olympic setting.

I was really hoping the American could have grabbed gold in this event but silver will suffice. Although, winning gold would have made the victory over the South Koreans that much sweeter.  Nonetheless, the South Koreans were clearly the favorites after after breaking its 216-arrow world record in Friday’s ranking round. In that round, Im Dong-Hyun, a legally blind archer, broke his own world record.

Regardless, the U.S. is on the medal board, winning the first of what is sure to be many. The United States will be going head-to-head with China for the overall medal lead over the next two weeks.

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