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Illinois' Evans Wins Bronze Medal in Sochi

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Former Illinois women's track and field thrower and sprinter Aja Evans won the bronze medal in the women's bobsled at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Evans and pilot Jamie Greubel, manning the USA-2 sled, placed third with an overall time of 3:51.61, just behind fellow Americans Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, who took home the silver with a time of 3:50.71. It's the first time two U.S. sleds have medaled in women's bobsledding.

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Michigan's Davis, White Win Olympic Ice Dancing Crown

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University of Michigan students Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first American ice dancing pair to capture Olympic gold with their second record-setting performance on Monday (Feb. 17) at the Iceberg Skating Palace. All three American teams, featuring five U-M students, finished among the top 10, with U-M alumnus Evan Bates and his partner, Madison Chock, placing eighth, and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani finishing ninth.

After recording a short-dance record score on Sunday (Feb. 16), Davis and White bested the Canadians' record with a score of 116.63 to give them the gold medal with a 195.52 total. The U.S has claimed only four Olympic medals in ice dancing, with two of them belonging to Davis and White, who also claimed silver at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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Olympic Update

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The 14 players from Big Ten schools taking part in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, made a very significant impact in the tournament's opening round, which concluded Sunday.

Former Minnesota standout Phil Kessel leads all players in the event with seven points (four goals, three assists), including a hat trick in Sunday's 5-1 win for the United States over Slovenia. Skating on a line with Kessel, former Badger Joe Pavelski is tied for fourth overall with three assists through three games. Former Buckeye Ryan Kesler has also tallied multiple points, registering a goal and an assist for the U.S. Also recording points for the United States were Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin) with a goal and both Blake Wheeler (Minnesota) and Max Pacioretty (Michigan) with an assist each while Ryan Miller (Michigan State) claimed a victory in his lone start.

The United States finished first in Group A, earning the No. 2 seed for the playoff round. The U.S. will face either the Czech Republic or Slovakia in quarterfinal action on Wednesday.

Sweden claimed the No. 1 seed in the playoff round after posting a perfect record in Group C. Former Michigan player Carl Hagelin logged six shots and nearly 26 total minutes of ice time in the opening three games. Sweden will face the winner of Tuesday's game between Slovenia and Austria, which was led in assists by former Wolverine Brian Lebler (two assists). Former Gopher Thomas Vanek notched one assist in group play for Austria.

Earning the No. 3 seed after winning Group B was Canada, which was led in minutes by former Michigan State standout Duncan Keith (21:00 per game). Keith also picked up an assist and ranks second on the team with a plus/minus rating of +4. Canada will face either Switzerland or Latvia on Wednesday.
University of Michigan students Meryl Davis and Charlie White finished first in both ice dancing segments to help the United State claim the bronze medal in the Winter Olympics' inaugural team figure skating competition, which concluded Sunday (Feb. 9) at Iceberg Skating Palace. Skating to Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Davis and White scored a record 114.34 in Sunday's free dance competition to earn 10 points for Team USA, which finished with 60 team points. The American ice dancing duo was also the top performer in the short dance portion of the competition Saturday, scoring 75.98 for another 10 team points.



2012 London Olympics Central

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The Big Ten Conference brought home a total of 35 medals, which includes 15 gold, nine silver and 11 bronze, at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

For the full recap, click HERE.

Medalists

Betsey Armstrong (USA, Michigan) - women's water polo (gold)
Lindsey Berg (USA, Minnesota) - women's volleyball (silver)
David Boudia (USA, Purdue) - 10M platform (gold), synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant (USA, Minnesota) - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Jordan Burroughs (USA, Nebraska) - men's freestyle wrestling (gold)
Tyler Clary (USA, Michigan) - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell (USA, Penn State) - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin (Canada, Indiana) - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell (France, Indiana) - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers (USA, Northwestern) - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson (Canada, Michigan) - rowing eight (silver)
Christa Harmotto (USA, Penn State) - women's volleyball (silver)
Megan Hodge (USA, Penn State) - women's volleyball (silver)
Charlie Houchin (USA, Michigan) - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Jordan Larson (USA, Nebraska) - women's volleyball (silver)
Karina Leblanc (Canada, Nebraska) - women's soccer (bronze)
Erin McLeod (Canada, Penn State) - women's soccer (bronze)
Carmelina Moscato (Canada, Penn State) - women's soccer (bronze)
Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Lauren Sesselman (Canada, Purdue) - women's soccer (bronze)
Barbara Spotakova (Czech Republic, Minnesota) - women's javelin (gold)
Davis Tarwater (USA, Michigan) - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Brittany Timko (Canada, Nebraska) - women's soccer (bronze)
Peter Vanderkaay (USA, Michigan) - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Lindsay Whalen (USA, Minnesota) - women's basketball (gold)
Deron Williams (USA, Illinois) - men's basketball (gold)
Emily Zurrer (USA, Illinois) - women's soccer (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 14

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Jordan Burroughs (USA, Nebraska) struck gold in London today, defeating Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi at 74kgs in the men's freestyle. Burroughs, who has now won 38 straight freestyle matches, took down Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 en route to his first Olympic gold. For the results of today's gold medal match, click HERE.

Jake Herbert (USA, Northwestern) hits the mat tomorrow at 84kg. To see the complete bracket, click HERE.

Deron Williams (Illinois) and the USA men's basketball squad throttled Argentina 109-83, advancing to Sunday's gold medal match against Spain. Williams scored six points with six assists en route to victory.
Spain vs. Russia (Replay) | Argentina vs. USA (Replay)

Medalists through Day 14 
Betsey Armstrong - women's water polo (gold)
Jordan Burroughs - men's freestyle wrestling (gold)
David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Karina Leblanc - women's soccer (bronze)
Erin McLeod - women's soccer (bronze)
Carmelina Moscato - women's soccer (bronze)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Lauren Sesselman - women's soccer (bronze)
Barbara Spotakova - women's javelin (gold)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Brittany Timko - women's soccer (bronze)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Emily Zurrer - women's soccer (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 13

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Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA water polo squad struck gold today, defeating Spain 8-5 in the gold medal match. The USA women wins its first gold in water polo, after bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008. If you missed it, check it out HERE.

Barbara Spotakova (Minnesota, Czech Republic) can add another gold medal to her collection, as the former Golden Gopher captured gold at her second consecutive Summer Games in the javelin throw. Spotakova notched a distance of 69.55 meters, topping Germany's Christina Obergfoll by over four meters. For the complete standings, click HERE.

Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and the USA women's basketball squad defeated Australia 86-73 on Thursday, advancing to Saturday's gold medal match. The USA found themselves down four points after two periods, with Australia connecting on 61 percent of their field goals in the first half. The USA held the Australian team to only nine field goals after the break, outscoring their opponents 43-28 en route to victory. The USA will face France in the gold medal game. Select the links below to view semifinal action.
Russia vs. France (Replay) | USA vs. Australia (Replay)

Head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota) and the USA women's volleyball squad continued their dominant performance in London on Thursday, defeating Korea in straight sets to earn a spot in Saturday's gold medal match. The USA team, featuring Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), have not dropped a set in five consecutive matches. The USA will now face Brazil in a 2008 gold medal rematch, as the Brazilian squad took down the Americans in 2008.

The Canadian women's soccer team, featuring Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), claimed a bronze medal this morning with their 1-0 win over France. France attempted 25 shots, including four on goal, but goalkeeper McLeod and defenders Moscato and Sesselman helped to hold the Canadian squad scoreless. If you missed this morning's match, click HERE.

Medalists through Day 13
Betsey Armstrong - women's water polo (gold)

David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Karina Leblanc - women's soccer (bronze)
Erin McLeod - women's soccer (bronze)
Carmelina Moscato - women's soccer (bronze)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Lauren Sesselman - women's soccer (bronze)
Barbara Spotakova - women's javelin (gold)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Brittany Timko - women's soccer (bronze)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Emily Zurrer - women's soccer (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 12

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Former Big Ten track and field athletes Jeff Porter (USA, Michigan), Nicole Sifuentes (Canada, Michigan), Ineta Radevica (Latvia, Nebraska) and Hilary Stellingwerff (Canada, Wisconsin) continue their quests for gold today in London! Click HERE for live action.

Men's basketball quarterfinal action begins today, as Aleks Maric (Nebraska) and the Australian team take on Deron Williams (Illinois) and the USA squad. Follow the links for quarterfinal play.
Russia vs. Lithuania (Replay) | France vs. Spain (Replay) | Brazil vs. Argentina (Replay)
Australia vs. USA (LIVE)

Matt Anderson (Penn State) and the USA men's volleyball fell to Italy, 3-0, this morning in quarterfinal action. Check the links below for today's matches.
Brazil vs. Argentina (Replay) | USA vs. Italy (Replay) | Poland vs. Russia (1:30 p.m.)
Bulgaria vs. Germany (3:30 p.m.)

All times CT

Medalists through Day 11

David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 11

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Derek Drouin (Canada, Indiana) won a bronze medal in the men's high jump on Tuesday, posting a leap 2.29 meters for a third-place finish. Jeff Porter (USA, Michigan), also qualified through first-round heats of the 110 hurdles and will compete in the semifinals on Wednesday. Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic, Minnesota) posted the top qualifying distance in the javelin throw, while Ineta Radevica (Latvia, Nebraska) qualified for the women's long jump final.

Goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA women's water polo squad took down Australia in an 11-9 thriller this morning, advancing to Thursday's gold medal match. Tied 9-9 at the end of regulation, the USA team posted two goals in the first overtime period, while Armstrong held the Australians scoreless in the extra frames. The USA will face the winner of Hungary-Spain in the finals.

Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and the USA women's basketball squad took down Krista Phillips (Michigan), Chelsea Aubry (Nebraska) and the Canadian national team, 91-48, this morning in quarterfinal action. For a replay of USA vs. Canada, click HERE

Women's volleyball quarterfinal action begins today with head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota), Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State) facing the Dominican Republic at 12:51 p.m. CT. Follow the links for quarterfinal play! China vs. Japan (Replay) | Russia vs. Brazil (LIVE) | USA vs. Dominican Republic (12:51 p.m. CT) | Italy vs. South Korea (3 p.m. CT)

Medalists through Day 11

David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record

2012 London Olympics Central: Day 10

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The Big Ten was heavily represented in women's soccer semifinal action today, as the USA took down Canada (4-3) in semifinal action. The Canadian team features six players from Big Ten institutions, including Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue). Japan defeated France (2-1) this morning and will face the USA match up in Thursday's gold medal game. Canada will take on France in Thursday's bronze medal match. Follow the links for today's action. Japan vs. France (Replay) | USA vs. Canada (Replay)

Men's basketball continues today as Robert Archibald (Great Britain, Illinois), Deron Williams (USA, Illinois), Ade Dagunduro (Nigeria, Nebraska) and Aleks Maric (Australia, Nebraska) take to the court. Follow the links for preliminary action. France vs. Nigeria
Great Britain vs. China (Replay) | Argentina vs. USA (4:15 p.m. CT)

Matt Anderson (Penn State) and the USA men's volleyball throttled Tunisia (3-0) this afternoon to claim the Group B title. Watch the replay HERE.

Medalists through Day 10

David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze)
Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver)
Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold)
Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze)
Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze)
Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver)
Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver)
Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold)
Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)

* - Olympic Record
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