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July 31st, 2012
06:25 AM ET

US men's gymnastics team falters – Amanda Davies on where things went wrong

A night filled with so much promise ended in disappointment for the US men's gymnastics team.

After finishing first in the trials, they entered the finals in team competition last night as favorites. But a fall on floor, two costly errors on pommel horse, and a fall on vault undid Team USA. Halfway through the six rotations, they were last. But they rallied at the last minute to finish in 5th place.

This morning on "Early Start," Amanda Davies reports on what could have led to the men's gymnastics disappointment.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 30th, 2012
06:38 AM ET

After two days, US second in medal count – Amanda Davies on the ups and downs for Team USA

All that glitters is not gold – it could be silver or bronze.

After a weekend that saw the Beijing Olympics golden boy Michael Phelps stumble and a world record performance from another US swimmer, Team USA have had no shortage of drama in London. But there were some bright spots: Swimmer Dana Vollmer makes a triumphant return to Olympic stage with a world record swim in the 100-meter butterfly to win a gold medal, and Kimberly Rhode won gold in women's skeet shooting, setting a record as the first American with medals in five straight Olympic games.

Leading the medal count as of this writing is China with 12 medals. The United States is right behind them with 11 medals, and Italy is in third place with seven.

This morning on "Early Start," Amanda Davies explains the ups and downs of Team USA in this year's Olympic run,

Amanda Davies on ups and downs for Team USA in the first weekend of Olympic competition.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 27th, 2012
07:14 AM ET

Mitt Romney slammed by British press for comments about the Olympics – Jim Acosta reports

Mitt Romney is facing some tough headlines across the pond this morning for questioning security and British enthusiasm for the 2012 summer Olympics, which officially begin in a few hours.

Romney and First Lady Michelle Obama, who is leading the presidential delegation to the Games, will both be on hand when the Olympic torch is lit tonight.

CNN's Jim Acosta reports live from London this morning about the backlash against the GOP candidate.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Politics
July 27th, 2012
06:51 AM ET

Questions remain about Olympics opening ceremonies- Amanda Davies reports

The stadium is ready, the athletes are prepared, and in just a few hours, the 2012 summer Olympic Games will officially begin.

A billion people around the world are expected to tune in to the $42 million opening ceremonies this evening, dubbed "The Isles of Wonder."

Queen Elizabeth II and more than 100 visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries plan to attend the spectacle, which will feature Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and James Bond, among others.

CNN's Amanda Davies discusses the mysteries that remain about the opening ceremonies on Early Start this morning, including who will light the large Olympic flame.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 27th, 2012
06:45 AM ET

Ahead of opening ceremonies, security is top priority in London – Dan Rivers reports

Ahead of tonight's opening ceremonies and with thousands of world class athletes and hundreds of heads of states on hand for the Games, security is obviously the top priority in London today.

With fighter jets on standby and about 18,200 troops participating in Olympic security, Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he's confident that the Games will be successful and safe.

CNN's Dan Rivers joins Early Start this morning to explain what the security situation is like in London this morning.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Security
July 26th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

John Berman: My top three Olympians

My top three Olympic athletes?

Before I start, I have a few confessions to make.

1) I am an Olympic nerd. I hear the music and I get chills. Whenever I see footage of Jim McKay in an oddly colored jacket or a sweater I just want to start chanting U-S-A!!!

2) Even though we are on the eve of the Summer games, I am much more of a Winter guy. I don’t want to rain on the parade (or opening ceremony), but if I am being honest, I have to admit I think the Winter games are more dramatic, interesting and fun. Maybe it is the snow? Maybe it is the Ice Dancing, or maybe…

3) …maybe it is because of the Miracle on Ice in 1980. The U.S. hockey gold in Lake Placid was simply one of the most epic moments of all time. So monumental it needs to be removed from all discussions about top Olympic moments. It’s too obvious, and too big. It’s like asking someone “what is their favorite thing to breathe?”

That said, my three top Olympians:

1) Eric Heiden. The dude won 5 gold medals. Five!!! And his thighs were like 76 inches, I think. The guy single-handedly made me want to become a speed-skater. Sadly I don’t skate well, and am a mess in tight clothing.

2) Bill Johnson. He came from nowhere a month before the Olympics to win his first big race. And then in Sarajevo, he shows up, trash talks the best skiers on the planet and wins. And he skied completely out of control. What’s not to like?

3) Kerri Strug. I loved that she stuck the landing on that bad ankle. However, the indelible memory I have from that was the timing. It was tape delayed!!! She stuck the landing before anyone saw it! This was in 1996. I was already working in news, so I knew that it happened, and couldn’t believe I had to wait hours to see it. It just seems strange. In this day and age, I can’t imagine anyone waiting to broadcast something like that. (oh wait….)

Speed skater Eric Heiden (#1!!)

Figure skater Brian Boitano

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • John Berman
July 26th, 2012
08:36 AM ET

Olympic organizers make major flag error, delay soccer game – Amanda Davies reports

The opening ceremonies for the 2012 summer Olympics are set for tomorrow, but the London Games are already underway.

The U.S. women's soccer team is looking for its third straight gold medal this year and the team has already played and won it's first game, defeating France 4-2.

CNN's Amanda Davies joins Early Start this morning to discuss the soccer team's victory and the embarrassing flag error by the Olympic organizers.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 26th, 2012
06:52 AM ET

Sprint kayaker overcomes disease to compete in the Olympics – Rob Marciano reports

U.S. athlete Carrie Johnson will race in both the 200 and the 500-meter sprint kayak races in her third and final Olympics this year.

Although she has yet to earn a medal in the previous Olympic Games, she's determined to finish strong despite struggling with Crohn's disease.

CNN's Rob Marciano brings Johnson's story to Early Start this morning and takes a dry run in the athlete's kayak.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Olympic flame on final leg of its 8000 mile, 70-day journey to the opening ceremony

The Olympic torch will take a ride on the tube today. As the flame makes it way to the opening ceremonies in London on Friday, excitement is building – despite fears that traffic and weather will dampen the mood.

CNN’s Jim Boulden has the latest on the details surrounding the $42 million opening ceremony.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics
July 16th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Troops brought in for London Olympics security after personnel shortage

London (CNN) - British government ministers fought back Sunday against accusations they had taken their eye off the Olympic security ball, rejecting accusations they were warned nearly a year ago about the security giant contracted to provide guards for the Games.

G4S, the security contractor, admitted on Wednesday that it would not be able to provide more than 10,000 security staffers by the time the Olympics begin in less than two weeks.

The government hurriedly announced it would bring in 3,500 military personnel to boost security for the Games.

Sports Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Sunday it should be no surprise that some contractors were unable to meet their commitments. "It's completely normal that you're going to find some contractors on a project of this size who aren't going to be able to deliver what they promised," he said on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

On "Early Start" this morning, CNN reporter Dan Rivers explains the security concerns despite the government downplaying the shortage.


Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Security
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