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Day 16: Men’s basketball, men’s marathon, Closing Ceremonies

The U.S. men's basketball team goes for gold against Spain on the final day of the London Olympics. The Games officially end with the Closing Ceremonies.

Day 15: Women’s basketball and volleyball, men’s soccer, track & field

The U.S. women go for gold in women's basketball and volleyball, while the U.S. men will try to catch Jamaica and Usain Bolt in the 4x100 relay.

See you at the closing ceremonies

I am signing off for the night. I’ll be back here in the live blog beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. ET to revel in the pageantry and (hopefully) the Posh Spiceness of the closing ceremonies. Thanks for joining us tonight.

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  • Aug 11, 2012

Fastest way to build a Twitter following? Compete in the Olympics

The Wall Street Journal posted an interesting piece today on the growth of the Twitter followings of various Olympic contenders. Not surprisingly, several of the American athletes saw massive expansions of the audiences hanging on their every hash tag. Gabby Douglas experienced the biggest social media growth spurt; she now has more than 614,000 followers, […]

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  • Aug 11, 2012

Finally, the Olympics has focused on ‘Downton Abbey’

Is Mary Carillo doing an Olympics segment on “Downton Abbey” right now? Is this actually happening? I don’t know whether to cheer, serve tea or wonder what the heck is going on with NBC’s coverage. Honestly, to save time, they should have merged the Dream Team retrospective with this pseudo-”Downton Abbey” segment, which finally would […]

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  • Aug 11, 2012

Three things I love about Olympic diving

There are many things to admire about watching diving during the Olympics, including, most notably, seeing all those toned bodies shoot like elegant, spandex-clad missiles into the water. But aside from the obvious — the actual diving — there are three things I love about the coverage of Olympic diving. 1. The underwater camerawork: It’s […]

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  • Aug 11, 2012

Regarding this Dream Team retrospective…

I understand why NBC is reminding us of the greatness of the original Dream Team. It’s been 20 years since these contenders — the first men’s basketball team to compete in the Olympics with NBA players — won their gold medal. This retrospective also provides a great opportunity to see Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan […]

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  • Aug 11, 2012

Welcome to the broadcast live blog

I, Jen Chaney, am here, along with the astute Paul Farhi, to post insights, information and gold-medal-worthy commentary for the next couple of hours of NBC’s Olympics broadcast. Pretend you don’t know who won any of these events. Come on. It’ll be fun, like you’re Colin Farrell in the first part of “Total Recall,” before […]

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  • Aug 11, 2012

Day 13: Women’s soccer final, track and field, women’s basketball semifinals

The U.S. women's soccer team goes for the gold medal against Japan. Usain Bolt hopes for another track gold medal.

Day 12: Beach volleyball, track and field, men’s basketball quarterfinals

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings go for an unprecedented third straight gold medal in women's beach volleyball. Three American women run in the final of the 200 meters.

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