Saturday, August 6

On the opening day of competition, Team USA collected five medals in archery, shooting and swimming. Shooter Ginny Thrasher helped Team USA to a strong start, winning the first gold of the Rio Olympics and setting an Olympic record in women's 10-meter air rifle.

Podium Finishes:

Archery (1 silver)
The U.S. men’s team of Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett and Jake Kaminski defended its Olympic silver medal from 2012, advancing to the gold-medal in which it lost to Korea, 6-0. The finish marks the second Olympic medal for Ellison and Kaminski, and the first for Garrett. MORE

Shooting (1 gold)
Ginny Thrasher won the gold medal in women's 10-meter air rifle at Rio's Olympic Shooting Center. Thrasher, who earlier this year won the NCAA championship for West Virginia University, posted an Olympic finals record score of 208.0 to overtake China's Li Du. (207.0) and Siling Yi (185.4). MORE

Swimming (3 silvers)
Chase Kalisz won the silver medal in the men's 400-meter individual medley at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Kalisz finished with a time of 4:06.75, 0.7 seconds behind the winning time of 4:06.05 by Japan's Kosuke Hagino.

On the women’s side, Maya DiRado claimed the silver medal in the 400m IM. DiRado finished in a time of 4:31.15, following behind Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, who won with a world record time of 4:26.36. 

En route to a new American record of 3:31.89, the foursome of Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky won the silver medal in the 4x100 free. The silver medal extends a string of American success in the event that has seen U.S. miss a medal only twice. MORE

Other Final Finishes:






Conor Dwyer
Connor Jaeger
Jay Litherland
Elizabeth Beisel
Sarah Scherer



400-meter free
400-meter free
400-meter IM
400-meter IM
10-meter air rifle


Other Results:

The U.S. men’s basketball team scored a 119-62 victory over China in its first game of the Olympic Games. The U.S. broke out to a 30-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and outscored China in each quarter. Kevin Durant led Team USA with 25 points, while Carmelo Anthony and DeAndre Jordan shared game-high honors with seven rebounds each. The U.S. will play Venezuela on Monday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. MORE

Lightweight Carlos Balderas Jr. (60 kg.) and light flyweight Nico Hernandez (49 kg.) won their opening bouts with 3-0 decisions over Kazakhstan’s Berik Abdrahkhmanov and taly’s Manuel Cappai at Riocentro Pavilion 6 in Barra's Olympic Park. Both advance to the round of 16. 

Cycling - Road 
As cycling competition got underway at the Games, Brent Bookwalter placed 16th with a time of 6:13.36, while Taylor Phinney did not finish the 237.5 km event. Bookwalter crossed the line about three-and-a-half minutes after the bronze medalist, winning a five-man sprint against Bauke Mollema (NED), Kristijan Durasek (CRO), Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI), and Frank Schleck (LUX). Both Phinney and Bookwalter will race the time trial on Wednesday.

After day one of eventing competition at the Olympic Equestrian Center, the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team sits in seventh place. Boyd Martin and Clark Montgomery put in solid performances among the 32 combinations that competed Saturday in day one of dressage. Martin scored 47.70 for 17th place individually, while Montgomery ended his dressage test in 10th place individually with a score of 46.60.

U.S. Fencing opened the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with three women competing in the individual epee event. Katharine Holmes fell to Estonia’s Erika Kirpu, 5-4, while Courtney Hurley lost to Ukraine’s Yana Shemyakina, 14-13. Team USA’s Kelley Hurley was defeated by Brazil’s Nathanlie Moellhausen, 15-12.

Field Hockey
The No. 5-ranked U.S. women’s team topped No. 2 Argentina, 2-1, in its opening game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Midfielder Katie Reinprecht scored the first goal of the night, with Michelle Kasold scoring again for the team in the fourth period. The U.S. continues Pool B play on Monday (Aug. 8,) against No. 3 Australia. MORE

The U.S. men's gymnastics teams is second behind China after Saturday's qualifying round at the Rio Olympic Arena. With a team score of 270.405, the U.S. is just 0.056 points behind China, which leads with a score of 270.461. Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton logged the top two finishes on the floor exercise with 15.800 and 15.600, respectively. Team competition concludes with the final round beginning on Monday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. MORE

Gevvie Stone opened the 2016 Olympic rowing competition at Lagoa Stadium by winning her heat in 8:29.67 to advance to the semifinals of women's single sculls. The U.S. lightweight men’s four crew also won its heat with a time of 6:05.61, while the U.S. women’s double sculls team of Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek finished second (7:46.92) to advance to the semifinals. Meanwhile the U.S. women’s quad sculls crew and men’s pair team of Nareg Guregian and Anders Weiss placed third (6:40.78) and fifth (6:49.97) in their respective heats to advance to the repechage round.    

The U.S. women’s rugby sevens team earned its first Olympic victory with a lopsided 48-0 win over Colombia Saturday evening at Deodoro Stadium. Alev Kelter led the team with a pair of tries and conversions for 14 points as seven Americans contributed to the scoring line. The team made its Olympic debut earlier in the day, dropping a 12-7 decision to Fiji. Kelter became the first American woman to score a try and Bui Baravilala recorded the first U.S. conversion in Olympic play. MORE

Will Brown
and Jay Shi finished 12th and 18th in men’s 10-meter air pistol. 

The U.S. women’s team defeated France, 1-0, advancing to the next round of play. Captain Carli Lloyd scored the lone goal of the night in the 63rd minute of play and goalie Hope Solo saved five shots on goal. Team USA is 2-0 in the Olympic Tournament and will play its final Pool Group G game against Colombia on Tuesday (Aug. 9). MORE

Table Tennis
Lily Zhang scored an upset victory Portugal's Jieni Shao to advance to the Round of 32 during table tennis competition Saturday evening. Entering the Olympics ranked No. 101 in the world, Zhang downed Shao, who is ranked No. 54, 4-0, to advance to a third round contest against Korea's Hyowon Suh. Their match will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday. Jennifer Wu dropped a second-round match to Sweden's Matilda Ekholm, 4-2. 

In men's play, Yijun Feng lost his opening round match to Spain's Zhiwen He, while Kanak Jha lost his preliminary match against Iran's Nima Alamian. 

Steve Johnson claimed a 2-0 (6-3, 6-2) win over Darian King of Barbados in the opening-round matches at Olympic Tennis Centre. Johnson tallied five aces in the first set, helping him advance to second-round matches on Monday. Team USA’s Jack Sock fell to Japan’s Taro Daniel, Brian Baker lost to Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, and Denis Kudla was eliminated by Slovakia’s Andrej Martin. 

On the women’s side, Madison Keys advanced to the second round after topping Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, 2-0. Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens fell to their respective opponents.

Volleyball – Beach
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won their first match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) victory over Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Nicole Laird of Australia at the Beach Volleyball Arena. Next up for the American duo is match at midnight on Monday, Aug. 8, against the Chinese team of Fan Wang and Yuan Yue. MORE

On the men’s side, Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson opened with a 2-0 win (21-16, 21-16) over Jefferson Pereira and Cherif Samba of Qatar. The win gives the Americans an early edge in Pool F play as they prepare for their next match against Austria's Robin Seidl and Alexander Huber on Monday, Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball – Indoor
The U.S. women’s indoor team dropped a 3-0 decision to Puerto Rico in its Olympic debut. Kimberly Hill and Kelly Murphy led the team with 14 points apiece. The team will continue Pool B play against the Netherlands Monday (Aug. 8). MORE

Water Polo
The U.S. men’s team lost its opening-round match, 7-5, to Croatia at the at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center. Tony Azevedo led Team USA with two goals and received support from Alex Roelse, Alex Bowen and Bret Bonanni. Up next, the U.S. will face Spain Monday (Aug. 8). 

Morghan King rewrote an American record on her way to a sixth-place finish in the 48 kg. division during the weightlifting competition. King's lift of 83 kg. in the snatch broke the U.S. record of 82.5 kg., which had been set by Sydney 2000 Olympic Games champion Tara Nott-Cunningham. King added 100 kg. in the clean and jerk for a total of 183 kg. for the evening.