August 9, 2008 – Here are some highlights of the opening day of the Summer Games:
Branagh, Youngs Win Opening Olympic Match – The U.S. beach volleyball team of Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.), ranked fifth, won their opening match of the Olympic Games on Saturday, defeating Netherland’s 20th-seeded Rebekka Kadijk and Merel Mooren, 21-19, 27-25, at the beach volleyball venue in Chaoyang Park.
Zagunis Wins Gold, U.S. Women Sweep Sabre – Mariel Zagunis reclaimed the gold medal in a repeat of her 2004 performance in Athens. Zagunis defeated teammate Sada Jacobson 15-8 to claim the gold. The U.S. women completed an historic sweep of the medals as teammate Rebecca Ward earlier won a closely contested bronze medal match.
U.S. women sneak past Japan 1-0 Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored on a first-half volley to lead the U.S. women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Japan and put the Americans’ Olympic title defense back on track at the Beijing Games.