It's been an amazing week of athletics since the Olympic Games began in London just last Friday. Here's a week-one wrap of what the out Olympians have been up to.
- The Dutch field hockey team ended their short streak of wins against Japan and Belgium earlier this week to lose a bout Thursday night against China, 0-1. Next up is a game against Korea on Saturday, and Great Britain on Monday. Random fact: a quarter of the attractive Team Orange happen to be lesbians (Marilyn Agliotti, Kim Lammers, Maartje Paumen, and Carlien Dirkseke van den Heuvel), making them the most out team at the Olympics.
-American tennis doubles champion Lisa Raymond has been keeping busy both in the women's doubles tournament with partner Liezel Huber and mixed doubles with partner Mike Bryan. Huber and Raymond were knocked out of the gold round in the semifinal round against the Czech Republic, but they will play in the bronze medal match against either the Williams sister of the U.S., or Russian team Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko. Raymond and Bryan will play in a quarterfinals match on Friday against Argentina.
- In the equestrian dressage competition, Great Britain's team, which includes out equestrian Carl Hester, has won day two of the team grand prix. The Dutch team, which includes out rider Edward Gal, is in third place. Meanwhile, Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca is ranked 30th in this round, but the American riders are collectively ranked sixth.
- Brazilian handball player Mayssa Pessoa and her team is 2-2 after beating Montenegro and Great Britain, but narrowly losing against Croatia and Russia, most recently. The team has one more match against Angola in the preliminary round on Sunday.
- Denmark's handball team, with out player Rikke Sov, is currently 0-3 after losses against Sweden, Korea, and Spain. The team will face Norway and France this weekend for the final two matches in the preliminary round.
- Natalie Cook (pictured above), one half of the Australian beach volleyball duo, lost a close match against U.S. powerhouses Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings on the first full day of the Olympic games. After winning bronze in 1996 and gold in 2000, a handful of injuries and 18 years of competition, Cook announced this week that she will retire.