Women’s beach volleyball and track & field shared the spotlight for TiVo’s Top Moments of last night’s Olympics coverage on NBC. The most watched moment was the last few seconds of the women’s beach volleyball final between two USA teams: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings vs. April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.
Ross and Kessy were strong contenders for the gold medal, casting doubt on the historic May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings duo’s claim to winning their third gold medal in London. Suspense heightened after a shaky first half for May-Treanor/Walsh Jennings, but their unstoppable teamwork gave them a place in history as they won their third Olympic gold medal. Victory for May-Treanor was bittersweet as this was her final Olympic match; however, she left with her medals and her dreams of “growing the sport” realized as her and Walsh Jennings’s match against Ross and Kessy came in first place for last night’s TiVo Top Moments.
In Track & Field, Allyson Felix and Aries Merrit were Olympic champions for Team USA and TiVo’s Top Moments. The USA took both gold and silver medals in the men’s 110 meter hurdle thanks to Merrit and Jason Richardson, whose times were only about a tenth of a second apart. American viewers replayed the race that so disappointed USA silver medalist Lashinda Demus as she lost to Russian Natalya Antyukh in the Women’s 400 meter hurdle. Felix, nicknamed “Chicken Legs,” won second place in TiVo’s Top Moments as she sprinted to gold in the Women’s 200 meter final.
|Rank||Top Moment (NBC ET/PT)||Description|
|1||9:48:05 PM||In the women’s beach volleyball gold medal match, Team USA’s world champion teams fight for gold: April Ross & Jennifer Kessy vs. Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh Jennings. At this moment, Ross’s serve goes long, and the gold medal goes to the Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor, who claim their third Olympic gold medal. Final score: 21-16|
|2||10:33:03 PM||In the women’s 200m finals, Allyson Felix (USA) pulls ahead of the pack and wins gold with a time of 0:21.88. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica comes in a close second; Carmelita Jeter (USA) takes bronze.|
|3||9:53:14 PM||Replay of Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor hugging each other just after winning their match (see #1), as May-Treanor says goodbye to the sport and the world says goodbye to the team that has become the face of beach volleyball.|
|4||10:17:11 PM||In a close race, USA’s Lashinda Demus and Russia’s Natalya Antyukh compete in the women’s 400m hurdles. At this moment, Demus jumps over the last hurdle at the heels of Antyukh, who wins the race with the second fastest time in this event. Demus claims silver.|
|5||10:43:48 PM||In the men’s 110m hurdle finals, Aries Merrit (USA) jumps over his fifth hurdle ahead of Hansle Parchment, hopeful from Jamaica. Merrit wins his first gold medal with a time of 12.92s; second place goes to USA’s Jason Richardson, only about a tenth of a second behind Merrit. Parchment from Jamaica wins bronze.|