TiVo’s Top Twenty-five Primetime XXX Summer Olympic Moments   by

From parachuting royalty to the flying squirrel, for seventeen days the XXX London Summer Olympics captivated audiences from air, water and land.  Here are the twenty-five TiVo Top Moments from this year’s games (with links to online videos where available – just click the number link after each description in the Event column – and please let us know if you find a link for #12!):
Top Ten Date Time Event
1 27-Jul-12  8:25:33 PM Queen Elizabeth and James Bond (Daniel Craig) parachute into the Olympic Arena during the Opening Ceremonies. #1
2 27-Jul-12  8:51:11 PM Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) falls asleep while performing Chariots of Fire with the London Symphony Orchestra and dreams of winning a race on the beach.  #2
3 27-Jul-12 8:34:02 PM The Olympics pay tribute to the medical profession with a performance of Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield while actual doctors and nurses perform.  #3
4 27-Jul-12 8:15:59 PM The Olympic rings converge over the stadium and fireworks rain down upon the actors below.  #4
5 27-Jul-12 8:40:49 PM Mary Poppins battles a 100-foot-tall Lord Voldemort to help protect the children’s dreams.  #5
6 2-Aug-12  11:27:32PM Women’s gymnastics all-around final official standings displayed. Gabriel Douglas (USA) comes in first with a beaming smile and a score of 62.232. Victoria Komova (RUS) is brought to tears as she takes silver. Third and fourth in the standings are Aliya Mustafina (RUS) and Alexandra Raisman (USA).  #6
7 31-Jul-12  8:59:26 PM American McKayla Maroney makes a perfect landing in the vault netting a score of 16.233 in finals of womens gymnastics team event.  #7
8 2-Aug-12  11:15:55PM Gabriel Douglas (USA) performs in the gymnastics artistic floor exercise event at the women’s individual all-around gymnastics finals. At this moment, she gets ready for her second last run on the floor event. Shortly after, her beaming smile lights up the screen as she sticks her landing.  #8
9 31-Jul-12  9:54:15 PM In the women’s gymnastics team event, Team USA’s Gabrielle Douglas, on the uneven bars, nails a difficult transition from lower bar to upper bar and follows with a great landing.  #9
10 2-Aug-12  10:23:19PM Aly Raisman, Team USA’s last hope for a high score on the balance beam in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final. Just a little while later, her hands almost grab the beam as she loses her balance along with her claim to a medal.  #10
11 31-Jul-12  10:11:40 PM USA’s Michael Phelps botches his finish after leading most of the race in the men’s 200m butterfly and narrowly loses by 0.05 seconds to Chad Le Clos of South Africa.  #11
12 31-Jul-12  10:57:05 PM In women’s team gymnastics, Anastasia Grishina of Russia loses balance in a floor exercise landing in the middle of her routine.
13 2-Aug-12  11:03:52PM Domestic rivalry plays out between reigning Olympic and World Champions in men’s swimming events: Michael Phelps (USA) and Ryan Lochte (USA). Phelps (USA) wins gold in the men’s 200m individual medley with 1:54.27 seconds. Lochte (USA) wins silver. At this second Lochte is closing in on Phelps.  #13
14 31-Jul-12  11:16:20 PM The USA Women’s Gymnastics Team USA stares intently up at the scoreboard to see whether they are the winners (answer: yes!)  #14
15 2-Aug-12  10:02:35PM After Aliya Mustafina, Russian gymnast and reigning World Champion, scores 16.100 on the uneven bars, American viewers hold their breath while Gabriel Douglas challenges Team USA’s rival.  She justifies her nickname “The Flying Squirrel.” Douglas scores 15.733 after deductions for a hop on her dismount, beaten only by her two Russian opponents, Komova and Mustafina.  #15
16 29-Jul-12  9:28:47 PM Alexandra Raisman finishes the Uneven Bars event. Her parents’ reaction during the performance is the top moment.  #16
17 29-Jul-12  9:38:06 PM Gabby Douglas, known as the Flying Squirrel, performs on the Uneven Bars.  The dismount is nearly flawless.  #17
18 29-Jul-12  9:16:46 PM McKayla Maroney qualifies as a finalist on the Vault, her specialty event.  #18
19 7-Aug-12  10:57:27 PM Aly Raisman (USA) awaits her score after one of her best performances in women’s floor exercise finals. She scores a 15.600, leading to a gold medal.  #19
20 29-Jul-12 9:08:36 PM Alexandra Raisman and Gabby Douglas perform the Vault.  #20
21 7-Aug-12  10:09:39 PM Aly Raisman (USA) performs in the women’s gymnastics balance beam finals. She scores 15.066 after her coach Mihai Brestyan files an inquiry that leads to a score change, placing her above Catalina Ponor thus netting her a bronze medal.  #21
22 29-Jul-12 10:38:05 PM France swim team edges out USA in 4×100-Meter Freestyle Relay.  USA had the lead going into the final leg. Yannick Agnel of France sprints ahead of Ryan Lochte in the final ten meters to take the gold.  #22
23 1-Aug-12 10:38:43 PM USA’s Nathan Adrian finishes just ahead of Australian James Magnussen in men’s 100m freestyle, gaining gold by just 1/100th of a second.  #23
24 30-Jul-12  9:50:19 PM USA’s Missy Franklin’s women’s 100m backstroke gold medal finish,  #24
25 5-Aug-12  10:31:14 PM McKayla Maroney (USA) starts her second run in the women’s vault final. She fails to stick the landing, dropping her score to only 14.300.  #25

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