Giving Alain Bernard the finger (.08s worth)

The Olympics are a time for being part of the global community, for sportsmanship, for setting aside our differences and celebrating...

...yeeeaaahhhhh! Suck it France!

U.S. Men Win 4 x 100M Freestyle Relay

In the pool, Lezak had seen Bernard hit the far wall first.

"I'm not going to lie," Lezak said. "When I flipped at the 50 and I still saw how far ahead he was, and he was the world-record holder 'til about two minutes before that, when Sullivan led off with the world record, I thought, it really crossed my mind for a split second, there's no way.

"Then I changed. I said, you know what, that's ridiculous. This is the Olympics. I'm here for these guys. I'm here for the United States of America. It's more than -- I don't care how bad it hurts, or whatever, I'm just going to go out there and hit it.

"Honestly, in like 5 seconds, I was thinking all these things -- you know, just got like a super charge and took it from there. It was unreal."


With the pressure of all of it on him, Lezak threw down the fastest split of all time, 46.06.