This article was written by James Ayello based on reporting from The Associated Press.
The U.S. came away with several medals Wednesday, including three golds, but is still trailing China for the medal lead.
The Americans collected a gold medal in cycling as one woman repeated her success from Beijing and one in swimming, as a less-heralded athlete took down Australia's "Missile."
U.S. earns gold, bronze in Wednesday's games
On Wednesday, 23-year-old Nathan Adrian, the man swimming in the shadow of Olympic legend Michael Phelps and upstart Ryan Lochte, earned himself some time in the spotlight by defeating Australia's James "The Missile" Magnussen in the 100-meter Olympic freestyle and winning gold.
Adrian just barely edged Magnussen, reaching the wall one-hundredth of a second before the Australian could. Adrian's winning time was 47.52 seconds.
The Americans won another gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay, the last event of the night, when Allison Schmitt caught up Alicia Coutts in the final leg of the relay. Schmitt dove into the water a half second behind the Australian, but by the time if was over, the U.S. won by 1.5 seconds.
U.S. cyclist Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her second straight gold medal in the Olympic cycling time trial finishing 15 seconds ahead of German rider Judith Arndt.
The 38-year-old Armstrong came out of a brief retirement to complete the 18-mile course south of London in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds.
U.S. gymnast and former Cuban refugee Danell Levya captured a bronze in the men's Olympic all-around event capping his medal-winning performance with outstanding routines on the parallel bars and high bar.
Leyva joins 2004 champion Paul Hamm as the only U.S. men to win Olympic all-around medals since 1984.
Japanese gymnastics legend Kohei Uchimura won the gold with a score of 92.690 finishing significantly ahead (1.5 points) of silver medalist and German Marcel Nguyen.
U.S. tennis star Serena Williams continued her dominant run through the women's Olympic singles competition Wednesday by trouncing the No. 13-seeded Russian, Vera Zvonareva, 6-1, 6-0 in route to advancing to the Olympic quarterfinals.
Venus Williams, however, was not at fortunate as her sister, Serena. Venus fell to the German No. 7-seed, Angelique Kerber, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5). Venus is trying to win a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis, and despite being knocked out of the single tournament, still has a chance in the doubles competition with her sister.
A pair of British women ended the host's gold medal drought by capturing the top prize in the women's pair rowing event. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning ensured that the host country would hear "God Save the Queen" during a gold medal ceremony by finishing more than two seconds ahead of their Australian competition.
Britain has won a gold medal in a rowing event in every games since 1984.
After conceding a three-goal lead with three minutes to go, the U.S. women's water polo team was forced to settle for a 9-9 tie with Spain in a preliminary-round game.
After losing to Poland on Monday night, U.S. men's beach volleyball pair Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb bounced back Wednesday to defeat Latvia (21-10, 21-16) to jump back atop their group in the pool phase of the competition.
You can't spell badminton without 'bad'
Eight women's badminton players were dismissed from the London Games on Wednesday after being accused of trying to lose on purpose.
The eight players made up two teams from South Korea and teams from China and Indonesia. The players said they were trying to lose to improve their position within the round-robin stage of the competition.
The players from the teams exerted very little effort during their matches and were unceremoniously booed by the Olympic crowd in attendance. In this video on the sports blog Deadspin, players from the Chinese team of Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang and South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na don't exactly exemplify the Olympic spirit.
Man on wire
In one of the funniest moments of the Olympics so far, London Mayor Boris Johnson got stuck on a zip wire while trying to make a grand entrance at an outdoors Olympic watch party in London's Victoria Park.
Unfortunately for the mayor, he lost momentum about three-quarters of the way across and became suspended about 30 feet in the air. He was only stuck for a few minutes before staff at the park got him down.
China leads the U.S. in overall medals by just one. China has won more gold medals than any other country.
Comcast says NBC will "break even"
NBC was initially expecting to take around a $200 million loss on its 17-day coverage of the London Olympics, but ratings have been so stellar over the first five days of the Games, the network is now expecting to "break even."
NBC officials said that because of the timing of the events in London, they expected rating to be down 20 percent compared to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But the network is up 9 percent thus far.
What to watch
Visit NBC.com for the full schedule of Olympic events Thursday.
9:18 a.m. CDT: Men's shooting, double trap finals
10:30 a.m.: Women's beach volleyball, U.S. vs. Spain
12:15 p.m.: Men's cylcing, team sprint finals
1:15 p.m.: Women's fencing, team foil finals
1:40 p.m.: Women's swimming, 200m breaststroke final
2:37 p.m.: Women's swimming, 100m freestyle final
3:00 p.m.: Men's beach volleyball, U.S. vs. Spain
4:15 p.m. Men's basketball, U.S. vs. Nigeria
Find complete coverage of the London 2012 Summer Olympics from The Associated Press.