It's been a day of highs and lows for American women at the Beijing Olympics. Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor defended their gold medal in women's beach volleyball. Though it was raining, the players didn't seem to mind, with Walsh saying, "The rain made it better. I don't know why, but it made it better. The ball is really wet and slimy, and you have to take care of the ball. But it's not my first rodeo in the rain." The Daily News' Filip Bondy noted after the winning spike, "The two Americans dropped to their knees, hugged, rolled around in the sand and came off looking like glazed doughnuts in two-piece bathing suits." Some other stats at NBC Olympics.

However, in what might be the last softball game in the Olympics, the American team lost, 3-1, to Japan in the final game. The U.S. team were the favorites, after winning golds in the four past Olympics, and the NY Times described the loss as "a stunning end to American Olympic dominance." And in the pool, the U.S. women's water polo team lost the final match to the Netherlands. This is the women's water polo team's third consecutive silver.