Just read the results on the internet of one of the men's swimming relay finals. The U.S. came in third, and the press release I read called it "a dismal third". Third place is an Olympic medal. I can't believe these sports writers.
Okay, question here. Why isn't the team which qualifies for the final necessarily the team who actually gets to swim in the final? Seems rather sad that if you help your team get to the finals and they get a medal, you get "squat" if you were substituted with someone else? 42