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Summer Olympics 2012
Originally posted 08/12/2012 02:50PM
All that glitters has turned to gold for Team USA – 39 times (and counting!) to be exact.
But as the Summer Olympics comes to a close, here's a recap of the moments that were just as sweet as the victories.
Originally posted 08/10/2012 03:00PM
Can you blame him?
After working hard and then winning five medals in London – including individual gold – Ryan Lochte, who just turned 28, has a lot to celebrate.
And so he did, hitting up London hot spots on multiple nights and making plenty of female friends along the way.
Following a rowdy Sunday night romp at Chinawhite nightclub, Lochte went out on two more excursions: a Tuesday night sojourn to Planet Hollywood to celebrate his 28th birthday, and another late-night clubbing session at the Rose Club on Thursday.
And he wasn't alone. The newly-minted sex symbol seemed to enjoy the attention of adoring women as he exited the clubs in the wee hours.
Originally posted 08/10/2012 09:40AM
How does their hair stay in place? And which waterproof mascara are they really using?
Originally posted 08/09/2012 06:00PM
With four Olympic gold medals already to his name, Usain Bolt on Thursday went on to become the first Olympian ever to win back-to-back gold medals in both the 100m and 200m sprints.
Although he didn't break his own world record from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Bolt had enough of a lead at the end of the race to slow his pace and hold a finger to his lips, shushing the crowd. With his time of 19.32 seconds, he narrowly beat out fellow Jamaican teammates Yohan Blake (19.44) and Warren Weir (19.84).
"The guy is just on another planet now," American sprinter Wallace Spearmon, who came in fourth place with a time of 19.90, told the Associated Press.
Originally posted 08/09/2012 05:30PM
It was an eagerly awaited rematch that was only made possible for the Americans by last-second heroics.
Powered by two goals from Carli Lloyd and sensational saves by goalie Hope Solo on Thursday, the Americans prevailed 2-1 over Japan – and avenged their heartbreaking World Cup loss to earn a third straight Olympic gold medal.
The victory took place before 80,203 fans, the largest crowd ever for women's Olympic soccer.
Originally posted 08/09/2012 09:05AM
Lauren Scruggs, looking sunny and admitting to being happy to be off her pain medicines since January, is "learning to live by faith and not by sight," she said in her first TV interview Thursday.
Positive attitude aside, she did admit to having some "difficult days" emotionally, "accepting the loss of my eye and hand."
"It's good to be out in public," the fashion blogger and model, 24, told Savannah Guthrie on Thursday's Today show, "letting people know I'm OK." (Editor's note: If you're on a desktop, click through above to see five new photos of Scruggs.)
Of her accident, in which she walked into a spinning airplane propeller while climbing out of a two-seater plane at a private airport in McKinney, Texas, last Dec. 3, "I remember my feet touching the ground, getting out of the plane," she said. "That's all I remember."
Originally posted 08/09/2012 11:15AM
History was made Wednesday when Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic gold in the women's beach volleyball finals.
"Winning the first gold medal, we were young, sweet, we did it. Winning back-to-back medals is very difficult. To go for a three-peat – I don't know if you could write the script the way it turned out. But we believed," May-Treanor told PEOPLE Wednesday.
May-Treanor, 35, and Walsh Jennings, 33, defeated fellow Team USA athletes Jen Kessy and April Ross in the all-American final.
But even May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings's opponents couldn't help but feel elated for the team who helped pioneer women's beach volleyball.
Originally posted 08/08/2012 08:00PM
With two successful Olympic outings and six gold medals between them, swimmers Natalie Coughlin and Nathan Adrian had plenty to celebrate when they went out for late night Lebanese food on Monday.
Adrian, 23, and Coughlin, 29, were joined by fellow gold medalist Matt Grevers and his fiancée Annie Chandler when they grabbed 3 a.m. kebobs at a London's Ranoush restaurant.
Adrian – who had attended a party with Michael Phelps earlier – was also spotted giving Coughlin a back rub. But even though the two have been seen hanging out in London on multiple occasions, they are just friends: Coughlin is married to California-based swim coach Ethan Hall.
Originally posted 08/08/2012 06:00PM
Two-time Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings took on fellow Team USA mates Jen Kessy and April Ross in Wednesday afternoon's All-American beach volleyball match in London – the first time since the 1996 debut of the sport in the Olympics that two teams from the same country have competed for a gold medal.
And did the golden girls make it three for three? They did!
At the end of the match, it was Walsh Jennings, 33, and May-Treanor, 35, who snagged the top honor from their opponents, landing them their third gold medal – the very first to do so in their sport.
Originally posted 08/08/2012 03:45PM
Jordyn Wieber has always dreamed of being an Olympian. A gymnast since the age of 4, she shot through the ranks and reached elite status in the sport by 10. Wieber was named the 2008 U.S. Junior National Champion, and in 2011, became the all-around World Champion. The 17-year-old Dewitt, Michigan, native and spokesperson for Kellogg's Olympic Program 'From Great Starts Come Great Things' is blogging her experiences from London for PEOPLE.com. Editor's note: If you're on a desktop, click through above for four photos of Jordyn.
What a week!
Now that the gymnastics competition has come to an end, I'm enjoying my time in the Olympic village with my friends and enjoying the whirlwind that comes along with winning the team gold.
It has definitely been an exciting few days. The team competition was an incredible day for all five of us, we feel so honored to have earned our place in the history books.
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