London 2012

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The gold medal match for beach volleyball features Team U.S.A. against TEAM U.S.A!

If you tune in right now you'll see Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh versus Jen Kessy and April Ross in a match to determine who gets the gold. Spoiler alert: An American wins. GRAB SOME DORITOS AND PLANT YOUR BUTT IN FRONT OF A SCREEN, ITS AN TEAM U.S.A. SHOWDOWN, BOYS AN' GIRLS.

SPOILER-TASTIC UPDATE:

May-Treanor and Walsh took their third straight gold in two sets in what ended up being a very anticlimactic showdown. Congrats, ladies!

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Today Aly Raisman revealed that the music choice in her gold medal-winning floor routine was, in a way, her own private tribute to the victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the attacks.

Olympic officials ran into controversy this year by not including a moment of silence or dedication to the 11 Israeli athletes who were victims of the massacre.

As a Jewish American, Aly felt compelled to show respect for the dead in her own way. For her floor routine, she chose the traditional Jewish wedding song, "Have Nagila" for her background music.

Said Raisman,

"I am Jewish, that's why I wanted that floor music. I wanted something the crowd could clap to, especially being here in London."
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Proof that men can fly.

Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands performed one of the most difficult bar routines ever seen on the world stage -- and nailed it. DAT AIR.

Needless to say, he won gold in the event. The sheer ENDURANCE required to do three maneuvers like that is ridiculous. That routine was nuts. I need some smelling salts.

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Britain is experiencing its biggest haul of gold medals since 1908. While expected superpowers China and U.S.A. continue their unsurprising struggle for Olympic dominance, Team G.B. has swung from behind to deliver their country's most successful Olympics in history. Here's to the home team!

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Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov was sweating bullets.

Just before his 2.33 meter attempt, he took off his competition jersey. And then lost it. He frantically searched for his jersey before an official pointed out the t-shirt nearby. Donning his temporary uniform, Ukhov sailed over the bar, and then returned to search for the jersey.

Ukhov found it before the end of the competition, and then won the gold anyways.