2012 London Olympics

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Why Bronze Winners Are Happier Than Silver Winners

Coming in third not so bad, psychologically speaking

(Newser) - A silver medal is better than a bronze medal—yet psychologists have consistently found that bronze medalists are typically happier than silver medalists with the outcome of a competition. NPR offers up this example from London: After winning a silver, Ryan Lochte reflected on coming up "a little short....

Bolt Runs 9.63 to Win Gold in 100-Meter Dash

'Blade Runner' Pistorius fails to make final in 400 meters

(Newser) - Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his second straight Olympic gold medal in the men's 100 meters today, crossing the line in an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds. Bolt joined Carl Lewis as only the second man to go back-to-back in track's biggest race. Bolt's training partner and fellow...

Gabby Douglas&#39; Mom Filed for Bankruptcy
 Gabby Douglas' Mom 
 Filed for Bankruptcy 

Gabby Douglas' Mom Filed for Bankruptcy

Natalie Hawkins filed for Chapter 13 months ago

(Newser) - On the heels of yesterday's revelation that Ryan Lochte's parents are facing foreclosure comes this news: Months before Gabby Douglas' gold medal win at the Olympics, her mom filed for bankruptcy. Natalie Hawkins filed for Chapter 13, which TMZ calls "far less severe than Chapter 7."...

Federer Misses Out on Gold
 Federer Misses Out on Gold 

Federer Misses Out on Gold

Andy Murray beats him for Olympic top spot in tennis

(Newser) - Andy Murray had Centre Court rocking today, winning gold for the home team and beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Olympics tennis final at Wimbledon. The result was a royal rout. Murray swept nine consecutive games, breaking Federer's serve four times in a row. The victory marked...

Williams Sisters Once Again Win Gold

Meanwhile, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia wins the women's marathon

(Newser) - Tennis and running are set to be the big Olympic sports of the day, and the Williams sisters are the day's early stars. In a repeat of 2000 and 2008, Serena and Venus took the women's doubles gold, beating Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic...

Phelps Nabs One Last Gold, Exits Swimming for Good

Ends career with 22 medals, 18 of them gold

(Newser) - Michael Phelps got up to leave his last news conference at the Olympic pool when his relay mates were asked if they thought he would really stay retired. Before they could answer, Phelps smiled and said emphatically: "Yes, yes." The most decorated Olympian called it a career last...

The Best Nike Ad of the Games?

 The Best Nike Ad 
 of the Games? 

The Best Nike Ad of the Games?

Nathan Sorrell, 12, stars in inspiring 'find your greatness' ad

(Newser) - A Nike Olympic ad that asks us to "find our greatness" has highlighted its unlikely star: 12-year-old Nathan Sorrell. He's the hefty boy who's jogging—or perhaps chugging—in from the horizon as a voiceover tells us that "greatness is no more unique to us than...

US Women Win Gold, Set Medley World Record

Jamaica's Fraser-Pryce defends title in 100-meter dash

(Newser) - The US set a world record to win the women's medley relay at the London Olympics today. The Americans clocked 3 minutes, 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China at the 2009 world championships at the height of the high-tech bodysuit era. Missy...

Serena Williams Wins Gold
 Serena Williams 
 Wins Gold 

Serena Williams Wins Gold

She's only the second player to complete 'Golden Slam'

(Newser) - Serena Williams became only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam when she won her first singles gold medal today, beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in her six matches. She...

&#39;Blade Runner&#39; Aims for History

 'Blade Runner' 
 Aims for History 

'Blade Runner' Aims for History

Oscar Pistorius is the first amputee to compete

(Newser) - Oscar Pistorius made Olympic history simply by competing in a 400-meter heat today, and he earned a chance to make some more tomorrow. The 25-year-old South African became the first amputee to compete in an Olympic race, reports the Washington Post . Pistorius, who uses a pair of carbon fiber prosthetic...

Phelps Swims Last Individual Race
 Phelps Swims  
 Last Individual Race 

Phelps Swims Last Individual Race

And wins gold, as does Missy Franklin and 15-year-old Katie Ledecky

(Newser) - Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly at the London Games today for the record 17th gold and 21st medal overall in his Olympic career. In the final individual race of his career, Phelps was next to last at the turn but then produced his usual furious finish to clock 51....

Lochte's Mom Clarifies 'One Night Stand' Comment

Ike Lochte was not dishing on Ryan's sex life, she explains

(Newser) - If you were left scratching your head earlier this week when Ryan Lochte's mom appeared to be dishing about the Olympic swimmer's sex life, you can calm down: Both she and Lochte have now clarified. Ike Lochte had told Today that her son "goes out on one-night...

News Channels Ruining Games for Jon Stewart

'Spoiler alerts' aren't working, says Daily Show host

(Newser) - The bizarre phenomenon of Olympic "spoiler alerts" is driving Jon Stewart nuts. CNN asks viewers to put the TV on mute before the newscasters go on to announce results. "People watch CNN not on mute?" Stewart asked incredulously on last night's Daily Show , poking at the ways...

Kate Hugs Her Prince, Brits Go Wild
 Kate Hugs 
 Her Prince, 
 Brits Go Wild 

Kate Hugs Her Prince, Brits Go Wild

Royal couple have been Olympic regulars

(Newser) - Royal watchers aren't often treated to a glimpse of affection between Wills and Kate—but yesterday was an exception. The pair hugged enthusiastically at the men's team sprint track cycling event, prompting headlines and a giant collage of pictures of the much-touted moment at the Daily Mail . The...

Saudi Woman Makes History in 82 Seconds

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani exits with head held high

(Newser) - There was never any chance that Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani was going to win her judo match at the Olympics. In a competition of all black belts, Shahrkhani has only achieved blue. But the crowd gave her a roaring ovation anyway after Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico dispatched her...

US Basketball Team Busts Through Olympic Records

Beats Nigeria 156-73

(Newser) - The last group in England with this many records was The Beatles: The US men's Olympic basketball team beat Nigeria 156-73 last night in an epic blowout that answered the Americans' detractors, who had earlier criticized their slow starts and outside shooting. "Our guys just couldn't miss,...

Dressage Horse Creating Pickle for Romney?

Even conservatives kick about pricey Rafalca

(Newser) - Ann Romney is ecstatic that her horse Rafalca and co-owner/rider Jan Eberling are in 13th place as the mare heads into today's dressage competition, but her husband isn't crowing about it. CNN takes another look at horse, noting it "could be [a] political liability." The horse...

Boxing Fix? Stunning Decision Alarms Critics

Azerbaijan boxer gets knocked down 6 times in one round, and wins

(Newser) - Something smells seriously fishy in the world of Olympic boxing. As Deadspin notes, knockdowns are rare things in the Games. So when Japan's Satoshi Shimuzu put Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov on the canvas six times in their third and final round, the outcome seemed clear-cut. Until, that is, the...

Phelps, Lochte Race Again ...
 Phelps, Lochte Race Again ... 

Phelps, Lochte Race Again ...

And this time Phelps wins

(Newser) - In Round 2 of Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte, Phelps reigned supreme. The American stars swam against each other for the last time in these Games in the 200-meter individual medley, with Phelps taking the gold (1:54.27) and Lochte the silver (1:54.90). Their first showdown of...

Sorry, Olympic Medalists Don't Deserve Tax Break

Last thing our tax code needs is yet another loophole: Conor Friedersdorf

(Newser) - Marco Rubio claims he wants to simplify the tax code—so why in the world is he calling for Olympians not to be taxed on their winnings? Such a plan "is a perfect example of why the tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess," writes Conor Friedersdorf...

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