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Some Things You Might Have Missed at the Olympics

Some Things You Might Have Missed at the Olympics

By Jennifer Grudziecki

The Olympics can be a bit confusing, and with all the events going on in a different time zone (for most of us), it's easy to miss things. Luckily for you, we've collected some the most important videos from the Olympics so far...including some of the best fails.

The USA women's soccer team beat Canada in the semi-final with Alex Morgan's last-minute header (score: 4-3), but the most interesting part of this extremely close and slightly controversial game is when Canadian player Melissa Tancredi jumped on USA player Carli Lloyd's head. Which, given the cleats and all, looks super painful. (USA goes on to play Japan for the gold today.)

Everyone is criticizing Gabby Douglas's hair, but she and her mother have a few things to say about it. Mainly, "WHO CARES? I'm still winning!"

USA judo competitor Nick Delpopolo ate some marijuana-laced brownies and got kicked out of the Olympics...but he had already lost the competition, so it's not like it changes much.

This diver landed a fantastic back flop. Ouch.

Ryan Lochte is really, really bad at interviews. And math.

This German weightlifter dropped over 420 pounds on the back of his neck, and we're impressed that he's not seriously incapacitated.

The USA swim team did a "Call Me Maybe" cover, and even though we're sick of hearing this song, they're Olympians and it's fun, so we're watching it anyway.

These two athletes ran into each other (not during a competition)...and it's pretty funny to watch.

This USA long jumper tries to pump up the crowd before his final jump ...and then lands face-first in the sand.

  • Aly Raisman put out an incredible individual floor performance and won the gold medal. Whoo-hoo!
  • A gold-medal-winning South African swimmer cheated, readily admitted to it, said he would do it again, and no one is doing anything about it. Anyone else confused?
  • Gabby Douglas slipped off the balance beam in the individual finals and came in 7th. Maybe she's unfocused because everyone is criticizing her hair? However, she still got back up and finished the routine like a pro.
  • In other balance beam news, Chinese gymnast Deng Linlin's gold-medal-winning final performance had us literally holding our breath.
  • Adorable British brothers Alistair and Johnny Brownlee won gold and bronze, respectively, in the men's triathlon, causing watchers around the world to say "Awwwwww" as they hug at the finish line.
  • Australia won its fourth gold medal so far when Sally Pearson took first in the women's 100 meter hurdles.
  • Cuban pole-vaulter Lazaro Borges broke his pole into not two but THREE pieces.
Topics: Life
Tags: sports, olympics, fails, videos, olympics 2012, london olympics

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Jennifer Grudziecki

Jennifer Grudziecki is a writer, intern, and soon-to-be college graduate living in New York City. Her life goal is to be a space pirate, and maybe to write a book along the way. Follow her on Twitter @JennyGrudzy or on Tumblr at www.jennigrudzi.tumblr.com/

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