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It's likely just an afterthought for her as she tries to help lead the U.S. to Olympic gold, but soccer star Hope Solo turns 31 today. Happy birthday to the goalie!

If Hope's Twitter feud with Brandi Chastain has distracted the squad at all, you wouldn't know it; the Americans are 2-0 after blanking Colombia Saturday in London.

Solo met with coaches over her Twitter comments, but isn't expected to face disciplinary action. Here's hoping she and the team keep their eyes on the prize!

Saving Hope

One of the best-known U.S. soccer stars since ... well, Chastain and Mia Hamm, Solo has found herself in the news frequently over the years, on and off the field.

Hope lit up the parquet on Dancing with the Stars with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and posed nude in the annual ESPN the Magazine body issue.

She publicly criticized her coach in '07 for using another goalkeeper, and was recently given a warning for failing a drug test which found a banned substance.

Hope said it was due to premenstrual medication she takes and was cleared for the Olympics, where she says a lot of extracurricular activity goes on at night.

Here's wishing her the best in tomorrow's contest against North Korea - and a happy birthday as well! Don't party too hard in the village tonight, Hope ...

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The highs and lows of the Summer Olympics were on full display during preliminary competition in women's gymnastics last night.

Reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber was reduced to tears after failing to qualify for the finals, while Aly Raisman was among two Americans who did move on to the medal round.

But not without a lot of anxiety on the part of her parents, Lynn and Ricky, who were mic'd up and videotaped by NBC as their daughter attempted to move on. The results were both humorous and adorable, as you can witness mother and father living and dying with every move Aly makes:

"It was such a thrill to watch our daughter compete at the Olympic games," Lynn and Ricky said after the event. "We are so proud and happy she advanced to finals and can't wait for team finals. All the girls did so great, we are proud of them all."

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It's the number-one question being asked at this year's Olympics.

How many times will NBC cameras find Kate Middleton in the crowd? No, that's not it.

Does Ryan Lochte have a girlfriend?

Ryan Lochte Photo

Following his Gold Medal-winning performance in the 400 Individual Medley (which was followed by Lochte getting outkicked on the anchor lap of his team's relay yesterday), the athlete has positioned himself as the American face of these London Games.

And women around the country are yearning to know: is anyone out there sucking that face?

The answer appears to be a strong... maybe. According to The Brisbane Times, Lochte and Australian swimmer Blair Evans were spotted getting awfully chummy during training last week. They reportedly touched hands under the water and left together for the Olympic village.

And we all know what goes down in the Olympic Village, right, Hope Solo?!?

We'll stay on the story of whether or not anyone is staying on (or under) this 28-year old star, but in the meantime, we've posted a photo of that famous Ryan Lochte grill. Ogle away, ladies!

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A dramatic Sunday night in London ended with one of America's best hopes for a Gold Medal in tears yesterday, as Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for all-around final in Women's Gymnastics.

The reigning world champion faltered a bit on her vault, beam, bars and floor routines, earning scores below teammates Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas. Only two representatives from each country are permitted to perform in the final round.

Olympic photo

"It's a little bit of a disappointment," the 17-year old Wieber said in a statement. "It's always been a dream of mine to compete for the all-around at the Olympics, shoot for that gold medal. But I'm really proud of Aly and Gabby both. And I'm glad that I'll be able to help the team out in the team finals."

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Ryan Lochte has officially made it.

Not because this 28-year old American defeated Michael Phelps yesterday in the 400 Individual Medley, but because he's the subject of a new "Call Me Maybe" parody, which focuses on the rivalry between these two Olympic swimmers and whose lyrics include:

Strange pecs, taking bong hits/Stay smooth, shave your armpits/Where you think you're swimming, Mikey?

Hey, I'm not Michael, don't eat at Subway/But this is my year, so call me Lochte/It's hard to swim right, by Phelps baby/But this is my year, so call me Lochte.

Earlier in the week, another video went viral in which Lochte and Phelps joined members of the swim team in lip syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit.

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Remember that whole Olympic spirit thing? Someone should tell Hope Solo about it.

The U.S. Soccer Team's starting goalie may have been responsible for a shutout against against Colombia yesterday, but the former Dancing with the Stars contestant didn't celebrate much afterward.

She slammed former World Cup hero Brandi Chastain instead.

  • Brandi Chastain Picture
  • Hope Solo Photograph

Displeased with Chastain's analysis as an announcer, specifically her criticism of defender Rachel Buehler, Solo went off on a multiple-part Twitter rant against the retired player:

  • "Its 2 bad we cant have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game."
  • "Lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago.
  • "I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute."

Chastain is best known for nailing the World Cup-winning shootout kick against China in 1999. She's played in 192 international teams for her country and did not respond to these taunts.

Solo, meanwhile, is unafraid to speak her mind. Earlier this month, she detailed the significant amount of sex that went on in the Olympic Village four years ago.

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Well, this is no fun.

Billed as the biggest individual rivalry at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are being all... classy with each other. Don't they know this is a competition?!?

Lochte Wins

Not long after Lochte won the Gold Medal in the 400 IM today, Phelps - who did not finish in the top three in that event for the first time since 2000 - sent a congratulatory Tweet to his countryman, writing:

Congrats to @ryanlochte ... Way to keep that title in the country where it belongs!!

The winner then replied: Thanks @MichaelPhelps I couldn't do it with out you. #USA

Phelps has six more events in front of him and needs two medals to set the all-time Olympic mark. But this race belonged to his rival.

“This is my year,” Lochte said after earning Gold. “I know it and I feel it, because I’ve put in hard work. I’ve trained my butt off for four years … and there’s no better way to start this Olympics off than getting gold.”

Let's try to fire up this feud, shall we? Vote now: Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte, who would you rather...

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The 2012 Summer Olympics kicked off in grand style last night, as a $42 million Opening Ceremony featured The Queen as a James Bond Girl, Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean and a whole lot more.

Among the highlights of the three-and-a-half hour event:

  • Dozens of Mary Poppins floating down from the sky.
  • Queen Elizabeth and Daniel Craig shared a big screen scene, marking the latter's acting debut.
  • Atkinson (above) got himself involved in the iconic Chariots of Fire scene, actually running on the beach with the stars of that movie (technology rules!).
  • A grass infield with countryside with sheepdogs, horses and ducks turned into an industrialized city with smokestacks, representing how far England has come.
  • Seven billion pieces of paper were actually dropped on to the athletes, representing every human on the planet.
  • Voldemort stopped by.
  • And seven young people lit the Olympic Flame in an exciting, emotional climax.

The London Olympics will now air on NBC and many of its cable affiliates over the next two weeks. Best of luck to all participants. Go USA!

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Mitt Romney spent a few days this week in Great Britain... and let's just say he's fortunate no residents there can vote in the upcoming U.S election.

Having organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Romney was asked by NBC News about his thoughts on the lead-up to this year's Summer Games in London, to which he replied:

"There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials … that obviously is not something which is encouraging."

Mitt Romney in London

The response from British newspapers made Romney's reception by the NAACP appear warm.

The Sun labeled Romney as a "wannabe president" and "Mitt the Twitt."

The Daily Mail slammed him as devoid of charm, offensive and a wazzock."

A Sky News reporter asked: "Is this guy really prepared to be president?"

Romney has since tried to make up for his comments, telling the media yesterday that "you are going to see terrific games that will be long time in our memories." But it may be too little, way too late.

Perhaps Romney should distract folks from this negative press by releasing more tax returns.

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The Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics gets underway tonight, and you know what that means:

So many Kate Middleton shots are sure to follow!

As we learned at Wimbledon this year, whenever a major sporting event takes place in England, Kate and her husband are sure to be in attendance - and the camera is sure to follow. With the most major sporting event in the world descending on that nation for the next two weeks, male viewers can start celebrating now.

And female viewers can start taking notes on Middleton's fashion sense, starting with this photo, as she, William and Harry welcome the Olympic Torch to Buckingham Palace:

Welcoming the Torch
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