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Life is good for Olympic heart throb Ryan Lochte.

The swimmer celebrated the end of an impressive London games - five medals, two of them gold - and his 28th birthday with night out at Chinawhite nightclub.

Lochte partied until nearly 3:30 a.m. before piling into a taxi with friends and various female acquaintances for the ride back to the Olympic Village.

Clearly, it's good to be an Olympic champion ...

  • Ryan Lochte Drunk
  • Ryan Lochte Partying

That's what we call an impressive medley, or something.

No word if Lochte, whose mother recently said that he does not have time for girlfriends and has "one night stands" instead, had one or more on this night.

In any case, be sure to browse our gallery of Olympic photos for more shots of the hunk ... our favorite being this shot of Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin.

[Photos: Pacific Coast News]

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Olympic individual all-around gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas was back in action today in London, partaking in the uneven bars competition.

How'd she do? Find out below ...

Gabby

She didn't live up to her impossibly high standards, finishing 8th. As such, the teen's gold medal haul remains at two (the biggest two).

In addition to her team and individual gold medal wins, Gabby Douglas' hair has gotten a lot of attention, as has her Corn Flakes box.

Girl has a bright future, for sure.

Aliya Mustafina of Russia, He Kexin of China and Beth Tweddle of Great Britain won the gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively.

For the United States, Douglas' teammates didn't fare any better. Kyla Ross was 11th, Jordyn Wieber 12th and Aly Raisman 23rd.

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Winning an Olympic medal. It can be taxing.

And we're not talking about the hard work and stress that comes along with competing against the world's top athletes.

We're talking about the actual U.S. tax code, which applies to champions such as Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin because they earn "honorariums" for finishing first, second or third in each event ($25,000, $15,000 and $10,000, respectively).

According to The Weekly Standard, the estimated taxable income on a Gold is $8,986, a Silver is $5,385 and a Bronze is $3,500.

Gabby Douglas Hair

For multi-millionaires such as Phelps - who has already pocketed well into the seven figures via endorsements and who likely be showing in commercials more often than Peyton Manning over the next couple months - the tax is pocket change.

But for Franklin, a 17-year old yet to turn pro, she could have a far more difficult time paying what should amount to thousands in taxable income.

Is there a solution? Florida senator Marco Rubio believes so, saying late last week: "Our tax code is a complicated and burdensome mess that too often punishes success, and the tax imposed on Olympic medal winners is a classic example of this madness."

Do you agree? Should Olympic athletes be exempt from paying taxes in this scenario?

 

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Serena Williams celebrated her Olympic tennis gold medal Saturday with a seemingly harmless dance move, but its origins have some people criticizing the star.

In a brief homage to her hometown of Compton, Calif., the 30-year-old busted out an impromptu crip walk, a dance move once popularized by gang members.

Check out Serena Williams' crip walk dance below:

The move mostly passed by without incident, as Serena danced for about five seconds, and the crip walk dance dates back to her childhood, two decades ago.

Clearly, she was just having fun and basking in the Olympic moment, while perhaps giving a shout-out to the L.A.-area city of her humble beginnings.

Of all things to rip Serena Williams over, it's unclear how this even makes the list. Still, some critics act as if she crip walked all over Buckingham Palace.

Fox Sports wrote after the incident:

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She'll always have one of the most memorable moments of the London Olympics, a nearly perfect vault during the gymnastic team finals.

But McKayla Maroney will NOT have a Gold Medal to show for her efforts in that individual event, as she fell while landing yesterday and was forced to settle for Silver behind Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania.

A Fall

"I didn't deserve to to win gold if I landed on my butt," the 16-year old California native told reporters after the competition. "I'm not disappointed about the silver, I'm disappointed about my performance."

Maroney earned scores of 15.866 and 14.300 on her first two vault, respectively. She finished with an overall 15.083, while Izbasa garnered 15.191.

"It happens, it's gymnastics and you can't be perfect and sometimes things don't go as you planned," Maroney told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports. "I can't blame it on anything except I screwed up."

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It's arguably the most anticipated event of every Summer Olympics, and the London 2012 edition did not disappoint.

With 2008 Gold Medal honoree and world record holder Usain Bolt looking to stave off competition from countryman Yohan Blake and U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, who came out on top of today's 100-meter dash?

Runners

BOLT!

The reigning Olympic champion went back-to-back, setting a blistering pace and also an Olympic record with a ridiculous time of 9.63 seconds.

Blake came in second at 9.75 seconds and Gatlin earned Bronze with a time of 9.79.

The Fastest Man in the History of the World will next compete in the 200 meters. Get your popcorn ready, people.

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Andy Murray of Great Britain won an Olympic gold medal for the host country in tennis on Sunday, stunning top-ranked Roger Federer in straight sets.

The victory marked a career breakthrough for the 25-year-old Murray, who had lost all four of his previous Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.

Redemption came in the form of a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 blowout.

Murray, A.

Murray, who lost to Federer just last month in his bid to become the UK's first Wimbledon champion in 76 years, dominated him on the same court today.

"I've had a lot of tough losses in my career," the pride of Dunblane, Scotland said. "This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final."

"I'll never, ever forget it."

For 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer, the loss marked a surprising disappointment as he has now failed to win singles gold in four Olympics.

"He was much better than I was today," said the Switzerland native, as classy an athlete as there is in any sport. "Still I'm very happy with the silver."

Murray won nine straight games spanning the first two sets to take control, breaking Federer's serve an unheard of four times in a row at one point.

He credited his inspired play to the raucous crowd support he received from British fans, who cheered their hero's every shot en route to gold.

America's Serena Williams won the women's gold medal Saturday.

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... this is what goes up on YouTube.

THG NOTE: That's Snezana Rodic, a long jumper from Slovenia.

THG NOTE #2: We have no idea how she did in the event. Chances are this guy and his flip cam weren't interested in the result either. Chances are he has also never spoken with a woman without entering a credit card number.

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Serena Williams can add one more achievement to her Hall of Fame resume: Olympic champion.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner won a major tournament on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon for the second time this summer, destroying top-ranked Maria Sharapova in the Gold Medal match by a score of 6-0, 6-1.

It was the most lopsided women's final in Olympic history.

Serena Williams at the Olympics

Williams lost only 17 games across six matches and let out a scream and even did a little dance upon taking the decisive point.

"I don't think I've ever danced like that," she said afterward. "I don't even know where the dance came from."

Serena now moves on to the doubles semifinals alongside sister Venus. It's been quite a year for the legendary star.

"I was so focused here," she said. "I remember I was serving and I was thinking: 'Serena, this is your best chance to win a gold medal. You're at Wimbledon, you're on grass, you play great on grass, pull it together, just win this.' And that's what I thought about."

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Good ol' NBC.

Add this to the list of the network's woes during the 2012 London Olympics: During a women’s water polo battle last week, the network aired a wardrobe malfunction.

If you can call it that.

In the Spain-U.S. game, a player for the latter had her bathing suit grabbed and yanked underwater, resulting in a nipple slip - or full-on breast - on live TV:

NBC Water Polo Nipple Slip

This water polo player's wardrobe didn't really malfunction ... it was just forcibly removed.

Good times. As NBC's admittedly awesome underwater cameras aired the intense action, they no doubt gave perceptive viewers more than they bargained for, and guaranteed themselves a nice fine from the FCC. Enjoy!

For what it's worth:

  1. This kind of "defense" is par for the course in water polo, it's just not common for cameras to broadcast it to a billion people worldwide, and ...
  2. The game ended in a 9-9 tie. U-S-A! U-S-A!
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