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There are endless impressive stories at the 2012 Summer Olympics - from Michael Phelps setting a medal record to Gabby Douglas winning the all-around gymnastic title to Oscar Pistorius advancing to the 400-meter semifinals - but no one has a story quite like Kayla Harrison.

The judo Gold medalist (in the 78-kilogram division) has overcome an unimaginable past, as her former coach pleaded guilty in federal court in 2007 to charges of illicit sexual conduct.

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Harrison, 22, was listed in court papers as "K.H." or "the victim."

Kayla has been open about the experience, which she says mostly took place on trips around the globe when she was 16. Emotional during the medal ceremony yesterday, she said soon afterward:

"Kind of just reflecting back on my life. Everything it's taken to get here, and everything that I've gone through. I'm America's first gold medalist in judo - and always will be."

Harrison's ex-coach, Daniel Doyle, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and has been expelled for life from USA Judo. Kayla has clearly moved on successfully, using her past as motivation. For herself and hopefully for others.

"Never give up on your dreams," Harrison said on Thursday. "I mean, if I can do it, anybody can do it. Things have happened, but now, my life is a dream. I'm living my dream right now."

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SPOILER ALERT: Oscar Pistorius made history today at the London Olympics. History that it's hard to believe will ever be duplicated.

The South African sprinter, who was born without fibulas and had hid legs amputated below the knee at 11 months old, qualified for the 400 meter semifinals today with a season-best time of 45.44 seconds.

Known as The Blade Runner, Pistorius became the first amputee to ever compete in Olympic track.

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"I've worked for six years ... to get my chance," said the 25-year old, who will run again tomorrow night. "I found myself smiling in the starting block. Which is very rare in the 400 meters."

It took many years for Pistorius to receive permission to compete here.

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Katie Ledecky is 15 years old. But she isn't shrieking over Justin Bieber or worried about the split of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. At least not at the moment.

She's celebrating an Olympic Gold Medal!

The high school sophomore, who makes Missy Franklin seem over the hill, kicked her way to a victory in the 800-meter freestyle yesterday, winning with a time of 8 minutes, 15.63 seconds. That's an American record.

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"I didn't really expect gold, but I'll take it," Ledecky said soon after the race, which enabled her to become the second-youngest American woman to win individual Gold.

Ledecky said she grew inspired by what Franklin and Michael Phelps accomplished, using those two champions as role models prior to her only event of the Games.

"I got really pumped up when I saw that Missy and Michael had really good swims," Katie, a Maryland native, said. "I was ready to scream when I saw Missy's race, but I kept it to myself and used it as extra energy."

And, girl, did it ever work.

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Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps, two U.S. standouts from the first week of the London Olympics, each leaped back in to the pool this afternoon in hopes of adding to their already-impressive medal count.

Did they succeed? NBC will air the races tonight, so stop reading now if you wish to be surprised on television...

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YES! Both Franklin and Phelps took home even more Gold, leaving competitors far behind and leaving an even more indelible mark on these Games.

Franklin actually set a world record in the 200 meter backstroke, touching the wall in 2 minutes 4.06 seconds, a full second ahead ofRussia's Anastasia Zueva. The winning medal is Franklin's third Gold and fourth overall.

And she's only 17, people!

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Welcome, readers, to another Olympic edition of THG's Caption Contest!

Yesterday's Olympics Caption Contest featured a torch-carrying will.i.am, with gymnast Alicia Sacramone before that. Follow the links to see who won!

Today's edition features Team Great Britain's #1 fans, Prince William and Kate Middleton, doing the wave at one of their home country's events.

What are they saying or thinking here? You tell us!

Just leave comment(s) below with the best caption(s) for the photo! Go to it! We will announce a winner Monday. Best of luck to all!

UPDATE: Your winner is Percy, with honorable mentions going to Sam, Ty and Eileen. The winning entry appears below. Thanks for playing!

Kate Middleton, Prince William Wave

K: You can WAVE goodbye to the chance of getting any tonight after making me do this in front of a billion people!

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American swimming sensation Ryan Lochte has taken London by storm, but today, he has even more to celebrate than his five Olympic medals.

It's his 28th birthday!

"It feels amazing," he said of his Olympics performance this morning. "I'm happy that it's over. Today is my birthday, and I'm relaxing... This is the first time in 12 years that I can celebrate my birthday and not swim."

Yes, 12 years. Think these guys are committed?

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Lochte also played down his mother's recent comments about her son's lack of dating commitment and crack that "he goes out on one-night stands."

Ryan insists his mom just misspoke there.

"She meant I go on a lot of dates and don't have time for a long-term relationship ... She didn't mean anything negative. She's new to the whole media thing."

As for the time in which he is ready to settle down, what are Ryan's qualifications for his dream girl? "She has to be fit and can make me laugh."

Take note, ladies. And click to enlarge more Ryan Lochte photos, many of which feature him shirtless! You're welcome. So very welcome.

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A remarkable kick save - yes, you can do that - made by a member of Brazil's women's volleyball team didn't result a medal, or even help win a match, but is still one of top highlights of the London Olympics so far.

Don't believe us? Watch and you'll agree:

Like many residents of her soccer-crazed nation, Fabiana Oliveira clearly plays that sport in addition to volleyball, as evidenced by the INSANE bicycle kick save she executed to keep a point alive in the second set against South Korea.

South Korea would ultimately win the match, but Brazil went on to win the point after "Fabi" made the save. Thank goodness, because she deserves every decibel of the ovation she got from her stunned teammates, and the crowd.

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The entire country is talking about Gabby Douglas today and for good reason: the 16-year old became the first African-American female to win the all-around gymnastics title yesterday.

But there's also buzz surrounding Aly Raisman, an 18-year old from the Boston suburbs who many believe deserved a spot on the medal podium alongside her U.S. teammate. Here's why:

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Raisman finished the four events - vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor - in a tie with Aliya Mustafina. Both competitors earned a total of 59.566 points from the judges, with Raisman garnering a HIGHER score on three of those four exercises.

HOWEVER, Mustafina scored better when adding together the top three events by each gymnast. (The worst score by each was dropped.)

So, in essence, because Mustafina was a lot better than Raisman in one event (the bars, 16.1 to 14.333), she earned the Bronze Medal... even though Raisman was better in every single other event.

Follow along? It seems to be unnecessarily confusing. Two competitors scored the same number of points. Can't they each win the Bronze? Or, considering this is dubbed the all-around competition, shouldn't that prize go to the better all-around athlete?

What do you think? Was Aly Raisman screwed over by the system?

 

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America's swimming sweethearts, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin, are making news not only for their amazing performances at the London Aquatic Centre, but for this adorable photo posted on Twitter last night.

Ryan, 28, and Missy, 17, are already fan favorites, and this will only reinforce that. Here are the gold medal-winners sharing a "good luck" moment before they set out to make Americans proud - and make more Olympic history - Thursday:

Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin

While Ryan Lochte has long been overshadowed by Michael Phelps, he's become a star in his own right in London. As for Missy ... does anyone not love her?

Exactly. The only question: What's your reaction to this pic?

 

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Fresh off her amazing Olympic wins in the team and individual gymnastics events, Gabby Douglas is already on a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes!

It's a great honor for the 16-year-old Douglas, a.k.a. the Flying Squirrel, who fittingly trains in Des Moines, Iowa, the heart of corn country.

Gabby Douglas hair controversy aside, she's won nothing but praise for her efforts on the bars, vault, beam and floor over the past week.

Gabby Douglas Corn Flakes

Gabby helped the U.S. to the team gold earlier in the week, then became just the fourth American (after Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin) and first African-American woman to win the individual all-around gymnastics crown.

After her final routine, the floor exercise, she had to wait for her final competitor, Victoria Komova of Russia, to see if her top score would hold up.

It did.

"I was like okay … do I have the gold? Do I have the silver? What do I have? My heart was pounding," Douglas said in a Today show interview.

Douglas also reminisced about the road she took to the gold medal, moving at 14 from her Virginia Beach, Va., home to Iowa for coaching.

"It took a lot of hard days in the gym, a lot of drive," she said. "Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day."

Well earned, Gabby. Well earned!

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