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Adding her name to the growing U.S. roster of swimming gold medalists at the London Olympics, Rebecca Soni absolutely dominated the 200-meter breaststroke last night, shattering her own world record to boot.

To call it an impressive swim would be an understatement.

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Rebecca Soni ruled every heat she swam in the 200 breaststroke in London, setting a short-lived world record in her semifinal Wednesday night.

She topped that by winning gold - and lowering her world record from 2:20.00 to an amazing 2:19.59 - Thursday at the London Aquatics Centre.

"I'm so happy," said the New Jersey native. "I didn't focus on medals or records or whatever. I just wanted to swim my race the way I knew I could."

"It's been my goal since I was a kid to go under 2:20. That's what my coach (in high school) told me: 'You're going to be the first woman to go under 2:20.'"

"To break it again tonight, it's just unreal," she said. "I guess it's been four years in the works, training really hard every day. I couldn't be happier."

Check out the video of Soni's record-setting effort after the jump:

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American teenager Gabby Douglas has been wowing the world with grace, style, and of course, the women's all-around gymnastics gold medal.

Nevertheless, much of the chatter on social media and online platforms has been about the upkeep of her hair, and not all feedback is positive.

Douglas, one of the few African-American gymnasts ever to compete in the Olympics and the first to win all-around gold, is an inspiring story.

Time and Sports Illustrated have her on their covers. President Barack Obama called to congratulate her. So why do people care about Gabby Douglas' hair?!

Gabby Douglas Hair

“I love how she’s doing her thing and winning,’’ says 22-year-old Latisha Jenkins of Detroit told The Daily Beast. “But I just hate the way her hair looks."

"With all those pins and gel ... I wish someone could have helped her make it look better since she’s being seen all over the world."

"She representing for black women everywhere.’’

According to reports, the 4'11" Douglas appears to have chemically relaxed natural hair, to which she adds a human-hair ponytail for height.

The Olympic champ then apparently slicks it all back with a heavy layer of gel to help it stay in place during her high-energy performances.

Gabby Douglas Ponytail

Hair has always been something of a hot button issue for African-American women culturally, but in the case of Douglas, isn't the criticism a little much?

Douglas’ accomplishments speak for themselves ... for the conversation to turn to a teenager’s physical appearance and upkeep seems a bit unfair.

Do you like her hair? Does it matter? Tell us what you think.

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

Yesterday's Olympic Caption Contest featured badass gymnast Alicia Sacramone. Follow the link to see who won that contest, then prepare for a new one!

This shot from before the opening ceremonies speaks for itself. At least we think it should. Given the chance to carry the torch, ... does this.

What is he thinking or saying or doing? You tell us!

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

UPDATE: Your winner is Carstin. See below. Honorable mentions go out to TaraJo47807, Kristen and peaches. Thanks to all for playing!, Olympic Torch

*sending new tweet* Walking .000001 miles a minute carrying this heavy ass torch! Hope I don't sneeze or this place is gonna go "Boom Boom Pow!" *tweet sent successfully*

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After teaming up for a pair of medal-winning relay swims this week, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte squared off today in the 200-meter individual medley final.

The Americans were co-favorites, with Phelps having owned the event in the last two Olympics, but Lochte annihilating the field in the 400-meter IM this year.

Not surprisingly, one took gold and one silver today ... but who won?

  • Ryan Lochte Swimming
  • Michael Phelps Swimming

Michael Phelps! The most-decorated Olympian ever took home the gold in 1:54.27, just 0.27 off the world record and 0.04 off the Olympic record.

Ryan Lochte won the silver medal, 0.63 back.

Hungary's Laszlo Cseh fell away through three legs but earned the bronze. Brazil's Thiago Pereira was actually second after the breaststroke leg.

The medal was Phelps' 16th gold and record 20th overall, while Lochte reached double digits in career medals, earning #10 with the silver.

He probably won't hear from President Obama this time, but Michael Phelps' mom was definitely psyched as he continues to cement his legacy

Way to go, both of you guys! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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Gabby Douglas just made history in London.

The 16-year old became the first African-American female gymnast to win Gold in the all-around individual competition.


Leading the entire way, Douglas finished with 62.232 points, out-earning Russia's Victoria Komova (61.973). Aly Raisman of the U.S. actually finished tied for third, but did not medal due to a tiebreaker that gave the edge to Aliya Mustafina based on "execution.

A near-fall on the balance beam likely cost Raisman a spot on the podium, but we're sure her excitable parents are still very proud.

Earlier in the week, Douglas and Raisman were part of the first women's team to capture gymnastic Gold since 1996, proving once and for all: no one can flip, tumble and split like those who represent the red, white and blue!

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Olympic swimming champ and certified shirtless hunk Ryan Lochte doesn't have time for relationships, just one-night stands ... according to his mom.

In an interview with Today, Ike Lochte explained why her son is too busy to commit to women, and the answer is simple: It's all about swimming.

"He goes out on one-night stands," she said of her 27-year-old son. "He's not able to give fully to a relationship because he's always on the go."

Ryan Lochte Shirtless

At Procter and Gamble's "Thank You Mom" family home in London five days earlier, Ike further explained why Ryan Lochte isn't ready to date seriously.

"He's so warmhearted that I don't think he'd want to have a relationship with somebody," she said. "I don't think he wants to get into a relationship."

"It just wouldn't be fair to the girl," she said. "He doesn't have time."

Single or otherwise, mom couldn't be prouder of the nine-time Olympic medalist, who has been linked (falsely) to K. Michelle and Blair Evans of late.

"Everything he has done in his life has been to the max ... he's unique, loving, and he challenges himself all the time."

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Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva is basking in the stardom he's earned with his outstanding performance in gymnastics at the Summer Games in London.

His towel has also become a celebrity in its own right.

The 20-year-old Leyva won the medal in the men's gymnastics all-around final last night, with his blue and gray towel playing a key supporting role.

Between events, Leyva is often seen with his trademark towel on his shoulders; sometimes he also wraps it around his head to block out distractions.

Danell Leyva, Towel

After Leyva won the bronze, he talked about his struggles on pommel horse, his brilliance on the high bar, and his hopes of competing in the 2016 Olympics.

He was also asked about his lucky charm.

With 10,000-plus Twitter followers, @leyvastowel clearly has a fan base. "It's crazy," said Leyva, who isn't sure who owns the account. "But it's kinda cool."

The decidedly non-flashy towel is, in some ways, emblematic of Danell Leyva's humble beginnings - and has been with him for more than five years.

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Earlier this week, an NBC Olympics promo showed U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin and her parents celebrating her victory in the 100-meter breaststroke event.

“When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with,” the network's voiceover said. The problem?

NBC hadn't actually shown Missy Franklin's win yet.

Missy Franklin Photo

To be fair to the Peacock, it's very difficult to minimize spoilers during the day, given the 5-8 hour time difference between London and the U.S.

Events air live, but are also shown tape delayed in prime time in front of tens of millions of people, even though the results are already known.

Still, a major spoiler from the network itself led to such backlash - and even an #NBCFail trending hashtag on Twitter - that NBC apologized for it.

“Clearly that promo should not have aired at that time,” read the statement.

“We have a process in place and this will not happen again. We apologize to viewers who were watching and didn’t know the result of the race.”

It’s not just this one goof that has viewers irritated. Jon Stewart ripped NBC for cutting away from a key moment in the opening ceremonies.

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Ryan Lochte and K. Michelle are not two people we ever expected we'd be posting dating rumors about, but here you go, with the supposed evidence:

Lochte is a hip-hop fan who rocks that sick grill, so it's not that surprising he'd be an acquaintance of a cast member on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

Here's Ryan Lochte and K. Michelle at the NBA All-Star game together:

Ryan Lochte, K. Michelle

Whether or not they've ever hooked up or are hooking up - Ryan Lochte's girlfriend Blair Evans may have something to say about that - they clearly hang out.

There are also shots of them partying together on other occasions, and throughout the Olympics, K. Michelle has been Tweeting about her "Pooh."

Yes, her Pooh, who has (mostly) been kicking ass ...

K. Michelle Lochte Tweet

Are they actually dating? Or just friends? Friends with benefits?

Who can say, but Lochte continues to be all the Olympic rage.

Ryan may have a long way to go to match Michael Phelps' career medal haul, but he's right on his tail in terms of celebrity gossip attention.

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Destinee Hooker's unusual name receives a lot of attention, but the 25-year-old U.S. Olympic volleyball standout wants to be known for her play.

She's succeeding. Hooker scored 22 points and the U.S. women's team improved to 3-0 with a three-set preliminary round victory over China.

The top-ranked U.S., led by Hooker, toughed out a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 win against the third-seeded Chinese in a possible medal round preview.

The Americans may be a team of ... wait for it ... Destinee.

Destinee Hooker Photo

Hooker isn’t surprised that her name is getting a lot of press at the London Olympics; she's been dealing with the remarks since she was a child.

She says it doesn't faze her, though, as she's proud of it.

Destinee’s name was a result of severe complications at birth; she nearly died then, but pulled through, inspiring her dad to call his baby girl “Destinee.”

As for the double E? “Since I was such a blessing, [my father] decided he wanted to spell it uniquely,” she explained to celebrity gossip website TMZ.

“So I am thankful to be here and glad my Dad gave me the name.”

We're thankful as well. The Chinese team? Maybe a little less so.

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