Social Olympics: Cycling Success
The London Games have been dubbed the most social yet, with the organizers encouraging the athletes and fans to use social media. Here are the highlights from Day 11.
- Great Britain's gold rush continued in the triathlon as Alistair Brownlee took the top spot on the podium, along with his brother Jonny, who took bronze, and Spain's Javier Gomez with silver. The Brownlee brothers looked like they might take the top two spots, but Jonny received a 15-second penalty for changing to his bike too early.
- Alistair Brownlee's performance caught the attention of actor Samuel L. Jackson.
- In the velodrome, Team GB continued to dominate track cycling. In the women's omnium, 20-year-old Laura Trott won her second gold medal of the London Games.
- Seven-time Olympic cycling medalist and Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins immediately called for Laura to receive an honor from the Queen.
- The man of the moment for Great Britain was Chris Hoy who ended his Olympic career with a gold in the men's keirin. In winning his sixth Olympic gold medal, Hoy overtook from Steve Redgrave to become his country's greatest gold medal-winning Olympian.
- Victoria Pendelton had hoped to finish her cycling career for Great Britain in the same style, but it wasn't to be. Pendleton was beaten in the final of the women's sprint by Australian Anna Meares.
- Meares, who had taken a break from Twitter during her competition, returned after taking gold to thank her fans for their support.
- A spoof Twitter account for Prince Charles, which has over 200,000 followers, suggested Meares's victory over Britain's cycling queen deserved ejection from the country.
- Australia added to its gold medal tally with victory for Sally Pearson in the 100-meter hurdles. In a thrilling race, Pearson beat reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper of the U.S. to silver, with Harper's teammate Kellie Wells taking bronze.
- In the gymnastic arena, Aly Raisman took gold for Team USA on the floor. Raisman put in a stunning performance to take her second gold of the London Games. Her victory earned her some celebrity fans on Twitter.
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