Social Olympics: A Meme for McKayla
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 12.
- In the 200 meters, Team USA's Allyson Felix put in stunning performance to take gold, with Jamaica's 100-meter gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking silver and American Carmelita Jeter taking bronze. Unlike some athletes who have chosen to stay away from social media in the run up to competition, Felix tweeted just before the race.
- Felix had failed to win gold in Athens and Beijing, but put her performance in London ensured she took the top spot at the London Games. The American sprinter's performance was noted by Olympic super fan Samuel L Jackson.
- The men's 110-meter hurdles was the show piece event of the night. Team USA's Aries Merritt took gold in a personal-best time of 12.92 ahead of his teammate and reigning world champion, Jason Richardson, who took silver and Hansle Parchment of Jamaica with bronze.
- Team USA's track and field success continued in the women's long jump as Brittney Reese jumped 7.12 meters to take gold. Reese became the first American women to win the event since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. Her performance caught the attention of rapper Lil Wayne.
- It was an all American final in women's beach volleyball as the USA's two teams faced off for gold. Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor dispatched Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in two sets to win their third consecutive Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball.
- When U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney failed to win gold in the Sunday's vault competition, she was caught on camera looking less than impressed with silver. With that, an Olympic Internet meme was born.
- See more McKayla is not impressed images here:
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