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The Olympics' opening weekend in GIFs and tweets

Elation, disappointment, sucker-punches and more marked the opening weekend of the #London2012 Olympic Games – Curated by @holmesdm for the @dailydot)


  1. The big story of the weekend (other than NBC's live coverage fails) was gold medal-magnet Michael Phelps' underwhelming fourth-place finish in the 400 Meter Individual Medley, an event he not only won in Beijing, but one in which he set a world record. Here's his post-race reaction:
  2. Phelps was bested by U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte. In what's become a marker of cultural importance in 2012, Lochte has already inspired his own "Call Me Maybe" parody:
  3. "Call Me Maybe" Phelps Lochte Music Parody - Invade London
  4. Too bad for Phelps. If he wants to dispel the taste of defeat from his mouth, he can do so by watching this incredible GIF of China's Yang Sun celebrating his 400-meter freestyle win.
  5. U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman also had a huge day, qualifying for the all-around women's gymnastics final, and knocking out defending world champion Jordyn Weiber. But it was her parents who had everyone talking, as their bizarre gyrations during their daughter's uneven bars performance turned spectatorship into a form of performance art.
  6. Aly Raisman's Parents In Hilariously Awkward Moment At London Olympics 2012
  7. The U.S. Women's Soccer team had little trouble dealing with Colombia on Saturday, winning 3-0, but not before Colombia player Lady Andrade sucker-punched U.S. forward Abby Wambach in the face. Andrade called it an "accident," but the FIFA disciplinary committee wasn't buying it, handing down a two-game suspension.
  8. In other soccer news, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo sparked one of this Olympics' many Twitter controversies when she criticized NBC broadcaster and U.S. Women's Soccer gold medalist Brandi Chastain. Solo has not been disciplined by the International Olympic Committee.
  9. In what surely won't be the last sensational play by the U.S. Men's Basketball team, LeBron James dishes a 60-foot pass to Kevin Durant for a dunk during the early minutes of a 98-71 win over France.
  10. All weekend, Twitter users continued to seethe over NBC's failure to broadcast events live on television. In short order, a parody account called @NBCDelayed surfaced to tweet Olympic results that weren't exactly up-to-the-minute: