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The Social Olympics: Highlights from Opening Weekend

The opening weekend of the London 2012 Olympics saw medals, shocks, world records and controversy. 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.


  1. The hopes of a nation rested on Great Britain's Mark Cavendish in the Men's Cycling Road Race. He had been tipped to take the gold but finished a disappointing 29th, just under a minute behind the winner Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan .
  2. It was in the women's cycling road race that the host nation Great Britain received its first medal, with Lizzie Armistead taking silver behind Marianne Vos of the Netherlands.
  3. In the pool Olympic legend Michael Phelps was left in the wake of his team mate Ryan Lochte who took gold in the 400m medley.  Lochte took straight to Twitter to thank his fans.
  4. Phelps and Lochte went on to compete together in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay, narrowly being beaten to the gold by France.
  5. Dana Vollmer powered her way to victory in the Women's 100m Butterfly, bagging the USA's second gold in the pool and setting a new world record.
  6. The organizers of the London Olympics were left answering awkward questions after large numbers of seats were left empty at some of the main events.  Many who had failed to get tickets and had to watch the action from home took to Twitter to vent their frustration.  Locog said the issues was down to accredited seats not being used and that to solve the problem they were distributing spare tickets to the military, students and teachers.
  7. Out of the ashes of the seating fiasco emerged one of the most popular and cheekiest Twitter accounts of the opening weekend - @Olympicseat, which quickly gained 10,000 followers in less than a day. 
  8. If there were gold medals for trying then one Olympic volunteer would definitely be stood on the top of the podium after becoming a YouTube sensation. The video of female Olympic volunteer delivering dead pan excitement ahead of the opening has already received almost 400,000 views.
  9. Happiest Olympic Worker 2012