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The Social Olympics: Phelps Does It Again

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 6.


  1. After Great Britain's cycling success on the road it was time for Team GB's track cycling team to take their turn. Great Britain's track cycling team dominated in Beijing, winning seven gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes.  The pressure in front of their home crowd showed as Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish, one of the favorites for the women's sprint, were disqualified for an illegal changeover.   
  2. In the men's team sprint Great Britain had better luck as Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes set a world record in the final to take gold over France.  The victory marked Hoy's fifth Olympic gold medal to bring him level with the medal tally of British Olympic legend Steve Redgrave.
  3. The U.K.'s Royal Mail painted a post box gold in Hoy's hometown in recognition of his medal.  The British postal service has painted a box in the hometown of every British Olympic champion during the London 2012 Games.
  4. In the gymnastics arena Team USA had further success as Gabrielle Douglas put on an exceptional performance to take gold in the women's all-round competition over Russian favorite, Viktoria Komova. Douglas's performance won her some big name celebrity fans.
  5. The Aquatics Centre saw Michael Phelps face off against teammate Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley.  Lochte came close to catching Phelps on the final leg, but the Olympic legend beat him to the touch taking his 20th gold medal, with Lochte settling for silver.
  6. In the 200-meter backstroke Ryan Lochte was the favorite, but again settled for bronze behind his teammate Tyler Clary, who took gold and Japan's Ryosuke Irie, who grabbed silver.
  7. Clary talked his Twitter followers, who were watching NBC delayed coverage, through his gold medal-winning performance.