Inspired Olympic Coverage of the Day

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And with this, coverage of 2012 Olympic dressage comes to an end -- a tragedy, really.

[thanks, ec!]

Breaking News of the Day: U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Takes Gold

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Breaking News of the Day: U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Takes Gold
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The U.S. Women's Gymnastics team won the gold medal today for the first time since 1996, topping Russia and Romania with a score of 183.596.

Aly Raisman clinched the top spot for the U.S. with a score of 15.3 on the floor exercise, and the 18-year-old was crying tears of joy as her music ended.

China, which took gold in Beijing in 2008, finished fourth.

[nbc]

Overenthusiastic Olympic Employee of the Day

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"We are going to be telling our children's children's children's children's children about this day," promises this Olympic Games worker, whose job it is to direct foot traffic remind people via megaphone HOW EXCITING IT IS to attend the Games.

Heart her.

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Olympic Parents of the Day

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U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman's parents were the ones to watch during Sunday's Olympic coverage -- and luckily their hilarious roller-coaster reactions to their daughter's bar routine were caught by NBC's cameras.

Sidenote: Raisman scored a 14.166 on the event, which helped qualify her for Thursday's all-around finals.

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Olympic Hopefuls of the Day

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The improbable story of the Iraqi national rowing team and its quest to qualify for London, as told by French filmmakers, is one of triumph over much more than a Tigris River once riddled with bodies. The newest episodes of Bagdad Galère have been released over the past few days.

[nyt]