Robert Harting does his best Hulk impersonation after winning discus gold
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The gold medal for best celebration goes to...
German discus champion Robert Harting.
You may have seen the images of Harting celebrating his discus gold by ripping off his shirt and hurdling the main straight, but Harting did a lot more than that to earn our award.
After leaving Olympic Park, Harting let loose partying on a Thames cruise ship before falling asleep on a train. He was robbed and lost his Olympic accreditation, meaning he had to sleep on a bench outside the Olympic Village.
For his total commitment and dedication to the task at hand, we're awarding the hulking German a 9.5.
Team GB winning more than a mountain of medals
Team GB's success at the XXXth Summer Games is not limited to the sporting arenas. The home nation is also clearly leading the 'social followers' table.
In the 12 days since the opening ceremony, Great Britain athletes have far outstripped their nearest competitors in the drive for likes and followers.
More than one million Facebook and Twitter followers have jumped on board Team GB athletes between July 27 and August 7 - they had 88,032 Facebook likes and 224,823 Twitter followers at the start of the Games, and now have more than 755,900 fans on Facebook and 574,500 on Twitter.
By comparison, USA athletes had 2,285,151 social media fans at the start of the Games and 2,654,985 by August 7 – an increase of just 369,834. Next best were Australia (55,755 to 141,900; a rise of 86,145), New Zealand (31,077 to 115,014; up by 83,937) and Canada (202,961 to 245,713; up by 42,752).
China is nowhere near the top 10, but then again they don't have Twitter. The Chinese follow their athletes on Weibo.
Mum's dead, but don't tell my daughter
London 2012 has been dubbed the social Olympics with many, many athletes and fans following the action on Twitter and Facebook, but one Chinese family has been hooked on Weibo updates for some time now.
It seems that the Chinese diving administration takes winning gold medals so seriously that their divers are almost cut off from the outside world, in case they should "lose focus".
For the parents of three-time Olympic gold medal winner Wu Minxia, that means trolling Weibo in the hope of an insight into what their daughter is up to.
"We know her tweets can't give us much information but reading them ensures that we are at peace. If we see she's okay we're happy," Wu's father, Wu Jueming, told The Independent.
Nothing special here, but competing for China creates extreme circumstances that make the odd Weibo update a 'Kodak moment'.
Wu has been virtually cut off from the outside world for almost 10 years as she trains eight hours a day at the Project 119 facility. Wu's parents came to London to see their daughter compete, but were only allowed to send her a text message to say they'd arrived. Her parents even kept the death of her grandmother a secret and lied about Wu's mother having breast cancer.
It makes you wonder if the price of gold is really worth it.
Rogue condoms appear in the athletes' village
After an initial flurry of activity clamping down on flower sellers and Indian Restaurants, the London Olympics brand police had a very quiet opening to the competition. But just as they thought they could put their feet up, they were called into action to investigate the mystery of the Kangaroo condoms.
Organisers are now investigating how a bucket of Australian-tagged condoms found its way into the athletes' village without official consent.
Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan tweeted a photograph from the village of a container of condoms with a school-project promotional placard that read: "Kangaroos condoms - for the gland down under".
At the time of publishing the brand police were no closer to discovering the identity of the perpetrators, after Ansell (the manufacturers of the condoms) denied all knowledge.
Organisers LOCOG have provided 150,000 free condoms for the 10,800 athletes at the 2012 Games, with all condoms being supplied by Durex, which paid for the supply rights.
The supply and number of condoms for the celebrating Olympic athletes has always been big news. In Sydney in 2000, organisers took delight in having to order 20,000 more condoms after the initial allocation of 70,000 ran out. This Games the London chiefs have trumpeted the supply of more condoms than any previous Olympics.
If they all get used, will that make London 2012 the greatest Games ever?
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