McKayla Maroney as she places second in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.  An analysis of the facial expressions of Olympic athletes on the medal stand show that, on average, bronze medalists actually appear happier than silver medalists. The bronze winners were just glad to be on the podium and to have participated in the Olympics, while the silver medalists were focused on the gold medal that had slipped through their fingers.

7 Unexpected Things That Can Make You Happy

McKayla Maroney as she places second in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. An analysis of the facial expressions of Olympic athletes on the medal stand show that, on average, bronze medalists actually appear happier than silver medalists. The bronze winners were just glad to be on the podium and to have participated in the Olympics, while the silver medalists were focused on the gold medal that had slipped through their fingers.

When Olympic Athletes Act Out    Before triple-jumper Voula Papachristou even had a chance to take the field at the London Summer Olympics, she tweeted the following: “With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!”  The tweet set off a firestorm with many calling the tweet racist. Just days before the opening ceremonies, the Greek athlete lost the support of the Olympic crowd — and her chance to compete.

When Olympic Athletes Act Out Before triple-jumper Voula Papachristou even had a chance to take the field at the London Summer Olympics, she tweeted the following: “With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!” The tweet set off a firestorm with many calling the tweet racist. Just days before the opening ceremonies, the Greek athlete lost the support of the Olympic crowd — and her chance to compete.

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Roxy Terra's 2012 Summer Olympics Athlete Sticker | GetGlue

Roxy Terra's 2012 Summer Olympics Athlete Sticker | GetGlue

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Ian Millar, of Canada, rides Star Power, during the equestrian individual show jumping competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Ian Millar, of Canada, rides Star Power, during the equestrian individual show jumping competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

This product illustration released by Nike shows a Turbospeed suit, the official apparel for the USA Track & Field team for the London Summer Olympics. U.S. Olympic track and field athletes will wear the uniforms at the London Olympics that Nike says could shave up to 0.023 seconds off 100-meter sprint times. (AP Photo/Nike)

This product illustration released by Nike shows a Turbospeed suit, the official apparel for the USA Track & Field team for the London Summer Olympics. U.S. Olympic track and field athletes will wear the uniforms at the London Olympics that Nike says could shave up to 0.023 seconds off 100-meter sprint times. (AP Photo/Nike)

New analysis of stored samples taken from athletes at the Beijing and London Summer Olympics has turned up 45 cases of banned substances. Here, urine samples are recorded upon arriving at the China Anti-Doping Agency in Beijing back in 2008.

45 Olympic Athletes From 2012, 2008 Implicated In New Doping Tests

New analysis of stored samples taken from athletes at the Beijing and London Summer Olympics has turned up 45 cases of banned substances. Here, urine samples are recorded upon arriving at the China Anti-Doping Agency in Beijing back in 2008.

Special Olympics   provides sports training and athletic competition to one million people with intellectual disabilities. Read biographies of athletes and coaches, read news articles

Special Olympics provides sports training and athletic competition to one million people with intellectual disabilities. Read biographies of athletes and coaches, read news articles

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