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Monday, August 6, 2012
Olympics Trending: Bolt and Richards-Ross

By Bill Speros
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Look at this! Usain Bolt helps a golden-me strike his pose after his gold medal win - totally worth staying up for :-D…

— Wenlock (@iamwenlock) August 5, 2012

Happy Jamaican Independence Day. It's been an incredibly fast 50 years. And while Tropical Storm Ernesto is expected to skirt the Caribbean island and soak it with rain, "Hurricane Bolt" reigned over London with a thunderous ferocity not seen in the Olympics since ... 2008. The Jamaican sprinter captured his second-straight gold medal in the 100-meter sprint with an Olympic-record time of 9.63 seconds. His countryman Yohan Blake tied his personal best (9.75) for silver. American Justin Gatlin got the bronze.

Big up @usainbolt#TeamJamaica Deh uh doing big tings!

— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) August 6, 2012

Here's the photo finish:

Brick-by-brick video of Usain Bolt winning the 100m final at London2012.…

— Olympics 2012 (@GdnLondon2012) August 6, 2012
Bolt's celebration was infectious:

From "bobbies" in London:

Worth another outing. Police officers near Olympic Stadium give their own Usain Bolt tribute

— Francis Keogh (@HonestFrank) August 5, 2012

From Honest Frank via TeitPic

To the Houses of Parliament:

Pic: An image of Usain Bolt projected on the Houses of Parliament…

— Lynda Daboh(@LyndaDaboh) August 5, 2012

Team USA basketball players have been making themselves visible at venues across London. Here, Kevin Love caught this photo of his teammates getting warmed up before Bolt's record run. You'll have to guess the winner of this would-be race. Kobe Bryant posted "The fellas giving the starting blocks a try lol. We def won't quit our day jobs!!" on Facebook.

@trey5 @russwest44 @cp3 @jharden13 @mindofai9 setting up for the 100M dash!!!

— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) August 5, 2012

From Kevin Love via Instagram

Meanwhile, James Harden shared the sentiments of billions:


— James Harden (@JHarden13) August 5, 2012

Lightning struck for the Americans on track, as well.

I wish that I could have this moment for life..... #OperationGold complete!

— Sanya Richards-Ross (@SanyaRichiRoss) August 6, 2012

From sanyarichiross via Instagram

Sanya Richards-Ross' victory in the 400-meter dash was the first for an American woman since 1984. Her husband, Jacksonville Jaguars and former New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross, traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to cheer on his wife in person.

For the second time in their marriage - Aaron Ross and Sanya Richards-Ross have won a gold medal and a Super Bowl in the SAME year.

— Jeffrey Lowe (@JeffDLowe) August 5, 2012

And the cheers echoed at EverBank Field in Jacksonville about an hour after her victory. Ross' Jaguars teammates, who didn't know the result, and about a thousand fans who had turned out for practice watched a tape of the race on the stadium's video board about an hour after it was completed, thanks to the handiwork of Coach Mike Mularkey.

“It was really a classy thing to do,” Jaguars wide receiver Lee Evans told “Everyone wanted to see it, and it was good that he (Mularkey) was able to pull everybody together and do that. A lot of guys had interest in it. It was special. You don’t get an opportunity to do that very much.”

The cheers spread beyond Jacksonville:

Mack tweeting at Sanya Richards-Ross saying congratulations on her first individual Olympic gold medal in 400.…

— Chris Tavarez (@ChrisTavarez) August 5, 2012

Both Richards-Ross and her husband attended Texas. And here's what the Longhorns' coach wrote.

Congrats 2 Sanya Richards on her Gold medal. She's worked so hard & were so proud of her. Enjoy it, hug Aaron & good luck in the 200 & relay

— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) August 5, 2012

Andy Murray's victory over Roger Federer for the the gold medal in tennis at Centre Court in Wimbledon was the source of immense pride for the host nation, as our favorite Olympic commentator noted:

Congrats to Andy Murray for taking that GOLD! Brits getting' their G Jefferson on! Movin' On Up!

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 5, 2012

And one very special fan, who just happens to be his mom and coach.

Oh. My. Gold. That's my boy :).…

— judy murray (@judmoo) August 6, 2012

Last week, Taylor Swift tweeted congratulations to several U.S. Olympians, including Missy Franklin and the women's gymnastics team. Sunday, it was her cat, Meredith, who caught Olympic fever in her very swanky TV room:

She's actually watching the Olympics.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 6, 2012

From taylorswift via Instagram

Washington Capitals All-Star Alexander Ovechkin left the Olympics with girlfriend Maria Kirilenko and her bronze medal in tow. Kirilenko and fellow Russian Nadia Petrova won their women's doubles tennis match against Americans Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber with Ovechkin watching from the VIP seats. It was time to "make party." And here was the picture to prove it:

Thats my prize for Olympic games...we going back to Moscow. We gonna have a gr8 time there!!!hhaahah!!bronzeeeeee…

— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) August 5, 2012


If you see any offbeat and fresh Olympic-related links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or