LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:
Running, jumping and swimming are all fine, but who will win Olympic gold for celebratory dancing?
These games have offered some shining examples, from boxer Claressa Shields' combination jig-and-fist bump to Serena Williams' "Crip Walk" on center court at Wimbledon.
My bronze dancing medal goes to Kenyan runner Ezekiel Kemboi, who celebrated steeplechase gold with a hip-swiveling, arm-shaking peacock dance.
Silver goes to German discus thrower Robert Harting. On winning gold, the behemoth roared, ripped his shirt to shreds like the Incredible Hulk, grabbed a German flag, ran a lap of the track over the hurdles and then tried to wrench one of the burning torches from the Olympic cauldron. Not so much a dance as a force of nature.
The gold medal is awarded to — who's surprised? — Usain Bolt, for his supremely confident response to winning the 200 meters on Thursday. The self-proclaimed living legend glided across the finish line, placed an index finger to his lips in a silent reproach to those who had doubted him, then dropped to the track and did some push-ups.
The crowd went wild.
— Jill Lawless http://Twitter.com/JillLawless
For anyone who missed the U.S. women's eight rowing to a second straight Olympic gold medal last week, there was another chance. Sort of.
The women took to the water in paddleboats for an appearance Friday in London's Regents Park, dressed in USA gear and wearing the gold medals around their necks.
"You get to see us now!" Susan Francia said with a smile before getting into the boat.
— Janie McCauley — Twitter http://twitter.com/janiemccAP
A television crew from NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis has been toting around its meteorologist for the entire games. Or, at least, one version of its meteorologist.
The crew is trying to get as many athletes and celebrities as possible to pose with a cutout of Chuck Lofton. On Thursday, entertainer Ryan Seacrest went along with the gag.
Looking into the television camera as he held out the miniature picture of Lofton, the diminutive Seacrest told the meteorologist, "Chuck, you might be bigger than me."
Check out Flat Chuck with swimmer Allison Schmidt here: http://pic.twitter.com/A5T27mkU
— Jenna Fryer — Twitter http://twitter.com/jennafryer
PARTY IN FLINT
Claressa Shields' hometown of Flint, Michigan, has been celebrating this week after the teen boxing sensation punched her way to an Olympic gold medal.
Mayor Dayne Walling and City Councilman Bryant Nolden invited city residents to a local bar to watch the 17-year-old's gold medal match against Nadezda Torlopova of Russia. Shields won the middleweight bout 19-12
Shields' father, Clarence, was among the about 200 people who attended the free viewing event in downtown Flint. He took to a knee to pray after watching his daughter receive her medal.
The mayor said "the atmosphere was electric" as people watched a young product of the struggling community's schools and youth sports programs reach the peak of her craft.
— David N. Goodman — Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidngoodman
A YEAR'S TRANSFORMATION
One year ago, Woolwich was ablaze. The southeast London town was consumed by summer riots that destroyed shops, horrified locals and left Olympics organisers aghast.
Now the only flames burning in Woolwich are those of the Olympic cauldron, beamed from a giant TV screen across the tranquil town square.
It's a world away from last year's violence. Residents sit on clipped lawns, surrounded by floral borders, captivated by the live broadcast of games events in their back yard. Hundreds of spectators have gathered here to cheer Usain Bolt on.
On the face of it, multi-cultural Woolwich is a shining example of what organizers hope the Olympic Games will bring to London's most deprived areas.
But there's also fear that the economic cracks and despair have only been papered over.