The lighter side of the Olympic Games

A look at the lighter side of the Olympic Games:

LONDON - Australian bronze medallist Chris Morgan had to use his medal to get into an Olympic arena after security did not recognise his identification photograph.

Morgan, who earned a podium place alongside his teammates in the men's quadruple sculls, was stopped by security staff at the ExCeL Centre but was let through after he pulled the medal out of his pocket and said: "How's that for ID?"

Morgan, said he thought the image might be questioned at some point because he had grown facial hair since the picture was taken.

He laughed about being stopped and let security staff pose for pictures with the bronze.

"I am carrying my Olympic medal in my pocket because I won't let it out of my sight," he said.

"I've won this medal for myself and I have got it forever. Half the job of an Olympian is to compete and the other half is to try and inspire a future generation.

"I get a real big kick about seeing people's reactions and seeing the joy when people see a medal and get to meet an Olympian."


LONDON - Having collected an Olympic silver medal for her efforts in the 10m platform dive competition, how will Brittany Broben celebrate?

"I go back to school," chirped the 16-year-old Gold Coast student.

While other athletes unwind with nights out at London bars and clubs or a European beach holiday, the underage athlete's hard work will continue.

"I have junior world championships in two months which is in Australia, so I'll be focusing on that when I get back. So I virtually go straight back to training when I get home. I get a few days off but then focusing on junior worlds."

Proudly wearing her new Games jewel which she won on Thursday, the youngest member of team green and gold spoke to reporters the day after she edged ahead of fellow Australian Melissa Wu, who finished fourth.

"It's amazing. I was going in hoping I'd make the final ... to come away with a medal, it's unbelievable.

"I think all my schoolmates at home will be going crazy."

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LONDON - It was drop and do a few pushups for Usain Bolt after he took the 200m in an historic "double double".

Bolt, 25, became the first man to win the 100m and 200m in two successive Olympics; he did the same thing in Beijing four years ago.

Bolt won handily with a time of 19.32 seconds, which didn't beat his own personal - and the world - record for the 200m.

Still carried by the trajectory of his run, Bolt threw himself onto the track and did a few pushups as the crowd roared and flashbulbs popped by the thousands.

He then turned the tables on the photographers, grabbing a camera and snapping the crowd, the media and his Jamaican teammate, silver medallist Yohan Blake.

Bolt's latest gold medal also earned him a world record in the Twitterspere.

"Record alert!" Twitter said in a tweet. "(at)usainbolt sets a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM for his 200m victory."

TPM is Twitterspeak for tweets per minute.


LONDON - If Yorkshire were a country, and not an English county, it would be riding high on the Olympic medal table.

With boxer Nicola Adams' victory on Thursday, the northern English region - whose residents proudly declare it "God's own county" - can claim six gold medal winners, as well as a handful of silver and bronze medallists.

That's more hardware than Spain, population 47 million, and South Africa, population 50 million.

Former British sports minister Richard Caborn says he'll urge the British Olympic Association to hold an Olympic victory parade in Yorkshire, rather than London, because the county has contributed so much to the nation's success.


LONDON - Sports fans are giving new meaning to the phrase "Olympics rings" with a rush of marriage proposals.

The eastern lawn of Park Live, the venue for Olympic Park big screens, is thought to have seen 25 proposals since the Games began.

This works out at an average of two every day - leading organisers to dub the grassy area Marry Mound after Murray Mound, the Wimbledon viewing area.

Adam Juniper, site manager for British Airways which sponsors the park, said tens of thousands of people had visited Park Live each day.

He added: "We always knew it would be a hit for supporters - but we never thought it would become a romantic haven too.

"The peak time for proposals has been around 7.30pm and 8.30pm when the sun sets in the background, offering beautiful light and views across the Olympic Park."