And we thought the only thing that could make adorable penguins more intriguing was narration by Morgan Freeman. We were so wrong.

In anticipation of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the London Zoo installed an official Olympic-themed diving board to entertain its penguin colony - and visitors. The birds are such naturals, penguin diving should be considered as a new Winter Olympics sport. (Hint, hint, Sochi.)

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The hands of the British government are tied when it comes to preventing the use of steroids in the 2012 London Olympics.

The Telegraph reports trafficking steroids is a criminal offense in the U.K., but drugs imported for personal use are perfectly legal. Parliament can't change the law in time for the games, so they are hoping to lessen the possible damage by recommending athletes caught using anabolic steroids be given a four-year, or even life, suspension, rather than the two-year punishment enforced by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

In other words, athletes are free to pack the drugs in their London luggage, but they could face penalties if they use them.

Back in 2008, U.K. Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson was already fearing the rise of steroid use among young athletes already prepping for 2012. The drugs are widely available in the U.K.

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It was only his second race after a year off from life-threatening injuries and infections. Tall, dark, muscular and handsome, Hay List strode with confidence off the track. His chiseled legs and torso were enveloped by a skintight bodysuit, turning heads with every step.

Hay List is a racehorse. And a few weeks ago, he returned to racing in a high-tech bodysuit designed by Australian company Hidez to help muscles recover after strenuous exercise. Horses from all over the world competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games will also be sporting the recovery suits during air travel to reduce stressful vibration and keep the skin cool. Horses will also wear them in the morning before workouts or competitions, and immediately after. The suits made a special runway debut in Melbourne, modeled by Hay List, conjuring images of ripped gym rats clad in Under Armour.

"No one has ever made an actual compression garment for animals before the Hidez recovery suit," says Matthew Spice, the suit's inventor. "We are stepping into other animals as we speak, and can only imagine where we can go with this technology."

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The road to the Olympics has been more than a bumpy ride for many Muslim women. But a recent decision by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Nayef to send female athletes to the London Games could mean that road is slowly getting easier to traverse.

The Associated Press cites a story from Saudi-owned London newspaper Al-Hayat, which says Nayef feels the 2012 Olympics are in line with Muslim standards for women's decency. His decision comes less than a month after the country initially refused to bring a female team to the games. Olympic officials, including former British Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, urged Saudi Arabia (a country which bans women from driving) to change its mind and look at the London Games as an opportunity to move forward.

But the history of Muslim women in the Olympics has been one of one step forward, two steps back.

The first significant victory was In 1984, when Morocco's Nawal El-Moutawakel became the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic title -- she won the gold in Los Angeles for the 400-meter hurdles. Ruqaya Al-Gassra from Bahrain came in fifth place in the women's 100-meter sprint in Athens 2004, her entire body covered.

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Nastia Liukin is trying to get back into world champion shape, so what better inspiration than to watch the current NBA champion Dallas Mavericks?

"I'm a huge fan of the Mavs," says the 22-year-old gymnast, who lives in Big D. "Me and my dad are friends with Rick Carlisle. We try to go to as many games as we can when they're home."

After more than two years out of the gym, Liukin has her sights set on Olympic gold once again. She last competed at the 2009 Nationals, but took some time off to explore the possibilities that came with winning the 2008 Olympic individual all-around gold and four other medals in Beijing.

"It's hard to train seven hours a day and handle other obligations," she says. "I had to choose one or the other."

But since October, Liukin has been back in the gym full-time and has inspiration coming from thousands of fans, the Mavs and even Mary Lou Retton.

"She was so supportive," Liukin says of the famed gymnast. "Basically saying, 'all the power to you.' She's a household name. To be able to talk to her about coming back was awesome."

There really was no getting away from the sport for Liukin. Competing in London this summer was always in the back of her mind. And gymnastics is in her blood. Her father, Valeri, won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Her mother, Anna, was the 1987 World Clubs Champion in rhythmic gymnastics.

The family moved to the United States from Russia when Nastia was just 2 1/2 years old. They brought a lot of their traditions, including their language, which she was reluctant to hold onto at first.

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Forget Shaq, Ochocinco and Mark Cuban. The best sports follow on Twitter may just be Juan Agudelo: @juanagudelo17.

The 19-year-old soccer star hopes to represent the U.S. this summer at the Olympics in London, and he's built quite a following for his play on the pitch and in social media. Agudelo has gained more than 30,000 followers in a relatively short amount of time, thanks to tackling a wide and bizarre array of topics. There are his longings for a Kardashian and Adriana Lima, impromptu musical performances and even a picture of him feeding a baby tiger.

The latter occurred last month when Agudelo was in Cancun.

"I saw this guy on the street and I thought the tiger was fake," he says. "I got closer and it was real. So I bargained with him for a picture."

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The Duchess of Cambridge likes to play coy.

The former Kate Middleton was out promoting the Olympics on Thursday and stopped by for a little field hockey with the British women's team. But faced with the opportunity to take a couple shots, she under-promoted her skill.

"This is going to be so embarrassing," she said. "My brain thinks I can do all these wonderful things but my body just doesn’t play ball."

None of the journalists, team members or fans on hand at Olympic Park bought it though, considering how well known her resume is around her home country. Kate captained her field hockey team at Marlborough College, but pressed the point that she hadn't touched a stick in some time.

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Going into Canadian Olympic Swim Trials in 2008, Stefan Hirniak was in the best shape of his life. He was the fastest Canadian so far that year in the 200-meter butterfly and at Trials, he was seeded first going into finals.

Then, it occurred to him:

"Holy crap, it's all on me to make the Olympic Team."

Once that doubt started to seep in -- through a crack Hirniak didn't even know existed -- he couldn't stop the hemorrhaging. He ended up fourth, missing the trip to Beijing.

Hirniak regrouped and got back in the water, but he couldn't shake the qualifying-meet jitters. It happened again the next year, at World Championships Trials. And the next, at Pan Pacific Games Trials.

"That was three Trials in a row I hadn't made a team in my event and I was the Canadian record holder," he says.

If Hirniak was going to have a shot at swimming's holiest of grails -- the 2012 Olympic Games -- something needed to change.

"I thought, 'I'm not nervous when I get to the big stage, so what the hell's going on when I have to make the meet?' So, I went back to the drawing board."

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The Olympics are all about beating the odds, and few athletes have overcome more than one young woman from a war-torn nation.

Sadaf Rahimi will become the first female boxer to fight for Afghanistan in the Olympics. That's even more impressive when you consider her country doesn't exactly have a strong recent history of equal rights for women. During Taliban rule (1996-2001), women weren't allowed to work, leave the house without a male escort or have medical work done by a male doctor. That doesn't even include being forced to wear burqas that covered them from head to toe.

Rahimi wasn't allowed by the Taliban to play sports as a child. But she was inspired by an American boxing icon's daughter to enter the ring.

At the age of 14, Rahimi learned about Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali's daughter. "It made me realize a woman can do this," she told the London Guardian through an interpreter.

Now four years later, at age 18, Rahimi is well aware many in Afghanistan don't believe women should be boxing. "Many people think girls should stay at home," she told the Guardian. "My aunt was not happy at all that her niece should be doing this sport. Some people are not happy that I do this type of sport. They look at me badly."

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What would you do to follow your dreams? What kind of sacrifices would you make? Would you leave behind everything you know -- including your parents' home at the age of 14?

When Gabby Douglas was 3 years old, her older sister, Arielle, taught her to do a simple cartwheel. From there, Gabby began to improvise, moving on to a one-handed cartwheel and eventually a cartwheel with no hands -- an aerial. The girl had talent. But what did that mean?

"I spent many years with my daughter saying, 'She's really good. You have to get her in gymnastics,'" says Gabby's mother, Natalie. "So I decided to let her take a recreational class just to let her whip off some of her energy. I had no clue we’d end up where we’re at now."

Things happened fast. After only one trial class, the owner of the gym placed Gabby in the Talented Opportunity Program, also known as TOPs -- a program affiliated with USA Gymnastics for young girls. That initial challenge and boost of confidence set Gabby's career in motion. During her first year, Gabby worked specifically on strength and building the muscle and energy to compete at a higher level.

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