For someone who only plans on getting inked once in her lifetime, Missy Franklin chose a pretty good design.

The 17-year-old swimming phenom and four-time gold medalist in London recently showed off her new body art, an image of the five Olympic rings on her upper thigh.

She tweeted the photo along with the words, "All inked up AHH! Can't believe it! My one and only!"

Franklin is taking part in a time-honored tradition of getting a tattoo of the Olympic rings. Other stars from the London Games have shown off their body art in recent days, including British diver Tom Daley and Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice.

Good thing Franklin doesn't plan on following Rice's example of getting a new design after each Olympics. In Franklin's case, that could become quite an extensive tattoo.

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It's been a whirlwind summer for McKayla Maroney. In a matter of weeks she went from a practically unknown 16-year-old to Olympic gold medalist and Internet sensation.

Now that Maroney is back home in Long Beach, Calif., she and her teammates are dealing with the prizes and pitfalls that come with her newfound stardom. "The Fierce Five" have appeared on several talkshows recently, and Maroney looks like she's enjoying herself.

However there is also a darker side to Olympic stardom, especially as a young, female athlete. Former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson was haunted by a stalker shortly after the Beijing Olympics, and Maroney's family is going to lengths to make sure she avoids any similiar situations.

"We have hired specialist security guards to make sure McKayla is never on her own," Maroney's mom, Erin, told the Daily Mail. "We don’t want another Shawn Johnson situation to happen."

Erin thought it was "frightening" that her daughter, who will turn 17 in December, has already received marriage proposals.

"We know there are some fanatical people out there," Erin said. "We've had prom date requests, you name it. But McKayla handles it great. She just rolls her eyes at it."

She may be only 16, but Maroney is dealing well with her newfound fame. Now that's impressive.

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Dan O'Brien won a gold medal in the decathlon for the United States. Sixteen years later, he has teamed up with Team USA and DeVry University for their Mark Your Moments App and Facebook page, which invites everyone to work toward their goals with the support of a community of similarly determined people.


ThePostGame: Tell me about the Mark Your Moments App.
DAN O'BRIEN: It's a wonderful Facebook app and page that encourages fans to log on and set goals for themselves, create a community around themselves and support others. Team USA and DeVry University have created a great partnership and brought together the campaign.

TPG: How did you first get into athletics?
O'BRIEN: I was adopted, and so when I was younger I wasn't really a very outgoing person. I started playing Little League baseball, started running races and playing basketball and things.

TPG: So how did playing sports help you overcome that shyness?
O'BRIEN: It was only when I started becoming a better athlete that I created this identity for myself. I gained a little bit of confidence, and when I gained confidence on the field I also gained it in the classroom and got a few more friends, so I think that sports really started me off to creating the identity of who it was I grew up to be.

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TPG: When did you first realize you were something of a superior athlete?
O'BRIEN: I always identified myself as an athlete, and even as I got into high school, I knew that sports was going to be my biggest talent, so I tried to take advantage of that.

TPG: When did you first compete in a decathlon?
O'BRIEN: I did my first decathlon in the 10th grade, and then I did one decathlon every year thereafter. So one in 10th, one in 11th, one in 12th, and then I qualified for the Junior Olympics.

TPG: Tell me about your experience at the Junior Olympics.
O'BRIEN: I got to go to Los Angeles and see Carl Lewis run at the Olympic Trials while at the same time I was competing in the Junior Olympics. Watching Lewis run really inspired me.

TPG: How did he inspire you?
O'BRIEN: It's one of those things where you see somebody do it and you realize, 'that's what I want to do.' I think that these athletes today have a great opportunity to inspire young athletes in the future.

TPG: When you were first competing in the Junior Olympics, what was your best event?
O'BRIEN: I was always a fast guy. Speed was really the key of my decathlon. 100 meters, long jump, hurdle, I don’t think I had a best event really – the only event I won at the 1996 games was the 400 meters, and I took a lot of pride in the fact that I ran a good 400 because it’s one of the toughest events in track and field.

TPG: Your worst event?
O'BRIEN: I only had one bad event -- the last event, which was the 1,500 meters.

TPG: You were considered a lock for the 1992 Olympics, but didn't make the team. What happened, and how did that disappointment affect you, positively or negatively?
O'BRIEN: In 1992 I was the world champion, the American record holder, and all I had to do at the Olympic trials was make the team. I was one of the best guys in the country and I thought that was all I had to do. But then I ran into the pole vault. I didn't pole vault very well. I got zero points in that events, and I had to get over that. I wasn't really sure how I was going to get over it, but all athletes face adversity, and when I didn't make the team in '92 it turned out to be the most positive thing that could have happened to me, because for the next four years I was the most focused athlete in the world. And I was able to go out four years later and win the gold.

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Ryan Lochte's marketing push started well before the Olympics ended. In fact, it began before Lochte won his last medal in London.

According to reports, Lochte applied for a trademark on his phrase "jeah" on August 1. One day later, Lochte medaled in two events.

The phrase is as confusing as it is popular, but Lochte provides some insight in the video below. The swimmer says the origins of "jeah" lie in a song where rapper Young Jeezy says the word "chea," which itself is a derivative of "yeah." Lochte added his own spin on the word by swapping out the "ch" and adding a "j."

Lochte, who has been quite busy since returning from London, is selling "jeah" glasses on his website for $15. But before you buy, beware this warning: despite any resemblance to sunglasses, the glasses are not designed to be worn as sunglasses and they have no UV protection.

And wearing these glasses does not mean you can pee in the pool.

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The "Fierce Five" may be drained after their historic performance at the London Olympics, but there is work to be done on the "Colbert Report."

With Stephen Colbert's summer interns departing, the comedian is looking for a new group of youngsters. And so he asks the Olympic gymnasts to help out. Although their task is quite simple, Gabby Douglas and Co. still devise a complex and extremely impressive solution.

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It's comforting to see that even after that entire routine, which is undoubtedly the most elaborate means ever conceived to deliver a pen, McKayla Maroney is still not impressed.

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Ryan Lochte has plenty of experience in pressure-packed situations under the bright lights, but that didn't help calm the nerves for the star swimmer on the set of "90210."

"It was my first acting gig and I was a little nervous going on set," Lochte told Us Weekly. "I kind of messed up my lines the first couple of takes, but after talking with the cast and them helping me out, I started nailing it towards the end and it felt normal."

The 11-time Olympic medalist wasn't afraid to poke fun at himself. During the Olympics, Lochte's mother said her son was too busy to commit to a relationship and had to settle for one night stands.

Lochte responds to those allegations in character:

A passerby: "Doesn't your mom say you didn't have time for a girlfriend?"
Lochte: "I don't, but does she look unhappy?"

With lines like that, there's no way Lochte won't succeed.

Lochte may not have acting in his future, so he should probably think twice before signing up for "The Bachelor."

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One by one, they took their turn, each sitting at their aunt's bedside in a Pittsburgh hospital room.

One by one, the four nieces and the nephew looked into their aunt's loving eyes for the final time. It wouldn't be long, they knew, before Carolyn Schmitt's body, which had endured so much for so long, decided it finally had enough.

They had gathered together in Pittsburgh because they knew it was time. They understood when they said goodbye on that Sunday afternoon, it would be for good.

Allison Schmitt approached the bed where her favorite aunt lay, trying her hardest not to cry.

Oh, the tears came, but Schmitt, the 22-year-old swimmer whose Olympic glory wouldn't be fully realized until a magical week later with five medals in London, did her best to be brave.

In a family full of fighters, in a family that demanded that each member give their all in everything they did and in a family that had always refused to surrender to adversity, Schmitt looked at her Aunt Carolyn and prepared herself to share one final moment together.

As difficult as it would be would be, Schmitt relished the opportunity to sit with her aunt, the one who 10 years earlier had somehow managed to will her way to one of Allison's swim meets, one last time.

"She was just in so much pain ... I'm just lucky I was able to have the chance say goodbye to her," Schmitt says now, nearly two months after Carolyn Schmitt passed away at 63 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis.


After winning a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Games, Schmitt had pointed toward London, expecting big things. But the eight-time NCAA champion, who had put her education and collegiate career at the University of Georgia on hold for a year to train for 2012, had no idea how her life was about to change.

In London, in an Olympic Games dominated by American women, Schmitt -- known affectionately among her teammates and friends as "Schmitty" -- quickly emerged as one of the fresh new faces of U.S. swimming. Known for constantly smiling, Schmitt established a new Olympic record in the 200 freestyle and teamed with fellow Golden Girls Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer and Rebecca Soni to set a new world record in the 400 individual medley relay.

Schmitt was now a star, widely recognized, although often mistaken for her teammate Franklin.

Within hours of landing back home in Michigan, Schmitt had been approached by a young fan who burst into tears at the sight of the Olympian, admitting she had always wanted to shake Schmitt's hand.

But as quickly as Schmitt had started adjusting to her newfound stardom, Schmitt's everyday existence as she knew it had actually began to change on that Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Schmitt had left Baltimore after a Saturday practice and took a quick flight to join her family. They gathered the next day at the hospital, where Carolyn Schmitt kept asking Allison how her swimming was going, focusing more on her niece than with her deteriorating physical condition.

Never once did Carolyn mention how she was feeling or what was coming in the time she had left. Instead, she used her final meeting with Allison to dwell on the excitement that was coming in her niece's life.

As she got ready to get up from her own one-on-one moment with her Aunt Carolyn, the woman Schmitt had always counted among her top supporters, grabbed her niece's hand.

"When you swim at the trials and at the Olympics, I'll be cheering for you from beyond the stars," Carolyn told her niece. "When you're hurting, look up because I'll be pulling for you."

Days before Schmitt raced for the first time at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Carolyn's body finally gave in.
Ralph Schmitt, Allison's father and Carolyn's brother, braced himself, knowing he'd have to call his daughter and deliver the news.

For some time now, Schmitt's family knew the end was approaching and they prayed that the pain Carolyn had fought for much of her life would finally be taken away.

Carolyn had fought the rheumatoid arthritis since she was a child and over the years, the illness and the battery of medications had taken their toll. During her life, she had both hips replaced, neither of which was in place at the end because of the infections that had set in.

"Her body was just overwhelmed," Ralph Schmitt says.

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The waves have settled in Weymouth as the 2012 Olympics have drawn to a close, and the Sperry Topsider U.S. Sailing Team will return to the states without the medals they hoped for. In the 16 days of racing, the Americans did not medal in any of the sailing events in which they competed, marking the first Olympics without any medals for U.S. sailors since the 1936 Games. Despite the outcome, the sailors can hold their heads high knowing that U.S. Sailing has come a long way in the last eight years, and that the 2016 Games in Rio will be another chance to prove themselves on the world sailing stage.

The majority of the U.S. competitors finished somewhere in the middle of their respective fleets, and a few sailors made the top ten.

One of Team USA's best shots for a medal was the Women's Elliott 6M team of Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer. In the round-robin stage of match racing, they won eight of their 11 races to qualify for the eight-team knockout stage as the fourth seed. In the quarterfinal round, the U.S. boat lost to fifth-seeded Finland, and the defeat dashed Team USA's medal hopes. Finland went on to win the bronze medal and Spain eventually won the event.

In the Star class, U.S. sailors Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih sat in sixth place heading into the medal race on Sunday. However they had no chance at a medal, as they trailed third-place Sweden by an insurmountable 29-point margin. Mendelblatt and Fatih eventually finished seventh. The team from Sweden came back from third place and won gold in the medal race.

Finn sailor and U.S. sailing team captain Zach Railey could not build on his silver medal in the 2008 Games, as he finished 12th in Weymouth.

The women's 470 two-handed event was another event where it looked like the U.S. had a chance to medal early. Over the week of sailing, Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan had seven top-nine finishes in the 20 boat fleet, but their other results were towards the back of the fleet. Clark and Lihan qualified for the medal race, but finished 9th out of 20 boats in the final standings.

The Australian team proved themselves as the best Olympic sailors in 2012, as they won three golds and one silver. The British took home the most medals, with one gold and four silvers. Ben Ainslie of Great Britain became the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time, as he won his fourth gold in as many games.

Since many of the sailing events involve a mental challenge as well as a physical one, sailors can often sail well past their mid-30’s, and U.S. sailing fans can expect to see many returning team members at the 2016 games.

Team Leader Dean Brenner had this to say on his blog at the end of the Olympics:

“Thanks to everyone for their support during these last few weeks. As I wrote yesterday, I’m proud of our Olympians, regardless of the results. I stand with this team, no matter what. We all do.
Sail fast,

Dean Brenner, Team Leader”

Final results:

Event: U.S. Entrant (final ranking), first-place country

Men's RS-X: Robert Willis (22nd), Netherlands
Women's RS-X: Farrah Hall (20th), Spain
Men's Laser: Rob Crane (29th), Australia
Women's Laser Radial: Paige Railey (8th), China
Men's Finn: Zach Railey (12th), Great Britain
Men's 470: McNay/Biehl (14th), Australia
Women's 470: Clark/Lihan (9th), New Zealand
Men's 49er: Storck/Moore (15th), Australia
Men's Star: Mendelblatt/Fatih (7th), Sweden
Women's Elliott 6m: USA skippered by Anne Tunnicliffe (5th-- knocked out in quarterfinal), Spain

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They may be the best athletes in the world, but that doesn't mean they're flawless. Even Olympic athletes have their faults, and they are not lost on the television commentators.

The humor website compiled a video of some of the best negative reactions by announcers during the Olympics, and it's absolutely hilarious.

Some of the highlights include:

"He just looks like a defeated man. He looks like someone kicked his dog."

"If you want to be in this race, you're going to have to go harder."

"Brazil has been consistent in their serving. Consistently bad."

The bottom line here is that nobody's perfect at what they do. But, for the most part, Olympic athletes are closer than most.

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A gold medal moment can shine long after the last notes of an athlete's national anthem are sung. From Wheaties boxes and Subway commercials to speaking engagements and magazine photo spreads, some Olympians can cash in their gold medal for some actual green.

"A gold medal stays with you for life," says Ben Sturner, CEO and founder of the Leverage Agency in New York. "The other medals are often forgotten."

Think about Olympians like Michael Phelps and Apolo Ohno, who are as recognizable as Tom Brady or LeBron James. Throughout his career, Phelps has landed top brands like Kelloggs, Subway, Omega, Speedo, Visa, Nike and AT&T. Ohno made speed-skating cool, and has enjoyed the sponsorships of McDonald's, General Electric, Vicks and Coca-Cola, and lest we forget his winning appearance on "Dancing With The Stars."

But, as Sturner warns, there's a very small window of opportunity for these endorsements. With the closing ceremonies behind us, football is ready to kick off, and by October, most of us won't be thinking about the Olympics. As anyone who watched TV in the weeks leading up to the 2012 London Games knows, Ryan Lochte totally swam across the Atlantic, and the bulk of the advertising campaigns happen before the games.

"Any Olympic athlete who has an opportunity for an endorsement or speaking engagement once the games are over would be wise to do them," Sturner says. "There's a short shelf-life for the Olympics."