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Obama calls Michael Phelps, women's gymnastics team

President Barack Obama called Michael Phelps and the US women's gymnastics team to congratulate them on their Olympic medals.
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US President Barack Obama smiles while speaking during a prayer breakfast in the East Room of the White House April 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
While on the campaign trail in Ohio, Obama spoke with all the five gold medal-winning gymnasts.
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Olympic tax awaits American medal winners at home

American athletes must pay $236 for gold medal, but just $2 for bronze.
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Missy Franklin of the United States celebrates with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Adam Pretty/AFP/Getty Images)
Because the IRS taxes “worldwide income earned overseas,” the ATR says champion athletes must pay almost $9,000 to the government.
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Will the Olympics rejuvenate east London?

LONDON — This city won its bid to host the 2012 Olympics partly by promoting the games as a project to breathe new life into a rundown part of the city. But residents of east London wonder whether the $14 billion spent on the games will really help bring about changes the neglected communities here so desperately want.

NBC to break even at 2012 London Olympics

NBC had predicted a 20 percent drop in ratings compared to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Canada: CBC wins back rights to broadcast Olympic Games in time for Sochi, Rio

The Canadian public broadcaster, which has broadcast 19 Olympics, lost the rights to London 2012 to Bell Media.

Olympic badminton players disqualified for throwing match

Eight Olympic women's badminton players face disciplinary action for allegedly throwing matches.
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Wang Xiaoli (R) and Yu Yang (L) play a shot during their women's double badminton match against Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun of South Korea during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (AFP/Getty/AFP/Getty Images)
Four women's badminton doubles pairs are facing disciplinary action from the Badminton World Federation today. The women are all accused of "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and conducting themselves "in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport."
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Michael Phelps: 4x200m freestyle relay win breaks Olympic medals record

Michael Phelps broke the Olympics medals record with a win in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
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US swimmer Michael Phelps celebrates af the end of the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 31, 2012. The US men's gold medal performance was his record 19th Olympic medal. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Phelps won his record-tying 18th Olympic medal Tuesday, but is still looking for his first gold at the London Games.
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Zara Phillips, Queen's granddaughter, wins Olympic silver

Great Britain, Zara Phillips win silver in equestrian team eventing
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Britain's Zara Phillips waves to the crowd after winning the silver medal in the team Equestrian section of the Eventing competition of the 2012 London Olympics at the Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park, London on July 31, 2012. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
William and Kate – the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge – and Prince Harry were at Greenwich Park to cheer on their cousin.
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US women snag artistic gymnastics gold medal, first since 1996 (VIDEO)

Women's team beat Russia by a remarkable five points.
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Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, Mc Kayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (AFP/Getty Images)
The US Women's Gymnastics team has just won a momentous team gold medal in the Artistic Gymnastics competition, reported ESPN News, the first such victory for the squad since its famous 1996 win.
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British cyclists have a secret weapon: electric hot pants

Team GB will keep their quads race-ready with battery-powered bum warmers.
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Victoria Pendleton and her fellow British track cyclists hope heated pants will help them gain precious seconds in their London races. (Bryn Lennon /Getty Images)
The idea is to keep athletes' thigh and butt muscles at optimum temperature – around 38 degrees Celsius – right up until they take to the track.
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