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  • What fuels Missy Franklin in the off-season? Mom's sweet treat

    TODAY

  • UK teen arrested after Olympic diver Tom Daley receives Twitter death threat

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    A diverse community in East London will welcome the world to Britain for the 2012 Olympic Games. Meet residents and hear how they feel about having a huge, world stage in their backyard.

    Toby Melville / Reuters

    Britain's Tom Daley prepares to take part in the Olympic men's synchronised 10-meter platform final on Tuesday.

    Matt Cardy / Getty Images, file

    Tom Daley (second from right) follows the coffin carrying his father as it leaves St. Mary's Church Plympton, England, on June 8, 2011.

    London has become a giant melting pot of cultures and nationalities, but it's not immediately apparent to tourists. The double-dip recession has hit diverse neighborhoods especially hard. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports.

  • Leave the big hat! 10 things you can't bring to the Olympics

    Martin Bernetti / Getty Images/AFP Creative

    Football fans play vuvuzelas, an item banned in Olympic staidums.

    Rainer Martini / Getty Images

    Look at that hat! It clearly wouldn't be allowed into any Olympic stadium.

    Alan Copson / Getty Images

    Umbrellas are a common sight in London. But unless you're Mary Poppins during the opening ceremony, big ones are not allowed in Olympic venues.

  • Olympians flash their bling while going for gold

    Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images

    U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer wears her elephant stud earrings on July 29, 2012 in London.

    Norberto Duarte / AFP - Getty Images file

    Paraguay's Leryn Franco sports hoop earringa in a javelin practice in Asuncion on July 19, 2012, ahead of the London Games.

    Mike Blake / REUTERS

    Aly Raisman performs at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif., on June 29, 2012.

  • USA's Missy Franklin takes Olympic gold medal in women's 100-meter backstroke

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    Gold medalist Missy Franklin of the US celebrates with her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's 100m backstroke swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, in London.

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    US swimmer Missy Franklin carries a national flag from the podium after receiving her gold medal after winning the women's 100m backstroke final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, in London.

    Mark J. Terrill / AP

    United States' Missy Franklin, left, leads in the women's 100-meter backstroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, on July 30.

    Michael Sohn / AP

    United States' Missy Franklin listens to the national anthem after receiving her gold medal for the women's 100-meter backstroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, on July 30.

    Mark J. Terrill / AP

    United States' Missy Franklin reacts after winning gold in the women's 100-meter backstroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, on July 30.

    Toby Melville / Reuters

    Missy Franklin of the U.S., who took first place, starts in the women's 100m backstroke final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre, on July 30.

    Mark J. Terrill / AP

    United States' Missy Franklin competes in the women's 100-meter backstroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, on July 30.

  • At 97, Olympic female gold medalist savors role as pioneer

    Courtesy of Judy Player

    Helen Johns Carroll dives into the pool in the second leg of the winning 400-meter relay at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

    Courtesy of Judy Player

    Helen Johns Carroll (wearing a white hat in the first row behind podium) waits to receive her gold medal at the 1932 Olympics.

  • Watching your child compete: The agony and ecstasy of Aly Raisman's parents

    nbcolympics.com

    Lean to the left, lean to the right, squirm, cringe, cheer: For the parents of Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, watching her compete is a full-body experience.

  • Queen's sky-jump double: 'I think they liked my legs'

    Connery poses in the plane with Daniel Craig's double, pre-jump.

    Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

    Connery, mid-air during Friday's opening ceremony stunt.

    TODAY

    Gary Connery (no relation to Sean) is also no stranger to jumps; he's the first skydiver in history to land safely without a parachute.

  • 7 glammed-up Olympians who blow our minds

    Glamour

    "I feel like a performer out there," says Lowe. Dress, J. mendel; earrings, R.J. Graziano; bangles, Jennifer Fisher; sandals, Dolce Vita.

    Glamour

    A recent tweet from Maroney: "The weekend doesn't begin until you finish your Saturday workout #gymnastprobs." Bodysuit, Bill Blass; shorts, American Apparel.

    Glamour

    Random but hilarious: Three of Coughlin's chickens are named after True Blood characters, Sookie, Tara and Lafayette. Dress, Donna Karan New York; heels, Albino.

    Glamour

    "We know each other inside and out," says Solo, center. All clothing, Brood. On Morgan, left, and Lloyd, right: heels, Salvatore Ferragamo. On Solo: heels, Charles David.

    Glamour

    Lorig got her one and only tattoo, of the Olympic rings, after winning a bronze in 1992. Dress, Hervé Léger by Max Azria; cuff, Alexis Bittar.

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