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Top Olympic moments via social media

6:10 PM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Like the rest of the country, First Coast News viewers have been glued to their television sets for the past two weeks watching the London Olympics. We turned to social media to gather your most memorable moments.

Team USA took over the pool at the summer Olympics. It's what most of you have been talking about. Ryan Lochte takes home 5 medals. Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 total medals, including 18 gold.

"He's going down as one of the greatest olympians of all time," Lochte said. "I'm just excited to be a part of it."

The U.S. Women's team nabbed gold, setting a new world record in the 4x100 meter medley. Among the Facebook fanfare, Kathleen said she appreciated "The pride with which all of the athletes competed in their events. The smiles on the faces of those as they received their medals, especially the smile on Gabby's face..."

Which leads us to the 'Fab Five' taking home gold with stellar performances by America's sweethearts. Even Oprah shared her love for the gymnastics team tweeting "wow! What a moment."

From the kick heard 'round the world to the saves heard 'round the world. In an overtime thriller against Canada, Alex Morgan quickly became a hero on Facebook and Twitter, as she kicked the U.S. Women's soccer team to the finals with an epic header. And thanks in part to goalie Hope Solo, Team USA beats Japan to take home gold.

Another top Olympic moment for locals was when Sanya Richard Ross, wife of Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross, raced to gold in the women's 400 meters.

"For the Jaguars to allow him to come out here," Ross said. "I mean We'll never forget this moment."

U.S. women's track and field set a new world record. Venus and Serena Williams won gold and claimed the title of most decorated tennis Olympians of all time. And the world's greatest athlete comes from Team USA - Ashton Eaton won gold in the decathlon.

On the court, the U.S. women's basketball team beat France, winning 5 consecutive olympic titles. But the big excitement today is the U.S. men's basketball team taking home gold. Among your comments, "great game" and "USA USA!!"

Continuing his congratulatory tweets, President Obama says "Congrats to the U.S. women's and men's basketball teams for bringing home the gold. You all make us so proud."

Also on your radar was Usain Bolt, who many are calling the best sprinter that's ever lived. "I came here to become a legend," Bolt said. "And I'm not a legend."

And he may not have won, but South Africa's Oscar Pistorius also captured your hearts and made history, as the first ever amputee runner of the summer Olympics. On Facebook, Diane said "He is an inspiration to so many of us."

It seems the U.S. women's teams dominated this year and it's interesting to note that, for the first time ever, the number of women on Team USA exceeded the number of men.

First Coast News

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