Week one of the 2012 London Games has come to a close! And what a week it's been. Already more than 30 world records have been broken, athletes have been accused of cheating or doping, some overly enthusiastic parents have gone a little crazy, and Ryan Lochte wore a diamond-studded American flag grill in his mouth to the podium to pick up his gold medal. Whew! That's a lot to take in, but don't worry, we're only halfway through, so I'm sure more fun is yet to come. In the meantime, we've rounded up our favorites. Enjoy!
1. Ryan Lochte wears a grill to the podium, IOC officials make him take it off: Oh, Ryan Lochte. So cute and yet so baffling. Apparently, he has a collection of jewel-encrusted retainers for his teeth. On Saturday after winning the men's 400-meter Individual Medley, he wore an American flag-inspired one up to the podium; however, officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told him he wouldn't be allowed to accept his medal unless he took it out. While the reason why wasn't completely clear, some speculated that it had to do with the fact that members aren't allowed to wear anything other than the accepted team uniforms up to the podium.
2. Aly Raisman's parents freak out while watching their daughter on the uneven bars: If you haven't seen this video of Aly Raisman's parents freaking out during the team qualifiers on Sunday, you'll want to. I can't say I blame them for being so wound up—I can't even imagine what it's like to watch your daughter, an Olympic athlete, flying from bar to bar at what is undoubtedly the biggest meet of her life. I'd probably react the same way!
3. Brazilian athlete needs his medal replaced: Brazilian judoka Felipe Kitadai said he wanted to carry his bronze medal with him everywhere. According to the Washington Post, he took it into the shower with him as a joke, and while trying to keep it from getting wet, he accidentally dropped it. The string it hung on broke, and the medal was dented, Kitadai says. The Brazilian Olympic committee has filed an official request to receive a replacement.
4. Hope Solo goes crazy on Twitter: Former soccer star Brandi Chastain has been acting as an analyst for NBC in this year's games. During the U.S. women's match against Colombia on Saturday, Chastain criticized the U.S. defender Rachel Buehler, saying "A defender's job is to defend. Win the ball and keep posession, and that's something I think Buehler needs to work on definitely." Unhappy with the criticism, Solo took to Twitter to defend her teammate and unleashed a barrage of tweets toward Chastain (a former defender herself), saying things like Chastain should "lay off commenting about defending," and "It's too bad we can't have commentators who better represent the team."
5. The London cops misplace keys to Wembley Stadium: On Tuesday, London cops reported losing a set of keys to Wembley Stadium, one of the stadiums in London that hosts men and women's soccer matches. According to officials, the locks have already been changed and there was no breach in security.