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Victory, Defeat, In Two Quotes

Travis Stevens adjusts his bandage as he competes with Germany's Ole Bischof during their men's -81kg judo contest semi-final match. Franck Fife /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Travis Stevens adjusts his bandage as he competes with Germany's Ole Bischof during their men's -81kg judo contest semi-final match.

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Two Olympic athletes from the United States had very different experiences today.

Nathan Adrian took an unexpected gold by one-hundredth of a second in the men's 100-meter freestyle swim. And Travis Stevens, the American judoka, started off spectacularly, only to lose in a controversial decision by a judge.

We were struck by two quotes spoken by the athletes after their respective events.

Stevens told The Los Angeles Times he was "devastated." He added:

"My grandfather died last year," he said. "And this pretty much feels the same way."

An elated 23-year-old Adrian told the AP:

"I kinda touched the wall and I was like, 'Sweet I won,' you know. So it takes about 10 or 15 seconds then I was like, 'Holy crap.' This is the Olympics, like, I've been watching this since I was a kid, so, you know it felt good."

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