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The U.S. flag fell from the display rod during Saturday's Olympic medal ceremony at Wimbledon, after Serena Williams' victory. The flag was collected in the stands and sent onto the court. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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Nigerian fan Ifeoluwa Akande holds his country's flag as he watches Nigeria's basketball team lose to the United States by a record 83 points. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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On their bottles, Innocent declares itself the juice of champions — before adding, "rather than bang on about it, we thought we'd show you a picture of a tiger running through his pre-swim checklist." The drinks are a welcome sight at the Olympic media center. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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As Team USA basketball player Kobe Bryant passed through a security checkpoint Friday, British soldiers were moved to relax a ban on photography in the area. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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The "Thames Bar" was flowing with free drinks Monday, as the London 2012 group welcomed journalists to the Main Press Center. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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