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What's Trending From London: Celebs Shout Out To U.S. Gold Medal Winners

While much of the Twitter fodder around the London Games continues to focus on the issues surrounding NBC's tape-delayed coverage, the Twitterverse also is seeing a spike in famous shout-outs to U.S. Olympians. President Barack Obama: “Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. –bo.” Phelps replied, “Thank you Mr. President!! It's an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!” Oprah Winfrey tweeted, “WOW ! what a moment. The Fab Five!!!!! #TeamUSA Gymnastics!” Musician Lady Gaga wrote, “Woohoo! Gold for the ladies! just want to squeeze them! So much talent and beauty. Did u seem all holding hands? There's no ‘I’ in team.” Boxing HOFer Sugar Ray Leonard: “Congratulations to the fabulous 5 for the Gold! So Proud of you!!”

Olympic tweets of interest revolving around the coverage: 

The Hollywood Reporter’s Lacey Rose: “Gymnastic Announcer No. 1 ‘Was it that bad?’ Gymnastic Announcer No. 2 ‘It was catastrophic!’ #LoveTheOlympics.” 

76ers CEO Adam Aron: “Retweet if you are proud to see 76ers Doug Collins broadcasting the Olympics. Gives us stature and respect, a help in luring free agents.” 

ESPN’s Keri Potts: “Am so conditioned to hide my eyes & ears from Oly results that when Costas gives actual results, I change channel scared I'll see them.”

CBS Sports’ Bryan Fischer: “You can't keep defending NBC's business model when they're selling $1 billion worth of ads and still losing money on the Olympics.”

NPR’s Ben Bergman: “Why we still watch big events on TV: I missed what announcer called ‘iconic moment in Olympic history’ b/c stream buffered in last 100m.”

NBC's Michelle Beadle: "The amount of whining about tweeting results has become utterly comical. It's quite simple. Stay off sites giving information. Ex: Twitter."
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