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Summer Olympics 2012: Best Athlete Tweets, Twitpics and Instagrams from Day 12

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Nicolas Batum #5 of France is held back by referee Bill Kennedy after Batum fouls Juan-Carlos Navarro #7 of Spain late in the fourth quarter during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 8, 2012

I never would have believed Day 12 would bring us such entertaining and painful tweets. What is so special about Day 12?

Nicolas Batum went renegade, Matthew Mitcham is threatening to go more than Commando, and Neymar may be doing a cameo with Ice Cube. I'm sure I'm misinterpreting the Brazilian star's Instagram, but you'll see what I mean.

This a very entertaining day of Olympic jock speak, via social media.

Check it out:

 

#Awesome Turnaround

What a difference four years can make. Eric Shanteau tweets about his inspiring turnaround:

4 yrs ago I left Beijing to fight cancer, now I am leaving London to celebrate thislockerz.com/s/232431514

— Eric Shanteau (@Shanteau) August 8, 2012

 

#CanadaLove

My boy Tom Daley mixing with the Canadian rhythmic gymnasts. If I were a 16-year-old Canadian boy, I wouldn't be able to think of a better picture to be in:

JCin' with the canadian rhythmic gymnasts :)instagr.am/p/OEJWNLL-r7/

— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 8, 2012

 

#CerealKillers

The "Fierce Five" reaping well-deserved benefits on a box of Corn Flakes:

Fierce five baby..🇺🇸✨instagr.am/p/OEHfXZKifa/

— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) August 8, 2012

 

#GettingRowdyOnTheBackOfTheBus

The Fierce Five are enjoying themselves on a sick double-decker bus:

DOUBLE DECKER BUS!!! instagr.am/p/OEHKMBvVtH/

— Jordyn Wieber (@jordyn_wieber) August 8, 2012

 

#LondonEyeSights

Cool pic, but why does McKayla Maroney always look as though she's taking headshots for a starring role in Cruel Intentions 3?

Having fun at the top of the London eye!instagr.am/p/OEBRcHPVrM/

— Jordyn Wieber (@jordyn_wieber) August 8, 2012

 

#BladeRunnerKickinKnowledge

Awesome quote from a man who knows all about positive thinking:

Your Attitude determines your Latitude. Make this life count.

— Oscar Pistorius (@OscarPistorius) August 8, 2012

 

#TallestGymnastEver

Can you picture Candace Parker doing the floor exercise? Actually, that might be quite beautiful. But still, she's too tall for gymnastics.

Poor grandma Joan! "@courtparker: Watching the floor routines and remembering @candace_parker and I pretending to do our own! #Olympics2012"

— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) August 8, 2012

 

#ThatsHowIPictureLondon

Everyone that goes to London should take a picture like this. It is an impressive photo:

Good morning from London ❤instagr.am/p/OD4lAKkSjP/

— Nastia Liukin (@NastiaLiukin) August 8, 2012

 

#Trendsetter

Sanya Richards-Ross is inspiring folks to rock the sleeves while running. Will Aaron Ross wear them during Jaguars games?

Yeaaaaa!!! RT @wesleybelleman: I feel like @sanyarichiross when I run in these. twitter.com/WesleyBelleman…

— Sanya Richards-Ross (@SanyaRichiRoss) August 8, 2012

 

#BigHandLittleCan

Brendan Hansen looks as though he was handed a can of ginger ale from a Lilliputian:

I know my hands are big but this can just makes it look ridiculous. twitter.com/BrendanHansen/…

— Brendan Hansen (@BrendanHansen) August 8, 2012

 

#IDontWantItToEnd

Elizabeth Simmonds has gotten used to Olympic life. I can't say that I blame her.

This Olympics malarkey is brilliant.. Actually contemplating just staying here when it's finished #teamGB #takethestage #taketheapartment

— Elizabeth Simmonds (@QueenMond) August 8, 2012

 

#KerrisGuys

Kerri Walsh catches two of the three guys in her life in a clowning moment.

2 of my beautiful boys <3 @oakley love instagr.am/p/OERwbfEGJf/

— Kerri Walsh (@kerrileewalsh) August 8, 2012

 

#WakeUpDude

Cullen Jones' work in the pool is done, but apparently he's surfing the web for more opportunities. Check out the British hospitality:

Sitting in the Lobby on my Laptop for the past 2.5 hrs and the lady gave me this! Must look like I need it !lockerz.com/s/232454585

— Cullen Jones(@Cullen_Jones) August 8, 2012

 

#WhatABleepingGreatRoutine

I'd love to hear Samuel L. Jackson cover any sporting event as Jules from Pulp Fiction. Yeah, that would have to be on cable.

I'm totally loving @samuelljackson play by play of #London2012

— Ariana Kukors (@ArianaKukors) August 8, 2012

 

#WestsideConnection

I had no idea Neymar was joining forces with Ice Cube, WC and Mack 10. Wessside!!!!

 

#PictureIsWorthAThousandWords

Nick Symmonds knows the rules, and he dances around them:

Spent the day at my fav sponsor's hospitality. Won't name them so as not to violate #Rule40. Also, interesting shrub. twitter.com/NickSymmonds/s…

— NickSymmonds (@NickSymmonds) August 8, 2012

 

#CarefulWhatYouWishFor

Sit next to the bed of a woman giving birth, and you'll never question if the complaining is justified again.

Give birth, to see if all the complaining is justified... or not. RT @carrmany: if you were a girl just for one day, what would you do? :)

— Matthew Mitcham (@matthew_mitcham) August 8, 2012

 

#NicBatumGotAllBall

What is Nic Batum trying to prove? I know the ball looks different in international play, but this is ridiculous:

GIF: Nic Batum just punched Juan Carlos Navarro in the crotch. Really hard. twitpic.com/ah00y2

— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) August 8, 2012

 

#MoreNastyNic

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski asked Nic Batum why he hammered the Spaniard's crotch, and this was his response:

I asked Nicolas Batum why he hit Juan-Carlos Navarro in the groin. "I wanted to give him a good reason to flop," Batum said.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 8, 2012

 

#RegretfulNic

See what happens when you let your emotions get the best of you?

I want to apologize for my stupid act at the end, I showed a bad image of France and myself, Congrats to team Spain.

— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) August 8, 2012

 

#SeeNowICantRootForYou

Matthew Mitcham pledges to bear all if he wins gold. I'm hoping he changes his mind or he gets the silver.

If I win gold at #London2012 I will dive off 10m naked to celebrate. RT @heygibbles: Will you do a skinny dip of honour if you get gold?

— Matthew Mitcham (@matthew_mitcham) August 8, 2012

 

#GreatQuestionCandace

This is the first time an athlete has come up with a question that made me think. LeBron James for sure, Derrick Rose and Cappie Pondexter.

Having a debate...if you could pick 1 NBA player and one WNBA player to train for 2016100/200 m who would you pick and why?

— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) August 8, 2012

 

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