London Olympics diary: Quirky moments around the Games
- 7 August 2012
- From the section UK
Another blistering day of sport is coming your way, with Team GB aiming to add yet more booty to their medal haul. But what else is going on in the world of all things Olympic - have you seen an offbeat 2012 occurrence? A quirk, a quote? A notable news nugget?
See what has caught our eye on day 11 and you can get in touch using the form below.
Gold letter day
Gold medal-winning dressage rider Carl Hester will get his gold post box on Sark, in the Channel Islands, where he grew up, even though the only one on the island is not owned by the Royal Mail.
Local post operator Guernsey Post has promised to get behind Royal Mail's campaign to paint a post box gold in the home town of each gold-medal winning Team GB athlete.
Silver's never second for some
Not to be outdone, in the village of Emsworth where sailing silver medallist Iain Percy hails from, a post box has been decorated to honour his win.
The box has been covered in silver tin foil and a sign reads: "Proud of you Iain."
Kat Brown tweets: "To celebrate Iain Percy's silver sailing medal, Emsworth has done this WONDERFUL thing to a post box."
And Samantha Loveday who took the photograph tweets: "I just love the fact that I didn't see it over the weekend: did someone get up in the night and do it under cover of darkness?"
While impressed fans are chasing down the culprit, we wonder what creative people around the UK will do next to honour the other medallists.
The joys of public transport
You wait four years to see an Olympic team and then along come 204 at once... and one of them was at the bus stop used by business entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith. He has tweeted this picture: "This is why I love the Olympics. Team Rwanda at my bus stop."
Olympic organisers Locog are looking into the confiscation of a skipping rope belonging to the world's fastest man as he entered the Olympic Park.
Our reporter at the Park, Claire Heald, told us Usain Bolt had wondered why he was deprived of his training aid.
Locog's communications chief Jackie Brock-Doyle said: "If it was taken away as he was heading into stadium, that's not correct.
"If it was taken away on the way to the field of play, that probably is correct."
Should have stayed in bed
For some athletes it just isn't their moment to shine.
Flyweight Rau'shee Warren, the first American boxer to compete in three Games, is blaming his defeat on everything from failing equipment to not being able to see.
"The headgear... it kept falling down over my eyes. Then my contacts fell out in the first round, so I was having to wait for my opponent to get a little closer so I could throw my shots."
It just wasn't his day, was it?
Can you do a Bolt?
If footballer Rio Ferdinand has his way, he may be joined on the pitch by none other than Usain Bolt.
Bolt has once again said he is keen to try out for Manchester United football team, according to The Sun.
Ferdinand has tweeted in response: "If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I'll speak to the boss!! Well done in 100m, waiting for you to smash the 200m now!"
Bolt told the newspaper: "People think I am joking. But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, 'OK let's do this, come and have a trial', it would be impossible for me to say no.
"I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.
"I would be the fastest player in the team — but I can play as well."
The paper quoted Manchester United as saying: "As the fastest man on Earth he would undoubtedly add speed to the team."
We will have to wait and see if he does his famous pose after his race, but in the meantime, we want you to send us your versions for our picture gallery.
A group of police officers got in on the act yesterday - so get posing and snapping and show us what you've got!
Send them to us on twitter using #bbcbolt, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put BBC Bolt in the subject field, or text them 61124. We'll retweet them from the @bbcsport account.
The innocence of youth
He made history as the first amputee sprinter to take part at the Olympics but for South African Oscar Pistorius, he was just another child growing up.
He was nicknamed "Blade Runner" because he races on carbon fibre prosthetic blades and has been talking about growing up playing sports with brother Carl.
"My mother used to tell us in the mornings, 'Carl put on your shoes, Oscar you put on your prosthetic legs'.
"So I grew up not really thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes."
Can life get much better for gold medallist Bradley Wiggins? Hot on the heels of his fourth gold medal, the distinctive cyclist has met his style hero, singer Paul Weller, the inspiration behind his famous sideburns.
The former Jam star Weller looks just as impressed.
The animal kingdom is rallying for Team GB, with these ducklings from London Wetlands Centre showing their true colours. Staff have named this single gold duckling Jessica, in recognition of heptathlon gold winner Ms Ennis.
Jessica has five bronze siblings, who have yet to be named. Any suggestions?
It seems that golden animals are in vogue, what with Monday's golden retriever being named after long jumper Greg Rutherford. Keep them coming.