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Germany takes gold in team dressage, U.S. takes bronze

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After winning the team dressage event in five consecutive Summer Olympics, Germany saw that streak come to an end in London at the hands of Great Britain. Friday, Isabell Werth and her teammates reclaimed the gold medal with a score of 82.577. Great Britain, whose gold at the last Summer Olympics was their first medal in team dressage, claimed silver and the United States took bronze.

Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Kasey Perry-Glass (her score wasn’t counted) and Allison Brock combined to earn the United States’ first medal in this event since 2004, when they took bronze in Athens. All time the United States has won eight medals in this event, with seven being bronze and one silver, and their Olympic medal count ranks second on the all-time list.

Combining with teammates Kristina Broring-Sprehe, Sonke Rothenberger (her score was dropped) and Dorothee Schneider, Werth has now won an Olympic medal on five different continents. South America joins Europe (Barcelona, Athens and London), North America (Atlanta), Australia (Sydney) and Asia (Beijing) on Werth’s list. She becomes the second athlete in these Olympics to accomplish that feat, with American shooter Kim Rhode being the first to do so.

Why did Shaun White cut his hair? Carrot Top

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Shaun White said a revelatory chat with Carrot Top led to the Olympic snowboarding champion chopping off his flowing red locks more than seven years ago, according to a report.

“I went to an event in Vegas where I run into Carrot Top,” White wrote, according to a Bleacher Report AMA last Wednesday. “We were talking about our hair and he basically looked at me like you could see into his soul and he basically said he was stuck like this. And at that point it was like seeing the ghost of Christmas future. And at that point I was like omg I can change.”

White documented a meeting with Carrot Top on social media in September 2013, but that was 10 months after the haircut. They must have met in 2012, too.

White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, posted video of the haircut in December 2012, saying he didn’t tell anybody beforehand. He had grown tired of the nickname.

He donated the hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for needy children.

White is known for charitable efforts for children, including with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, requiring two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White, a 33-year-old who recently changed his hair color to blond, announced in February that he ended a bid to make the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team for the Tokyo Games.

He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he could be the oldest U.S. Olympic halfpipe rider in history.

MORE: White, Shiffrin among dominant Winter Olympians of 2010s

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Susie O’Neill, Australian great, answers Katie Ledecky by balancing beer while swimming

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Katie Ledecky‘s feat of balancing a glass of chocolate milk while swimming reverberated Down Under, where one of Australia’s Olympic legends attempted to mimic it with a cup of beer.

Susie O’Neill, an eight-time Olympic medalist from 1992-2000 known as Madame Butterfly, accepted a challenge put forth by her fellow radio show hosts. In video shared across Australian media, she took 13 strokes before the beer came off her head, just before reaching a wall.

“It’s actually not as hard as I expected,” O’Neill said in an Instagram Live. “Well, it was pretty hard.”

O’Neill, 47, said backstrokers sometimes train with a water bottle on their foreheads to stay straight. But O’Neill, a freestyler and butterflier, never balanced anything on her head while training.

MORE: O’Neill in tears watching Sydney Olympic defeat for first time

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