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Photograph by Peter Read Miller

PIXIE THRUST Emotions were decidedly split on Sunday, when U.S. gold medal favorite Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for the all-around final in gymnastics, but the American squad, which included Kyla Ross (left), finished first in team qualifying.

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Photograph by David Bergman

PINCH ME, I SEE KATE It's a good Gig if you can get it. Out of Danny Boyle's choreographed chaos (page 40), SI photographer David Bergman brought order to the grand spectacle of last Friday's opening ceremony at Olympic Stadium, stitching together 425 photos shot over one hour to create a GigaPan that captured, among tens of thousands of others, the royal family (inset). To launch the GigaPan, download SI's Olympic Daily app on your iPad, or go to SI.com, then pinch and zoom for greater detail.

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Photograph by Erick W. Rasco

HOIST ONE TO MICRONESIA There are more than 200 countries represented at the Games. One of them is the Federated States of Micronesia, in the South Pacific, whose Manuel Minginfel took it on the chin during the men's 62-kilogram weightlifting competition on Monday. Minginfel, a four-time Olympian, finished 10th.

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Photograph by Robert Beck

BOTTOMS UP Participants in the synchronized three-meter springboard event got their altius and fortius on during warmups in advance of Wednesday's competition at the London Aquatics Centre.

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Photograph by Simon Bruty

EYES ARE WATCHING Talk about beautiful back stories: Last Saturday's beach volleyball match between the Brazilian duo (right) of Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha and Norway's Tarjei Viken Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr was set against the backdrop of the 44-story-high London Eye (top right) and the Horse Guards Parade.