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The Post-Games Report

From the sublime (or at least prime time) to the ridiculous (the rid-Lochte-ous?)—from fulfilling dreams to inspiring memes—here's a look at what some 2012 Olympians have been up to since the torch was extinguished in London on Aug. 12
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VERY SPECIAL GUESTS

Athletes have bounced all around the TV landscape—particularly the Fierce Five U.S. gymnasts (right, on Good Morning America), who even landed as interns on The Colbert Report. Meanwhile, forget China vs. the U.S.—here's the guests' medal count for late night's superpowers.

David Letterman

13 [Gold]

2 [Silver]

1 [Bronze]

Jay Leno

12 [Gold]

2 [Silver]

2 [Bronze]

BOX TOPPERS

Kellogg's Corn Flakes and Wheaties continued the all-American tradition of putting athletes on boxes of cereal, but Winchester Ammunition targeted U.S. shooting star Kim Rhode for a more rarefied honor: gracing a box of 12-gauge shotgun shells.

GAME CHANGERS

Many athletes are jumping right back into training in their respective sports, but a few are swimming in unfamiliar waters.

Michael Phelps

The swimmer will take a swing at a Golf Channel reality show

Usain Bolt

The sprinter may try the long jump; got a Man U tryout

Nick Symmonds

Half-miler chugged his way to a U.S. record in the beer mile

GIFTED

Medals are one thing, but returning athletes have been showered with everything from cowboy boots to sculptures of Br'er Rabbit. The tastiest treat came from the folks at a New Jersey Smashburger, who awarded home-state swimmer Rebecca Soni free burgers for life.

Back to school

Swifter, higher, smarter: Here are a few of the many athletes who will be hitting the books this fall

Missy Franklin

Swimming

Regis Jesuit High (Colo.)

Miranda Leek

Archery

Texas A&M

Nick McCrory

Diving

Duke

Carrie Johnson

Kayak

UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

BACK IN SERVICE

Sixteen active-duty members of the U.S. military competed in London.

ARMY

AIR FORCE

MARINE CORPS

NAVY

FIRST PITCHES

Conor Dwyer Swimming

Gabby Douglas Gymnastics

Brady Ellison Archery

Kayla Harrison Judo

Breeja Larson Swimming

Aly Raisman Gymnastics

Jordyn Wieber Gymnastics

NOT SO PRIVATE RYAN

90210 guest star

Trying to trademark Jeah

The next Bachelor?

Pool party with Prince Harry

McKayla is so not impressed ...

... but Mo clearly is

THEY SAID IT

"We're saving our good stuff for the regular season."

MARK SANCHEZ

Jets quarterback, after his team's only points came on field goals in a 17--12 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, the third straight preseason game in which New York (0--3) failed to score a touchdown.

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DUNCAN WILLIAMS/CAL SPORT MEDIA (SANCHEZ)

SIX PHOTOS

AFP/GETTY IMAGES (MEDALS)

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JOHN PAUL FILO/CBS/LANDOV (LETTERMAN)

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MITCHELL HAASETH/NBC/EVERETT COLLECTION (LENO)

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FRED LEE/ABC (GMA)

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KELLOGG COMPANY/PRNEWSFOTO/AP (CORN FLAKES)

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GENERAL MILLS/AP (WHEATIES)

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COURTESY WINCHESTER AMMUNITION (WINCHESTER)

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COURTESY OF SMASHBURGER (BURGER & FRIES)

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CHRIS SWEDA/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/MCT/GETTY IMAGES (DWYER)

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MIKE CLARKE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (PHELPS)

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HEINZ KLUETMEIER (FRANKLIN)

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ELSA/GETTY IMAGES (LEEK)

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OTTO GREULE JR./GETTY IMAGES (MCCRORY)

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RONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (JOHNSON)

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PA PHOTOS/LANDOV (LOCHTE)

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ANDY HOOPER/DAILY MAIL/ZUMAPRESS.COM (FARAH)

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BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS (MARONEY)

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