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Olympics Day 2 - Judo

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Silver medalist Yanet Bermoy of Cuba smiles after winning the Women's -52 kg Judo on Day two of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 29, 2012 in London, Englan (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Disappointment on the podium: silver medalists

You'd think an Olympian would be happy to approach the podium and

receive a medal, but while gold medal winners are understandably

ecstatic and bronze medalists look giddy just to be onstage, silver medal winners are often described as the "first loser." Many Olympians are proud of their silver while some can't help but express the disappointment of being so close --  and yet so far -- from Olympic gold. -- By Paul Rosales, Yahoo! Sports