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Olympics Day 6 - Table Tennis

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Silver medalist Wang Hao of China poses on the podium during the medal ceremony during the medal ceremony for the Men's Singles Table Tennis on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/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