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Olympics Day 7 - Rowing

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Silver medalists Dorian Mortelette and Germain Chardin of France pose with their medals during the medal ceremony for the Men's Pair final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 3, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Harry How/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