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Italy's gold medalist Elisa Di Francisca is flanked by silver medalist Arianna Errigo, left, and bronze medallist Valentina Vezzali pose after receiving their medals for fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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