Titans of the London Games

A look at the athletes with a larger than life presence at the London Games. -- Paul Martella, Yahoo! Sports

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Maris Urtans of Latvia competes in the Men's Shot Put qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
Maris Urtans of Latvia
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Maris Urtans of Latvia competes in the Men's Shot Put qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Reese Hoffa of the United States competes in the Men's Shot Put qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Shot put
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Reese Hoffa of the United States competes in the Men's Shot Put qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Tomasz Majewski of Poland competes in the Men's Shot Put Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Majewski
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Tomasz Majewski of Poland competes in the Men's Shot Put Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Dylan Armstrong of Canada competes in the Men's Shot Put Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Shot put
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Dylan Armstrong of Canada competes in the Men's Shot Put Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Christian Cantwell of the United States competes in the Men's Shot Put Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Shot put
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Christian Cantwell of the United States competes in the Men's Shot Put Final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Kevin Bouly of France makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
weightlifting
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Kevin Bouly of France makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Can Osman of Cyprus makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
weightlifting
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Can Osman of Cyprus makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Ricardo Blas Jr of the United States competes with Facinet Keita of Guinea in the Men's 100 kg Judo on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ricardo Blas, Jr.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Ricardo Blas Jr of the United States competes with Facinet Keita of Guinea in the Men's 100 kg Judo on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Almir Velagic of Germany makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
weightlifting
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Almir Velagic of Germany makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Peter Nagy of Hungary makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
weightlifting
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Peter Nagy of Hungary makes a lift in the Men's 105kg during the Weightlifting LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at ExCel on December 11, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Great Britain's Christopher Sherrington reacts after defeating Australia's Jake Andrewartha during the elimination round of 32 at men's 100-kg judo at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Christopher Sherrington
Great Britain's Christopher Sherrington reacts after defeating Australia's Jake Andrewartha during the elimination round of 32 at men's 100-kg judo at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
France's Teddy Riner reacts after defeating Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin to win the gold medal at the men's over 100-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Teddy Riner
France's Teddy Riner reacts after defeating Russia's Alexander Mikhaylin to win the gold medal at the men's over 100-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Ralf Bartels of Germany competes in the Men's Shot Put qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Shot Put
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Ralf Bartels of Germany competes in the Men's Shot Put qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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