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News and notes from London...

Fencing controversy forces Korean to sit on piste for ages, eventually costs her medal: South Korean fencer Shin A-lam should have gotten a shot at gold, but was massively screwed over by a timing mechanism malfunction, not only cheating her out of a spot on the podium, but forcing her to sit weeping on the piste while judges figured out what the hell to do.

The Saddest Olympian Ever: 23 photos of Shin A-lam crying her eyes out as dreams of Olympic gold were unfairly snatched away from her.

Swiss Athlete Sent Home for Twitter Remark: Swiss footballer/sore loser Michel Morganella was expelled from the Olympics for his threatening and racist messages on Twitter about South Koreans. After his team lost 2-1 against South Korea on Sunday, he weeted that South Koreans "can go burn" and referred to them as a "bunch of mongoloids." Goodbye, Michel.

Controversy surrounds world-record 400 IM of China's 16-year-old Ye Shiwen: 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen comes out of nowhere, shatters the world record in the 400-meter IM, and almost immediately, the accusations start flying. Of course she must be doping.

Ariel Hsing puts on a show for Bill Gates: Table tennis Ariel Hsing -- whose fans include none other than Bill Gates -- nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic table tennis history, holding her own in a phenomenal match against one of the gold medal favorites in women's singles.

An Open Letter to Ariel Hsing: Amid reports that Ariel Hsing would ease off on her training schedule to attend college, Jay Caspian Kang felt compelled to lend a little bit of unsolicited advice: college can wait.

Kristi Yamaguchi: 'Mitt Romney brought a huge sense of hope': Finally, this is not London-related, but I guess it's kind of Olympics-related... It bums me out to learn that famed Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi is on Team Romney.

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