There are more losers than there are winners in the Olympics. Of the 10,500 athletes from 205 nations, should there be no ties for first place a total of 300 gold medals will be awarded in the 2012 London Olympics. While the winners celebrate their accomplishments, the losers withdraw in the shadows.
Beijing Olympics gold medalist Valerie Adams took her silver finish in London with a heavy heart, saying that she let down her country, New Zealand.(Update: On 13 August, the OIC awarded gold to Adams as the original winner was found positive with drugs - MBL) Another gold hopeful, Nick Willis was at a loss of words on failing to even settle for a bronze in 1500 meters race.