U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, center, shares a laugh with teammate Elizabeth Beisel, left, and Russia's Anastasia Zueva, holding their medals for the 200m backstroke. Franklin won the gold, setting a world record of 2:04.06, Beisel the bronze, and Zueva the silver. PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERT GAUTHIER / LOS ANGELES TIMES
Gabby Douglas: Gymnastics 0 Age: 16 Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA Girl guide: The 4-foot-11 Vampire Diaries fanatic left her family at age 14 to train alongside 2008 Olympics darling Shawn Johnson in Iowa. "She's given me so much," Douglas, who's home-schooled, tells Us. "She tells me never to give up."