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The 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team poses for a photo shoot before the 2012 Olympics. (Peter Read Miller/SI) 

GALLERY: Breakout Athletes of 2012

The 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team poses for a photo shoot before the 2012 Olympics. (Peter Read Miller/SI) 
GALLERY: Breakout Athletes of 2012

Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher reacts with teammates after sacking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco during the second quarter of a Jan. 2011 Chiefs-Ravens game. Police say Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle, File)

EPSTEIN: Belcher’s tragic death makes clear it’s hard to illuminate the heart

Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher reacts with teammates after sacking Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco during the second quarter of a Jan. 2011 Chiefs-Ravens game. Police say Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle, File)
EPSTEIN: Belcher’s tragic death makes clear it’s hard to illuminate the heart

During competition on Tuesday, Defending Olympic weightlifting champion Matthias Steiner of Germany lost his balance while trying to lift about 432 pounds and was hit in the neck by the barbell. He got up on his feet and waved to the crowd but later withdrew. SI photographer Simon Bruty captured the entire sequence while shooting the competition.

GALLERY: Matthias Steiner’s Weightlifting Snafu Sequence 
FARBER: In sport of strong men, Iran’s Salimi stands alone

During competition on Tuesday, Defending Olympic weightlifting champion Matthias Steiner of Germany lost his balance while trying to lift about 432 pounds and was hit in the neck by the barbell. He got up on his feet and waved to the crowd but later withdrew. SI photographer Simon Bruty captured the entire sequence while shooting the competition.
GALLERY: Matthias Steiner’s Weightlifting Snafu Sequence FARBER: In sport of strong men, Iran’s Salimi stands alone

Poland and South Africa compete in men’s beach volleyball at the Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday. The Polish team of Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek, who beat Americans Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal on Monday, breezed to a 2-0 victory over South Africans Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt. (Laura Heald/SI)

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GALLERY: London 2012 Olympic Games: Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

Poland and South Africa compete in men’s beach volleyball at the Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday. The Polish team of Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek, who beat Americans Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal on Monday, breezed to a 2-0 victory over South Africans Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt. (Laura Heald/SI)
SI STAFF: Follow SI on Instagram for the latest pics from London GALLERY: London 2012 Olympic Games: Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1