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Olympics notebook: Plenty of honors coming to golden Brits

The Olympic flame is extinguished during the closing ceremony Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP)

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, 8:18 p.m.

British athletes' Olympic success means the people charged with doling out the country's knighthoods and other honors have plenty of work ahead, Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday.

Britain scored 29 gold medals, a haul made especially sweet because London is the host. So there should be an abundance of options when officials decide who Queen Elizabeth II will reward in her semiannual honors list.

“How they're going to cope I'm not quite sure,” Cameron joked.

Athletes are staples of the honors list, which is intended to recognize people from all walks of life for merit, gallantry or service. All Olympic champions at the Beijing Games were given honors. Gradations include Member of the British Empire, Order of the British Empire, Commander of the British Empire and the highest honor — knighthood.

Among the Olympians who've been knighted: champion rower Sir Steve Redgrave, middle-distance runner Dame Kelly Holmes and Sir Chris Hoy, the Scottish cyclist who won his sixth career gold medal Tuesday.

Rio's up next

For all those beach volleyball players who thought Horse Guards Parade transformed itself into the sport's best Olympic venue yet, wait until they hit the sand in Brazil in four years.

It's Rio's turn next — and if anybody knows how to throw a carnival, the Brazilians sure do.

“Rio! Rio! Rio!” Brazilian beach volleyball star Emanuel said after winning a silver medal last week. Emanuel plans to be there as a fan by then, his international playing days over.

With London saying goodbye to a Summer Games that played to wide acclaim, the Olympic baton passes to Rio de Janeiro. And with it comes a whole lot of work for the 2016 hosts. Not to mention loud music and fanfare.

London's show will prove a tough act to follow, but Rio will be looking to dazzle the world with its beaches and breathtaking views while dealing with the daunting challenge of getting a city ready for the world's most sweeping sports event.

Large-brimmed Brazilian hats sporting the 2016 logo showed up four years early in London — along with thousands of party-ready Brazilian fans providing the perfect preview of what's next for the world to see.

If people thought those Brazilian costumes were crazy in London — green and yellow wigs, flag leggings, shawls and face paint — wait until they're kicked up a notch once the games come to home soil.

Brazil's victorious women's volleyball team gave a glimpse of what's ahead. The Brazilians stunned the Americans on Saturday, then held an hourlong party at Earls Court, celebrating South America style.


The IOC formally excluded Colombian runner Diego Palomeque from the Olympics for doping and told team officials to investigate his coach. Palomeque was barred from the 400-meter heats by a provisional suspension Aug. 4. The 18-year-old tested positive for testosterone July 26 in London. ... The IOC will temporarily withhold a bronze medal from a South Korean soccer player who displayed a political sign after a game against Japan. The action remains in place until the player's disciplinary case is completed by FIFA. The IOC previously told Park Jong-woo's team to bar him from Saturday's medal ceremony. After South Korea won Friday, Park displayed a sign with a slogan supporting sovereignty over disputed islets that Japan also claims.

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