Surely, the most talked-about American athletes in pre-Olympics discussion have been Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, who yesterday finally went head-to-head in a battle for the gold. Michael was, of course, the returning champion, the seemingly untouchable swimmer who dominated at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Ryan was the long-overshadowed athlete telling reporters 2012 would be a different story — this is his year.

OK! NEWS: OLYMPIC SWIMMERS MICHAEL PHELPS AND RYAN LOCHTE LIP-SYNC CARLY RAE JEPSEN'S "CALL ME MAYBE"

And he was right (or at least, he is so far). In a stunning turn of events, Michael failed to even place in the 400-Meter Individual Medley yesterday, while Ryan took the gold. His time? 4 minutes, 5.18 seconds. Brazil's Thiago Pereira won the silver with a time of 4 minutes, 8.86 seconds, and Japan's Kosuke Hagino claimed the bronze in 4 minutes, 8.94 seconds.

"Congrats to @ryanlochte … Way to keep that title in the United States where it belongs!!" Michael Tweeted yesterday. Though happy for his teammate, Michael was undeniably upset about his own performance, and admitted as much: "Not pleased with my race tonight at all," he Tweeted. "But tom is a new day! And a new race!"
 
 
That is definitely the attitude you need to succeed!
 
Lastly, may we just add that all you need to do is check out these pics to see that both of these guys are amazing?
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