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Top Olympic athlete victory celebrations

Gold medalist Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya celebrates after winning the Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Ezekiel Kemboi: "The Peacock"

(CBS/AP) Kenyan steeplechase winner Ezekiel Kemboi celebrated his gold medal with a hip-swiveling, arm-shaking peacock dance for 80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium.

Eight years after winning at the Athens Olympics, the two-time world champion won his second Olympic title in 8 minutes, 18.56 seconds.

"The dance was a spontaneous thing," Kemboi said. "It was a bit of fun."

It's not the first time the Kenyan has displayed some creative footwork after a race. Last year after winning the world steeplechase title in South Korea, he also broke out some dance moves.

Top Olympic athlete victory celebrations

The United States' Claressa Shields, celebrates winnning against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, in their women's middleweight 75-kg boxing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

Claressa Shields: "The jig-and-fist-bump combo"

At the ExCel center, U.S. boxing champ Claressa Shields broke into a combination jig-and-fist-bump when she took gold in one of the first-ever Olympic women's boxing contests.

Shields also showed some creative footwork in the ring during the gold-medal bout. The shuffle-stepping middleweight from Flint, Michigan ducked one punch, deftly leaned away from another, and stuck her tongue out at her Russian opponent.

Shields had her hand over her heart on the medal podium when she abruptly burst into laughter, her head snapping back almost as if she had just been punched in the face.

That's a feeling her opponents in the first Olympic women's boxing tournament know quite well.

Only they're not laughing.

"I'm surprised I didn't cry," Shields said. "I was sweating, though."

Top Olympic athlete victory celebrations

US Serena Williams dances as she celebrates the obtention of the gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games after defeating Russia's Maria Sharapova in the final of the women's singles tennis tournament, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 4, 2012. LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GettyImages

Serena Williams: "Crip Walk"

Tennis star Serena Williams celebrated Olympic gold with a "Crip Walk" — a fancy-footwork dance that originated with the Los Angeles street gang and later spread around the world.

Her sister Venus, sitting in the stands, looked delighted. Wimbledon, the very proper home of the All-England Lawn Tennis Association, had never seen anything like it, and a few commentators were not amused.

"It was just me," the U.S. medalist said later. "I love to dance."

Top Olympic athlete victory celebrations

Abby Wambach, center, celebrates after scoring a goal with her teammates goal during their women's quarter-final soccer match against New Zealand at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 3, 2012. AP

U.S. women's soccer team: "Cartwheels"

Williams wasn't the only champ to raise a few eyebrows. The gold-winning U.S. women's soccer team capped its victories with cartwheels, front flips and a team rendition of the "worm" — sometimes even in the middle of a game.

"I wouldn't like it if our team did that," said New Zealand coach Tony Readings. "We try to work on scoring goals. We haven't got time to work on celebrations."

His team lost to the Americans 2-0.

Top Olympic athlete victory celebrations

Robert Harting of Germany celebrates winning gold in the Men's Discus Throw Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Robert Harting: "The Incredible Hulk"

German discus thrower Robert Harting's response to winning gold was not a dance so much as a force of nature.

The 280-pound behemoth roared, ripped his shirt to shreds like the Incredible Hulk, grabbed a German flag, ran a lap of the track over the hurdles — not too shabby, either, for such a big guy — and then tried to wrench one of the burning torches from the Olympic cauldron.

The cauldron remained intact.

His evening went downhill from there. The next morning Harting tweeted: "`Puuh i just got robbed while I did some work to please athletic fans! I lost all my accredition (sic) for Olympic Village! — no entrance."

Maybe he could just bring a photo. The man is hard to miss.

Top Olympic athlete victory celebrations

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the Men's 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Clive Brunskill

Usain Bolt: "The Lightning Bolt"

But in his celebrations as on the track, Usain Bolt is in a class by himself.

The Jamaican sprinter's trademark lightning bolt — arm stretched to the sky as if he's about to shoot an arrow — has taken over Olympic Park. Exuberant visitors were seen replicating the pose thousands of times as they poured out of Olympic Stadium after Bolt won the 200 meters Thursday night for his second gold of these games.

Police officers in Bobby helmets, firefighters — even London Mayor Boris Johnson, who certainly lacks the sprinter's svelte physique — have all joined in.

Bolt himself shook up his celebration routine after the 200 meters. The self-proclaimed living legend glided across the finish line, placed an index finger to his lips in a silent reproach to those who had doubted him, then dropped to the track and did some push-ups.

The crowd went wild.

Top Olympic athlete victory celebrations

Misty May-Treanor of the United States celebrates winning the Gold medal in the Women's Beach Volleyball Gold medal match against the United States on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Horse Guard's Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Misty May-Treanor: "Running Man"

Winning a third straight gold medal in beach volleyball touched off a wild celebration for Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. The queens of beach hugged and laughed with each other before stepping to the top of the podium to collect their medals.

May-Treanor even got to do some dancing on the big stage after missing out on Dancing With the Stars because of a torn Achilles tendon. She busted out a funky "Running Man" dance all the way across the court as the crowd erupted.

"I just had to get out there and let it out," May-Treanor said.

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