Iconic Alabama football coach Bear Bryant was lauded for exhorting player to "act like they've been there before" when reaching the endzone. While this certainly was -- and remains -- fine advice for someone scoring one of the many touchdowns during a college football campaign, it's also a good thing that most Olympians don't adhere to it when celebrating a gold medal.

While the Olympians' feats of athleticism were the most captivating part of the Summer Games, their joyous reactions to success were among the most inspiring. Winning an Olympic medal represents the pinacle of a career for so many of the more than 10,000 athletes who competed in London. And many of them celebrated appropriately.

Take Serena Williams. She's a 14-time grand slam champion. But she had never won an Olympic singles gold medal until the London Games. She was so fired up she nearly jumped out of the stadium before she broke out a controversial dance. Bryant likely would not have approved of such a display but Williams' enthusiasm and exuberance were palpable and contagious.

Of course, Usain Bolt, in his own way, certainly did act like he had been to the top spot on the medal stand before, letting everyone know that he believes he is "the greatest athlete to live" during a historic performance in London.

What would the Olympics have been like without Bolt's post-race posturing and fan interactions or Mo Farah's ebullient explosions across the finish line as he pulled off both halves of the distance double? For starters, the Games would likely have been far less fun. When Farah crossed the finish line in first place in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races, there's just no way there was anyone else on Earth happier than him. His face said it all.

Here are some of the most joyous reactions by gold medalists during the London Olympics:

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    Britain's Mohamed Farah celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win in the men's 5000-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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    Brazil's Fabiana Oliveira celebrates with Thaisa Menezes after defeating the United States 3 sets to 1 during the women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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    Russia's Mariya Savinova celebrates as she crosses the finish line ahead of South Africa's Caster Semenya to win the women's 800-meters final the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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    Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan celebrates after he beat Jaime Yusept Espinal of Puerto Rico for the gold medal during the men's 84-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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    Russia's Anna Chicherova reacts as she wins gold in the women's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Spain's players celebrate after their team defeated South Korea in their women's handball bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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    Team Spain celebrates after winning their women's handball bronze medal match against South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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    From left to right Spain's Elliot 6m crew Angela Pumariega, Sofia Toro Prieto, and Tamara Echegoyen celebrate after winning the gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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    Yogeshwar Dutt of India celebrates after beating Ri Jong Myong of North Korea for the bronze medal during the men's 60-kg freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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    Australia players celebrate during a women's bronze medal basketball game against Russia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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    Mexico's Oribe Peralta (9) and Javier Cortes (7) celebrate winning the gold medal in the men's soccer final against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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    Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin celebrates winning the men's 50-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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    The Netherlands' players hold their national flags as they celebrate following their 2-0 win over Argentina in the women's field hockey gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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    Argentina's Sebastian Eduardo Crismanich celebrates after defeating Spain's Nicolas Garcia Hemme in the gold medal match in men's 80-kg taekwondo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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    South Korea's Hwang Kyung-seon, right, celebrates after defeating Turkey's Nur Tatar in the gold medal match in women's 67-kg taekwondo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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    France's Renaud Lavillenie celebrates winning gold following the men's pole vault final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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    United States' Jordan Ernest Burroughs, celebrates after winning against Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi after the gold medal match at a 74-kg men's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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    Britain players celebrate their 3-1 win over New Zealand in the women's hockey bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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    Netherlands' Lisa Westerhof, left, and Lobke Berkhout celebrate their bronze medal of the 470 women's class sailing competition at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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    Colombia's Mariana Pajon, left, celebrates with a loved one after winning the gold medal in the women's BMX cycling event during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. Pajon, a former world champion, has won the women's BMX competition at the London Olympics, giving Colombia its first gold of the games. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Colombia's Mariana Pajon, left, celebrates with a loved one after winning the gold medal in the women's BMX cycling event during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. Pajon, a former world champion, has won the women's BMX competition at the London Olympics, giving Colombia its first gold of the games. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Spain's Marta Mangue Gonzalez, right, celebrates with team mate Macarena Aguilar Diaz, left, after their team defeated South Korea in their women's handball bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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    Australia's crew Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, foreground, celebrate after winning the gold medal of the 470 men's class sailing competition at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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    470 men's class medallist celebrate after finishing their medal race at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. Australia's Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page won the gold, Great Britain's Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell won the silver and Argentina's Lucas Calabrese and Juan de la Fuente won the bronze. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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    Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, unseen, of Great Britain celebrate their silver medal of the 470 men's two person dinghy sailing race at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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    Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell of Great Britain celebrate their silver medal of the 470 men's two person dinghy sailing race at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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    In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 photo, United States' Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia to win the women's singles gold medal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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    Australia coach Greg McFadden, left, is carried by an assistant coach as Australia celebrates a 13-11 overtime victory over Hungary during the bronze medal women's water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's javelin during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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    Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova celebrates after winning the women's javelin throw final during athletics in Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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    United States' Abby Wambach celebrates after winning the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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    Gold medalist Claressa Shields of the United participates in the medals ceremony after their women's final middleweight 75-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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    Members of the Australian women's water polo team celebrate after defeating Hungary to win their women's water polo bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    Maider Unda of Spain celebrates with her coach after she beat Vasilisa Marzalyuk of Belarus to win a bronze medal during their 72-kg women's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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    United States' Carli Lloyd, center bottom, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Japan during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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    Saori Yoshida of Japan celebrates by doing a backflip after she beat Tonya Lynn Verbeek of Canada for the gold medal during their 55-kg women's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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    Ireland's Katie Taylor, celebrates winning her fight against Russia's Sofya Ochigava, in a women's lightweight 60-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    Canada's Christine Sinclair (12), Rhian Wilkinson (7) and Brittany Timko, left, hoist teammate Diana Matheson into the air after she scored the game-winning goal against France, as teammate Candace Chapman (9) joins the celebration at the bronze medal women's soccer match at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, in Coventry, England, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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    Germany's Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela celebrate after winning the gold in the medal men's kayak double 1000m in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca,Pool)

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    United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings celebrates with her boys Joey and Sundance after winning the women's gold medal beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Victory Celebrations

    United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings celebrates with partner Misty May-Treanor after winning the women's gold medal beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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    Brazil's Fernanda Rodrigues, left, and Jaqueline Carvalho celebrate during a women's gold medal volleyball match against the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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    Juliana Silva of Brazil celebrates with fanss after beating China during the women's Bronze Medal beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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    Norway's Eirik Veras Larsen, right, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's kayak single 1000m in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Germany's Max Hoff, left,, finished third. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, Pool)

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    Germany's Robert Harting celebrates winning gold in the men's discus throw final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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    Australia's Sally Pearson celebrates after winning the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

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    Iran's Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei celebrates with his coach after defeating Russia's Rustam Totrov in their gold medal match in 96-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Victory Celebrations

    Iran's Ghasem Gholamreza Rezaei celebrates after defeating Russia's Rustam Totrov in their gold medal match in 96-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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    Britain's Chris Hoy celebrates winning the gold medal in the track cycling men's keirin event, during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman and coach Mihai Brestyan celebrate after winning the gold medal for the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • Victory Celebrations

    Serbia's Milica Mandic celebrates with her coach after defeating France's Anne-Caroline Graffe in the gold medal match in women's plus 67-kg taekwondo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)