Olympic Studs of the Day: Heather Stanning and Helen Glover save the Queen

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FINALLY! Bloody hell!

These two late-blooming rowers ended the gold medal drought for Team Great Britain Wednesday, winning the 2000m Women’s Pairs. It’s the first-ever Olympic gold won by a British women’s crew.

Bob Costas told me Glover, 26, a former PE teacher from Cornwall, answered a British sporting agency’s recruiting ad just four years ago. She was all, “What’s rowing?” back then, and look at her now. ROWING. She and Stanning, 27, a captain in the Royal Artillery, have been together three years.

Stanning’s colleagues, currently deployed in Afghanistan, got to break from training Wednesday morning in order to watch Britain’s gold rush women race.

Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Anne were all in attendance — but I’m more stoked that Heather and Helen’s coach’s name is Robin Williams. We have one of those! Superstud.

Runners-up: Tasty U.S. diver Kristian Ipsen and his rainbow tie-dye Sammy, all-around bronze medalist gymnast Danell Leyva and his lucky towel, and OBVIOUSLY new American Swimming Superhero Nathan Adrian. (I can’t believe I kept my promise about not making today’s Stud yet another swimmer.) Read all about those guys in EW.com’s Olympics: Day 5 recap!

Read more:
All Olympic Studs of the Day
Olympic recap, Day 5: Nathan Adrian’s Famous
Olympic recap, Day 4: Jordyn Wieber Gets Her Gold 
What is your damage, London Olympics? (Vol. 1) 

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