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The last time the world gathered for the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, we had to settle for watching the games on TV or reading updates on the Internet, deprived as we were of seeing glorious, sepia-tinged, filtered photos posted on Instagram. (For that matter, there wasn't even much action on Twitter -- Ashton Kutcher didn't even have one million followers yet in 2008!) Now, four years later, thanks to the photo-sharing app, we can see everything from sleeping basketball players to grimy athlete apartments in the Olympic Village.  Here are some of our favorite things we learned from Instagram pics taken by everyone from LeBron James to Jordyn Wieber to Natalie Coughlin.  Read on.

Men's Basketball loves taking photos of each other sleeping. #GotEm

Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 2.43.14 PM.png[via Kevin Love Instagram]


Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 2.46.13 PM.png[via Kevin Love Instagram]


Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 2.44.03 PM.png[via Deron Williams Instagram]

They're also good with filters.

dwill8_OC.png[via Deron Williams Instagram]

The athletes like posing with their doppelgängers.


lebronjameskobephoto.png[via LeBron James Instagram]


jakedalton_lookalike.png[via Jake Dalton Instagram]


Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 4.02.01 PM.png[via LeBron James Instagram]


Coach K practices yoga.

Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 3.58.56 PM.png[via Deron Williams Instagram]

There's an espresso machine on wheels at the Olympic Village.

NatalieCoughlin_olympicvillageespresso.png[via Natalie Coughlin Instagram]

Deron Williams and Lolo Jones are funny (and she looks like another Jones -- Rashida -- no?).

dwill8lolo.png[via Deron Williams Instagram]

Chris Paul is a subtle photo-bomber...
Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 2.41.07 PM.png[via LeBron James Instagram]

The one thing that goes really well with a beret is a unibrow.

Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 3.56.18 PM.png[Via Kevin Love Instagram]


The Gymnastics girls have crushes on the Swim Team guys...but who can blame them?

Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 4.50.15 PM.png[via Jordyn Wieber Twitter*]
 
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Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 4.49.46 PM.png[via Jordyn Wieber Twitter*]


Speaking of which, Nathan Adrian is cute and hilarious (and we learn that the Olympic Village apartments look like dorm suites).
Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 4.07.30 PM.pngScreen shot 2012-07-30 at 4.07.10 PM.png[via Nathan Adrian Instagram]

And Matt Grevers is a slob.

Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 4.08.13 PM.png[via Nathan Adrian Instagram]

And, finally, even Olympic athletes get excited to meet their idols...


nataliecoughlin_summersanders.png[Via Natalie Coughlin Instagram]


Screen shot 2012-07-30 at 3.06.03 PM.png[via Jordyn Wieber Instagram]

*Okay, we cheated a little -- these are just regular TwitPics

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