While Londoners took a break from Olympic prep to compete in events of athletic ineptitude, Michigan kids rolled in mud and Sydney beachgoers hit the ice rink. Here’s what else happened worldwide.
Teams take part in the Ironing Board Surfing event at the Chap Olympiad in London. Founded in 2005, the annual Chap Olympiad describes itself as a celebration of eccentricity and athletic incompetence with the emphasis on style over sporting prowess.
Sarah Rojewski of Livonia, MI, puts mud on her brother Ben while playing in a giant lake of mud at the 25th annual Mud Day in Westland, MI. The event, which features a 75 by 150-foot pit filled with 20,000 gallons of water and 200 tons of topsoil, draws about 1,000 children each year.
Young male gymnasts stretch their legs as a female gymnast jumps on a stage at a local juvenile sports school in Jiaxing in the Zhejiang province of China.
Bernhard Eisel of Austria drives the peloton as they defend the yellow jersey of race leader Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain during the 2012 Tour de France from Macon to Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine in France.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the USA celebrate with their winner's trophies after their Ladies' Doubles match against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London.
National League All-Star Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants holds up the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award after the National League won 8-0 during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.
Athletes participate in the Celebrate America Underwear Run to kick-off the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon in Central Park.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attend a service at Worcester Cathedral in England. The visit is part of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond Jubilee tour of the United Kingdom.
Mark Webber of Australia leaps for joy on the podium after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England.
Performers dressed as oversized traditional figures dance through the streets during the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain.
An aerial view of Olympic Rings cut into the grass of Richmond Park, London. The rings are visible on the Heathrow flight path, ready to welcome athletes and visitors to the Olympic Games.
The Bondi Beach Ice Rink in Sydney is one of the most popular attractions of the annual winter festival. The beachside ice rink opened to the public complete with gourmet food and après-ski drink options.
Prince Charles and Prince William head back to the RAF Rescue base after Prince William showed his father round his rescue helicopter at RAF Valley in Wales.
Radio presenter Dean Thomas rides a prize race camel in front of commuters on National Hump Day in Sydney. The "People's Camel" will be entered in the Alice Spring Lasseters Camel Cup on July 14.
Slash, former lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, received the 2,473rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA.
Mika Miyazato of Japan hits her approach shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2012 US Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, WI.
Fires light the ancient megalithic monument of Stonehenge as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival near Amesbury, England. The Fire Garden, which will run for 3 consecutive nights at the UNESCO World Heritage site, has been created by French arts group Compagnie Carabosse.