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Ah, the thrill of victory: finding a prime place to watch the Olympics. The agony of defeat: being squeezed-out in a cramped, too-small hang. We get it, and we get you, so here are some winner places to tune in to the 2012 Olympics. Take your pick from themed dining to fun hangouts to sport-enthusiast hubs. Go Team USA.

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Did you know the Resort at Pelican Hill will be creating Olympics-inspired cuisine? July 27 to August 12, they’ll have daily specials at Coliseum Pool & Grill and Pelican Grill honoring the day’s televised Summer Olympic sports. Some of the featured dishes will include “Diving Scallops” and “Butterfly Swimming Prawns,” as well as “Judo Tossed Salad” and “Handball Open-Faced Sandwich.” There’s complimentary valet parking too—score. Reservations may be arranged by calling 800.820.6800.

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If you’re a fitness fan, you’ll be among your kind here—that is, sports enthusiasts who like to have a good time. The Renaissance ClubSport, which goes way beyond a fitness club, is a posh place to watch the 2012 Games. There are tvs everywhere you turn: in the bar, lobby and patio. And the mood is competitive and spirited. Bring your own friends or just sit and be inspired after a workout. Night is always great at the Club too, particularly on the patio with the firepits fired up and tvs illuminated.

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They’ve got the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on their calendar, of course. Dine and watch as you catch the games on one of over 120 HDTVs—including one that measures 16 feet. You’ll also find leather recliners, a menu of classic Americana cuisine and a wide variety of beers. Expect huge crowds and lots of enthusiastic USA fans cheering on the team.

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It’s the Yard House, what’s not to Olympic-love? Expect plenty of good ole American spirit, patrons who want to have a good time, lots of beer, lots and lots of tvs, great happy hour specials and American fusion cuisine. Hit the Fashion Island location or one in Irvine, Brea or Costa Mesa.

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Why not throw a Team USA Bash and plan your own party at your place for an Opening Ceremony viewing shindig. Brad & Angie (Pitt and Jolie, of course) are even doing it. Their opening ceremony charity fundraiser just happens to be held at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Whatever. Your party doesn’t need to be as elaborate, maybe just a few friends, and everyone can wear some patriotic Ralph Lauren—or not—and enjoy some themed dishes and drinks. Also, check out this funny post for some good tips. Game on?

Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California writer. She also writes features, cover stories and columns at bask Magazine, Laguna Beach Magazine and more. Keep up with her at @deblavdas on Twitter.