For two weeks in August, the world’s best athletes came together to compete. From the historical opening ceremony to the rock-and-roll closing, the Games lit up London and thrilled billions of fans watching at home.
This year, the spotlight shone on female athletes. Three countries sent women to compete for the first time. Women’s boxing was a new event. Women won more than half of the 46 gold medals taken home by Team U.S.A.
It was the best U.S. performance ever at an Olympics. Gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman and swimmer Missy Franklin captured our hearts. Crowds cheered at the tennis court as Venus and Serena Williams won gold. Tears flowed when retiring swimmer Michael Phelps won his 19th, and final, Olympic medal.
For the fastest, highest and strongest, there’s little rest. Many athletes are already back in training, looking to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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