The 2012 London Games kicked off 16 days ago with Queen Elizabeth II (actually, a body double) parachuting into a whimsical opening ceremony.
They collected their rewards half a world away, in front of a crowd packed with enough big shots to rival the shine of the gold hanging from their necks.
France's lead was trimmed to one on three occasions, and it responded each time.
A small group of Islamist protesters has arrived at Stratford, near the Olympic Park, ahead of Sunday night's closing ceremony.
Usain Bolt broke a record then spun some records.
Winning the country's first Olympic water polo title was grueling enough. Celebrating the title might be more exhausting.
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Dimitriy Muserskiy and Russia managed to stay alive long enough to wear out Brazil.
The Russians stood on the podium, belting out their anthem for the entire arena to hear.
Oscar Pistorius has been chosen to carry South Africa's flag at the closing ceremony for the London Olympics.
Days after her fall, Morgan Uceny was still trying to piece together what exactly happened.
Cael Sanderson spent the past seven years teaching Jake Varner how to be a world champion _ and he was there Sunday when Varner joined him as an Olympic gold medalist.
World champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic won a two-man sprint Sunday to take the gold medal in the mountain bike race of the London Games.
British athletes' Olympic success means the people charged with doling out the country's knighthoods and other honors will have their work cut out for them, Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday.
Anthony Joshua won the Olympic super heavyweight gold medal in thrilling fashion Sunday, rallying from a third-round deficit to beat defending champion Roberto Cammarelle of Italy in a tiebreaker.
Vanja Udovicic scored with less than a minute to play and Serbia rallied from a three-goal fourth-quarter deficit to beat Montenegro 12-11 and win its second straight bronze medal in men's Olympic water polo.
The rooftop missiles might have scared them off. Then again, it might have been the imposing warship or the army of undercover agents. Whatever the case, London's Summer Olympics have been terror-free so far.
Mexico was without one of its top stars. It was a long way from home. It lacked the rich tradition of the main contenders.
Egor Mekhontsev won the light heavyweight gold medal on the second tiebreaker Sunday, squeaking past Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov in the Olympic boxing tournament.
Most-decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, 27, is thinking about improving his golf game and traveling. Gold medalist Victoria Pendleton, 31, is looking forward to getting married and doing "normal stuff." Misty Elizabeth May-Treanor, 35, is carting her beach volleyball gold medal home to focus on family.