A Memorable 2012 Olympic Games
US Women’s Gold Medal Basketball Team
By Jonathan Ng, IVN Summer Intern
Upland, CA– Grasping over 219 million viewers around the world, The London 2012 Olympics became one of the most celebrated events of all time.
Olympians from all over the world gathered in London as athletes competed against each other in the ultimate test of their skills in an array of thrilling events.
With the United States taking lead as the country with the most medals won, 104, China came in second, winning 88 medals, and Great Britain in third, winning 65 medals.
US Men’s Gold Medal Basketball Team
In honor of the athletes and their remarkable accomplishments, Great Britain hosted the last celebration of the London 2012 Olympics with The Closing Ceremony on August, 12.
This ceremony was a spectacular event that celebrated that the world’s athletes and their accomplishments, the Great Britain culture, and marked the end of the 2012 London Olympic event.
Great Britain put on a musical show involving a display of performances by a number of famous actors, musicians, and dancers.
According to online reports, “London 2012 closes with a dazzling ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, celebrating British music. The light-hearted pageant featured Take That, the Spice Girls, the voices of John Lennon and Freddie Mercury, Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, and the thousands of athletes from 204 countries”.
Lasting a total of two hours, the magical ceremony ended with London Mayor Boris Johnson handing over the Olympic flag to President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge, who then entrusted it to the man responsible for the location of 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor Eduardo Paes.
Athletes around the world celebrated as the flag was passed down and the torch was put out symbolizing the end of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Looking back, some of the most spectacular moments of the athletes shined through this year as many competitors conquered adversity and beat the odds that were pitted against them.
Michael Phelps, one of the most highly anticipated Olympic Swimmers of all time after achieving a total of 18 medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was counted out as a failure after barely qualifying for a number of races and not medaling in the first few rounds of the swimming competition.
With the help of Phelps’s family and his ability to push himself to keep up with American rival Ryan Lochte, Phelps performed marvelously in his later races, earning him 4 gold medals and two silver medals, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time.
Many Olympians have broken barriers, such as Gabby Douglas, the first African American woman to ever win a gold medal in the Women’s Individual All Around Gymnastics Event; some have broken world records, such as Usain Bolt, the first man to win the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay golds in back-to-back Olympics, and some inspired the hearts of many, including Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee Olympic runner from South Africa that ran on carbon fiber legs in the 4×400 meter relay Olympic Finals.
Many of the world’s athletes had their time to shine in the limelight and share their story with the world, however, now it is time for the athletes to go home and prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
With hopes of success, hard work, and unwavering dedication in mind, many athletes of all different colors and backgrounds strive for excellence to one day or once again, compete against the best in the world for one of the biggest honors of all time, the Olympic Gold Medal.