It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. We saw upsets, momentous feats by the human body, and we saw disappointments. We watched Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian of all time. #witness.
We saw the highly favored gymnast American McKayla Maroney fall on the vault. We saw gold-medalist 400m runner Kirani James, representing a little country of 100,000 people, trade bibs with Oscar Pistorius, the first ever double amputee in the Olympics. But then there was Voula Papachristou, Greece’s triple-jumper who got disqualified for a racist tweet.
Alex Morgan sent the girls soccer Team USA into the finals with a last minute header. For the first time in history, there have been women representing every country at the Olympics, as Saudi Arabia agreed to allow two women (in the 800m run and Judo) represent their country. Qatar and Brunei also sent female athletes for the first time. Six world records were set by women in the pool. Jessica Ennis won her host country a gold medal the heptathlon. Serena Williams is returning with two gold medals. Usain Bolt is again the fastest man in history. But we also saw Roger Federer lose at Wimbeldon and Gabby Douglas fall off the balance beam. The U.S., China, Russia and Canada sent more female athletes than males for the first time. Another first was the addition of women’s boxing, which means women are competing in all 26 events.
There was Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang who fell on the first hurdle, badly hurting his ankle. He finished the event though, stopping to kiss the last hurdle. And what’s more tear jerking than watching the reactions of the Olympians’ parents? Then there was Stephan Feck with perhaps the first back flop in the Olympics – he finished last.
As inspiring (and heartbreaking) as the Olympics are, they are going by too fast. With only a few days left, the 2012 London Olympics has definitely been memorable. Take a look at these incredible photographs, and once again be awestruck by the beauty of the human body.
Really though, there are so many more pictures than these cool 25 back at Newscom. Come check them out!
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