London 2012: Most Memorable Moments Of The 2012 London Olympics

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When the world looks back on the 2012 London Olympic games, we will remember both triumph and heartbreak. The world will be able to look back on London and tell their children and grandchildren, they saw history!

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When the world looks back at the 2012 London Olympic games, we will remember one of the greatest moments in Olympic opening ceremony history as the Queen’s stunt double jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond the iconic British MI6 Spy.

The 2012 London Olympics will be known as the first social media Olympics in Olympic Games History. Americans will remember the 2012 London Olympics as the tape delayed Olympics. We are not going to reminisce about NBC’s failed tactics, if you would like to read about the controversy please click here.

The world will look back at the scandals of the 2012 Olympic Games. China, India and South Korea losing badminton games in order to have easier opponents in the medal rounds. American Judo fighter Nick Delpopolo expelled from the Olympics for doping. We will remember the Chinese swimmer  Ye Shiwen’s record, breaking American Ryan Lochte’s time in a 50 meter freestyle. South African swimmer Cameron Van Der Burgh won the gold in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke. Van Der Burgh admitted he cheated by doing a double dolphin kick when only one is allowed at the beginning of the event. Female Syrian 400-meter hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad testing positive for doping.

This article is going to pinpoint major American Olympic moments and some memorable moments from nations all over the world. London has out done themselves with these olympics.

Diving’s Greatest Moments

The last time the Americans won US diving gold was in 2000 by Laura Wilkinson at the Sydney games. David Boudia may have caused the biggest upset of these London Olympic Games. Boudia defeated the gold medal favorite from China, Bo Qui and England’s Tomas Dailey.

China’s Bo Qui, America’s David Boudia and Great Britain’s Tomas Dailey.
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Boudia’s victory was the fourth diving medal won by the US in London after the Americans were shut out at the previous two Olympics for the first time. They won a silver and two bronze medals in the synchro events.

The men’s sync team who won bronze in the synchronized 10m platform consisted of David Boudia and Nicholas McCory. The women’s sync team that won silver in the synchronized 3m spring board consisted of Abigail Johnston and Kelci Bryant.

Mexico had one of the surprise men’s sync teams of the London Olympics. When the diving pair of Ivan Navarro Garcia and German Sanchez stepped out onto the men’s synchronized 10m platform they had the highest difficulty dive in the world. They executed it perfectly and won a silver medal for Mexico and Mexico’s first ever men’s diving medal.

China returned to London looking to win all Olympic diving medals eight in all, something they were unable to accomplish in Beijing. Yet again China would fail to win all eight diving medals and they will return from London with 10 diving medals.

The Chinese men would return with five medals, winning gold in both men’s synchronized diving events (3m springboard and 10m platform). The Chinese women would return with five medals, winning gold in all events and one silver in the women’s 3m springboard.

Gymnastics’s Greatest Moments

Many people from across America sat wondering can the fantastic five Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Kayla Mc Maroney, Kyla Ross,and Jordyn Wieber win the gold for American Gymnastics for the first time since the Atlanta games in 1996?

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The fantastic five would capture gold on an unbelievable floor routine by Alexandra Raisman. Beating the Russian and Chinese team’s who were also favored for gold. One of the faces of the game is heartbreak, which was seen on a regular basis in the gymnastic arena.

World Champion Jordyn Wieber would fail to qualify for the women’s individual all-around event by a few 100th’s of a point. Gabrielle Douglass would win gold in the women’s individual all-around becoming the first African American and first women of color to ever win gold in the event.  Alexandra Raisman came out of thin air and left london as the most decorated American women in gymnastics.

She won bronze on the balance beam with a score tying Romanian, Catalina Ponor, and this time the tiebreaker went in Raisman’s favor. She was the stand out on women’s floor routine winning gold. She leaves London with two golds and one bronze medal.

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One of the faces of heartbreak in the 2012 London Olympics would be that of Russian gymnast Victoria Komova lost gold in the women’s team to the American’s. Komova also fell to silver in the women’s all-around to American Gabrielle Douglass.

Komova, daughter of 1985 world team champion Vera Kolesnikova, told reporters: “I was not very lucky at these Olympics. I failed them 100 percent. “I don’t know if I will continue sports,” added the 17-year-old, who cried after finishing second in the all-around and team events last week.

Soccer’s Greatest Moments

For the first time in recent Olympic history America’s men did not qualify for the Olympics.  On March 26, the United States men’s national team was eliminated from the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament with a 3-3 tie against El Salvador. These games would be dominated by Mexico and Brazil.

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The finals were exciting to watch as Mexico was able to hold of the Brazilian team to win gold. The final score was Brazil one and Mexico two.

The American women came into London looking for revenge against rival Japan. Japan had beaten team USA in last years World Cup in penally kicks.

This time around the American women would have their revenge. The final score of the gold medal match between the United States and Japan was USA two Japan one.

Sailing’s Greatest Moments

Sailing has always been a major American sport and this Olympics the Americans failed to medal. The American Sailing team has won 59 Olympic sailing medals the most of any nation in Olympic history and were unable to add to that medal count.

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The last time Americans failed to medal in sailing in the Olympics we were on the cusp of World War 2 ( Berlin Olympics 1936). The United States won medals in all seven classes in the 1984 Los Angeles Games, After winning nine medals in Barcelona in 1992, the Americans won two bronzes in Atlanta in 1996, won four in Sydney in 2000. They won two each in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

In London, Australia came away as the best sailing country in the world. Australia came away with three gold and one silver medals. Second was Spain, Spain came away with two gold medals. Third Great Britain came away with one gold and four silver medals.

Swimming’s Greatest Moments

The world watched as Michael Phelps won his 20th medal to pass Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the highest decorated Olympian in the history of the Olympic games. Phelps would end his swimming career with 22 Olympic Medals.

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Staying on the pool deck, the United States watched as one of its swimming prodigies Missy Franklin set an Olympic record. Becoming one of the few women in Olympic history to reach the finals in all seven of her events. Franklin returns home with five gold and one bronze medal.

Returning to the pool deck and one of the most memorable swimming events of the 2012 London Summer Olympics the women’s 800 meter freestyle. The 800m was truly a competition between Great Britain’s world record holder Rebecca Adlington and America’s youngest athlete Katie Ledecky Ledecky would out swim Adlington by a mile finishing six seconds faster than the gold medal favorite Adlington.

American Brendan Hansen raced in the 100 meter breaststroke finals versus his biggest rival whom he came out of retirement to beat, Kosuke Kitajima. Both would lose to South African Cameron Van Der Burgh who cheated. If they take away Van Der Burgh’s world record and medal, Hansen would move into silver and Kitajima would move up to fourth. The two men got the chance to compete one last time in the Men’s 4x100m medley relay and Hansen would swim for gold.

Tennis’s Greatest Moments

Americans who have two of the best women’s players in the world, Serena and Venus Williams came away with gold in women’s tennis doubles. The Americans came away as the best tennis country in the world in London.

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The most memorable moment for Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics came from Andy Murray defeating Switzerland’s  Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The score of the gold medal match, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-4.

This would be Federer’s last chance at winning the golden slam of all four grand slam titles and Olympic Singles Gold.

American favorite Serena Williams beat Russian Maria Sharapova to claim the all allusive Gold Slam.  Williams defeated Williams by a score of 6-0 and 6-1.

Track & Field’s Greatest Moments

Track & Field is a special Olympic Sport. Many countries that don’t medal in gymnastics, swimming, etc. have the chance to medal. Track & Field is a sport in which every athlete steps on the track as equals. You are as good as your training.

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On the track the American Women’s 4×100 meter relay team won gold! This team has been known for holding leads and dropping the batons, never staining up to their potential. On the way to the women’s 4x100m gold medal, they broke a world record set in 1985. The new world record sits at 40.82. This is the first time the Americans have held gold in the event since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

South African Oscar Pistorius made his mark on history this year, becoming the first double amputee to compete in track and field at the Olympics. Pistorius made it to the semi finals of his main event men’s 400 meters.

Usain Bolt is the first man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. He won both the 100 meter and 200 meter events at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Bolt was able to defend his two gold medal titles in London by winning both the 100 meters and 200 meter sprints.

Volleyball’s Greatest Moments

Volley ball in London turned out to be one of the most competitive Olympic sports. USA’s Men and Women favored by many to end up on the medal podium only had one medal. The American men’s team was eliminated by a tough and stronger Italian team. An upset the gold medal favorite and defining Olympic Champions were out for good.

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The American women’s team who had never won a gold medal in the team arena played a tough fought match against defending world champion Brazil. They were unable to pull out the gold and settled for the Silver medal.

The men’s pair beach volleyball team’s who were the defending Olympic champions Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser were upset by the Italians. Also American’s Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal were upset by the Latvian team.

The women’s pair of beach volleyball team’s made it all the way to the finals culminating in a third Olympic gold medal for Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings against their American counterparts Jennifer Kessy and April Ross who settled for silver.

Misty May -Tranor and Kerri Walsh will end their Olympic Career as the best beach volleyball pair in Olympic History.  Dominating the sport for three Olympiads, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor have won every match they’ve ever played at the Summer Games and lost just one of 43 sets.

About DavidSDSU (1268 Articles)
I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. I am also the Founder and CEO of San Diego Sports Domination. I am an award winning blogger and have been covering San Diego State Athletics and San Diego Sports for the past 10 years. I have written many guest articles and have appeared in many podcasts. I am also the team photographer for the San Diego Silverbacks, San Diego Surf (WPSL) and San Diego Strike Force. At my day job, I am a Live Coverage and Studio Coordinator at STN Digital a Digital Marketing Agency that works in the Sports & Entertainment Industry. We work with the biggest sports & entertainment companies in the world.

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