(AP) – The London 2012 Olympics kicked off two weeks ago with Queen Elizabeth (actually, a body double) parachuting into a whimsical opening ceremony.
The games gathered speed as U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps collected four gold medals and six overall to become the most decorated Olympian ever, with 22 career medals.
Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old American gymnast, won two golds _ and got to meet Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to boot.
In one delirious night, Britain struck gold three times in track and field _ all in less than an hour. The host country piled up 28 golds and will finish third in the total count.
As the games neared the end, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt ran a blistering anchor leg to set a world record in the 4×100 relay for his third gold.
Following Sunday’s men’s basketball final between the U.S. and Spain, The Who will help give the games a rousing sendoff at the closing ceremony.
Here, in pictures, are some of the best moments from the 2012 Summer Games.
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