Michael Phelps arrived by water to a ceremony at the Baltimore Inner Harbor honoring eight of Maryland's Olympic heroes.
London 2012 Olympics
The latest news, medal counts, schedule, photos and videos from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
By Nathan Fenno - The Washington Times
Black flies hummed around stall 58 at Wagner Range. Fort Benning's pine trees shimmered in the distance as the late-morning temperature pushed 95 degrees with the promise of more from the Georgia summer. Published August 21, 2012
Royal Air Force jets streaked through the sky above Buckingham Palace, leaving a red, white and blue trail of smoke as gold, silver and bronze medals gleamed below.
Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi of Italy has won the gold medal in the 16-kilometer (10-mile) handcycling time trial at the 2012 London Paralympics.
Partially paralyzed marathon participant Claire Lomas lit the Paralympic cauldron in central London on Friday, one of a slew of events meant to mark the coming of the Paralympic Games across the British capital.
Olympic champion Gabby Douglas basked in the "Tonight" spotlight and the admiration of fellow guest Michelle Obama, but the teenager already is thinking ahead to 2016.
The snuffing-out of the Olympic flame in London on Sunday marked a conclusion for most; but for 2016 host city Rio de Janeiro, it kicked off four years of pregames jitters and a race against the clock to ready this notoriously laid-back beach town for the global sports showcase.
Basking in post-Olympic glory, Britain succumbed to reality Monday with commuters venturing back to work and Heathrow Airport experiencing one of its busiest days ever.
Shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus became the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the London Olympics after her gold was withdrawn Monday for doping.
American women dominated the competition in London, winning 58 of their country's 104 medals. Of the 46 U.S. gold medals, women or women's teams won 29 of them. It's a feat that seems particularly fitting, as June 23 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a piece of legislation that granted more equal access to women and girls in sports.
With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun.
Toting his third gold medal of the London Games, Usain Bolt gave a little wave to 80,000 or so of his best friends in the Olympic Stadium stands.
For all those beach volleyball players who thought Horse Guards Parade transformed itself into the sport's best Olympic venue yet, wait until they arrive on the Brazilian sands of Ipanema Beach in four years.
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.
A runner named Kiprotich winning the Olympic marathon? Hardly a surprise.
By any measure, the 2012 London Games will be considered a booming success for the United States.
This was no Dream Team. This was reality.
Swimming, track and field, basketball, women's soccer, Serena Williams and Aly Raisman. They all found their way onto U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst's highlight list from the London Games.
With a goal in 29 seconds, Mexico extended Brazil's wait for a first Olympic footballgold for at least another four years.
Destinee wasn't enough.
Mo Farah didn't want to leave anybody in doubt.
Expected to dominate, they did.
NBC acknowledged some critics Saturday in announcing it changed plans and will stream Sunday's Olympic closing ceremony live online.
Be it a gold medal or a souvenir from a record relay run, Usain Bolt always gets what he wants at the Olympics.
By the time Allyson Felix was done doing her part, her third gold medal of the Olympics was all but hanging around her neck.
Oscar Pistorius set precedents all the way along his journey to and through the London Games. In the end, it was all about this: Running in an Olympic final.
They got a personal shout-out from President Barack Obama, partied with a few of the NBA players and actor Tim Robbins and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning celebrating.
When it comes to the 4x400-meter Olympic relay, the American men aren't used to being overtaken at the end, the way Angelo Taylor was Friday night.
A year ago, Jordan Burroughs changed his Twitter handle to (at)alliseeisgold.
Tatyana Lysenko of Russia set an Olympic record to win the hammer throw, an event final that was marred by a technical problem on Friday night.
LeBron James turned away from his teammates gathered in the center circle and waved to the fans as if to say: "See you Sunday."
Carmelita Jeter crossed the finish line pointing the baton at the clock showing a world record of 40.82 seconds Friday night as the United States won the women's Olympic 4x100-meter relay for the first time since 1996.
The United States won its first gold medal in women's water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong en route to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday.
Kerry McCoy had the ultimate celebration planned for his 21st birthday: winning an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling.
Ashton Eaton won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points on Thursday night.
Hope Solo found herself enveloped in a group hug at the final whistle. Abby Wambach ran to join the fun in a celebration that unleashed a year of bottled-up frustration.
When the stakes are the biggest, the spotlight most bright, Usain Bolt is as good as gold.
Manteo Mitchell felt the pop in his leg and knew it wasn't good. "It felt like somebody literally just snapped my leg in half," he said.
Claressa Shields ducked one punch, deftly leaned away from another, and stuck her tongue out at her Russian opponent. Just an American teenager having a little fun.
The unbeaten U.S. women's volleyball team will get another chance at its first gold medal.
World record-holder Asthon Eaton extended his lead to 222 points over American teammate Trey Hardee after eight of 10 events in the Olympic decathlon on Thursday.
Oscar Pistorius and his South African teammates are moving on to the 4x400-meter relay final at the Olympics without even finishing the heats.
The defending Olympic champion U.S. men's volleyball team was eliminated from the London Games with a straight-set quarterfinal loss to Italy on Wednesday.
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All's fine with Kobe Bryant, and the gold medal hopes of the U.S. men's Olympic basketballteam, too.
Frank Viola knows a thing or two about competing at the highest levels. After all, he was the MVP of the 1987 World Series.
LONDON — Misty May-Treanor danced on the sand and then off it, taking a victory lap around the court before leaving Horse Guards Parade with Kerri Walsh Jennings as three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists.
After leaving the most important decision of her career up to her persuasive mother, Brittney Reese knew there was only one place to start looking when it was time to celebrate her Olympic gold medal in the long jump.
Misty May-Treanor danced on the sand and then off it, taking a victory lap around the court before leaving Horse Guards Parade with Kerri Walsh Jennings as the first three-time gold medalists in Olympic beach volleyball history.
No more heartbreak for Allyson Felix. No more silver, either.
The newest American boxing sensation is a cocky teenager with heavy hands, fleet feet and a serious mean streak.
Sarah Attar finished last and more than a half-minute slower than her nearest competitor in the women's 800 meters, yet hundreds rose to give her a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line.
Ashton Eaton is more concerned with getting a medal than breaking his world mark. The American is ahead of the pack after the opening three events of the Olympic decathlon Wednesday, amassing an 105-point lead over world champion Trey Hardee.
First they told him to leave. Then they invited him back. Next they'll give him the gold.
With or without gold, Misty May-Treanor plans to walk away from beach volleyball for good after the Olympics. A third straight championship would make the farewell perfect.
Competition in the decathlon begins Wednesday at the London Olympics. This time around, Dan O'Brien doesn't mind being a spectator.
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For the past two weeks, Andy Najar has represented Honduras on one of the most glamorous stages the sporting world has to offer, wearing the blue and white of Los Catrachos while introducing his dynamic play to observers around the globe.
The skinny kid needed a talking to, not a lecture. It was time for a chat to remind him why the U.S. team needed him to be more selfish.
Jordyn Wieber came to the Olympics with her eye on a fistful of medals.
Sally Pearson came to the rescue of Australia on Tuesday, getting an Olympic record in the 100-meter hurdles final and a gold medal for a nation that had been going through its worst Olympics in decades.
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Images from the opening ceremony at the Summer Olympics in London.