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The latest news, medal counts, schedule, photos and videos from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson lost his right leg after being hit by an RPG in Tal Afar, Iraq, in October 2003. He's currently stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia as part of the Army's Marksmanship Unit. (Andrew S. Geraci)

An RPG took Josh Olson’s leg, but not sharpshooter's spirit

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

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London Olympics 2012: Golden moment ends

- Associated Press

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.

Claire Lomas lights the Paralympic flame cauldron in Trafalgar Square in London, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Claire had a horse riding accident in 2007 leaving her paralysed from the chest down.  The London Paralympics begin on Wednesday Aug. 29.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Paralympics 2012: Cauldron lit in central London

- Associated Press

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.

The Maracana stadium, built for the 2007 Pan American Games, is being upgraded for the 2014 World Soccer Cup and will need a costly renovation to host Olympic water polo and diving events. (Associated Press)

Olympics 2016: It’s time for Rio to get real

- Associated Press

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.

Fireworks soar over the Olympic Stadium as the flame is lowered Sunday during the closing ceremony for the 2012 Summer Games in London. The torch was passed to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games. (Associated Press)

Olympics 2012: U.S. women dominate, winning 63 percent of team's gold

- The Washington Times

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.

United States' Brenda Villa, from left, Heather Petri and Jessica Steffens bite their gold medals during the women's water polo medal ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. The U.S. beat Spain 8-5. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Olympics 2012: U.S. women cruise to water polo gold

Associated Press

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.

United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, and Misty May-Treanor celebrate after defeating April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in a women's gold medal beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Olympics 2012: May-Treanor, Walsh win beach volleyball gold

- Associated Press

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.

United States'  Brittney Reese competes in the women's long jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Olympics 2012: Brittney Reese gets gold medal in long jump

- Associated Press

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.

United States' Aries Merritt crosses the finish line to win the men's 110-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Olympics 2012: Merritt, Richardson finish 1-2 in 110m hurdles

Associated Press

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.

Sarah Attar competes for Saudi Arabia in a women's 800-meter heat at the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Games in London on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Attar is the first Saudi woman to compete in track and field at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Olympics 2012: Sarah Attar is first Saudi woman on track

- Associated Press

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.

United States' Ashton Eaton reacts Aug. 8, 2012, after his throw in the shot put during the decathlon at the Olympic Stadium in London. (Associated Press)

Olympics 2012: Ashton Eaton takes early decathlon lead

- Associated Press

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.

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U.S. Olympic rowers Giuseppe Lanzone (left) and Sam Stitt are shown at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. They are aiming to improve on their performance at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. (Denis Poroy/Special to The Washington Times)

Passion for rowing has McLean pair targeting London Olympics

About 10 years ago, two pancake breakfasts at Metro 29 Diner — a teal, glass and aluminum comfort-food haven in Arlington — would have set you back about $15. Double that if you're feeding a couple of towering 200-pounders who have just spent the morning rowing from the Key Bridge to Mount Vernon on the Potomac.

Rioting sparks concern about London Olympics

The rioting and looting that shocked Britain two weeks ago are raising questions about whether London is a secure location for next year's Summer Olympics.