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London 2012 Olympics

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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Royal Air Force Red Arrows soar over the Mall and Buckingham Palace during a parade celebrating Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Thousands of people waving British flags lined the streets of London on Monday to toast the athletes behind the country’s unprecedented summer of sporting success.

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)

London Olympics 2012: Summer Games end with key victory for women

- 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.

FILE- In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, file photo, U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas displays her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. With the gymnastics competition over, the U.S. women's gymnastics team is beginning to realize just how big a deal they've become back home. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Medal count 2012 Olympics: U.S. will go home with the most

- Associated Press

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.

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)

London 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.

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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.