It was a team relay that put swimming phenom Michael Phelps in the history books. Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens gave Phelps a four-second lead entering into the last leg in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, giving Phelps his 19th in his Olympic career. "I told those guys I wanted a big lead. I was like, 'You better give me a big lead going into the last lap,' and they gave it to me," Phelps said. "I just wanted to hold on. I thanked them for being able to allow me to have this moment."
The Fab Five Top the World
Affectionately referred to as The Fab Five, the U.S. women's gymnastics team won the gold medal in the all-around finals, beating Russia and Romania. Made up of Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross and Aly Raisman, it was the first team gold for America since the 1996 crew (aka the Magnificent Seven).
Gabrielle Douglas Wins All-Around
After the women's U.S. gymnastics team took home the gold medal in the team competition, Gabrielle Douglas, the girl they call the "Flying Squirrel" topped the competition by winning the coveted all-around title at the Olympics. She led the competition the entire night. Teammate Aly Raisman, who knocked off Jordyn Wieber for a spot in the finals, placed fourth following a tiebreaker.
Ryan Lochte Beats Michael Phelps
In their first Olympic race in London, Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley on the first night of swimming competition. Phelps didn't even make it onto the medal stand, placing fourth. It would be Lochte's first medal of the Games enroute to five, including another gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay that included Phelps.
McKayla Maroney's Near-Perfect Vault
During the gymnastics team finals, McKayla Maroney turned heads with her almost-perfect vault, putting the U.S. women in prime position to take home the gold. In her only contribution of the night, Maroney even stunned the judges, with pictures and GIFs of their reaction circulating the web following the competition. Days later, Maroney captured the silver medal in the event final for vault after falling on her second attempt.
Missy Franklin's First Gold
Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin snagged her first gold medal of the Games for women's 100-meter backstroke about 15 minutes after she swam in the 200-meter freestyle semi. Following her win, she dedicated her Olympic wins to the victims of the Aurora, Colo. shooting: "No matter how well I do, I'm going to give my best in every single race, and every single race, I'm going to have that Colorado incident on my mind."
First Royal Family Olympic Medalist
Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, was awarded the silver medal in equestrian. The icing on the cake? Her mother awarded her the prize, making her the first member of the Royal Family to win an Olympic medal. Members of the Royal Family, including Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry were present.
Queen Jumps Out of Helicopter
It was a grand entrance at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. A stunt double intending to be Queen Elizabeth II jumped out of a helicopter alongside James Bond as they entered Olympic Stadium. It was revealed that the parachutist who doubled for the queen was Gary Connery, who in May became the first skydiver to make a successful jump without a parachute.
Badminton Players Disqualified
Eight badminton players, from China, South Korea and Indonesia, were disqualified from the Olympics for trying to lose so they could draw easier matchups, which drew warnings from officials. The news means that the top-ranked pair, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang (pictured), is out of Olympic competition.
Fencing Clock Controversy
South Korean fencer Shin A. Lam (pictured) lost her semifinal match against defending Olympic gold medalist, Germany's Britta Heidemann, due to a clock malfunction. Following the call, which put Heidemann the eventual 6-5 victor in the final second, the South Korean team appealed the decision, claiming that time had expired before the winning point was even scored.
USA Advances to Gold Medal Match in Dramatic Fashion
The U.S. women's soccer team scored a last-second goal on Aug. 6 to advance to the gold medal match against Japan, which will be played Aug. 9. The U.S. beat Canada, 4-3, after Alex Morgan put a header into the net during the 122nd minute.
Andy Murray Tops Roger Federer
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray gave the London crowd reason to cheer when he topped Wimbledon champion Roger Federer to win gold in men's singles at the Olympics. Murray dominated Federer, winning the match in straight sets (6-2, 6-1, 6-4) and denying Federer his first Olympic gold medal.
A Gold for Last Olympic Race
By the end of the swimming finals, Michael Phelps upped his medal count to 22, including golds in his final Olympic races of his career (the 100-meter butterfly and the 4x100-meter individual medley). It was a fitting way to close out his swimming career; he was awarded a trophy for being the best Olympian ever.
Usain Bolt Defends Olympic Title
Jamaica's Usain Bolt won his second Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash on Aug. 5, beating out a field that included Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. Bolt won the race in Olympic record time, 9.63 seconds.