It’s impossible to list all the records set in 2012, but here’s a short rundown of some heralded highlights, plus 20 of our favorites, including some you might have missed.
Britain's Prince Harry lent his considerable clout to the Warrior Games, a four-year-old international sports competition for wounded veterans. He hopes it could be as big as the Paralympics one day.
Britain's Prince Harry, a veteran combat helicopter pilot, met Saturday with military vets competing in the Paralympic-style Warrior Games in Colorado.
The London 2012 Olympic medal count finished with the USA on top with 46 gold medals – the most it has won in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1904. China fell off its Beijing pace.
The perception is that gold-winning Olympians find it easy to turn success into lucrative corporate sponsorships (Gabby Douglas is already on Corn Flakes boxes). But that's the exception to the rule.
There was plenty to talk about from US athletes this weekend at the London Games. But Great Britain and Jamaica were also strong, and China came back to overtake the Americans.
Sure, everyone loves a bit of Michael Phelps hyperbole, but it is almost inconceivable that his Olympic career gold and total-medal marks could be broken in any foreseeable future.
Ryan Lochte finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle Monday, but it didn't diminish a fantastic night of swimming at the Olympics. In fact, it might have made them even better.
Team USA and Team Australia traditionally dominate in the pool, and London should see a renewal of that rivalry. But there are also a few surprises: