For Olympic host cities, the real challenge begins after the Closing Ceremonies, when they must find uses for the expensive stadiums and athletes' villages after the Games are over.
James Bond stuntman dies: Mark Sutton was the skydiver who parachuted into London's Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony dressed as James Bond.
When the volcano erupted in approximately 1620 B.C., it created tsunamis 40 feet tall that destroyed much of the civilization flourishing in and around the Aegean Sea.
Londoners are gearing up for what should be a record-breaking Paralympic Games, with sell-out crowds and new highs in both the number of athletes and the number of countries participating.
As the Olympics draw to a close in London, a TV spectator in the US is left with a host of random questions.
The US continues to lead the overall Olympic medal count, helped by efforts in women's water polo, decathlon, and women's boxing.
At the London 2012 Olympics, Michael Phelps is respected, but Usain Bolt is beloved for his flair and style.
Allyson Felix had known only disappointment at previous Olympics. But in winning the 200 meters Wednesday, Felix found that the setbacks had led her to a place even more 'special.'
The sports are the centerpiece of the London 2012 Olympics, but where they take place has been a big part of the spirit of the Games. Here are five of London's best and loudest venues.