Andy Murray became the first British man to win a Grand Slam tennis event since Fred Perry won the US Championship in 1936. That feat, along with a Tour de France champion, and successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, have the British in a sporting splendor.
Andy Roddick says he'll retire after the US Open. Roddick is the last American man to get a Grand Slam victory, the US Open in 2003. Roddick played in four Grand Slam finals, losing to Roger Federer in each.
From rowing to fencing to equestrian to sailing, the London Games represent a return to many sports' roots. More broadly, the Olympic ideal is founded on ideas that emerged in England nearly two centuries ago.
Chess isn't included in the list of events for the 2012 Olympics, though as an officially-recognized sport, it should be. Like other sports, chess attracts driven players and supportive parents to world competitions.