Inspire A Generation: Highlights of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Arnold Lane Jr.

The games of the 13th Olympiad occurred over a 17-day period from July 27 to Aug. 12 in London, United Kingdom.

During this time, the world would witness a spectacle of athletic performances that will be remembered for years to come.

The 2012 London Games marked the first time in Olympic history when all participating nations sent a female athlete. The Games was also the first time a female competitor competed in every sporting event.

Following the universally acclaimed Opening Ceremony by award-winning director Danny Boyle, we would see Michael Phelps become the greatest Olympian of all time, winning his 22nd medal. Usain Bolt would sweep the same three events he competed in during the 2008 Summer Games. Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas became the first American gymnast to win gold in both individual all-around and team competition.

The United States Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams both won gold. Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia ran to a standing ovation in Heat Six of the qualifying rounds of the Women’s 800-meter.

Missy Franklin made her Olympic depute at the age of 17 and won five medals, four of which were gold. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won the Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament for the third straight Olympic Games.

Allyson Felix finally won gold in the Women’s 200-meters after winning silver at the last two Olympic Games. Ryan Lochcte won five Olympic Medals bringing his total to eleven career medals.

Venus and Serena Williams won Women’s Doubles in tennis after Serena won gold in Women’s Singles.

These feats along with several other achievements and record-setting performances occurred throughout the course of the Games.

The Closing Ceremony featured a three-hour concert and the passing of the Olympic torch, which was handed over to the next host city for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.