Teen athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games weren't just winning gold medals, although young competitors took home their fair share. Amazing young members of Team USA were also breaking records, displaying incredible sportsmanship and exemplifying the meaning of teamwork.
When teary-eyed Katie Ledecky, 15, took the podium to receive her gold medal in the women's 800m freestyle, an emotional moment in Olympic history was made. The young swimmer cried as America's national anthem was played and she became the youngest gold medalist from Team USA in London. And when 17-year-old boxer Claressa Shields won gold -- after she overcame major obstacles to make it to the Games -- there weren't many dry eyes in the house.
There were countless inspiring moments of this Olympic Games, but to celebrate the event's big finale, we chose five of the most amazing victories from teen athlete this year. Check out the videos in the slideshow below to relive some of the summer's greatest sports moments.
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Missy Franklin Breaks World Record
Seventeen-year-old swimmer Missy Franklin broke the world record in the women's 200 meter backstroke final, beating the previous record holder by .75 seconds, and winning her third gold medal of the 2012 Olympics.
Claressa Shields Wins Gold
Seventeen-year-old boxer Claressa Shields took home the gold in the women's middleweight boxing division, becoming the second-youngest boxer to ever win an Olympic medal for boxing, while carrying the hearts of her hometown on her back.
Gabby Douglas Wins Gold
Sixteen-year-old American gymnast Gabby Douglas gave an incredible performance that won the gold in women's individual all-around. She became only the fourth American woman ever to win gold in this event.
Fab Five Wins Gold
The U.S. Women's Gymnastics team -- which consists of all teenagers and is known as the "Fierce Five" or the "Fab Five" -- beat the Russian team to win gold in the team finals at the 2012 Olympics.
Kaite Ledecky Wins Gold
In the first international competition of her life, 15-year-old swimming phenom Katie Ledecky won gold in the women's 800m freestyle, the longest swimming event. The Royal Family was <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/blog=olympic-talk/post/katie-ledecky-wins-olympic-gold-in-front-of-a-royal-audience.html" target="_hplink">in attendance</a> at the event to catch her big win.