London Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Gabby Douglas Provide Iconic Moments (PHOTOS)

08/13/2012 11:00 am ET

How will you remember the London Olympics?

Will it be the pomp of Opening and Closing ceremonies? The circumstances of Oscar Pistorius' Olympic debut? The indomitable exuberance of Usain Bolt? Or perhaps it will be the admirable perseverance of Liu Xiang and Manteo Mitchell that will stick with you longest?

Between the elaborately choreographed whimsy of Danny Boyle's "Isles Of Wonder" Opening Ceremony and the pyrotechnic send-off at Olympic Stadium soundtracked by Spice Girls and The Who, more than 10,000 athletes from around the world competed in more than 300 events. These athletes produced both spellbinding moments of sporting brilliance (see: David Rushida) as well as endured heartrending moments of emotional and physical defeat (calling Morgan Uceny, with a nod to Jordyn Wieber).

While the exhilaration of the unexpected triumphs (and failures) provided some of the most poignant moments of the London Games, it was hard to deny the blockbuster performances of two stars from the Beijing Games who reprised their roles in London.

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Here are 10 of the most memorable from 2012 Summer Olympics. While this list is hardly complete, it is a good place to start. What performances, scandals and gasp-inducing matches will you remember until we get this started again in Sochi in 2014?

Top 10 Memories Of The London Olympics

*All captions via The Associated Press

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