Hard to believe the Olympics came and gone as fast as they did. London had it's fair share of memorable moments, from the devastating (Morgan Uceny), to the inspiring (Oscar Pistorius), and to the outright funny moments gone viral (Mckayla Maroney is not impressed). In short, it would be impossible to cover all the great moments from the 2012 London Olympics, but below is a simple list of what I will remember as an American for years to come.
Andy Murray Wins Gold At Home.
Sure, he's easily one of the top five tennis players in the world, but the Scot has never been able to win a major, losing in the finals of such majors four times, including three of them to Roger Federer. After falling just short in the finals at Wimbledon earlier this year to Federer, Murray finally got over the hump and dominated the reigning Wimbledon champ on the same court to take his first gold medal in front of his home crowd. Although he's labeled as 'that Scottish guy' to many, his emotional Olympic victory solidifies him as one of the country's all-time greats in the eyes of many throughout Great Britain. Winning the gold over Federer will go down as one of Britain's finest Olympic moments.
Usain Bolt Is Still Insain.
Just when you think Bolt might pull a 'Michael Phelps' and become a little lackadaisical in competition following too many parties, he goes out and blows past everyone in route to a 9.63 100-meter dash — a new Olympic record. You watch the video below and it's easy to see what Bolt's record-breaking victory means to his home country.
What Could Be The Last Dominant 'Dream Team.'
NBA Commissioner David Stern has publicly noted that he would like to send only teams comprising of talent under 23-years of age to all future Olympic games. If his new rule holds up, this could be the last year we see the kind of American dominance in the sport of basketball that we've been used to since the original Dream Team of 1992. Although the Jordan-led '92 team will always go down as the best team ever assembled, we'll always look back at the 2012 team that routed Nigeria by 83 points. Yup, 83 points. 156-73. Not to mention, that gold medal game against Spain wasn't bad either.
The American Women
Where can I start? I almost have to group them altogether unfortunately. The women's soccer team took their third straight gold, Missy Franklin is a 17-year old freak of nature in the water that took four golds, Allyson Felix finally won her 200-meter gold medal and led her 4×100 squad to a new world record, and we can't forget about Gabby Douglas and the Fab –excuse me– Fierce Five, who brought the U.S. back to the top of the world in gymnastics. It's amazing to see women at the forefront of the games 30 years to-the-date after the legislation of Title IX.
Josh Helmuth is the editor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JHelmuth or subscribe at Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.