See highlights of the London 2012 Games including the Opening Ceremony, British medal winners and celebrities at the Olympics
Record-breaking Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie carried the Union Jack flag to the closing ceremony. Our athletes really did us proud winning a total of 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze medals!
Kate and Prince Harry attended the Olympics closing ceremony without Wills or the Queen. The pair looked like they were enjoying themselves listening to old Brit pop – we certainly were!
Kate recycled an old Whistles dress that she wore for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert for the event – we love it when she does this!
We were so excited to see the Spice Girls perform Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life – it made us feel like teenagers again! The Spice mums added glamour and spice at the event dancing on black cabs.
We love a bit of George Michael. The singer took to the stage for the closing ceremony and looked like he owned the stage as he belted out Freedom while swinging his hips. Go George!
Brave Gary returned to work after the death of his baby daughter Poppy last week and performed Rule The World with the rest of Take That at the closing ceremony.
We loved Annie Lennox’s performance! The singer arrived on the stage aboard a ship and wore a red and black dress with smoky make-up.
Jessie J joined legendary Queen guitarist Brian May at the closing ceremony performing We Will Rock You. You’ve got to love a duet!
The party continued as the Olympics were handed over to next host Rio de Janeiro. Football legend Pelé made an appearance and as much as we think Rio will have a hard job topping our amazing Games, we’re sure they’ll put on a great party!
It was sad to see the Olympic flame being extinguished after an unforgettable two weeks. We can’t wait for the Paralympics, especially after all these great memories…
David Beckham congratulated Tom Daley on his bronze win. Congrats from us too Tom! Becks posted this picture on his Facebook page and wrote: ‘Was great to catch up with @TomDaleyOfficial after the event last night, so happy for him after the year he’s been through.’
Such an brilliant pic! We loved it when the fastest man alive swapped signature moves with our greatest runner.
We love you Mo and Usain!
It was closer than some may have called it, but Jamaica smashed the mens’ 4x100m relay beating the USA to a gold medal. Bolt, running last, sailed over the finish line to pick up his third gold in The Games.
18-year-old diver Tom Daley was thrilled with his bronze medal win for mens’ 10m diving, which made him Britain’s first individual diving medallist for 52 years.
Leading at the half way stage, it was a tense round but when Tom realised he’d scooped a medal, his delight was made clear from the full-team celebration.
Speaking afterwards about his late father, Tom said: ‘I know that if he was here he would be very proud.
‘It’s really tough not having him here, but I’m so glad to come out with something to show for it after all of the hard work we put in together.’
You’ve done the nation, and your Dad, very proud, Tom!
And another gold! Luke Campbell did Team GB proud winning the top spot in bantamweight boxing.
The roar of the crowd was unforgettable when Mo Farah crossed the finish line to scoop his second gold in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The double Olympic champion came 1st in the mens’ 5000m, making us all very proud to be British.
Usain Bolt cemented his place in history by becoming the first athlete to retain 2 Olympic sprint titles. The fastest man in the world came first in the 200m mens’ final beating fellow Jamaicans Yohan Blake and Warren Weir who took the silver and bronze. Usain celebrated in typical fashion by pulling his infamous pose.
Jade Jones finished of another great day for Team GB by becoming the first British athlete to win a gold medal in taekwondo. Jade beat world champion Hou Yuzhuo in a blistering fight which saw the whole crowd get behind the Welsh star.
Kenyan 800m runner David Lekuta Rudisha became the first man to break a world record in athletics at the London Olympics. His time of 1:40.91 got the crowd on their feet as they watched the historic moment unfold.
Team GB’s Nicola Adams won a historic gold medal in Olympic boxing. The 29-year-old produced a stunning performance and beat the three-time world champion from China 16-7 in the final flyweight competition. This is the first time women have been able to compete in Olympic boxing. Team GB now have a whopping 24 gold medals!
Team GB have only gone and won another bronze and gold medal in Equestrian, this time in the dressage grand prix special. Charlotte Dujardin bagged herself a well deserved gold medal alongside team mate Laura Bechtolsheimer who won bronze. The pair have won Britain’s first ever individual dressage medals. Well done girls!
Olympic champion, Laura Trott bagged the best seat in the house next to the handsome Royal, Prince Harry. The bubbly cyclist seemed to be having great fun chatting away at the women’s final beach volleyball in London. We think she may have a got a bit distracted from the game – bless!
Cycling gold medalists, Laura Trott and Jason Kenny let the world in on their secret romance. The pair shared a few kisses and cuddles in public whilst watching the women’s volleyball. The Olympic duo were said to have been seeing each other before the Games and wanted to keep it quiet to focus on the Olympics. Awww…
Look who we spotted – David Beckham! Alongside his two sons, Romeo and Cruz, Becks got into the Olympic spirit watching the women’s volleyball final. The perfect lads’ night out.
Sarah Attar was the first women to compete for her country, Saudi Arabia in an Olympics. The athlete made history in the 800m heats where the crowds showed their support cheering her on. She finished 43 seconds behind heat winner Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei of Kenya. Girl power!
Once agian we’ve spotted Kate Middleton on the edge of her seat watching another Olympic sport, this time women’s hockey. The Duchess of Cambridge kept her cool watching a tense game between Argentina and Great Britain which ended on a low note as Team GB lost meaning they miss out on the final.
Alistair and Jonny Brownlee won Team GB two medals in one event in an
epic triathlon around London. Alistair brought home the gold and younger
brother Jonny who took home the bronze despite that fact that he was
given a 15 second penalty for mounting his bike a fraction too early.
Jonny was taken ill after the race so the medal ceremony was delayed
slightly but the duo were beaming with delight after winning the first
ever gold medal for Britain in the sport. Super speedy Alistair Brownlee
got the crowd talking, completing his run in 29mins and 07 seconds,
which was only a minute and a half down on Mo Farah’s 10,000 meter track
race – wow!
Sir Chris Hoy accepted his sixth gold medal with tears of joy at the Velodrome after winning in the men’s keirin final. The Olympic champion, who has beaten Sir Steve Redgraves’ record 5 gold medals, punched the air in delight and took a well deserved last lap of honour. Well done!
Victoria Pendleton finished her last ever race with a well deserved silver medal during the track cycling women’s sprint final. The 31-year-old has won two gold medals and 9 world championships during her career making her one of the most successful British female track cyclist of all time. Well done Victoria!
Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtoisheimer won Team GB’s first ever team dressage gold medal in the equestrian in Greenwich Park setting a new Olympic record. The team were delighted with their win and are hoping that their success will inspire others to take part in the sport.
Team GB’s Nick Dempsey won a silver medal in the RSX windsurfing at Weymouth and Portland. The dad of two celebrated his win with his two sons, Thomas and baby Oscar. Altogether now – awww….
Laura Trott celebrated her second gold medal in the women’s omnium with a lap of honor at the Velodrome in London. After overcoming physical problems when she was little, the 20 year old was bursting with joy and excitement to have come this far. You go girl!
Beth Tweddle took bronze in the women’s uneven bars with a score of 15.916. She said: ‘These last few weeks have been so stressful. Going to sleep with butterflies and waking up with butterflies. It was because it was my last chance.’
Beth admitted her Olympic bronze was the perfect end to her gymnastics career but also revealed that she hadn’t decided what she’s doing, so we may not have seen the end of her yet!
Jason Kenny became Britain’s first double gold medallist of London 2012
when he won the individual sprint cycling event, beating France’s
Gregory Bauge in the final and bagging a 6th gold medal for the cycling
team. Go Jason!
Showjumpers Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles were jumping for joy when they won the Britain’s first Olympic gold medal in the sport in 60 years. Peter rode a perfect final round helping Team GB beat the Netherlands. ‘It can’t get better than that,’ said Nick Skelton when the team won.
Team Jamaica’s Usain Bolt celebrated with his signature pose as he picked up a gold medal in the men’s 100 metre final.
Despite talk of the athlete’s injury worries he stormed to the finish line with an Olympic record of 9.63.
Britain’s Ed Clancy won bronze in the omnium, a new addition to the Olympics. Ed lost to Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen and France’s Bryan Coquard, who took silver.
Ed said: ‘I always knew it would be touch-and-go to win a medal and it’s an emotional rollercoaster out there.’
As British gymnast Louis Smith settled for silver in the pommel horse, his team-mate Max Whitlock picked up a surprise bronze medal.
Louis was set for gold but a better execution score from Hungary’s Krisztian Berki saw him lose out.
As Britain’s only reigning track and field Olympic champion coming into the 2012 Games, Christine Ohuruogu silenced all doubters when she picked up a silver medal in the 400m final.
The 28-year-old said she was heartbroken at losing her title to Sanya Richards-Ross. You still did us proud, Christine!
In the mixed doubles Laura Robson and Andy Murray won silver after being beaten by Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
Andy didn’t look too disheartened though as he’d already picked up a gold in the singles earlier that day!
In Weymouth, Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson were denied gold as Sweden won the final medal race to clinch the Star title. The pair finished eighth with 34 points, meaning they took silver overall.
Iain said: ‘We’re hurting so much inside but it makes it so much easier to know [the supporters] are so happy for us.’
After his defeat to Roger Federer at Wimbledon a few weeks ago, we knew Andy Murray would come back stronger for the Olympics and he did!
The Scot claimed the biggest title of his career winning gold at the Olympics and defeated world number one Federer in the men’s Singles Tennis final. We bet that felt good standing next to Federer holding a gold medal!
In Weymouth, Ben Ainslie won gold in the Finn brining his total up to 4 gold medals, making him the most successful sailor in Olympic history.
He said: ‘I am pretty speechless. It has been a tough week.’
‘There was amazing competition, especially from Jonas Hogh-Christensen from Denmark, but this was the time to do it in front of a home crowd.’
Mo Farah made history when he became the first British athlete to win
gold for the 10,000 metres. Mo says he saw Jessica Ennis after her win
and knew he had to do it too.
25 laps later he was celebrating
with his daughter Rihanna and very-pregnant wife Tanya (who is expecting twins any day now) with the whole of
Britain congratulating him. Well done, Mo!
Jessica Ennis was overwhelmed with emotion as she won Olympic heptathlon gold for Great Britain. It was an iconic moment of the London 2012 Games, which saw Jessica reach a personal best in the javelin and delivered in 800m with a time of 2 minutes 8.65 seconds.
The 26-year-old said: ‘I can’t believe I’ve had the opportunity to come to my first Games in London and won an Olympic Gold medal. It’s unbelievable.’ Go Jessica!
Greg Rutherford won the long jump securing a 13th gold medal for Britain. The 25-year-old finished ahead of Australia’s Mitchell Watt with a fourth round leap of 8.31 metres and held back tears as he was awarded his gold medal. Well done Greg!
Rowers Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking won the women’s lightweight double sculls at Eton, claiming Britain’s fourth rowing gold medal. The duo were the fastest qualifiers for the final and in the race they beat China by two seconds.
Katherine said: ‘I can’t believe this is real and we just won.’
Victoria Pendleton secured Britain’s third track cycling gold in 24 hours when she won the women’s Keirin in the velodrome.
The 31-year-old held off China’s Guo Shuang to claim victory and said: ‘It’s the best moment of my career so far. I had a bad year in 2011 and a lot of people wrote me off and I wanted to prove them wrong.’
Trio Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell won team pursuit track gold in record time and set a new record in just 3 minutes 14.051 seconds.
Dani said: ‘Words can’t describe how I feel. When London got the Olympics I wasn’t even riding a bike – this journey has been crazy for me.’ Well done, girls!
George Nash and William Satch continued Britain’s rowing success when they picked up a bronze medal in the men’s pairs event. The duo came third after New Zealand, who won gold, and France, who claimed silver.
William said: ‘Only six months ago I didn’t even think I would be coming here as a spare, so to be going away with a medal is amazing.’
While the rest of the rowing team celebrated, Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase were left heartbroken as they failed by half a second to join the other gold medallists. The pair won silver in the Lightweight Men’s Double Scull.
‘We feel like we’ve let everyone down by not winning,’ said Mark.
Zac said: ‘Even though it’s a silver medal, it still hurts when you come for gold.’
Alan Campbell picked up Britain’s first Olympic single sculls medal in 88 years with a bronze win.
The Northern Irishman said: ‘I just couldn’t take another stroke at the end of the race. I could barely stand [in the medal ceremony]. I could not get my words out. There was a lot of emotion.’
Cyclists Edward Clancy, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas set a new world record when they won the team pursuit.
They beat biggest rivals Australia, winning in a time of 5.51.659 minutes and Geraint said: ‘All year we have been thinking about it and talking about the Aussies and the Kiwis, so to get on that track and deliver is a great feeling.’
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins won Olympic gold for Great Britain in the women’s double sculls. Katherine was ecstatic at finally winning gold after three successive Olympic silver medals.
‘Oh my God,’ she cried, as she crossed the line with Anna Watkins with just over a length between them and rivals Australia.
Wales’ second Olympic gold medal was won by rower Tom James in the men’s four final. He was joined by Alex Gregory, Andrew Triggs Hodge and Pete Reed.
The GB rowing team soon took to Twitter and wrote: ‘This is us, this is our day.’
Beaming with pride, Bradley Wiggins posed on a throne to celebrate winning Britain’s second gold medal. The cyclist dominated the race throughout and uplifted Team GB’s Olympic spirit.
Team GB’s lightweight men’s four won a silver medal at Eton Dorney. Rowing to victory, the team powered through an epic race that saw them finish just a quarter of a second after South Africa who took the gold medal – what a race! Richard and Peter Chambers, Rob Williams and Chris Bartley made up the team with the Chambers brothers becoming the first British brothers to win an Olympic medal since 1996.
The 6ft 6in shooter broke down in tears after winning a gold medal in the men’s double trap for Team GB. The gentle giant was full of emotion and fell to his knees in shock when he won. Bless him!
Gemma Gibbons won a silver medal in the women’s judo 78kg final after becoming the first British judoka to get to an Olympic final in 12 years. The 25-year-old Londoner broke down in tears when she made the final and whispered ‘I love you’ to her late mother.
The Royal pair were spotted having lots of fun watching Andy Murray play tennis at Wimbledon. They even joined in with a Mexican wave around the court – that’s what we like to see! Andy made it through to the semi-final where he will face Novak Djokovic.
It was all go at the canoe slalom final. After finishing 6th in the semi-final heat, Tim Baille and Etienne Stott put in an amazing performance in the final race to win a gold medal for the men’s C2 Slalom final at Lea Valley.
David Florence and Richard Hounslow slalomed their way to a silver medal at the White Water Centre, Lee Valley. The pair was chuffed to bits to stand alongside Team GB’s Tim Baille and Etienne Stott who won gold.
Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Sir Chris Hoy delighted the home crowd at the Velodrome as they won the gold in the men’s team sprint after a blistering performance. Finishing on an amazing final lap, the GB trio were lead to victory by Sir Chris Hoy who broke the world record to win his 5th Olympic gold medal.
Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were unfortunately disqualified in the women’s track race after making the final after an illegal overtake. What a shame…
Kate and Wills celebrated the Team GB success in the Velodrome by giving a rare public display of affection, hugging and cheering as Sir Chris Hoy’s team struck gold – how cute, we haven’t seen them this loved up since the Royal Wedding.
Michael Phelps once again won a gold medal for his incredible speed in the 200m individual medley final, bringing his record number of Olympic gold medals to a whopping 20 – confirming his position as the best Olympian of all time. The champ even got a congratulating phone call from President Obama.
Gabby Douglas won a gold medal for the girls all-around gymnastics soaring through her balance beam apparatus performance. The 16-year-old wowed judges with her incredibly impressive routine. We can see why she’s been nicknamed The Flying Squirrel!
Team GB’s Michael Jamieson was full of smiles after he won the silver medal for the 200m breaststroke. Not only did he win a medal, he also set a new British record of two minutes 7.40 seconds. Speedy Hungarian, Danil Gyurta broke the world record to take the gold and Ryo Tateishi from Japan took bronze.
Olympic cyclist, Bradley Wiggins won Britain’s second Olympic gold medal. The Tour de France winner stopped the clock at 50 mins and 39 secs for 49km course. Wiggins jumped for joy and punched the air at his golden result. Congrats Bradley!
The wait is over, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won Britain’s first gold medal for the London 2012 Olympics. The beaming pair looked so proud showing their medals off. The female rowers powered their way through the race and with the cheers and support from the crowds they brought a gold medal home. Girl power!
Knocked out of the doubles playing alongside his brother, Jamie Murray, Andy is determined to do it solo and won his last match against Jarkko Nieminen sailing through the next round in the men’s singles.
Team GB’s Michael Jamieson set a new British record of 2 mins 8.20 seconds in the first semi-final 200m breaststroke. He qualified in first place for the final – come on Michael!
Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the London Aquatics centre. Showing off his new gold medal the swimmer was much happier after his disappointment earlier on the week, missing out on the gold medal for the 200m butterfly. The champion is rumoured to be retiring after the London 2012 Olympics – he’s sure to go out with a bang as he’s now won more Olympic medals than any other athlete in the history of The Games.
Team GB’s Gemma Howell was unfortunately disqualified during her Judo competition against reigning world and European champion Gevrise Emane of France. The ExCel spectactors were gutted to see Howell pick up a passivity penalty with two mins left. She then got a second penalty after illegally grabbing her opponent’s leg. What a shame…
Diver Tom Daley, 18 and partner Peter Waterfield, 31 were rather disappointed to miss out a bronze medal at the Aquatic centre. The pair scooped fourth following China (gold), Mexico (silver) and USA (bronze). Our hopes are pinned on Daley to win his solo 10m platform competition, 10th August – make sure you’re watching.
After beating the stormy British weather, Zara Phillips and the rest of the GB equestrian team were delighted with their well-deserved silver medal win. Phillips and her team-mates were presented with their medals by her mother, the Princess Royal.
15-year-old Ruth Meilutyte from Lithuania won Olympic gold in the 100m breaststroke. The teenager, who goes the the same school as Tom Daley, shocked everyone buy finishing the race in 1:05:47. Well done girl!
Louis Smith led Team GB’s five-strong gymnastics group to win a bronze medal. The decision took ages to make as the Japanese team were not happy with their result and asked for a recount pushing Team GB out of silver position and into third. It’s the first Olympic medal in history for the home men’s team. Go Team GB!
Rebecca Adlington picked up Britain’s second medal winning bronze for the 400 metre freestyle, coming third behind French swimmer Camille Muffat, who won gold and America’s Alison Schmitt. Rebecca, who won gold in the same event at the last Olympics, had earlier said she hadn’t expected to win anything so was very pleased to be on the podium.
Royal Zara Phillips competed in the dressage in Greenwich as her mother Princess Anne and grandfather the Duke of Edunburgh watched on.
This was Zara’s first Olympics appearance and she said: ‘It was incredible, an amazing feeling to be part of the Olympics and to ride for your country and to just be here. The crowd are amazing.’
The Olympic sport everyone was talking about (well, mainly the men!) was the women’s volleyball, surprisingly the men’s volleyball wasn’t quite as popular…. we wonder why? The atmosphere at the London stadium seemed to be one of the most fun at the Games as spectators were entertained by girls dancing with beach balls during breaks in the matches.
After her win, Lizzie Armitstead tweeted a picture of her shiny new medal and wrote: ‘So many people deserve a slice!’ Well done Lizzie!
Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead won Britain’s first medal, a silver for the women’s road race, after a nail-biting race in which she was narrowly beaten to the gold by Dutch rider Marianne Voss. The 23-year-old said: ‘To be the first Olympic medallist at your home Games is something I cannot get my head round.’
The Olympic cauldron was lit in the Olympic stadium by 7 young future athletes in front of 80,000 spectators at the opening ceremony.
The flame ended its 12,800-mile journey with the young Brits simultaneously lighting 200 minature torches. The cauldron, which traditionally stays lit for the entire Games, was extinguished after the opening ceremony so it could be moved to another part of the stadium.
Team GB made quite an entrance at the opening ceremony with flag bearer Sir Chris Hoy leading the way around the stadium. There was a huge applause as the British athletes walked into the stadium and we loved seeing the tears of pride in Chris’ eyes.
Diver Tom Daley was very excited about Team GB’s walk through the Olympic stadium at the opening ceremony and posted this picture of him and his fellow athletes on Instagram. ‘Preparing for the ceremony in the village :)’, Tom wrote.
After skydiving into the Olympic stadium with Jame Bond (well, her stunt double, anyway!), the Queen took her spot in the stands to watch the entertainment of the opening ceremony. She later declared the London 2012 Olympic Games officially open.
The Olympic Park was lit up by fireworks at the opening ceremony with the world celebrating the start of the biggest sporting event on the planet.
Film director Danny Boyle took everyone’s breath away with his journey through the ages of Britain including James Bond, Shakespeare, Harry Potter and Mr Bean.
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