Crowds in central London cheer Team GB's medal winners from Athens

Results of the 2012 London Olympics

Make no mistake, the 2012 London Olympic Games captivated the entire world. The event included some of the most skilled and dedicated athletes from roughly 204 different countries. Olympic mainstays like Usain Bolt, who won gold in the 100m, and David Boudia, who won gold in diving, were of course big story lines. While the London Olympics featured some of the more well-known athletes and their accomplishments, there were quite a few surprises as well. Many of the women’s events featured incredible drama, as photo finishes and close calls ruled the games. Let’s take a look at some of the more notable, and perhaps surprising, results.

Women’s swimming, for example, featured plenty of drama. One woman who represented the United States, was named Missy Franklin. While mens’ swimming has most recently dominated the headlines due to the accomplishments of Michael Phelps, It was 17-year-old Franklin who stole the show in 2012. She won a total 5 medals, and 4 of those medals were gold. She also set a new world record for the 200-metre backstroke. Another notable performance for the Americans, was that of female gymnast Aly Raisman. She won 2 individual medals, but she will be remembered for her performance which helped the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to gold. The UK was represented quite nicely by Mo Farrah as well. The British track and field athlete took home a gold medal in both the 5,000m and 10,000m races, thus filling Britons with immediate exhilaration.


Click here to view the official bid book
Click here to view more about London 2012's legacy
Click here to view more about the 1948 Olympics
Kelly Holmes
Backing the Bid:
Kelly Holmes

"Having a major championship in my home country is brilliant as you feel the whole stadium is rooting for you. It would be just brilliant to have the Olympics in London in 2012 - I look forward to being there and cheering the Great Britain team on."