AP PHOTOS: Highlights from 2 weeks of London 2012

August 12, 2012 - 6:42 AM
Photo Gallery Olympics Highlights

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 file photo, United States' Carli Lloyd, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

The 2012 London Games kicked off 16 days ago with Queen Elizabeth II (actually, a body double) parachuting into a whimsical opening ceremony.

The games gathered speed as U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps collected four gold medals and six overall to become the most decorated Olympian ever, with 22 career medals.

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old American gymnast, won two golds — and got to meet Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to boot.

In one delirious night, Britain struck gold three times in track and field — all in less than an hour. The host country piled up 28 golds and will finish third in the medal count.

As the games neared the end, Jamaica's Usain Bolt ran a blistering anchor leg to set a world record in the 4x100 relay for his third gold.

Following Sunday's men's basketball final between the U.S. and Spain, The Who and the Spice Girls will help give the games a rousing send-off at the closing ceremony.

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Here, in pictures, are some of the best moments from the 2012 Summer Games.