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3:33pm

Mon August 13, 2012
The Torch

Winners And Losers From London's Summer Olympics, 'The Crying Games'

Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain cries as he celebrates winning the men's keirin track cycling final. In shedding Olympic tears, Hoy was far from alone in Britain.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

The London 2012 Olympics were billed as the Social Games, with Twitter, Facebook and other services making it an immersive experience. But it might be remembered as "The Crying Games," for the swelling of emotions many Britons experienced. We run down some of the Olympics' winners and losers:

The Losers

The Stiff Upper Lip

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1:33pm

Mon August 13, 2012
The Torch

Olympics Closing Ceremony: Both Well-Received And Anger-Inducing

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:09 pm

Fireworks explode at London's Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The gala has gotten good reviews — with the exception of those troubled by NBC's presentation.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

11:56am

Mon August 13, 2012
Sports

Can East London Keep The Olympic Spirit Burning?

The Olympics are over, but guest host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the lasting impact of the Games on young people living in the neighborhoods around Olympic Park. She speaks with East London residents Amber Charles and Rumi Begum. Both young adults participated in the Olympic torch relay in recognition of their contributions to sports in the area.

7:11am

Mon August 13, 2012
Sports

Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Dives Into Hollywood

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4:23am

Mon August 13, 2012
Sports

U.S. Female Olympians Outshine Most Countries

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 4:46 am

The London Olympics are over but there is a remarkable statistic left behind. If American women had competed as their own country, they would have tied for third in the gold medal count, and finished fifth in total medals.

4:59pm

Sun August 12, 2012
Sports

Tears And Drama Punctuate Olympics' Final Weekend

The U.S. men's basketball team defended its Olympic title today as the London Summer Games draw to a close, and there was plenty of drama elsewhere on the final game of the competition. NPR's Tom Goldman tells host about Guy Raz the greatest moments and those that were a little embarrassing.

4:59pm

Sun August 12, 2012
Music

The Olympic Soundtrack: A Story Of National Pride

It's a moment of pride and glory when athletes hear their country's national anthem ringing out at the medal ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Host Guy Raz talks to freelance journalist Alex Marshall, whose writing a book on the history of national anthems, about some of the patriotic tunes.

4:42pm

Sun August 12, 2012
The Torch

London Games Bid Spectacular Farewell

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:34 am

A view of the Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday.
Quinn Rooney Getty Images

The closing ceremony to the London Games used fireworks, theatrics and music to celebrate the athletes and their countries who participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The night included a shout-out to Winston Churchill and a performance from the Pet Shop Boys, to mark the end of two weeks of competition and stunning athletic displays.

The surviving members of the rock band Queen, The Who and the Spice Girls were on the schedule to entertain millions watching around the world.

Update at 5:11 p.m. ET: 'Imagine'

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4:29pm

Sun August 12, 2012
Sports

Hard Lessons At the Olympics, Like The Metric System

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 4:59 pm

Turkey's Nevin Yanit (from left) United States' Kellie Wells and Russia's Tatyana Dektyareva compete in a women's 100-meter hurdles semifinal. Exactly how many yards is that?
Anja Niedringhaus AP

Olympic winners like gold medalist Claressa Shields have said the games were a learning experience, but what were they learning? Hard work? Sure. Sportsmanship? Maybe. The metric system? Certainly not.

U.S. judo competitor Kyle Vashkulat competes at 100 kg, which he knows means he weighs 220 lbs. But does he know height?

"We were in a sauna, and the guy's telling us the height of the boxers, and he's like, 'Yeah, this guy's like, 1.7 meters' — and we're like, 'How tall is that?'" Vashkulat says, laughing.

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10:32am

Sun August 12, 2012
The Torch

Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 10:36 am

Phelps dives into the pool for his last Olympic race. He says that his plans for post-Olympic life include finally seeing the cities he's competed in.
Al Bello Getty Images

When Michael Phelps came to London for the 2012 Summer Games, he had 14 Olympic gold medals. He's leaving with 18 and a record 22 overall. And now he's retiring at 27, leaving the sport in which he always said he wanted to do things that had never been done before.

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