Inspirational Olympic Moments

The Olympic Games and their motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Latin for " Faster, Higher, Stronger") have long served as a reminder of what the human body can achieve and how Olympic heroes can inspire us all.

Olympics Day 12 - Beach Volleyball

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Kerri Walsh Jennings (R) and Misty May-Treanor of the United States celebrate winning the Gold medal in the Women's Beach Volleyball Gold medal match against the United States on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Horse Guard's Parade on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Liu Xiang

China's Liu Xiang, right, and Hungary's Balazs Baji, left, react after Liu's fall in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

In a gesture of camaraderie and respect, Kirani James (R) of Grenada exchanges bibs with Oscar Pistorius (L) of South Africa after the Men's 400m semifinal on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 7 - Tennis

(L-R) Roger Federer of Switzerland is congratulated by Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina after his 4-6, 7-6, 19-17 win in the Semifinal of Men's Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

ALTERNATE CROP OF OGYM222- U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas acknowledges the crowd after receiving her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

United States' Katie Ledecky, gold medalist in the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final, right, holds an American flag and Britain's silver medalist Rebecca Adlington looks on at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Natalia Partyka of Poland, competes against Li Jie of the Netherlands during their women's table tennis match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Olympics Day 4 - Swimming

Chad le Clos of South Africa celebrates after winning the gold in the Men's 200m Butterfly final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Steve Redgrave

Steve Redgrave, right, holds up the Olympic flame after entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Cameron Spencer, Pool)

Olympics Day 1 - Shooting

Gold medalist Siling Yi of China celebrates winning the first gold medal of the London Games. She won the Women's 10m Air Rifle Shooting Final on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on July 28, 2012 in London, England. Sylwia Bogacka of Poland won silver and Dan Yu of China won bronze. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes in the men's 400 metres heats during day two of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on August 28, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

2012Olympic Gymnastics Team

Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman and McKayla Maroney react after being named to the US Gymnastics team going to the 2012 London Olympics at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Phelps & Lochte

Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps (white cap) compete against each other in the championship final of the Men's 200 m Individual Medley during Day Six of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 30, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin waves to the crowd after competing on the beam during day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Women's Boxing

In this Sept. 25, 2008, file photo, India's M.C. Mary Kom, right, delivers a punch to Boranbayeva of Kazakhstan during the 46kg quarterfinal match at the 4th Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Gauhati, India. The 29-year-old Kom, who has two children, says she is in her best form and has a good chance of winning a medal at the 2012 Olympics. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)

Janet Evans

Janet Evans waves towards the stands after she competed in preliminary heat 6 of the Women's 400 m Freestyle during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 26, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Olympic Torch

This photo made available by LOCOG shows Glenn Chambers carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Edwinstowe and Mansfield, near Lincoln, eastern England, during a heavy downpour, on Day 41 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Thursday June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/LOCOG, Chris Radburn)