The best photos of the London Olympics

A selection of stunning images combined with some of the biggest moments from the 2012 London Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Fireworks go off over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Fireworks go off over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: General View as fireworks illuminate the sky during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: General View as fireworks illuminate the sky during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: A general view during the Men's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Beach Volleyball
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: A general view during the Men's Beach Volleyball Preliminary Round on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Horse Guards Parade on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Sun Yang of China dives off of the starting block as he competes in heat four of the Men's 400m Freestyleon Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 1 - Swimming
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Sun Yang of China dives off of the starting block as he competes in heat four of the Men's 400m Freestyleon Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Henrik Von Eckermann of Sweden riding Allerdings competes in the 3rd Qualifier of Individual Jumping on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Henrik Von Eckermann of Sweden
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Henrik Von Eckermann of Sweden riding Allerdings competes in the 3rd Qualifier of Individual Jumping on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Athletes negotiate a water hazard during the Women's 3000m Steeplechase at the Olympic Games in London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING
Steeplechase
Athletes negotiate a water hazard during the Women's 3000m Steeplechase at the Olympic Games in London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING
Ukrainian runner Valentyna Horpynych Zhudina (foreground) and fellow competitors are exhausted after the women's 3000m Steeplechase heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium, London, Britain, 04 August 2012. EPA/JOHN MABANGLO
Olympic Games 2012 Athletics, Track and Field
Ukrainian runner Valentyna Horpynych Zhudina (foreground) and fellow competitors are exhausted after the women's 3000m Steeplechase heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium, London, Britain, 04 August 2012. EPA/JOHN MABANGLO
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Clara Sanchez of France competes in the Women's Omnium Track Cycling 3km Individual Pursuit on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Velodrome on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 11 - Cycling - Track
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Clara Sanchez of France competes in the Women's Omnium Track Cycling 3km Individual Pursuit on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Velodrome on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Athletes compete in the Men's 1500m Round 1 Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 7 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Athletes compete in the Men's 1500m Round 1 Heats on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Mike Dawson of New Zealand competes during the Men's Kayak (K1) Canoe Slalom on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Lee Valley White Water Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 2 - Canoe Slalom
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Mike Dawson of New Zealand competes during the Men's Kayak (K1) Canoe Slalom on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Lee Valley White Water Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Yeji Kim of Republic of Korea competes in the Women's Single Sculls Heat 2 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on July 28, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Olympics day one - Rowing
Yeji Kim of Republic of Korea competes in the Women's Single Sculls Heat 2 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on July 28, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Ning Ding of China plays a forehand during the Women's Singles Table Tennis quarter-final match against Ai Fukuhara of Japan on on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 4 - Table Tennis
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Ning Ding of China plays a forehand during the Women's Singles Table Tennis quarter-final match against Ai Fukuhara of Japan on on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Action as the field make their way across a jump in the Men's BMX Cycling Quarter Finals on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at BMX Track on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 13 - Cycling - BMX
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Action as the field make their way across a jump in the Men's BMX Cycling Quarter Finals on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at BMX Track on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes during the Men's 4 x 400m Relay Final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 14 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Oscar Pistorius of South Africa competes during the Men's 4 x 400m Relay Final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Michael Phelps of the United States competes in heat 5 of the Men's 200m Butterfly on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 3 - Swimming
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Michael Phelps of the United States competes in heat 5 of the Men's 200m Butterfly on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Nicholas McCrory from the United States during warm-ups on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 3 - Diving
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Nicholas McCrory from the United States during warm-ups on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the gold medal in the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the gold medal in the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Andrea Lenders of Netherlands during podium training for trampoline on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 6 - Around the Games
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Andrea Lenders of Netherlands during podium training for trampoline on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Sam Willoughby of Australia competes during the Women's BMX Cycling on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at BMX Track on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 12 - Cycling - BMX
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Sam Willoughby of Australia competes during the Women's BMX Cycling on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at BMX Track on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Ariane Friedrich of Germany competes during the Women's High Jump qualification on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 13 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Ariane Friedrich of Germany competes during the Women's High Jump qualification on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Carmelita Jeter of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 14 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Carmelita Jeter of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Luke Patience (L) and Stuart Bithell (R) of Great Britain celebrate finishing second and winning the silver medal in the Men's 470 Sailing on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on August 10, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 14 - Sailing
WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Luke Patience (L) and Stuart Bithell (R) of Great Britain celebrate finishing second and winning the silver medal in the Men's 470 Sailing on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour on August 10, 2012 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's 5000m Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 15 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's 5000m Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Mohamed Farah of Great Britain (L) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica pose on the podium on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 15 - Athletics
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Mohamed Farah of Great Britain (L) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica pose on the podium on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich kneels on the ground as he celebrates winning the men's marathon in the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich kneels on the ground as he celebrates winning men's marathon at London 2012 Olympic Games
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich kneels on the ground as he celebrates winning the men's marathon in the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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