Team USA Soccer Victory over Canada
If more soccer games were like the Americans' 4-3 overtime victory over Canada in the semifinals, we would be a futbol nation instead of a football country. The Americans then went on to beat Japan for the gold medal.
The magic of "Blade Runner"
Oscar Pistorius, the South African double-amputee, finished last in his 400-meter semifinal heat. But he showed the world the possibilities of the human spirit and helped, in no small way, change the idea of what it means to be "disabled."
Perhaps the signature moment of the Games for the host country was when Andy Murray finally broke through at Wimbledon's Centre Court with his gold medal victory over nemesis Roger Federer. Strawberries and cream flowed throughout Great Britain.
Every time Usain Bolt stepped on the track
The man is a master showman, in addition to the being the world's greatest sprinter. In London he won three gold medals for the second consecutive Olympics. "I'm now a living legend," Bolt said. "Bask in my glory." Who are we to argue?
The Golden Girls
Saratoga's Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor ended their remarkable Olympic run with a third-consecutive beach volleyball gold medal. May-Treanor immediately announced her retirement, but Walsh Jennings may make a run at her fifth Olympics in 2016.
The Man With the Broken Leg
American Manteo Mitchell felt something pop in his leg with 200 meters left in his portion of the 4x400-meter relay heat. He kept running, handled off the baton and the U.S. went on to qualify for the finals, where they finished second. Talk about a profile in courage.
Queen Elizabeth and James Bond
OK, so that wasn't her Royal Highness and Daniel Craig parachuting from the helicopter during the opening ceremonies. But you have to admit, their taped segment was pretty cool. And who knew the queen had such a cheeky sense of humor?