After two gold medals, including in the all-around, it's time for Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin to make some room in the pantheon of great American gymnasts.
The 17-year-old from Colorado left London with five medals and two world records. Oh, now she goes back to high school for her senior year. The Bay Area could be seeing more of her, though, because the word is Cal has the inside track as Franklin's future college.
The 16-year-old Chinese phenom broke the world record en route to a 400-meter IM gold medal, launching accusations that anybody going so fast must be cheating. If and when she fails a drug test, Shiwen will deserve scrutiny. Until then, we should just applaud her performance.
The British distance runner brought the house down at track by winning gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, then doing his Mo-Bot celebration.
The former Cal star established herself as the new face of women's soccer with her brilliant header goal to beat Canada.
There's nothing breakout about Phelps, of course. But how can we ignore a guy who won 22 career medals -- 18 of them gold? Phelps swears that he's retired now. But his mom keeps talking about Rio in 2016.
Incoming Stanford freshman led all scorers with 21 goals to give the U.S. women's water polo team its first-ever gold medal.
The 17-year-old Flint, Mich. native won the first gold medal by an American female boxer, and was the only U.S. winner in the London ring.
Another athlete we already knew, but her three golds in track were a first since 1988 for an American woman.