Aug 12, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Fireworks explode above Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

2012 London Olympics: Summer Games Officially Come To A Close Sunday

After two weeks of intense competition on the biggest sports stage in the world, the 2012 London Olympics officially came to a close on Sunday.

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US Women's Soccer Vs. Japan: Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo Make USA Golden Again

The U.S. women's soccer team won gold for the third consecutive Olympics Thursday evening, defeating Japan, 2-1 and avenging last year's loss to that nation in the Women's World Cup in Germany.

Carli Lloyd was the offensive hero for the United States, scoring both American goals either side of halftime. The first goal came in the 8th minute, when Lloyd stooped down to head an Alex Morgan cross from the left byline into the net. The midfielder doubled the American advantage in the 54th minute after running several yards with the ball and thumping a shot past the Japanese goalkeeper Miko Fukumoto.

But the Americans didn't have it all their way. Japan's Aya Miyama hit the crossbar in the 33rd minute with the U.S. still up 1-0. Hope Solo made two brilliant saves to deny Yuki Ogimi, and Japan had a very reasonable claim for a penalty when Tobin Heath appeared to handle the ball in the area off a Japanese free kick.

Japan did manage to pull a goal back in the 63rd minute, when Ogimi emerged from a goal mouth scramble to score at close range. But Japan could not equalize, as Solo was called into action in the 83rd minute, diving to make a save from Mana Iwabuchi.

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2012 London Olympics: USA Women's Soccer Vs. Canada: Alex Morgan Puts USA In Gold Medal Match

Alex Morgan scored in the final minute of extra time as the United States survived a hat-trick by Canada's Christine Sinclair and defeated their neighbors to the north, 4-3 in the Olympic semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester, England Monday night. The win sets up a gold medal match with Japan that will also be a rematch of last year's Women's World Cup final.

The United States fell behind three times as Sinclair scored in the 22nd, 67th, and 73rd minute. But each time the U.S. responded. First, a corner kick by Megan Rapinoe snuck in at the near post in the 54th minute to tie the score at 1-1. Rapinoe tied the score again, this time at 2-2 in the 70th minute with a swinging shot that banged into the net off the inside of the post. Sinclair's hat trick goal, which put Canada up 3-2, was just a set-up to the drama at the end.

In the 78th minute, the U.S. was awarded an indirect free kick after Canadian goalie Erin McLeod was penalized for taking to long to restart play on a goal kick. From the resulting free kick Marie-Eve Nault was called for handball and Abby Wambach slotted home the resulting penalty to make the score, 3-3. That was the end of the scoring until Morgan stepped up in the game's final action.

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2012 Olympics: Usain Bolt Wins Men's 100m

Jamaica's Usain Bolt continuing his title of being the "World's Fastest Man" with another gold medal in the 100m event at the 2012 Olympics.

Bolt finished the race with a time of 9.63 seconds, a new Olympic record. Right behind him was fellow countryman Yohan Blake who came in at 9.75 seconds.

An American was able to reach the podium, as Justin Gatlin finished with a time of 9.79 seconds. Tyson Gay was left out of the medals, finishing in fourth place with a time of 9.80 seconds. A third American in the race, Ryan Balley came in at 9.88 seconds.

The race was a tough one for former gold medalist Asafa Powell of Jamaica. He came up with an injury at one point during the race, and he finished in last with a time of 11.99 seconds.

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15-Year-Old Katie Ledecky Wins Women's 800m Freestyle Gold

15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, Md. was the youngest member of Team USA entering the 2012 Summer Olympics. On Friday evening, the rising high school sophomore became the youngest gold medal winner at the Games, winning the 800m women's freestyle.

Swimming against a field that included defending Olympic champion and world record holder Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain, Ledecky made it home in a time of 8:14.63, just short of the world record, but enough to set a new American mark. Mirea Belmonte Garcia of Spain took the silver medal, finishing 4.13 seconds behind Ledecky. Adlington took bronze finishing a further 1.56 seconds behind Belmonte Garcia.

The race can be seen as part of NBC's primetime television coverage, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday night.

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2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Wins Men's 100m Butterfly

After a fourth-place finish in the 400m IM on the first Saturday of the 2012 Olympics, the medals have continued to pile up for Michael Phelps, and Friday night was no exception.

Racing in the 100m butterfly, Phelps took the gold medal in a time of 51.21, .23 seconds ahead of South Africa's Chad le Clos and Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin, who tied for second.

Phelps, who was in 7th place at the 50m mark, picked up his 21st career Olympic medal and 17th gold. This was Phelps' final individual event of the London Games, though he is expected to compete in the 4 x 100m medley relay Saturday evening.

The race will be aired as part of NBC's primetime coverage, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.

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Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps Wins Gold In 200m Individual Medley

Baltimore's Michael Phelps is back on top of a familiar place, the medal podium. The swimmer won his 16th Olympic gold medal in the 200m individual medley on Thursday, beating out fellow American Ryan Lochte, who won the silver medal, by 0.63 seconds.

The win gives Phelps his 20th overall Olympic medal, which include a pair of silver medals and bronze medals. This extends his lead as the most decorated Olympian in the history of the games. The podium was rounded out by Hungary's Laszlo Cseh, who claimed the bronze medal with a time of 1:56.22.

While the event was not broadcast live, it will be broadcast later tonight on NBC as part of their prime time coverage.

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Olympics 2012: Gabby Douglas Wins Gold In Women's Gymnastics Individual All Around

Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va. used a strong performance in the floor exercise to help secure a gold medal in the women's gymnastics all-around competition on Thursday. Douglas recorded the second best score on the floor exercise, recording a 15.033, only decimal points off the best floor exercise routine, which scored 15.200.

Douglas' scoring in other events helped immensely. She earned the best scores in the competition on the vault and the balance beam to record a final score of 62.232. The other gymnasts on the medal podium are Russians Viktoria Komova for silver and Aliya Mustafina for bronze.

Komova recorded a score of 61.973 and Mustafina recorded a score of 59.566. Mustafina tied with American Aly Raisman for third place, but Mustafina highest sum of her three best events to earn the tiebreaker.

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2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Takes Silver In 200m Butterfly, Misses Gold By 0.05 Seconds

Michael Phelps apparently is human. the Man that had won 14 gold medals entering these London games, the Baltimore, Md. native has yet to reach the top spot on the medal podium yet. In Wednesday's 200m Butterfly final, Phelps had the lead through about 150 meters. In the last 50, South Africa's le Clos Chad rallied and out-touched Phelps at the wall to win the gold medal by 0.05 seconds.

Chad's time was officially 1:52.96 while Phelps' was 1:53.01. Japan's Matsuda Takeshi claimed the bronze medal with a time of 1:53.21. To put it in perspective, former Olympian Summer Sanders was quick to remind people over twitter, that this is the first time in nearly a decade that Phelps has lost this event.

Phelps still has four other events that he will be participating in at London and did help the 4x100m team win the silver medal. So it wouldn't be fair to already call his time in London a failure.

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Women's Gymnastics Team Final: Virginia Beach's Gabby Douglas Helps Team USA Win Gold

Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va. helped the United States women's gymnastics team earn their first gold medal in the team gymnastics event since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on Tuesday. Douglas participated in all four events of the team competition, the vault, uneven bars, the balance beam and the floor exercise.

In the vault, Douglas had the second highest score of any competitor in that event with a 15.966 score, bested only by fellow American McKayla Maroney's 16.233. On the uneven bars, Douglas' specialty, she finished with the best score of any American with a score of 15.2, sixth best of all competitors.

On the balance beam, Douglas again had the best score of the American competitors, a 15.233, good for fourth best of all competitors. In the floor exercise, Douglas had the third best score of any competitor with a score of 15.066. Fellow American Aly Raisman had the best score in that event with a score of 15.3.

Individual event for the gymnasts will be going on as they commence, with the Men's All-Around finals occurring Wednesday and the Women's All-Around finals on Thursday.

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2012 London Olympics: U.S. Men's Gymnastics Team Falls To 5th In Final Team Event

Team USA was looking for their first gold medal since 1984 in the Men's Gymnastics Team event.and their first gold in this event in an Olympiad where there where countries did not boycott. Though Team USA had the highest score after the qualifying round, that score was wiped away and the Americans struggled and finished fifth overall.

China won the gold medal in the team event, with a final overall score of 275.997. Japan took the silver medal with a score of 271.952 and Great Britain won the bronze medal with a final score of 271.711. Team USA finished with an overall score of 269.952.

This is not the end of Team USA in gymnastics at the London Olympics. Competitors Danell Leyva and John Orozco will both be competing in the all-around competition on Wednesday so there is still a chance that some US gymnasts could still medal.

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2012 London Olympics Local Heroes: Baltimore's Michael Phelps Goes For First Gold Saturday In 400M IM

The first full day of competition features several athletes with ties to the D.C.-Baltimore area. SB Nation D.C. will spotlight these local heroes on each day of the Olympic games and keep you posted on how they're progressing.

Baltimore's Michael Phelps will dive right into the pool on the first full day of swimming Saturday, as he competes in the 400-meter IM. Heats will be run at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. London time), with the final set for 2:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. London time). Phelps will race in five events at these games as he tries to follow up his eight-gold medal performance at the 2008 Games In Beijing.

A trio of locals will get their rowing competitions underway as well Saturday. Silver Spring-born Natalie Dell will compete in the women's quadruple sculls heats (4:50 a.m. Eastern time), while D.C. native David Banks and Peru-born Giuseppe Lanzone of Annandale, Va. will row in the men's eight heats (5:10 a.m.)

Nataly Arias played soccer at O'Connell High School (Arlington, Va.) and the University of Maryland, but she plays her soccer for Colombia. Her team faces the United States in a Group G match at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. Colombia will need a positive result to have any hope of advancing to the next round after suffering a 2-0 loss to North Korea in their first game of the competition.

Finally, the individual eventing competition in equestrian will begin Saturday with the dressage event. Will Coleman of Gordonsville, Va. will be competing in that event, which lasts all day Saturday and Sunday.

These events can be seen live online at NBCOlympics.com. You can also check our listings to see when these events will be broadcast on TV.

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Olympics Opening Ceremony: TV Coverage, Streaming, Live Updates And More

It is 2012, and the vast majority of Americans have access to the internet. They know how to find information immediately and generally like their televised events to be live, even if it's not at the most convenient time. This was the case in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 as well, but that hasn't stopped NBC from tape delaying everything at the Olympics. On Friday, they'll be hitting you with the tape delay again.

The opening ceremonies at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London get underway at 9 p.m. local time, 4:00 p.m. ET from the Olympic Stadium. Most countries will be picking up the international broadcast at that time, and the United States is not one of them. NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the opening ceremonies begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, as part of their Olympics primetime coverage. They are streaming every event live on NBCOlympics.com this year, but not the opening ceremonies. For that, you'll have to wait.

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2012 Summer Olympics: D.C. United's Andy Najar Plays 90 Minutes For Honduras In 2-2 Draw With Morocco

The men's soccer tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics began Thursday, and D.C. United's Andy Najar played a prominent role in its very first game. Najar, a midfielder for D.C. United whose family came to the United States when he was 13, started and played all 90 minutes of Honduras' 2-2 draw with Morocco at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

Najar, who attended Edison High School in Alexandria, Va. and joined United's youth academy in 2008, was officially credited with two shots in the match, one of which was on goal. For more on Najar's performance, check out SB Nation's D.C. United blog, Black And Red United.

In the day's other match in Glasgow, Japan defeated Spain 1-0 in the first real stunner of the Games, with Yuki Otsu scoring the only goal in the 34th minute.

History was made at Old Trafford in Manchester, England as a Great Britain team took the field for the first time since the Rome Olympics in 1960. Wales' Craig Bellamy scored a first half goal for "Team GB," but Moussa Konate equalized in the 82nd minute for Senegal and the match finished 1-1.

Also at Old Trafford, Luis Suarez inspired Uruguay to a 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates. In Cardiff, Wales, Brazil defeated Egypt, 3-2, while Belarus defeated New Zealand, 1-0 in Coventry, England.

Both games at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England ended in draws, as South Korea and Mexico didn't manage any goals and the match between Switzerland and Gabon finished 1-1.

The men's soccer competition resumes with group play Sunday.

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USA Vs. France Women's Soccer, 2012 Olympics: Team USA Rallies To 4-2 Win

The United States Women's soccer team struggled out of the gates in London, allowing two goals in the opening 14 minutes. The ladies quickly rebounded and began their run towards their third consecutive gold medal by defeating France 4-2.

Thiney Gaetane opened the scoring with a goal in the twelfth minute followed by a goal by one by Delie Marie-Laurie in the fourteenth minute.

Team USA was sparked by a goal by Abby Wambach in the nineteenth minute. Alex Morgan tied the game before halftime with another goal in the 32nd minute. Morgan added the final goal in the 66th minute to close out the scoring after Carli Lloyd scored to give Team USA the lead in the 56th minute.

Team USA was able to get the most shots on their opponents, getting six shots on the French team's goalie while France could only manage three shots. Other than that it was a very evenly played game with the same number of corner kicks and fouls called on each. Team USA led in possession against France 53%-47%. Team USA's next game will be against Columbia on Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

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2012 London Olympics: Area Athletes Headlined By Michael Phelps (Updated)

Michael Phelps isn't going to try and repeat the record-breaking eight gold medal performance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, the swimmer is still clearly one of the headliners of the entire US Olympic Team and is the most recognizable face in a crowd of several athletes with ties to the Washington D.C. area.

Here is a full list of the athletes that call the DC area their hometown and the athletic events they'll be competing in:

LaShawn Merritt - Portsmouth, VA - Track & Field - 400m
Lacy Janson - Norfolk, VA - Track & Field - Pole Vault
Kate Ziegler - Great Falls, VA - Swimming - 800 Free
Andrew Gemmell - Columbia, MD - Swimming - 1500 Free
Francena McCorory - Hampton, VA - Track & Field - 400m
Kellie Wells - Midlothian, VA - Track & Field - 100m Hurdles
T'Erea Brown - Hampton, VA - Track & Field - 400m Hurdles
Reid Priddy - Richmond, VA - Volleyball
Sarah Trowbridge - Washington, DC - Rowing
Georgia Gould - Baltimore, MD - Cycling - Mountain Bike
Caroline Queen - Darnestown, MD - Canoeing - K-1 Slalom
Gabby Douglas - Virginia Beach, VA - Gymnastics
Julie Zetlin - Silver Spring, MD - Rhythmic Symnastics
Michael Phelps - Baltimore, MD - Swimming - 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 800 Free Relay
Katie Ledecky - Bethesda, MD - 800 Free
Terrence Jennings - Alexandria, VA - Taekwondo
Debbie Dunn - Capitol Heights, MD - Track & Field - Relay Pool (UPDATE: Has since withdrawn from Team USA after a positive drug test earlier this month.)
Caroline Nichols - Virginia Beach, VA - Field Hockey
Matt Centrowitz - Annapolis, MD - Track & Field - 1500m
Bobby Lea - Easton, MD - Cycling - Track
Natalie Dell - Silver Spring, MD - Rowing
Farrah Hall - Annapolis, MD - Sailing
David Banks - Washington, DC - Rowing
Peter Hudnut - Washington, DC - Water Polo
Shannon Taylor - Midlothian, VA - Field Hockey
Will Coleman - Gordonsville, VA - Equestrian - Eventing
Matt McLean - Sterling, VA - Swimming - 800m Relay
Lauren Perdue - Charlottesville, VA - 800m Relay
Claire Laubach - Centreville, VA - Field Hockey
Giuseppe Lanzone - Annandale, VA - Rowing

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