Memorable Moments from the 2012 Olympics

Memorable Moments from the 2012 Olympics


Like many of you I sat glued to the tv each evening during the 2012 Olympics. USA Today sportswriter Kelly Whiteside shared her 25 most memorable moments of the Olympics.  I’ve pulled out some of hers and added a few of my own for my top 10 list of the most memorable moments of the 2012 Olympics.

Best example of teamwork

Rupp and Farah embrace after the 10,000 meter race. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Training partners Mo Farah from Great Britain and Galen Rupp of the U.S. finished 1-2 in the men’s 10,000 meters. The two train together in Oregon under Coach Alberto Salazar.  Rupp was the first American to win a medal in the 10,000 since 1964.


Best show of sportsmanship

Grenada’s Kiniri James won his country’s very first Olympic medal  after getting a gold in the 400 meter track and field event.  As big as that story was in Grenada, it’s what happened after Kiniri’s preliminary heat race that was inspirational. Kiniri took off his bib number and exchanged it with South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius – in that moment, the true spirit of the Olympics was displayed.

Kirani and Oscar exchange bib numbers. Photo courtesy of


Most significant first step

Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia sent women to the Olympics for the first time.


Best tweet

In 2009, U.S. wrestler Jordan Burroughs started tweeting with his Twitter handle, @alliseeisgold. Along the way, he entertained his followers tweeting about his journey, which ended this way: “I did it! 2012 Gold Medalist!”


Best hello and goodbye

U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, 17, captured four golds, equaling the U.S. mark for a female swimmer.

Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time. He left London with four golds and six medals, finishing his career with 22 overall Olympic medals.


Best parent reaction

During U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman’s uneven bars routine, her parents perform the routine in the stands –  swaying, cringing, screaming, cheering, all in animated fashion. Check out this spoof of them on YouTube – hilarious.


Best trademark victory celebration

Usain Bolt’s lightning pose wins hands down, but he also gets extra credit for impersonating the Mobot. That’s Mo Farah’s trademark move — both hands on his head in the shape of an “M” just after crossing the line.


Best record smash

Kenya’s David Rudisha, a Maasai tribesman who was trained by an Irish priest with no previous coaching experience, crushed his world record in a breathtaking 800-meter race. Rudisha finished in 1 minute, 40.91 seconds.


Best triumph over fear

David Boudia won the gold in the 10-meter platform on Saturday. And get this – he did it by overcoming his fear of heights.


Best Newcomer

I have to close this list of the Most Memorable Moments from the 2012 Olympics with Gabby Douglas, gold medalist in both the individual and team all-around competitions who is from my hometown of Virginia Beach. She was unheard of two years ago. Way to go Gabby!



There were so many great memories, this group of ten only begins the discussion. What do you think?

What are your most memorable moments from the 2012 Olympics?

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