From fireworks and flying performers to a welcome from professor Stephen Hawking, the London Paralympic Games started off with a bang exploring the theme of Enlightenment. Here, TIME presents the best moments from the opening ceremonies.
From Ryan Locthe’s patriotic grill to Venus Williams’s colorful ponytail, TIME looks at the competitors’ most memorable style choices.
From eerie fairytale inspired routines to over the top outfits and makeup, TIME presents the best pictures of the glamorous yet misunderstood sport of synchronized swimming at the 2012 London Olympics.
The U.S. women’s gymnastic team, led by Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, bring home gold from the 2012 London Olympic Games — the first Olympic title in women’s gymnastics since 1996. TIME showcases some highlights from the Fab …