London 2012 has given Boris Johnson’s signature blend of erudition and slapstick a worldwide platform and hitched his star to an event hailed globally as a triumph.
In a spectacle featuring pop stars, fireworks and athletes from around the world, the London Games come to a close, handing off to Rio de Janeiro for 2016.
With a musical medley of epic proportions, Britain puts on a memorable closing ceremony to cap a jolly good fortnight in London
For America, a gritty basketball win over Spain tops off a spectacular Olympics, across all sports
The WNBA has struggled to find a place in the crowded landscape of predominantly male sports that rule the best broadcast slots. Could a gold medal be the boost it needs?
China’s performance in London has been, by any measure but perhaps its own, awesome. But in 2008, China topped the gold-medal chart
The elite athletes at the London Games give women a positive body-image message, experts say. But the Olympics are certainly not free from superficiality
For Olympic athletes, success is all about having the right moves. Blink and you’ll miss these high-speed moments from the London games
So far in the Games, South Korea has racked up 13 gold medals, seven silvers and seven bronzes. North Korea, meanwhile, has won four gold medals (and two bronzes), more Olympic victories than Brazil, Canada, South Africa or Spain.
A little NBA business disrupted the Olympic party. Only Kobe Bryant – now in position to win another title – seemed psyched