The U.S. women's soccer team avenged its World Cup loss to Japan and won its third consecutive gold medal on the strength of two goals from veteran midfielder Carli Lloyd.
Following in the esteemed footsteps of American Olympians like Bruce Jenner, Dan O'Brien and Bryan Clay, Ashton Eaton, 24, dominated the decathlon.
In winning the first-ever women's Olympic welterweight competition, Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich., provided Team USA with its only gold medal in boxing this summer.
Usain Bolt became the only male Olympian to successfully defend gold medals in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes—and boy does the self-proclaimed legend know it!
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings remained undefeated in their Olympic careers, winning their third straight beach volleyball gold medal against fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.
Allyson Felix won the women's 200 meters, her first individual Olympic gold, four years after finishing second in Beijing.
Making his Olympics debut, 24-year-old Ashton Eaton of Oregon led the decathlon field after winning the long jump and 100- and 400-meter races. Only shot put, pole vault, javelin, 110-meter hurdles and 1,500 meters to go!
LeBron James finished with 11 points in Team USA's 119-86 manhandling of Australia in their quarterfinal matchup.
Clarissa Chun of Hawaii won bronze in the women's 48-kilogram freestyle to give Team USA its sole wrestling medal in London.
Aly Raisman not only conquered her demons by winning gold in the women's floor exercise final—she also claimed the balance-beam bronze after appealing her initial fourth-place finish, resulting in more points for her routine's level of difficulty.
April Ross and Jennifer Kessy proved that there's room for more than two beach volleyball stars in this country by setting up an all-American final versus Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings.
Australia's Sally Pearson won the gold but Lolo Jones, whose model looks and extracurricular activities (or lack there of, wink) overshadowed her athleticism heading into these Olympics, finished a respectable fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Fellow Americans Dawn Wells and Kellie Harper took silver and bronze.
Team USA celebrates after outlasting Canada in a 4-3 overtime nail-biter.
Kobe Bryant looks to pass during Team USA's 126-97 victory over Argentina, led by Kevin Durant's 28 points. The U.S. went undefeated in pool play and move on to a quarterfinal game against Australia.
"Chillin' at the game with@ludacris @ryanlochte," tweeted swimmer Conor Dwyer, who won gold along with Lochte, Michael Phelps and Ricky Berens in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. The relaxin' trio caught the U.S. men's basketball team's stomping of Argentina.
World champion McKayla Maroney of the USA, whose vault score in the team final was the highest of the day, came up short after her second vault in the apparatus final ended like this.
American pole vaulter Jennifer Suhr beat out two-time defending Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia for the gold. Isinbayeva settled for bronze.
In a final that saw all-around champ Gabby Douglas come in last, Britain's Beth Tweddle won bronze on the uneven bars, four years after just barely missing the podium in Beijing made her consider retirement. Russia's Aliya Mustafina won gold.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt won the 100-meter dash to retain his unofficial "fastest man in the world" title. He and American Carl Lewis are the only athletes to win back to back gold in the event.
Venus and Serena Williams won their third gold medal in doubles, just hours after Serena became the first tennis player to ever win all four Grand Slams, plus Olympic gold in doubles and singles.
Just weeks after losing to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, Scotland's Andy Murray thrilled the home crowd by winning Olympic gold on Centre Court.
The most dominant swimmer in Olympic history separated himself even further from the pack in winning his third straight gold in the 100-meter butterfly—his 21st Olympic medal and 17th gold.
The U.S. women's team continued to convincingly push for a gymnastics-soccer hybrid event as they celebrated their 2-0 knockout win over New Zealand with a series of cartwheels.
Roger Federer survived more than four hours on the court, finally edging Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 19-17 in the third set, in his semifinal match and will face hometown fave Andy Murray in the gold-medal match.