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2012 London Olympics: The Final Week

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The 2012 Summer Olympics come to their conclusion this weekend, and the 10,000 athletes from 200 national Olympic committees around the globe who have gathered in London for the 17-day event will soon be returning home. Collected here are some small glimpses of the final week of the games -- moments of triumph, exhaustion, dejection, celebration, and much more. [55 photos]

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Germany's Ariane Friedrich, after a successful attempt during the women's high jump qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. (Reuters/Mark Blinch)
Germany's Ariane Friedrich, after a successful attempt during the women's high jump qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. (Reuters/Mark Blinch)
Belgium's Simon De Cuyper in the men's triathlon final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park, on August 7, 2012. (Reuters/Tim Wimborne) #
Allyson Felix of the U.S. wins the women's 200m final at the Olympic Stadium, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Eddie Keogh) #
Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, rides his horse Rebozo in the equestrian show jumping competition in London, on August 6, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #
United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings celebrates with her boys Joey and Sundance after winning the women's gold medal beach volleyball match, on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) #
Serbia's Marko Novakovic celebrates his third place finish in a men's kayak single 200m semifinal in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, on August 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) #
Belarus' Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova competes in the women's long jump final in the Olympic Stadium, on August 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) #
China's Ruixue Jing (left) fights with North Korea's Un Gyong Choe in the Women's 63Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #
Hamilton Sabot of France on the parallel bars during the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena, on August 7, 2012. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #
Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia celebrates after winning bronze in the Women's 10m Platform Diving Final at the Aquatics Center in London, on August 9, 2012. The 19-year-old diver will bring home Malaysia's first ever Olympic diving medal. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images) #
Pawel Rakoczy of Poland in the Men's Javelin Throw Qualifications at Olympic Stadium on August 8, 2012. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #
Gold medalist Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Women's Light (60kg) Boxing final at ExCeL in London, on August 9, 2012. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images) #
Paola Espinosa Sanchez of Mexico enters the pool during the women's 10-meter platform diving semifinal at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park, on August 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #
Norway celebrates victory over Korea in the Women's Handball Semifinal at the Basketball Arena on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) #
Germany's Robert Harting celebrates after winning the men's discus throw final at the Olympic Stadium, on August 7, 2012. Harting won gold ahead of Iran's Ehsan Hadadi who took silver and Estonia's Gerd Kanter who won bronze. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) #
Swimmers in the men's 10-kilometer swimming marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, on Friday, August 10, 2012 in London. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) #
Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S. falls during the women's gymnastics balance beam final in the North Greenwich Arena, on August 7, 2012. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) #
Riders take a jump in the men's BMX quarter-final run at the BMX Track in the Olympic Park, on August 9, 2012. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
Gold medalist Allyson Felix of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 200m at Olympic Stadium in London, on August 9, 2012. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #
Katie Bell of the United States dives in the women's 10-meter platform diving semifinal at the Aquatics Center in Olympic Park, on August 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #
South Korea's Kim Bok-yung is stopped by Russia's Liudmila Bodnieva and Russia's Ekaterina Davydenko during their women's handball quarterfinal match, on August 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) #
USA's Nicholas Long (64), Switzerland's Roger Rinderknecht (13), Italy's Manuel de Vecchi (28), and Argentine's Ernesto Pizarro (322) crash during the men's BMX heats at the BMX venue in Olympic Park in London, on August 9, 2012. (Carle de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) #
China's Deng Linlin leaps during the women's gymnastics balance beam final in the North Greenwich Arena, on August 7, 2012. (Reuters/Mike Blake) #
Turkey's Merve Aydin cries after she finished last in her women's 800m round 1 heat in the Olympic Stadium, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Italy's Josefa Idem, on her way to winning a women's kayak single 500m semifinal in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, , on August 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, second left, reacts as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 200-meter final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, on August 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) #
Playing around, Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes pictures with a photographer's camera after winning the men's 200m final at the Olympic Stadium, on August 9, 2012. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
Suvi Mikkonen of Finland (left) fights Diana Lopez of the United States during the Women's -57kg Taekwondo repechage, on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) #
Gold medalists Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page of Australia celebrate with silver medalists Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell of Great Britain in the water following the Men's 470 Sailing at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour, on August 10, 2012. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) #
Netherlands' Eva de Goede watches from behind post during a penalty corner at their women's semifinal hockey match against New Zealand at the Riverbank Arena, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett) #
Ashton Eaton of the United States readies for a shot put throw in the Men's Decathlon in the Olympic Stadium, on August 8, 2012 in London. (Stu Forster/Getty Images) #
Gold Medal winner Ashton Eaton of the U.S. (center) poses with fellow competitors after winning the 2012 Olympic men's decathlon, on August 9, 2012. (Reuters/Phil Noble) #
Canada competes in the Women's Teams Synchronized Swimming Technical Routine at the Aquatics Center in London, on August 9, 2012. (Al Bello/Getty Images) #
Germany's Matthias Steiner is injured while his weights fall during the men's +105kg Group A snatch weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue, on August 7, 2012. Steiner appears to have escaped serious injury, after being examined and x-rayed. (Reuters/Grigory Dukor) #
Afghanistan's Rohullah Nikpah jumps in celebration after winning his men's -68kg bronze medal taekwondo match against Britain's Martin Stamper at the ExCeL arena, on August 9, 2012. (Reuters/Darren Staples) #
Saudi Arabia's Sarah Attar (right), the first female track and field Olympian to represent Saudi Arabia, starts her women's 800m round 1 heat at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012. Attar finished well behind the leaders, but expressed great satisfaction with her historic performance. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Venezuela's Ricardo Roberty Moreno, bloodied during his fight with Guinea-Bissau's Augusto Midana in the 74Kg on the Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue, on August 10, 2012. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem) #
Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha celebrates winning the men's 800-meter semifinal in the Olympic Stadium, on August 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) #
Australia's Melissa Wu in the women's 10m platform final during the diving event, on August 9, 2012 in London. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) #
South Korea's Kim Hyeon-woo, on the victory stand after defeating Hungary's Tamas Lorincz in their gold medal match in the 66-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition, on August 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
Members of the German team compete in the Group All-Around Gymnastics Rhythmic at Wembley Arena, on August 9, 2012 in London. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #
Australia's Rhys Howden (left) defends the goal as Australia's goal keeper Joel Dennerley looks on as they met Serbia in their Men's Quarterfinal water polo match, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Laszlo Balogh) #
Brazil's Juliana celebrates with spectators after winning in their women's beach volleyball bronze medal match against China's Xue Chen and Zhang Xi at the Horse Guards Parade, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Marcelo Del Pozo) #
Roseline Filion of Canada dives in the women's 10-meter platform diving semifinal at the Aquatics Center in London, on August 9, 2012. Filion finished tenth in the event. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #
United States' Ashton Eaton clears the bar in the decathlon pole vault in the Olympic Stadium in London, on August 9, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #
Team USA's Hope Solo (left), Heather Mitts (2nd left) and their teammates celebrate with their gold medals after defeating Japan in the women's final soccer match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium, on August 9, 2012. (Reuters/Nigel Roddis) #
The team from China competes in the synchronized swimming team free routine final at the Aquatics Center in the Olympic Park, on August 10, 2012. China took the silver medal in the event. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #
Russia's Natalya Antyukh celebrates after winning the women's 400m hurdles final at the Olympic Stadium, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Argentina's Miguel Antonio Correa reacts after competing in the men's kayak double (K2) 200m semifinal at the Eton Dorney, on August 10, 2012. (Reuters/Darren Whiteside) #
Spain's Viran Morros de Argila, covers his face after his team lost to France in their men's handball quarterfinal match, on August 8, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
A member of staff loads javelins thrown by athletes into a radio controlled Mini at Olympic Stadium, on August 9, 2012 in London. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) #
Russia's Natalia Vorobieva celebrates after defeating Bulgaria's Stanka Zlateva Hristova in their Women's 72kg Freestyle gold medal match on August 9, 2012. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images) #
Australia's Sally Pearson (front left) crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of United States' Dawn Harper (front right) in the women's 100-meter hurdles final in the Olympic Stadium in London, on August 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) #
Japan's Hitomi Obara weeps on the podium after winning the Women's 48Kg Greco-Roman wrestling at the ExCel venue, on August 8, 2012. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Great Britain's Luke Campbell, right, and Japan's Shimizu Satoshi walk off together after their men's semifinal bantam weight 56-kg boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, on August 10, 2012, in London. Campbell won the match with a score of 20-11. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev) #

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