The day's only major event saw the U.S. Men's basketball team claim their rightful place at the top of the mountain. Led by Kevin Durant and Lebron James in the fourth quarter, they were able to overcome a feisty Spanish team that kept it close and gave them fits all four quarters. The final score was 107-100 for the U.S. Lebron is now the third basketball player ever to win an Olympic gold medal and an N.B.A. title in the same year. The other two are Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. So, like, no one we've ever head of. They must have been role players. [ESPN]
The final medal tally: America came out on top because U.S.A! U.S.A!, etc. [Medal Count]
The Closing Ceremonies are happening! Like, right now.
This is what we can figure out from the pictures available to us. They're much more informal than the Opening Ceremonies, and take about half as long.
Timothy Shall (aka Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter movies) plays Winston Churchill (!) speaking to the London Eye (!) from the top of Big Ben (!). (via AP)
Madness, a British ska band, performed a song. (via AP)
The saxophone player in Madness can fly. (via AP)
Here's the parade of flag bearers. (via AP)
Some important businessmen from the Tron universe made the trek into our realm to participate in the ceremony. (via AP)
OMG, genetically engineered pop group One Direction performed "What Makes You Beautiful." (via AP)
George Michael is awesome, wore a skull belt buckle, and performed "Freedom" during the ode to British music at the end of the ceremony. (via AP)
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