Each Olympics only produces a handful of lasting images.Of the dozens of sports, hundreds of events, and thousands of athletes, only a few select moments become iconic.
Halfway through the London Games, eight beautiful photos have stood out and been passed around by fans all over the world.
These photos are wildly different from each other, but together they give you a solid impression of what we will remember from the London Games.
Gabby Douglas soars above the balance beam during her gold-medal winning individual all-around performance
South Korean fencer Shin A Lam collapses to the floor after a controversial scoring decision gives the gold medal to her opponent
South African swimmer Chad Le Clos is as shocked that he beat Michael Phelps in his signature event, the 200m butterfly
Chinese badminton players Yu Yang (left) and Wang Xiaoli (right) lose a match on purpose, and are later kicked out of the Olympics
15-year-old Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte shows just how overwhelming winning a gold medal can be
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