The Best Sports Photos Of 2012

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As 2012 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at another crazy year in sports.The Olympics came into our lives for three weeks and completely took over, NBA fashion was incredible, and LeBron James finally won a championship.

We created a timeline with images of the best moments of 2012.

Trent Richardson celebrates with fellow Alabama teammates after beating LSU in the National Championship game

Eli Manning led the Giants to his second Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots

Gisele rips her husband's receivers for not being able to catch the ball during the Super Bowl

Joe Paterno's statue was taken down at Penn State

The hipster fashion trend took over the NBA

Linsanity took over the Internet

LeBron James won his first NBA Championship with the Heat

Gronk had the craziest summer ever.

NBC didn't let us watch the Olympics opening ceremony until hours later

McKayla Maroney was not impressed.

Robert Harting ripped of his shirt and starting jumping hurdles after winning gold for Germany in the discus

The volleyball courts at the London Olympics had the most spectacular backdrop

Gabby Douglas leaps her way to two gold medals

Chinese badminton players were disqualified for purposely losing a game

synchronised swimmers terrified us

Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian in history

Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe celebrate after the US win gold

France's Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi hug after racing in the 3000m steeplechase

Runners are distorted by the Olympic Flame

Fastest man alive, Usain Bolt, steals a photographer's camera and takes pictures of the crowd

A South Korean fencer is absolutely devastated after being disqualified

Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook celebrate USA Gold

Mario Balotelli rips off his shirt after scoring for Italy in the semi-finals at the Euro Cup

This sums up the replacement referee situation in one image

McKayla's meme continued

Lance Armstrong tweets a photo of himself and his Tour de France awards after being stripped of all of his wins

Robert Griffin III celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass in his impressive rookie season

Sergio Romo celebrates after the Giants won the World Series

David Beckham bids farewell to MLS after leading the L.A. Galaxy to a second consecutive MLS Cup

Manny Pacquiao gets knocked out

The animated GIF had a huge year

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