Katie Taylor collapsed to her knees after winning the ninth gold medal in Ireland's Olympic history, and the ecstatic crowd seemed to raise the lightweight boxer back up with its roars. Blinking back tears, Taylor wrapped a green, white and orange flag around her shoulders and later took a slow walk through the overjoyed masses.
Four sweeps in four consecutive Olympics: That's the goal for Russia Friday in the free routine of the synchronized swimming team event.
In her first Olympics, Maggie Steffens wanted to make sure Brenda Villa and Heather Petri won that long-elusive gold medal in their last.
In the closing minutes of the Olympic final, goalie Hope Solo flung her body toward the ball and managed to push it away. The lead stayed intact. The Americans would win the gold medal and redemption from a year-old World Cup heartache.
Instead of one victory lap, Ashton Eaton got four.
"Legend." A small word, but with such weight of meaning. Usain Bolt bandied it around a lot before the London Olympics, saying these would be the games where he wanted to become one.
Throngs of Jamaicans erupted with shouts of joy Thursday as Usain Bolt and two of his countrymen swept the men's 200-meter race at the London Olympics.
David Rudisha did what no one else, Usain Bolt included, has been able to do at the London Games: set a world record on the Olympic track.
The game was nearly as grand as the stage, in doubt until the last seconds and so important that the winning country's commander in chief was following it back home. Across town, Usain Bolt was doing in London what he did in Beijing, but for 80,203 people at Wembley Stadium and the two best women's soccer teams in the world, this was their Olympic moment.
The Americans are again on top of the women's soccer world.
Add Jeremy Wariner to the growing list of injured American relay runners. The 2004 Olympic champion at 400 meters tore his left hamstring and will miss the final of the 4x400-meter relay Saturday.
Manteo Mitchell heard the POP! and knew it wasn't good. "It felt like somebody literally just snapped my leg in half," he said.
Japanese soccer fans who got up before dawn to watch their team take on the U.S. women for the Olympic soccer gold medal started their day with disappointment.
Christian Taylor won the Olympic triple jump gold medal Thursday night to go with his world title, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final.
She has a boxer's story: a troubled childhood, a brother in prison, a father who took up the sport to stay out of trouble yet couldn't watch her fight at the Olympics because of a criminal record of his own.
Turkey's Servet Tazegul has won the Olympic taekwondo gold medal in the men's 68-kilogram division.
Donning laurel and olive wreaths on his head like Olympic champions of antiquity, Cyprus' first-ever Olympic medalist returned home a hero on Thursday with fans chanting his name.
Britain's Jade Jones has won the country's first taekwondo gold medal.
U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon paid quite the tribute to Destinee Hooker while talking about her path to volleyball stardom.
Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic successfully defended her Olympic javelin title on Thursday night.