That's a wrap! After 17 days of swimming, running, jumping, riding and other Olympics tomfoolery the world's best athletes get to fly home with their medals and their memories of London.
We give you our 10 favourite moments (we may have cheated with a few of these) from these Olympics. From Team Canada's heartbreak in triathlon and on the soccer field to Usain Bolt's and Michael Phelps' legendary performances, these are some of the things we'll remember from these amazing Games. Thanks for the memories, London.
Our Top Five Canadian Olympic Moments:
Canada’s First Medal
It was a bronze but it was Canada’s first bronze and one of 18 medals Canadian Olympians would eventually bring home from the London Games. Canada’s first medal went to Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel who won bronze in the women’s 3m synchronized springboard diving event. The Quebec duo battled back against a shaky start to land a final score of 316.80 after five dives, enough to secure a third-place finish. It was also a historic moment for Heymans who became the first female diver and the first Canadian summer Olympian to make the podium in four consecutive Olympic Games.
Canada's Women's Soccer Team
They weren’t supposed to make it that far. But when Canada’s women’s soccer team squeaked out of the round-robin and knocked off hosts Great Britain in the quarter-finals, a funny thing happened. We started to believe. Nevermind that Canada would be facing the United States, the best team in the world, a team that they had only beaten three times in international competition. This team, and those of us watching at home, believed this team, led by a legend who has toiled in relative obscurity, could win. We believed for almost 120 minutes during that emotional game against the United States. But in sports, refereeing trumps belief 100 per cent of the time. So a nation and the team howled and complained and set their sights on bronze. And this time belief, and a lucky bounce, were enough.
Gold For Rosie MacLennan
All the haters who have insulted Canada for getting the first Canadian gold medal on the trampoline can leave us alone. Rosie MacLennan’s bounce to the top of the podium was not only an amazing performance but had an amazing story, a passing of the torch of sorts. Competing with her long-time inspiration and friend, Karen Cockburn, MacLennan showed just how deep Canada's trampolining program is. A medal well deserved and we hope not her last.
Paula Findlay’s Last-Place Finish
Only a Canadian would cross the finish line saying "I’m sorry." Paula Findlay’s last-place finish was not only heartbreaking to see because she burst into tears after a tough triathlon. There were also questions about whether Findlay had properly recovered from an injury she suffered a few months before the Games. But Findlay's darkest hour allowed Canadians to show their true colours. Instantly, Canadians took to the Internet telling Findlay to stop apologizing and be proud of her accomplishments. Win or lose, we’ll still love you. It was a true Olympic moment.
Derek Drouin Wins Bronze In Men’s High Jump
At first glance, Derek Drouin’s bronze in the men’s high jump looks to be just another part of Canada’s ‘bronze bonanza’ at the London Games. But this medal stood out for a number of reasons. First off, the bronze marked Canada’s only medal in the track and field category. While athletes in the decathlon, triathlon, shot put, hurdles, and marathons all fell short, Drouin delivered after clearing three 2.29m jumps to tie in third place with Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Britain’s Robert Grabarz. Second, his medal ended Canada’s two-day drought. Finally, Drouin became the only Canadian to medal in the high jump since Greg Joy won silver in 1976, ending a 36-year void for Canadian high jumpers.
Canada’s Gymnasts Make It To The Final
Taking home a medal at the Olympics is nice, but making history is even nicer. While most teenagers read about history, five Canadian girls made their way into the books by advancing to the finals in women’s team artistic gymnastics. It showed that Canada's gymnastic programs have the chops to compete with the likes of Russia, China and the United States, world gymnastic powerhouses. It was also the first time Canada found itself in the finals of team artistic gymnastics -- men or women’s -- in a non-boycotted Games. The last time Canadian feet were on the gym mats was during the 1984 Los Angeles’ Games but Russia, then under the label of the USSR, boycotted the game due to Cold War tensions.
Our Top Five International Olympic Moments
Usain Bolt's Dominance
First, let’s mark the history: Gold medals in the 100m and 200m sprints -- consecutively, outdoing previous record-holder Carl Lewis (who had only medalled in the 100m). Then, the legend: A signature move that can’t help but be imitated by people around the world, a jokester attitude that leads to taking a photographer’s camera and snapping shots of his own, and quotes like “I’m the greatest athlete who ever lived!” Last, but not least, the rumours about where we might see him next -- could it be playing for Manchester United? Flying through the air in the long jump event? Looks like we’ll have to wait and see.
Andy Murray's Golden Day At Wimbledon
Could there be better vindication after losing at Wimbledon than facing your rival exactly one month later on the same court -- and winning? Murray’s sweat-drenched victory over Roger Federer may have kept the Swiss world champion athlete from his career Golden Slam, but watching the faces and hearing the roar of Murray’s countrymen as he won the country's first Olympics singles gold medal since 1908 -- not to mention the kid who ran through the stands to hug him -- was enough to make everyone cheer along.
The Fierce Five
The Americans are generally the ones to watch during women’s artistic gymnastics, and this year was no exception. But what this batch of young girls brought was a whole lot of attitude and some epic smiles. Gabby Douglas, the gold medal winner of women’s all-round, was touted as one of the world’s best gymnasts, but by the time individual events happened, she choked -- on the beam and the bars. We also met the Regina George of gymnastics, McKayla Maroney, who happened to also choke on her best event, the vault. Her pout on the podium with her silver medal became an Internet meme and an instant Buzzfeed sensation.
Britain's Best Games Of The Century
They will win them on the water. They will win them on the track. They will win them in the velodrome. They will win them on horseback. If there were any doubts or whinging about the Olympics, and before the Games there were plenty, they’ve evaporated with every single medal the athletes from the host nation have won. Twenty-nine gold medals and 65 in all. It’s hard to pick a favourite moment: Mo Farah’s inspired last lap of the 10,000 metres, Jessica Ennis’ crowning as queen of the track in the heptathlon, Bradley Wiggins’ gold just weeks after conquering the Tour de France. We could go on. Rule Britannia, indeed.
Michael Phelps Retires On Top
One of the most-hyped stories before these Games started was the showdown between Lochte and Phelps. In the end, it wasn’t even close. Phelps isn’t the unstoppable, eight-gold-medal juggernaut he was four years ago. He’s going home with four gold medals and two silvers. But at these Games he was better than his much-hyped U.S. rival and better than just about everyone else in the pool. Phelps enters the history books as the most-decorated Olympian ever (22 medals, 18 of them gold). There was something awe-inspiring about watching Phelps outswim everyone in the world these last few years. His retirement is a bittersweet moment. We won’t have to see Phelps beaten and humbled, but we also won’t ever see him leap off those blocks and power his way to touch the line again. The sport is poorer for it.
Christine Sinclair carried the flag for Canada and the hosts staged another star-studded show to close off the London Games.
Canada's athletes celebrate at the Olympic Closing Ceremony. (Frank Gunn/CP)
Christine Sinclair carries the flag for Canada at the Olympic Closing Ceremony. (CP/Frank Gunn)
British band 'The Spice Girls' perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Posh At The Games
Victoria Beckham performs as Posh Spice with British band The Spice Girls during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Strut Their Stuff
British model Naomi Campbell, fourth right, walks with other models during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Still Got It
Brian May, guitarist of the British rock band Queen, performs during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Baby, You're A Firework
Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
The Olympic flag is handed over to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, the host of the 2016 Olympic Games. (AP)
Soak It All In
French athletes sit and watch as the Olympic Closing Ceremony come to a close. (AP)
An athlete holds up the British flag during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
And after 16 days or winning, losing, scoring and missing, the London Games have come to an end. Canada's medal count remained at 18, while the U.S. would go on to to win a gold in men's basketball. Russia defeated Brazil in men's volleyball to take home a gold and the Italian men's water polo team fell to their Croatian counterparts to secure a silver medal.
Spain's Got Game
Spain's Sergio Llull reacts during the men's gold medal basketball game against USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Kiss The Podium
Members of the gold medallist team from Russia kiss the podium during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Alekno's In The Air
Members of team Russia lift their coach, Vladimir Alekno, into the air after defeating Brazil in a men's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Right Jab To the Face
Russia's Egor Mekhontcev, right, fights Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov in a light heavyweight 81-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. Mekhontcev won the gold and Niyazymbetov won the silver.
Gold-medalist Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, left, competes with Kenya's bronze-medalist Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, center, and silver-medalist Abel Kirui in the men's marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Pink And In Sync
The team from Russia performs during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana reacts after being declared the winner over Mongolia's Tugstsogt Nyambayar in their flyweight 52-kg gold medal boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
Italy's Emanuele Birarelli (15) reacts following the final point of a 3-1 win over Bulgaria in the men's bronze medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
There's A Reason The Call Him King James
United States' LeBron James dunks during a men's gold medal basketball game against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
The Smell Of Sweet, Sweet Victory
Croatia's Ivan Buljubasic sniffs his flowers after receiving his gold medal at the men's water polo gold medal ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. Croatia beat Italy 8-6 in the gold medal game.
Canada wins yet another bronze medal in men's K1 200m kayak event, and Mexico defeats Brazil for the gold medal in men's soccer. Canada had an another Olympic upset and lost the bronze medal in the 4x100 relay due to a disqualification. Jamaica set a world record.
Tearin' Up Our Hearts
Canada's Justyn Warner is comforted after the team was disqualified from third place in the men's 4x100-meter relay.
Jamaican Us Crazy
Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts as he finishes ahead of United States' Ryan Bailey in the men's 4 x 100-meter relay.
Britain's Mo Farah kisses the track after winning gold in the men's 5000-meter final during the athletics.
Love On Top
Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan celebrates after he beat Jaime Yusept Espinal of Puerto Rico for the gold medal during the men's 84-kg freestyle wrestling competition.
Race Walk It Out
Russia's Elena Lashmanova celebrates winning the women's 50-kilometer race walk.
United States mb Foluke Akinradewo, left, and Destinee Hooker react during the women's gold medal volleyball match against Brazil.
Hwang Woojin, of South Korea, and his horse Shearwater Oscar, fall down after the horse bucked after the starting bell sounded to start their run in the equestrian show jumping stage of the men's modern pentathlon.
From left to right Spain's Elliot 6m crew Angela Pumariega, Sofia Toro Prieto, and Tamara Echegoyen celebrate after winning the gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Mexico's Hector Herrera (6) and Mexico's Oribe Peralta (9) celebrate winning the gold medal with teammates in the men's soccer final against Brazil.
Bronze medallist Belarus' Liubou Charkashyna cries after a performance during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final.
Gold Medal Ribbon
Russia's Daria Dmitrieva performs during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final.
Settles For Seventh
Canada's Catharine Pendrel (2) competes in the Mountain Bike Cycling women's race.
Australia's Got Talent
Australia's Jared Tallent competes in the men's 50-kilometer race walk.
Jake Herbert of the United State competes against Sharif Sharifov of Azerbaijan (in blue) during the men's 120-kg freestyle wrestling competition.
Amro El Geziry of Egypt, left, and Nicholas Woodbridge of Great Britain swim the 200-meter freestyle during the swimming portion of the men's modern pentathlon.
Fencing Is Modern
Britain's Samuel Weale looks up during the fencing section of the men's modern pentathlon.
Canada wins another bronze in men's open-water marathon and placed 4th in synchronized swimming. U.S. women's team set a world record in the 4 x 100 relay and Bahamas beat the men's team in the last stretch of the race.
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius competes in the men's 4x400-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium.
Bahamas' Ramon Miller beats United States' Angelo Taylor across the line to win the men's 4 x 400-meter relay.
France's Renaud Lavillenie clears the bar in the men's pole vault final during the athletics.
Kenya's Hellen Onsando Obiri leaps over United States' Morgan Uceny during the women's 1500-meter final during the athletics.
United States' Morgan Uceny reacts after falling during the women's 1500-meter final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)
Throw It Up
South Korea's head coach Hong Myung-bo is hoisted up by his players after the team won their men's soccer bronze medal match.
They've Got The Beat
The team from Russia performs during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Bump, Set, Boom
Bulgaria's Viktor Yosifov (12) spikes home a point against Russia during a men's volleyball semifinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Brazil's Squel Stein is carried off the field in a stretcher during a BMX cycling women's semifinal run at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. Stein fell off her bike after she landed on the grass following a big jump in the first half of the course. The 21-year-old Stein secured her best result in a major competition earlier this year when she reached the world championships final. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The team from Russia competes during the synchronized swimming team free routine final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Russia won the gold medal in the event. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Swimmers dive into the Serpentine to start the men's 10-kilometer marathon swimming competition in Hyde Park at the 2012 Summer Olympics Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)