The London Games took place over a 17-day period beginning on July 27, and with some 10,500 athletes and officials from more than 200 countries participating, it was the largest turnout in the history of modern Olympics.
The Games ended with a dazzling closing ceremony last Sunday, watched by the athletes and 80,000 spectators packing the Olympic stadium and many millions of TV viewers across the globe.
The three-hour finale included stirring performances by some of the biggest names of British pop. Then the Olympic flag was pulled down and handed to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, the next host city, and the Olympic flame extinguished in dramatic fashion.
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