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Great moments from the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all-time after winning four golds and two silver medals in London. Phelps retires with twice as many golds (18) as any other Olympian, and his total of 22 medals is the most of any Olympic athlete.

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Only 17 years old, Missy Franklin took the swimming world by storm in her first Olympic games capturing five medals, including four gold.

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Canadian trampolinist Rosannagh Maclennan captures the country’s only gold medal at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

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After a heart-wrenching and controversial semi-final loss to the U.S., Canada re-grouped to take on France in the bronze medal soccer game. Diana Matheson’s last-minute goal sealed victory and the bronze medal for Team Canada.

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With no medals in Athens or Beijing, Canada’s Brent Hayden capped off his career with a bronze in the 100-metre freestyle.

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For South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the Olympics were about more than just making it to the podium. The “Blade Runner” just wanted to be accepted as another runner. Despite a disappointing showing, Pistorius was a winner in the hearts of millions of fans.

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The self-proclaimed greatest of all-time captured gold in the 100-metre, 200-metre and 4x100 relay. Usain Bolt also became the only runner to win the 100- and 200-metre sprints in back-to-back Olympics cementing his place among Olympic legends.

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