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2012 London Olympics Summed up in Beautiful Photos

 

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad (and known informally as London 2012) are in full swing in London, United Kingdom. Around 10,500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (the group responsible for organizing their people’s participation in the games) will compete. Thousands and thousands of images will be made in London of the athletes and the spectators; the venues and the celebrations; the pomp and the circumstance. A search of current images in a wire database reveals images coming into the system at a rate of over 1,000 an hour during the hours of competition, resulting in a major picture editing challenge. A small sampling follows.

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Kyla Ross of the U.S. performs on the balance beam during the women’s gymnastics team final, July 31, 2012. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Britain’s Crista Cullen celebrates a goal by teammate Alex Danson during their women’s Group A hockey match against South Korea, July 31, 2012. (Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

ussia’s Maria Paseka performs on the vault during the women’s gymnastics team final, July 31, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Russia’s Aliya Mustafina weeps as she watches the results at the women’s gymnastics team final, July 31, 2012. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

Italy’s Alex Giorgetti (5), Massimo Giacoppo (7) and other players gather before their men’s preliminary round Group A water polo match against Greece at the Water Polo Arena, July 31, 2012. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

Kinesio tape is seen on Germany’s Katrin Holtwick during their women’s beach volleyball preliminary match against Czech Republic’s Hana Klapalova and Lenka Hajeckova at the Horse Guards Parade, July 28, 2012. Athletic tape made in every colour under the sun seems to be the latest must-have sports injury treatment at London 2012, where athletes may have been influenced by other big name tape fans such as Serena Williams and David Beckham. (Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters)

Brazil’s Ricardo Santos sails before the first race of the men’s RS-X sailing class in Weymouth and Portland, southern England, July 31, 2012. (Pascal Lauener/Reuters)

Russia’s Ivan Nifontov celebrates after defeating Japan’s Takahiro Nakai during their men’s -81kg bronze medal A judo match, July 31, 2012. (Darren Staples/Reuters)

Illya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov of Ukraine compete in the Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard Diving on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 1, 2012. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Spain’s Pau Gasol fights for the ball next to Australia’s players during the men’s preliminary round Group B basketball match, July 31, 2012. (Sergio Perez/Reuters)

Miles Chamley-Watson of the U.S. reacts as he competes against Egypt’s Alaaeldin Abouelkassem during their men’s individual foil round of 32 fencing competition, July 31, 2012. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Yura Mun of Korea competes in the Women’s 69kg Weightlifting on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 1, 2012. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Hassine Ghada of Tunisia reacts while competing in the Women’s 69kg Weightlifting, August 1, 2012. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Algeria’s Safia Boukhima and Sehryne Hennaoui collide as they chase after a ball during their women’s Group A volleyball match against Russia at Earls Court, August 1, 2012. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

Angola’s Luisa Kiala jumps to shoot during the women’s preliminaries Group B handball match, August 1, 2012, at the Copper Box hall. (Javier Soriano/AFP/GettyImages)

Belgium’s John-John Dohmen falls on the pitch during their men’s Group B hockey match against Netherlands at the Riverbank Arena, August 1, 2012. (Phil Noble/Reuters)

A combination of pictures taken during the London 2012 Olympic Games shows athletes’ fingernails decorated with their national colors. From top left : USA’s Allison Schmitt, Hungary’s Suzana Jacobos, Britain’s Rebecca Adlington, Mexico’s Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez, Britain’s Alison Williamson, USA’s Venus Williams, Britain’s Alison Williamson, France’s Margaux Farrell, Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte. (AFP/GettyImages)

Japan’s players bow after defeating the Dominican Republic during their women’s Group A volleyball match at Earls Court, August 1, 2012. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

South Korea’s Jung Jin-hae shoots a ball, next to Norway’s Amanda Kurtovic during their women’s handball preliminary match, Aug. 1, 2012. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

Japan’s Saori Kimura (18) spikes the ball through Dominican Republic defenders Prisilla Altagracia Rivera Brens (14) and Candida Estafany Arias Perez (8) during a women’s volleyball preliminary match, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press)

Spain’s Andres Mata Perez competes in the men’s 77Kg Group B weightlifting competition, Aug. 1, 2012. (Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

Germany’s Ilka Semmler waits as teammate Katrin Holtwick serves against Mauritius’ Nioun Chin Elodie Li Yuk Lo and Natacha Rigobert during their women’s preliminary round beach volleyball match, Aug. 1, 2012. (Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters)

A spectator carries a baby in the Olympic park at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 1, 2012. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt competes with Byungchul Choi of Korea in the Men’s Foil Individual Semifinal on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 31, 2012. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Canada’s men’s rowing eight celebrate after winning the silver medal in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, Aug. 1, 2012. (Chris Carlson/Associated Press)

A combination picture shows table tennis players watching the ball during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Players are, top row (L to R), Denmark’s Michael Maze, Brazil’s Caroline Kumahara, Austria’s Werner Schlager. Middle row (L to R) China’s Zhang Jike, Iran’s Neda Shahsavari, Germany’s Kristin Silbereisen. Bottom row (L to R) Colombia’s Paula Medina, South Korea’s Oh Sangeun, India’s Soumyajit Ghosh. (Reuters/Staff)

Kazuhito Tanaka of Japan competes on the rings in the Artistic Gymnastics Men’s Individual All-Around final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena, Aug. 1, 2012. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Hungary’s players react during their women’s preliminary round Group A water polo match against China, Aug. 1, 2012. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

Jiyeon Kim of Korea celebrates after beating Vassiliki Vougiouka of Greece in the Women’s Sabre Individual quarterfinal match, Aug. 1, 2012. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Singapore’s Feng Tianwei walks off the court during a break in her table tennis women’s bronze medal singles match against Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, Aug. 1, 2012. Feng won 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5. (Saeed Khan/AFP/GettyImages)

Marcel Nguyen of Germany competes on the floor in the Artistic Gymnastics Men’s Individual All-Around final on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena, Aug. 1, 2012. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

A combination of pictures shows Kohei Uchimura of Japan competing in the six different apparatus of the men’s individual all-around gymnastics final, Aug. 1, 2012. Four years after letting the title slip through his fingers, Uchimura finally won the Olympic gold medal he dreamed of to go with his three world crowns in the individual all-around gymnastics final. Clockwise: horizontal bar, parallel bars, vault, rings, floor and pommel. (Mike Blake, Dylan Martinez and Phil Noble/Reuters)

Kristian Thomas of Britain competes on the parallel bars during the men’s individual all-around gymnastics final, Aug. 1, 2012. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

U.S. rowers of the women’s eight team celebrate after winning the women’s rowing eight gold medal in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, Aug. 2, 2012. (Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press)

Argentina’s Maria Virginia Zonta serves against the Netherlands’ Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer during their women’s preliminary round beach volleyball match at Horse Guards Parade, Aug. 2, 2012. (Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters)

US fencer Nzingha Prescod prepares to fight against South Korea’s Jung Gil Ok during the women’s foil team session as part of the fencing event, Aug. 2, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London.(Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/GettyImages)

Olympic record holder Walton Eller of the US competes in the men’s double trap qualification at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London, Aug. 2, 2012. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/GettyImages)

Choi Hyeonju of Korea competes in her Women’s Individual Archery 1/8 Eliminantions match against Berengere Schuh of France during the Women’s Individual Archery on Day 6 at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Aug. 1, 2012. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Fans cheer during the men’s preliminary round beach volleyball match between Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo and Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego at Horse Guards Parade, Aug. 2, 2012. (Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters)

A combination picture shows painted faces of fans from different countries during the London 2012 Olympic Games. The fans are painted in the colours of Belarus, Spain, Great Britain., Hungary, France and Spain. (Reuters/Staff)

Team Netherlands celebrate winning the bronze medal at the victory ceremony after the women’s eight finals rowing event, Aug. 2, 2012. The team comprises of Jacobine Veenhoven, Nienke Kingma, Chantal Achterberg, Sytske de Groot, Roline Repelaer van Driel, Claudia Belderbos, Carline Bouw, Annemiek de Haan and Anne Schellekens. (Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

 

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