Olympics 2012: Faces of victory

Actually, the moment of victory is wonderful, but also sad. It means that your trip is ended. --Bill Toomey, 1968 Olympic decathlon champion [36 photos total]

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The USA's Abby Wambach (14) celebrates with teammate Shannon Boxx after beating Japan, 2-1, in the women's soccer final at Wembley Stadium in London, England, in the Summer Games on Thursday, August 9, 2012. (Los Angeles Times / Robert Gauthier) #
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South Africa's Chad le Clos reacts as he wins gold in the men's 200-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP / Michael Sohn) #
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Kami Craig of the United States celebrates after scoring a goal in overtime against Australia during their women's semifinal water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP / Alastair Grant) #
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Hungary's Daniel Gyurta reacts after winning gold in the men's 200-meter breaststroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP / Michael Sohn) #
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South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh celebrates after winning the men's 100-meter breaststroke swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP / Matt Slocum) #
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United States' Conor Dwyer, left, Michael Phelps, center, Ryan Lochte, second right, and Ricky Berens, right, pose with their gold medals after their win in the men's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP / Daniel Ochoa De Olza) #
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Members of the United States water polo team celebrate as the team scores a goal against Romania during their men's water polo preliminary round match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / Alastair Grant) #
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Australia women's water polo players react after scoring a goal against Hungary during the bronze medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Elsa Baquerizo, right, from Spain celebrates with her teammate Liliana Fernandez, left, winning a point against Netherlands in their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP / Petr David Josek) #
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Martins Plavins, left, and Janis Smedins, right, from Latvia react after the Beach Volleyball match against Venezuela at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / Petr David Josek) #
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China's Wang Mingjuan reacts during the women's 48-kg weightlifting event where she won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP / Mike Groll) #
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Kim Un Guk of North Korea competes during the men's 62-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP / Mike Groll) #
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Junior Antonio Sanchez Rivero of Venezuela reacted after making a successful clean and jerk lift in the men's 69kg Group B competition at the ExCel centre during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (Kansas City Star / David Eulitt) #
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Camilla Dalby of Denmark, 2nd right, celebrates with team mate Line Jorgensen after winning their women's handball preliminary match against Sweden at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP / Matthias Schrader) #
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Cho Jun-ho, of South Korea celebrates winning the bronze medal in the men's 66 kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP / Paul Sancya) #
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Travis Stevens of the United States celebrates after defeating Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil to advance to the semifinals of the men's 81kg Judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. (Los Angeles Times / Wally Skalij) #
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Marianne Vos, left, of The Netherlands, celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the Women's Road Cycling race at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP / Christophe Ena) #
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United States' Brady Ellison celebrates a semifinal win over South Korea in the team archery competition during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
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Germany's Sara Auffarth performs a victory lap after Germany won the gold in the team equestrian eventing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Greenwich Park in London. (AP / Markus Schreiber) #
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Automne Pavia, of France, reacts after winning her bronze medal against Hedvig Karakas of Hungary, during the women's 57-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP / Paul Sancya) #
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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France celebrates after defeating Canada's Milos Raonic at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The longest set in Olympic history was played on Tuesday when Tsonga defeated Raonic, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round at Wimbledon. (AP / Mark Humphrey) #
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Serena Williams of the United States screams as she competes against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during a first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP / Elise Amendola) #
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Team Great Britain reacts as they look towards a screen announcing the results of the Artistic Gymnastic men's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. Great Britain won the silver. (AP / Gregory Bull) #
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U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas acknowledges the crowd after receiving her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP / Gregory Bull) #
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Germany's Ariane Friedrich reacts after clearing the bar in a women's high jump qualification round during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP / Matt Dunham) #
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Russia's Ivan Ukhov reacts to his gold medal win in the men's high jump during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP / Sergey Ponomarev) #
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica, left, celebrated after winning the gold medal in the men's 200m final in a time of 19.32 at Olympic Stadium during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, Thursday, August 9, 2012. (Kansas City Star / David Eulitt) #
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Russia's Evgeniia Kolodko reacts after taking her final throw to win bronze in the women's shot put final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP / Matt Dunham) #
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Chuang Chih-yuan of Taiwan, reacts against Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany, during the bronze medal match at men's singles table tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP / Sergei Grits) #
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Italy's Daniele Molmenti celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the final of the K-1 men's kayak slalom at Lee Valley Whitewater Center, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Waltham Cross near London. Molmenti won the gold medal. (AP / Victor R. Caivano) #
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Ukraine's Yana Dementieva, foreground, Anastasiia Kozhenkova, Nataliya Dovgodko, and Kateryna Tarasenko celebrate after winning the women's rowing quadruple sculls final in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP / Natacha Pisarenko) #
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Germany's Phillipp Wende and Karl Schulze celebrate after winning the gold medal for the men's quadruple rowing sculls in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP / Chris Carlson) #
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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, left, celebrates after winning over China's Chen Long, right, at a semifinal of men's singles badminton of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. Fischer's partner Christinna Pedersen is unseen. (AP / Saurabh Das) #
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Italy's Elisa Di Francisca reacts after defeating South Korea's Nam Hyun-hee during a semifinal fencing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP / Dmitry Lovetsky) #
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Italy's Diego Occhiuzzi reacts after defeating Italy's Aldo Montano during the men's individual sabre round of 16 fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP / Dmitry Lovetsky) #
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Valentina Vezzali of Italy reacts to winning her round of 16 match against Ines Boubakri of Tunisa during women's fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP / Andrew Medichini) #

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