Olympics 2012: The details

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. [25 photos total]

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Japan's Reiko Shiota serves during a mixed doubles badminton match of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP / Saurabh Das) #
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The nails of Laura Robson of Great Britain are painted with colors of the Union Flag as she plays against Lucie Safarova at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP / Mark Humphrey) #
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The Netherland's Sanne Keizer signals her partner during a beach volleyball match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP / Dave Martin) #
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United States' Destinee Hooker rests her hand on her hips during a timeout in a women's preliminary volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP / Jeff Roberson) #
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Chinese gymnasts stand in a line during a team presentation ahead of the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / Julie Jacobson) #
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Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura prepares for a performance during the artistic gymnastics men's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP / Gregory Bull) #
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Madelein Meppelink from Netherlands prepares to serve during the Beach Volleyball match against Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / Petr David Josek) #
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Anastasia Vasina, left, from Russia holds hands with her teammate Anna Vozakova, right, during the Beach Volleyball match against Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP / Petr David Josek) #
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Marie-Andree Lessard from Canada signals to her teammate during the Beach Volleyball match against Russia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / Petr David Josek) #
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Silvana Saldarriaga of Peru prepares to compete during the women's 63-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / Mike Groll) #
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Britain's Naomi Folkard shoots during an elimination round of the individual archery competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
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Germany's Christine Wenzel ejects cartridges between shots in the women's skeet final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP / Rebecca Blackwell) #
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Sweden's goalkeeper Cecilia Grubbstrom grabs a ball during their women's handball preliminary match against France at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP / Matthias Schrader) #
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Switzerland's Simone Kuhn, left, blocks a shot by Russia's Anna Vozakova during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP / Jae C. Hong) #
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The hands of United States' Lauren Wenger, left, and Kami Craig go up as they defend against Spain during a preliminary women's water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Rustam Ukumanov of Kazakhstan holds the ball up as he shoots at goal during their mens Water Polo preliminary round match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 28, 2012, in London. (AP / Alastair Grant) #
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Water runs down the cap strap of Aaron Younger of Australia during a preliminary men's water polo match against Kazakhstan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. Australia won 7-4. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Water covers the body of Peter Hudnut of the United States near his Olympic rings tattoo during a preliminary men's water polo match against Romania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. The U.S. won 10-8. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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A pole is knocked down by the hooves of HP Leilani, ridden by Australia's Christopher Burton, as they attempt a jump in the equestrian eventing individual show jumping phase at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP / David Goldman) #
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Braids decorate the mane of Pastor, ridden by Luiza Tavares de Almeida, of Brazil, as they compete in the equestrian dressage at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. (AP / David Goldman) #
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Gymnast Do Thi Ngan Thuong from Vietnam performs on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics women's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP / Gregory Bull) #
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Japan's Aya Miyama touches the ball during the women's group F soccer match between Japan and South Africa, at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP / Luca Bruno) #
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A tattoo decorates the leg of Samira Rocha of Brazil during the women's handball preliminary match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP / Matthias Schrader) #
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Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura balances on wooden blocks during the artistic gymnastics men's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in London. (AP / Julie Jacobson) #
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United States' Ryan Lochte arrives for a men's 200-meter individual medley swimming semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. (AP / David J. Phillip) #

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