Olympics 2012: Highlighting Most Memorable Gold Medal Wins at London Games

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 12, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  (L-R) Hope Solo #1, Lauren Cheney #12 and Abby Wambach #14 of the United States pose with the the gold medal after defeating Japan by a score of 2-1 to win the Women's Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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There have been a whopping 926 medals, of which 288 have been gold, that have been decided at these 2012 London Olympics.

As always in this epic Olympics games, there were those gold-medal performances that have utmost significance. They are the ones that fans will be sure to remember from these tremendous Games in London.

It was these gold medal wins that won't just be remembered as London records, they will be known as feats to go down in Olympic history.

This is a breakdown of the three most memorable performances in London that fans will forever cherish as ground-breaking Olympic moments.


Usain Bolt Sweeps 100 and 200 For Second Consecutive Olympics

He came, he saw and sure as anything, he conquered.

The 2012 London Games saw Jamaican Usain Bolt confirm himself as a legend—taking gold medals in three different events, the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter races.

The same trio of events he won at the Beijing Olympics four years previous.

Bolt becomes the first runner to ever sweep the 100 and 200-meter sprints in consecutive Olympics, and could even potentially take his talents to Brazil to add to his legacy. 

The legend himself was at his best after a slip up in the Jamaican Olympic trials. Yohan Blake, otherwise known as "the Beast" dominated Bolt prior to these Games in the 100-meter race and Bolt knew he had to come out on fire at the Olympics.

And of course, he did just that.


USA Women's Soccer Gets Sweet Revenge

Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and an incredibly talented American team came to these Olympic games with a chip on their shoulder.

After losing to Japan in the 2011 World Cup final, Team USA defeated Japan 2-1 in the London final to claim gold for the third time in their Olympics history.

Norway is the only other country to have ever won a women's soccer gold at the Games, as USA is now two gold medals ahead in history.

The semifinals victory was a 4-3 victory that came in stunning fashion over Canada. After still being tied at three goals a piece at the end of extra time, a few minutes of injury time was all the United States needed to get an Alex Morgan header for the win. It was a back-breaking win to say the least.

In the gold-medal game, Team USA scored two goals before having Japan score one and then push hard for a second goal in the final 10 minutes. Solo had two mind-blowing saves to help seal the deal.

This team boasted three shut-out wins behind Solo's spectacular play in net, scored a whopping 15 goals in six games and had two tremendous wins in the semifinals and final.

Since 2010 this has been the most dominant team on the pitch in the women's game and they proved just that with the victory. Solo and Morgan came up huge when the team needed it most.

Michael Phelps Becomes Greatest Olympian

With 22 medals and 18 gold medals, USA swimming legend Michael Phelps becomes not only the greatest swimmer of all time, but the best Olympian to ever grace the Games.

Talk about one truly remarkable accomplishment.

Phelps took home six of the 22 medals at the London Games and did it in a memorable way.

After losing the first race to Ryan Lochte and failing to place, Phelps came back to stun fans with four gold medals to finish off his campaign.

Phelps also added two silver medals to the mix as well. He was victorious in the 4x200-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly and 4x100-meter medley this time around.

Forever in the history of swimming, there will be no mention of the sport's medalists without Phelps' name being uttered. And forever in the history of the Olympics, fans of these games and every sport will never mention the Olympic winners without Phelps' name being uttered, either.

Make no mistake, his London Games has him as the greatest medal winner to ever grace the ever-so cherished Olympic games.