Call it #NBCfail if you want to, but the combined networks of NBC Universal managed to turn the London 2012 Olympics into the most-watched event in television history, according to the number-crunchers at the Nielsen Company.
An NBC sports announcer was playing the classic game of spot-celebrities-in-the-stands during the gold metal Olympics match in men's basketball when this happened:
Where can you buy a large punk rock head complete with pink Mohawk haircut, Mary Poppins' coat and umbrella, and a pair of competition boxing gloves used by elite athletes?
CNN's Neil Curry reads out his Olympic Poem to the best images of the 2012 Games.
British historical and cultural references dominate the Olympics' opening ceremony. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.
The 2012 Summer Games end with a bang in the skies over London.
There were so many golden moments at the London 2012 Games, but for me, the moment that Team GB's Mo Farah won the 10,000 meters was a wonderful collision of electricity.
Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in an Olympic track and field event says she hopes to inspire others.
Led by Kevin Durant's 30 points, the United States men's basketball team fought off a stiff challenge from Spain to win the gold medal 107-100 on Sunday as the London Olympics neared its close.
CNN's Jaime Florcruz reports on China's successful London Games medal count.
The face of the Olympics is well known the world over: athletes winning, losing, straining every sinew of their bodies in the pursuit of podium glory. But behind the scenes there is another story of the athletes' lives and the use of their bodies, one that centers on their time staying at the Olympic Village.
Trust the British to get it right -- in the end. When it comes to taking stock on London 2012, I believe the London Games will be regarded as having brought the Olympics concept home.
CNN's Jim Boulden interviews Daniel Moylan, Chairman of London Legacy Development Corporation.
The 2012 London Olympics end Sunday with a music-filled closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, but there are still plenty of medals to be won. Fifteen events in 10 sports will take place across the capital on what is the last day of the competition.
Beach volleyball players, particularly Olympians, are known all around the world for their incredible skill with the ball. They've also been known for wearing those skimpy uniforms.
It may not have been the most dramatic of moments, but it was certainly an important one: Two women, modestly dressed and veiled, walked proudly alongside the flag of their nation Saudi Arabia into London's Olympic stadium at the Games' spectacular opening ceremony.
Track and field competition revs up on Saturday, but not before swimmers -- among them, the most decorated Olympian of all time -- make one final splash in the pool. Here are five things to look for Saturday at the 2012 London Games:
An Australian swim coach has tough love for his compatriots in the Olympics this year: "We're getting too soft. Our work ethic has dropped down."
Usain Bolt bids to become the first man to win the Olympic sprint double twice while World Cup champ Japan seeks to win a second major football title.
Smiles on Olympic volunteers, trains running on time and all the Gold medals. Its so un-British Jim Boulden reports.
A German tries again for a piece of gold medal history, and the sprint queens will find glory just around the corner.
If you're like most people, me included, you may have trouble running an Olympics hurdle race without pulling a muscle.
American judoka Nicholas Delpopolo has been thrown out of the Olympics after a failed drug test he blamed on inadvertently eating food that had been baked with marijuana.
It's a big day at track and field, topped by the always exciting men's 1,500-meter final. In other notable events, several athletes say farewell to the London Games while others look for one more shot at glory.
There's a lot to look forward to in the last week of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, including individual event finals for men's and women's gymnastics. Can all-around women's champ Gabby Douglas add to her gold tally in Monday's uneven bars? Who will reign supreme in the men's 400 meters, for which South Africa's Oscar Pistorius - the Olympics' first double amputee runner - failed to qualify.
A tennis rivalry is revisited and the world's fastest men compete for gold. Here are five things to look for Sunday at the 2012 London Games:
Olympic athletes and spectators are set for the biggest day of action yet at the London 2012 Games, with 25 gold medals up for grabs in 11 different sports on what has been dubbed "Super Saturday."
Hackney Wick is nestled next to the Olympic site, separated only by a waterway known as the Lee Navigation. It is a half industrial, half artistic enclave, little known to Londoners, but which has, in recent years, become rich in street art from a cast of artists who have been integral to regenerating east London and informing its cultural identity.
Track star Sanya Richards-Ross talks about her Olympic hopes and getting over her past defeats.
If you've been mesmerized by the drama, like millions of other viewers watching coverage of the Olympic Games, you have heard the most heroic, inspirational stories of athletes reaching the pinnacle of international competition. Or, at least you think you have.
One of the Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for trying to lose a match has said she is quitting the sport, accusing the badminton governing body of ruining her dreams.
In keeping with the Olympic spirit of overcoming challenge with determination why not take on the test of the CNN jigsaw? We have selected 10 images - see how many you can solve by piecing together memorable images from London 2012.
Eight female badminton players were disqualified from the Olympics on Wednesday for trying to lose matches the day before, the Badminton World Federation announced after a disciplinary hearing.
CNN's Erin Burnett talks to a Sports Illustrated reporter about the controversy surrounding Chinese Olympian Ye Shiwen.
A Swiss soccer player was expelled from the London Games for sending a racist message on Twitter about South Koreans.
The breakout star of this summer's Olympic games so far has been ... Twitter.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams tells CNN that doping allegations made against Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen are "pure rumors."
How on earth could a teenage swimmer at her first Olympic Games knock five full seconds off her previous best performance? That's what has left so many people scratching their heads after watching China's Ye Shiwen smash the world record in the women's 400-meter individual medley.
It would take you almost five solid months -- without sleeping or bathroom breaks -- to watch every sporting event at this year's Summer Olympics. More than 3,500 hours of competition from London will be crammed into just 17 days.
CNN's Atika Shubert gets some advice from locals on how to deal with London's notoriously fickle weather.
I am covering the Olympics for Slate this year, and, as such, it's my job to know what happens at the Games as soon as it happens. No waiting for the tape-delay broadcast for me; I wake at 4 a.m. to watch archery and stay in front of the screen until the sun sets on the British Isles. What this means is that I have personally spoiled at least seven people's enjoyment of the Olympics by blabbing prematurely about who won what event. "Did you see that Michael Phelps came in fourth?" I ask. "No, you jerk, and thanks for ruining it for me. I was going to watch that tonight," they respond.
This is supposed to be the Twitter Olympics, but tweet- and text-clogged networks appear to have caused problems for broadcasters at the London Games.
One of the two women on Saudi Arabia's Olympic team may be pulled from the competition because of the kingdom's insistence that she wear a headscarf in her judo matches.
It's an Olympic first as Saudi Arabia names two women to the London 2012 team. Max Foster has more.
CNN's Alex Thomas reports, Olympic fans are closer to finding out who crashed the opening parade.
Olympics organizers have identified a mystery woman who gatecrashed the Opening Ceremony and marched with India's contingent in the Parade of Nations, they say.
An impressive fireworks show ended the four hour opening ceremony in London.
The first world records of the London 2012 Olympics have been set by a blind South Korean archer -- hours before Friday's much-anticipated opening ceremony was due to begin.
CNN's Aiming for Gold finds out what makes South Koreans so passionate about archery.
Unlike NBC, other TV networks aren't hoping to attract more than 200 million viewers as the London Olympics unfolds throughout the next 16 days.
CNN's Juliet Mann asks whether it makes business sense for companies to pay around $100 million to be part of the games.
The streets of London are paved with Olympic gold.
The day of the Olympic opening ceremony, demonstrators are set to gather outside the stadium in protest against major sponsor Dow Chemicals.
As he prepares for his Olympic farewell, IOC President Jacques Rogge reflects on what the games have meant to him.
Becky Anderson visits Heathrow's multi-million dollar Games Terminal that will host 80% of travel during the Olympics
Coke, Heineken and McDonald's are among the big name sponsors with elaborate - and expensive - plans for the Olympics.
The organizers of the 2012 London Olympics have repeatedly asserted the value of the Games in the shape of wider involvement in sport, a lasting legacy of sporting facilities, and increased tourism. But experience from previous Games suggest differently.
Olympic officials will tell you that four billion people around the world will watch some part or another of the London Olympics during its 17-day span.
For the Dawsons of Tauranga, New Zealand, the canoe slalom event at the London Olympics will be a family affair.
Former England captain David Beckham is full of excitement ahead of the London Olympics. CNN's Amanda Davies reports.
More allegations about olympic security failings are dogging the games in London - with less than two weeks to go.
The British government will deploy an extra 1,200 troops for Olympics security, Sports Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced Tuesday.
Basketball, track and swimming have been staples at the Olympics for decades, drawing thousands of spectators. But solo synchronized swimming or live pigeon shooting?
S. Sudanese marathoner, Guor Marila, a man without a country, gets the go ahead to participate in the Olympics.
Team CNN takes on the discus throw ahead of the Olympics.
For all the cheers, roars and ovations in all the Olympic stadiums and arenas over all the years, perhaps the most significant Olympic sound heard in the last quarter-century was a yawn.
Border staff are among government workers who are set to strike on the eve of the Olympics, union leaders announced Thursday, risking longer lines at Heathrow airport's passport control for visitors arriving for the Games.
An additional 1,200 British troops are being placed on standby for the Olympic Games, authorities said Thursday, amid a security fiasco caused by a contractor's failure to supply enough guards for the Games.
McDonald's says it is offering healthy options at the Olympics, but a London lawmaker says fast food is an unfit sponsor.
The chairman of the London 2012 organizing group Friday rejected concerns over security staffing ahead of the Olympic Games, which start in two weeks.
CNN's Becky Anderson shows us how to get through security at the London 2012 Olympics.
British authorities arrested a 22-year-old woman Saturday on suspicion of terror offenses amid heightened security before the London Olympics.
Seven men have been arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of terror offenses, West Midlands police said Friday.
Armed police shut down a busy motorway in central England Thursday amid a security alert centred on a bus, a stark reminder of the heightened watch being maintained by authorities just three weeks before the London Olympic Games.
CNN's Nic Robertson has the latest on a passenger bus stopped by authorities in Britain.
Four years after hosting the 2008 Summer Games, Beijing's Olympic legacy appears to be a lasting one.
Some brand-new London Olympics venues will be shrunk or torn down after the Games. Phil Han reports.
It's not just the athletes going for gold in the 2012 London Olympics -- it appears that some of the torch bearers may be trying to cash in on the role of carrying the flame.
Against long odds, Palestinian athletes train for their first Olympic competition. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
Team CNN's Amanda Davies reports on the highs and lows of Olympic trampolining with Laura Gallagher.
British sports fans who struck out twice trying to land Olympic tickets will get a third chance starting Friday.
Londoners check out the Olympic centerpiece -- the new main stadium. CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.
CNN's Don Lemon and Azadeh Ansari go beyond the headlines into female athlete participation in the 2012 London Olympics.
Bahiya Al-Hamad is a 19-year-old college student and air-rifle shooter who is about to make history for her country.
Olympic gymnastics hopeful Jennifer Pinches talks to CNN about her inspiration and preparation.
Not every athlete gets to train with their heroes, but Jennifer Pinches is lucky enough to be friends with one of hers.
British defense officials consider surface-to-air missiles as part of security during the London Olympics.
The British Ministry of Defence might place surface-to-air missiles on a water tower in a densely populated London neighborhood as part of security for the Olympic Games this summer, a ministry official said Sunday.
British defense officials say they may deploy missiles from residential rooftops at the Olympics. Atika Shubert reports.
London 2012 organizers could argue that one of the many attractions of holding the Olympics in the British capital is the number of great restaurants on offer for visitors harboring a hunger for tasty morsels.
CNN's Jim Boulden talks with Stephen Daldry, who's in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies at the London Games.
Seven years after upsetting favorite Paris to win the right to host the 2012 Olympics, London is in the final straight of a long and often bumpy run-up to stage the sporting showpiece.
CNN's Matthew Chance looks at the long term economic impact of the London Olympics for the United Kingdom.
CNN's Ben Wyatt visits the GlaxoSmithKline laboratory to learn more about dope screening ahead of the Olympic Games.
Veronica Campbell-Brown knows a thing or two about upsetting the odds.
Yohan Blake is the 100-meter World Champion, but can he catch Usain Bolt at the 2012 Olympics?
We're just four months away from the London Olympics and the city is nearly ready to greet thousands of athletes and millions of visitors.
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