The 2012 London Olympic Games was one of the biggest successes in the history of the event. Billions of people tuned in worldwide to watch athletes represent their countries with pride and honor. These games were full of high expectations for some athletes, while others burst onto the scene and surprised us all. The London Olympics were full of suspense, drama and a bit of controversy. Let’s take a look at some of the events which stood out the most.
Swimming is always a huge draw for the Summer Olympics, but one event seemed to feature a bit of controversy. Ye Shiwen, a 16-year-old swimmer representing China, shocked everyone with her dominating performance. She set the new world record while winning gold in the 400 IM, and she swam her final 50 meters faster than American-born gold medal winner Ryan Lochte. After this performance many people were speculating as to how it was possible, but so far, it looks as though she achieved the feat without cheating. She would go on to take gold in the 200 IM a few days later.
Missy Franklin was a breakout star in London 2012, and she helped the women’s team to win the 4×100-meter medley relay as well. Franklin was magnificent in the backstroke, which is her specialty. The Summer Olympics of 2012 will always be remembered for breathtaking performances. Most of the event went on without a hitch due to the careful planning by London officials.