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Navy Lieutenant Swims To Gold In London Paralympics, Months After Injury()  

U.S. swimmer Bradley Snyder poses with his gold medal after winning the men's 100m freestyle - S11 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

August 31, 2012 Less than one year after being blinded by an explosion in Afghanistan, U.S. swimmer Bradley Snyder has won a gold medal in the men's 100m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics. The medal came hours after Snyder set a Paralympic record in a preliminary heat at the London Aquatic Center.


Doing It To Win: Veterans Raise Bar At Paralympics()  

Rob Jones and Oksana Masters will compete in adaptive rowing at the London Olympics this week. Jones is a former U.S. Marine who lost both legs to an improvised land mine in southern Afghanistan.

August 30, 2012 Among the athletes at the ongoing 2012 games in London are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Organizers of the games say the vets raise the caliber of the competition. And injured veterans say Paralympic sports provide inspiration and the prospect of a normal, active life.


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Paralympics Begin In London, Near 'Spiritual Home' Of Games()  

A team of torchbearers brings the Paralympic flame through Piccadilly Circus as the torch heads across London to the Olympic Stadium. The Paralympic Games' opening ceremony will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

August 29, 2012 More than 4,000 athletes from 147 countries will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where the opening ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. ET today. The U.S. contingent of 227 athletes includes 133 men and 94 women. Of the American Paralympians, 20 are U.S. military veterans.


Medalist Claressa Shields Gets A Hero's Welcome()  

Olympian Claressa Shields visits the USA House in London before leaving for her home in Flint, Mich. Shields was greeted by a marching band and a motorcycle escort in her hometown.

August 14, 2012 Hundreds gathered in Flint, Mich., Tuesday, to celebrate the return of Olympian Claressa Shields. Just 17, Shields won America's lone gold medal in boxing at the Summer Games. And her triumph was welcome news in Flint, a struggling town that gave her a motorcycle escort home.


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The Torch Is Out: Olympic Moments Will Burn On()  

Three photos show the Olympic flame slowly extinguishing at London's Olympic Stadium, as the London 2012 Games come to an end. The next Summer Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

August 13, 2012 From the London Games' opening ceremony through 302 medal events, these Summer Olympics have fed fans a rich diet of history and spectacle. I can only wish that I'd been able to eat it all — but part of the allure of the Olympics is that there's no way to watch everything.


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London 2012 Games Set A Viewership Record, At 219.4 Million()  

August 13, 2012 The London Summer Games have now become the most-watched television event in U.S. history, with a total of 219.4 viewers over 17 days of coverage. Those high ratings push London 2012 past Beijing 2008, which held the previous record of 215 million viewers.


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Gabby Douglas Gets One More Gold, For Winning Facebook Fans()  

Gabby Douglas sits in the Olympic Media Lounge at Westfield Stratford City in London. During the Olympics, Douglas' Facebook fanbase grew by nearly 4,000 percent.

August 13, 2012 They've been called the first "Social Games" — and the London Summer Olympics have made social stars out of athletes like gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, who saw her Facebook fanbase grow by nearly 4,000 percent.


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Winners And Losers From London's Summer Olympics, 'The Crying Games'()  

Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain cries as he celebrates winning the men's keirin track cycling final. In shedding Olympic tears, Hoy was far from alone in Britain.

August 13, 2012 The London 2012 Olympics were billed as the Social Games, with fans following along on Twitter, Facebook and other services. But it might be remembered as "The Crying Games," for the swelling of emotions many Britons experienced. We run down some of the winners and losers of the Summer Olympics.


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Olympics Closing Ceremony: Both Well-Received And Anger-Inducing()  

Fireworks explode at London's Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The gala has gotten good reviews — with the exception of those troubled by NBC's presentation.

August 13, 2012 The London 2012 Olympics are officially over, but people are still buzzing about Sunday's closing ceremony. It included many of the highlights of British culture and history that weren't in London's opening ceremony. And in America, some viewers are angry about what was left out of the U.S. feed.


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Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27()  

Phelps dives into the pool for his last Olympic race. He says that his plans for post-Olympic life include finally seeing the cities he's competed in.

August 12, 2012 Michael Phelps leaves London with 18 gold medals and a record 22 total medals. He says that his plans for life after the Olympics include visiting some of the cities he's competed in — but outside the bubble of swim meets, for a change.


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