View the best images from the 2012 Olympic Games and historic sports photography from the AP collections

Runners pass by the Olympics flame on the first day of the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza) License this photo

AP photographers helped capture the most memorable moments of the London 2012 Olympic Games for the rest of the world to see. From breathtaking Olympic images of the opening and closing ceremonies, to the variety of competitive athletes striving for gold, AP Images captured world records, personal heartbreaks, and athletic triumphs. AP photographed the biggest highlights including images of Michael Phelps winning his 18th gold medal, Usain Bolt breaking the relay record and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team taking the gold medal.

With Olympic images including rowing, diving, badminton, fencing, sailing and swimming, AP gives you access to the most exclusive photos of the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as historical Olympic photos, as if you were right there watching.

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