Gagan Narang's nightmare is over, Yogeshwar Dutt too doesn't need to live with the feeling of being an Olympic failure, while for Saina Nehwal the ghosts of Beijing have finally been exorcised.
The 83-member strong Indian contingent was said to be the biggest but more importantly the strongest ever. However, India managed to win just 6 medals. Here's a look at the names who didn't live up to their billing in our top 5 flops at the London Games.
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt dominated Twitter during the Olympics, the social networking site has revealed, with his gold in the 200 metres inspiring a staggering 80,000 tweets per minute.
For skeptics, the Olympics were deliciously doomed: London's transport network would surely fail, Britain's athletes would flop, rain would prevail and terrorists would strike. But then the sun came out after months of sodden skies, vehicles moved briskly, there were no attacks and British athletes reeled in a shocking 65 medals.
While a rousing reception await the medal winners back home, let's not forget some of our fantastic athletes who came so near yet were far. Here's our compilation of top 5 athletes who deserve a little more than a polite pat on the back, saying well done.
Women made their mark on the Olympics like never before in London, the first Games ever to feature women in all 204 national teams and all 26 sports.
Google's final Doodle on Olympics represents the Olympics' closing ceremony and has animated representations from almost all the sports that were featured in the London Olympics.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge gave a glowing assessment of the London Olympics on Thursday, saying the huge crowds at the event were the cornerstone of its success.
An Australian woman has admitted taking the ashes of her late father - an Olympic silver medallist - trackside to the London Games and scattering them over the triple jump run-up.
After being in the news that they are available in record numbers in the London Games, condoms are back in the limelight following an inquiry ordered when a bucket full of the unofficial latex was discovered.
The London Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday will be a "beautiful, cheeky, cheesy, camp, silly and thrilling" journey through British pop history, its musical director promised.
What World's Fairs once were, the Olympics have become: a chance to get along on a global level while holding onto national pride. Humanity gathering for what it hopes are larger, nobler, more lucrative purposes.
Australia's dismal showing at the Olympics will have consequences for the country's sports minister.
Instead of portraits of the queen, Britain is getting kings and queens of sports.
A Rupert Murdoch-controlled Australian tabloid on Wednesday laughed off a stinging rebuke from North Korea after it described the nuclear-armed state as "Naughty Korea" in its Olympic medal tallies.
The 3-month-old cheetah cubs at the National Zoo in Washington have been named for the fastest American runners in the Olympics.
While Usain Bolt is probably the most popular man in the world this week, Ashley Gill was a fraction away from making himself the most unpopular man on the planet.
Eight years after hosting the Olympic Games in the country where they were born, Greeks seem more interested in finding out if there will be light at the end of their dismal economic tunnel than showing concern about what is happening at the London Olympics.