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Olympics 2012: 25 Best Photos from London

Blake DorfmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2012

Olympics 2012: 25 Best Photos from London

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    We've been bringing you the 10 best photos of each day throughout the Olympics. Some have been artistically stunning photos while others have just been images that capture lasting moments from the London Games.

    This list will be dedicated solely to photos as art. Amazing colors (like this wrestling photo), innovative camera angles, shots that exude emotion and nifty lens tricks are what make these great.

    Here are the top 25 photos coolest from the London Olympics...  

25. Triple Threat

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    The dark black background during the trampoline competition produced some stunning images.

24. Tuck and Roll

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    There was a lot of splash about the head-on diving shots in which all the competitors looked constipated. They were great, but the side view with the Olympic rings in the back was also amazing.

23. Max Effort

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    Weightlifters provide some of the best portraits of raw effort.

22. Heavy Hammer

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    This really gives a feel for how much force is created when that big ol' ball is swung around.

21. Hoop Dreams

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    Is this rhythmic gymnast that flexible, or has she dislocated her hips?

20. Onward and Upward

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    Those poles can really bend. Love the contrast between the blur of a crowd and the crystal-clear vaulter.

19. Pool Party

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    These ladies look like they just came from the disco swimming pool party.

18. Swordplay

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    The contrast of white fencing outfits with a black background gives photographers a lot of room to experiment, and it leads to cool things.

17. Queen's-Eye View

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    The Queen (in pink) takes in the show at the Opening Ceremonies.

16. Equine Airlines

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    That's a biiiiiig animal getting way up in the air.

15. BMX Rings

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    Is it me, or does this clump of BMX riders somewhat make the shape of the Olympic rings? Whether or not you think it should be an Olympic sport, this event was impressively fast, intense and dangerous.

14. Center of Attention

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    The cool part about this one is that all the thousands of pairs of eyeballs in the background are focused on the one man kissing the track. That's Usain Bolt, by the way. He's pretty good.

13. Emerging

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    This is like an evolution chart of how humans progressed toward walking upright.

12. Gettin' Up

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    If you got to watch some handball, you saw what a physical and intense game it is.

11. Self Portrait

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    The amount of photographers at the Olympics is sometimes overlooked. They are everywhere.

10. The Matrix in London

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    It's Street Fighter II in real life. No fireballs though.

9. Funny Faces

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    This was the best of the constipated diver series, and there were a lot.

8. How'e the Weather Up There?

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    This is a real perspective on the magnitude of an Olympic trampoline bounce.

7. Soccer with Style

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    Soccer produces some great action photos.

6. Stare It Down

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    Just a man and his ping pong ball. There were lots of great shots from the table tennis competition.

5. Locked Together

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    These two female wrestlers are sharing an intimate moment as they think about how to throw each other to the ground.

4. Chaos on the Way

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    These birds were just trying to enjoy a peaceful day on the water before the Olympic triathlon came through.

3. Savoring Greatness

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    Serena Williams had a lot of fun dismantling Maria Sharapova en route to gold, and this snapshot encapsulates the joy she felt.

2. Falling Fast

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    Here's a different point of view of decathlon champion Ashton Eaton's pole vault.

1. Looking Back

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    Sprint cyclists can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour. Here, a competitor looks up at the top of the curve at a competitor on the high side of the track.

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