London 2012: 10 Biggest Surprises from Olympic Games

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London 2012: 10 Biggest Surprises from Olympic Games
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When the 2012 Olympics began on July 27, expectations were already in place for many of the Summer Games' premier performers. Countless other athletes entered the fray widely unknown.

As fate unfolded in London, we witnessed moments of redemption, heartache and history. Perhaps the greatest element of Olympic action is the emergence of stories we could have never anticipated. 

That's what we examine here. The triumphs and tragedies that stunned onlookers and added a new chapter to the unpredictable nature of Olympic competition surely deserve a second look. 

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