2012 Olympics: Power Ranking Most Inspirational Performances

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2012 Olympics: Power Ranking Most Inspirational Performances

These are the faces of these Olympics.

The 2012 London Games had it share of inspirational moments that defined the last 16 days and have etched these faces in historical lore.

While there are many stories, many athletes and many countries that were affected positively by the spirit of competition, the feel of gold around the necks of winners and the agony of coming so close after training for so long—this is just a taste of inspirational stories that helped define this event.

In four years, in Rio de Janeiro, there will be others who take to the podium and inspire us to do great things.

But for now, these Olympians are the ones who captured the world's heart in their hands and held on to it for the last two weeks.

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