2012 Olympic Games: Usain Bolt and Most Impressive Olympic Performances
Usain Bolt truly has the Midas touch. Every event he competed in he won gold. He took the top podium spot in the 100 meters, 200 meters and anchored Jamaica's world-record performance in the 400-meter relay.
He is a superhero.
No other athlete, for any other country, was as impressive as Bolt in London. He is already the greatest sprinter that ever lived.
If he comes back to the Olympics in 2016, and he has success close to what he has accomplished in the last two Olympic Games, we'll have to replace the word "sprinter" with athlete.
Though Bolt was the best athlete of the 2012 Olympic Games, he wasn't the only one that shined. Here are five other athletes that showed us what Olympic greatness was all about.
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In what was supposed to be the year Phelps passed the torch, he still had more medals than any other athlete in the world.
He took home four gold medals and two silver in a performance that punctuated the greatest Olympic career in history. Phelps has won 22 medals in all, and 18 gold medals; both of those totals are the most all-time.
This performance was almost as impressive as Beijing 2008, when he won eight gold medals, simply because he was supposed to fall off.
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The American women were well represented in the pool. Missy Franklin is part of the bright future for American swimming, but her performance in London showed she is very much a part of the USA's awesome present.
She won four gold medals and one bronze. Her five medals was second only to Phelps in total individual medal count.
All this, and she's only 17 years old. Look out world in 2016, Franklin is just getting started.
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Schmitt represents even more American swimming dominance. She also won five gold medals, taking three gold, a silver and a bronze.
The 22-year-old was one of the United States' major stars in the pool and overall. She should have another run in her for 2016, but even if she doesn't, she has won six total Olympic medals.
She won a bronze in 2008 at the age of 18.
Her career is already very distinguished. Schmitt, Franklin, Rebecca Soni and the 15-year old-Katie Ledecky have the future of American women's swimming in good hands.
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Taking a break from the pool and the track for a second, I must recognize the performance of Serena Williams. She captured two gold medals in London: the women's individual and doubles with her sister Venus.
Because of the nature of the sport, the medal chances aren't as numerous, but Serena's dominance was noteworthy.
She blasted her way through Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova on her way to a gold medal. None of the matches were close, and it left no doubt who the best female player in the world really is.
Serena deserved to dance in London.
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Bolt was clearly the standout male performer on the track, but on the female side it was Allyson Felix. She captured three gold medals as well, but two of them came in a team event.
However, she was the winner in the 200 meters, and her amazing leg in the women's 1600-meter relay was the strongest in an American romp.
Her versatility deserves praise. She won a medal running the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters, that is no simple feat.