Olympic Closing Ceremony 2012: Biggest Takeaways from Summer Games' Finale

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  A general view during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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The closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics was a sensational one and one that will be remembered vividly by those who participated and tuned in this summer.

It's safe to say the folks in charge four years from now at Rio 2016 have their work cut out for them. Luckily, they have plenty of time.

Here we break down the biggest takeaways from the Summer Games' epic finale.

 

Fans Still Love the Closing Ceremony

No matter how irrelevant the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games is in my eyes, most fans enjoy the finale and all the flash and bang that it includes. 

Roughly 80,000 people filled the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday, helping to say goodbye to one of the most memorable Games in recent memory. 

Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history, while Jamaica's Usain Bolt became the greatest sprinter of all time. 

Whether people are there for the big-name performers or the unique take on the host nation's culture, there is something intriguing about the closing ceremony.

 

The British Love Their Pop

Whether it was the Spice Girls or One Direction, British's top pop groups were on display during the closing ceremony on Sunday.

The fans and athletes alike were loving every minute of it, and I'm sure there were countless fans nodding and bouncing their feet at home.

The musical treat was well-deserved by the British as well, who won 29 gold medals and 65 total. It was the nation's most impressive performance in over a century dating back to 1908.

I must say, the mix of old and new gave the world a perfect sample of what British pop had and has to offer. 

 

The March of the Athletes Still Inspires

Nearly 11,000 Olympic athletes marched together as one on Sunday at the closing ceremony, signaling the meaning of the Summer Games and its goal of unifying the globe.

Considering that the athletes walk alongside their fellow countrymen and countrywomen only in the opening ceremony, this slight alteration to the march makes for an inspirational ending to a unique and rare sporting event. 

Regardless of sex, race or background, the Olympic athletes come together to show that competition is meant to bring us closer and inspire others.

 

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