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Queen's honor list adds Bradley Wiggins, Ben Ainslie after triumphant Olympics

Wiggins became first Brit to win Tour de France before capturing fourth Olympic gold medal at 2012 London Summer Games.

Paralympics Closing Ceremony lights up London sky (PHOTOS)

The Paralympics Closing Ceremony lit up the London sky on Sunday night, as Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay-Z performed to mark the end of the Games.

Boy, 10, replaces Olympic medal for disqualified Canadian sprinters

Elijah Porter sends letter, soccer medal to DQ'd Olympic sprinters.
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Canada's Jared Connaughton and Justyn Warner (R) react after the men's 4X100 relay final at the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 11, 2012 in London. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
The Canadian sprinters celebrated for seven minutes before officials made their decisions.
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Russia giving Olympic medal winners sports cars

Putin hands out state awards, Audi sports cars to Olympic medalists.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives volleyball player Sergey Tetyukhin a state honor in Moscow on August 15, 2012. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)
There are different models for gold, silver and bronze medalists.
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Mexico feels bold after Olympic gold

MEXICO CITY — Beer flowed early in Mexico City bars and restaurants as fans gathered to watch the London Olympic men's soccer final on Saturday. Such matches usually leave a bitter taste for fans used to watching Mexico flop over the past two decades. But fans tasted something different in the gold-medal match: international soccer success, beating five-time World Cup champion Brazil 2-1 in London and burying decades of “futbol” futility.

Were the Olympic Games an economic success?

So, two weeks of Olympic Games are over. There was a huge amount of expectation on London, but did the British deliver? Let's take a look.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of London Olympics gold medal

Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her London Olympic gold medal after testing positive for a banned substance.
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Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her medal after testing positive for drugs. (Clive Brunskill/AFP/Getty Images)
Just hours after the Olympic flame was extinguished, Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her London Olympic gold. Ostapchuk, the women's Olympic shot put champion, was stripped of her gold medal after testing positive for a banned substance,
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London's Heathrow airport braces for record travel day

London's Heathrow airport spent $30 million preparing to transport 80 percent of Olympic visitors.

USA men beat Spain in Basketball to take the gold medal

The US team won 107-100 in a close match with Spain.
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The USA men's team pose with their medals after the Men's Basketball gold medal game on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Christian Petersen/AFP/Getty Images)
Americans are still the world's reigning basketball champs, though just barely.
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Bryshon Nellum survives gang shooting to win silver, carry US flag

US chooses Bryshon Nellum to carry flag at 2012 London Olympics closing ceremonies.
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Bryshon Nellum of the United States celebrates after winning silver in the men's 4x400 relay on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in England. (Alex Livesey/AFP/Getty Images)
Doctors told 23-year-old Nellum to prepare for a life after elite athletics.
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