No. 6: Olympics 2012

The 2012 London Olympics drew raves from some of the toughest critics around: the British people themselves, many of whom had fretted in advance over anticipated traffic, security and even weather nightmares that for the most part failed to fulfill the dire prophecies. And there was much success on the athletic level, with the likes of Baltimore swimmer Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian ever, swimmer Missy Franklin bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old with five medals, including four golds, and Usain Bolt striking 100- and 200-meter lightning golds in his second straight Olympics.
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