A leg up
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Away from the spotlight | Scenes from the sidelines of the 2012 Olympics

A leg up
Spectators go to great lengths to get a good vantage point for the men’s marathon during at London Olympics. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)
Shadowy entrance
Silhouetted spectators cast shadows inside the Excel Centre at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  (Dennis M. Sabangan / EPA)
Taking in the sights
A tourist enjoys a rain shower along the banks of the River Thames opposite the Olympic rings and Parliament in London. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images)
Lights, camera, action!
A stand-in approximates the position of a competitor as workers set up the stage in the weightlifting venue in preparation for the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Among many television camera angles set up for the event is a camera embedded in the floor of the stage a few feet from the athletes’ lifting position. (Mike Groll, / Associated Press)
Theft ring
A pedestrian passes by an Olympics-inspired mural in East London. ( Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Dampened spirits
Olympic spectators sit in the rain prior to the show-jumping phase of the equestrian eventing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Markus Schreiber / Associated Press)
Athletes give each other a fist bump after practicing at the Olympic Stadium.  (Adrian Dennis / AFP / Getty Images)
Splash of color
Team USA’s Erik Storck and Trevor Moore practice before starting the 49er class sailing race. (Bernat Armangue / Associated Press)
Light show
An electrical storm illuminates the skyline above London as seen from the banks of the River Thames. (Andrew Cowie / AFP / GettyImages)
Journalists protect their computers, cameras and other equipment from the rain at the Olympic Stadium. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)
Jagged lines
A worker makes his way between two BMX bicycle tracks at the BMX Arena inside Olympic Park.  (Robert Ghement / EPA)
On target
South Korean archers retrieve their arrows from the target during practice at Lord’s Cricket Ground during the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Paul Gilham, Getty Images)
Ocean floor
Work crews prepare the floor for the men’s individual all-around gymnastics event at the 2012 London Olympics.  (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A clean dive
A worker cleans the diving board while an athlete trains at the Aquatics Center at Olympic Park ahead of the competition.  (Barbara Walton / EPA)
Stars and stripes
Team USA fans head toward the Olympic Stadium during the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)