Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the spectacular 2012 Summer Olympics.
• U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps now holds the most Olympic medals of any athlete in history. He has 22 Olympic medals, four more than the next highest Olympic medal holder (gymnast Larisa Latynina, from the Soviet Union, who has 18).
Not only that, but he has 18 gold medals—twice as many as any other Olympian.
Phelps won six medals in the 2012 Olympics.
• Four of the world’s top badminton women’s doubles teams were kicked out of the Olympics for throwing their matches.
The women deliberately tried to lose by serving wildly and hitting shots into the net or out of the court. Why?
If they had won their first matches, they would have had to play more difficult opponents. By losing their first matches, they would have been able to play easier, more beatable teams.
However, you’re not allowed to “throw” a match by losing on purpose so they were eliminated from the Olympics.