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Closing Ceremony bookmarks the London 2012 Olympics

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Fireworks explode during the finale of the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 12.

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Melanie Brown, Victoria Beckham and Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls perform during the Closing Ceremony.

After many long days, the London 2012 Olympic Games have finally drawn to an end. With names like the Spice Girls and The Who, you should not miss the Closing Ceremony (I'm not admitting I like the Spice Girls, just saying you should not miss the show). However, it is good to look back at the past couple weeks.

There have been many ups and downs along the way for the athletes and fans. Jumps of joy and tears of defeat were abundant. Returning athletes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt defended their titles, while rising stars like Missy Franklin shone in the Olympic spotlight for the first time. There were heartbreaking moments as well, like watching runner Morgan Uceny fall while competing in the 1500 meter race.

These exciting events are now on pause for a little while, but they will return. Part of the Closing Ceremony involves a hand off to the next host of the summer games, which will be Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

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Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, right, holds the Olympic Flag next to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, left, and IOC President Jacques Rogge at the Olympic stadium during the Closing Ceremony. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games.LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages

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Brazilian street dancer Renato Sorriso, left, performs during the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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