Alex Meyer wanted a medal in the 10-kilometer open water swim. He wanted one badly for his friends and family, for his country and for himself. But it just wasn't meant to happen on this day.
Ellis Coleman is tough. Really tough. Growing up on the West Side of Chicago and enduring an abusive childhood will make you that way. But that doesn't mean losing is easy.
A look at the career of Michael Phelps, who retired after swimming his final event of the London Olympics.
Michael Phelps' Olympic body of work is complete. He exits with an unparalleled 22 medals, so fittingly 22 people -- friends, competitors, peers and admirers -- chimed in on what they will miss.
There are some who don't want to accept that Michael Phelps' career is really over. Well, here are a few examples of why we should believe him.
London may be Michael Phelps' fond farewell, but for the kid without a license (Katie Ledecky) and the girl with a closet full of overalls (Missy Franklin), the fun is just beginning.
On the night Michael Phelps swam the last individual race of his career, he saw an example of how his legacy will carry on once he's gone.
Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro fought and fought and fought all the way into the record books. But only the Swiss has a chance for gold.
American 15-year-old Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle at the London Olympics on Friday.
Florent Manaudou of France won the 50-meter freestyle at the London Olympics on Friday.
Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly at the London Games on Friday for the record 17th gold and 21st medal overall in his Olympic career.
Roommates Dana Vollmer and Rebecca Soni have helped each other stay calm in the water. The result? World records and gold medals for each.
The names most often above Tyler Clary's at major meets have been Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. But on Thursday night, his resolve finally led him to his first Olympic gold medal.
Despite all the hard work and dedication Ryan Lochte put in before heading to London, and the ample hype that these were supposed to be his Games, there was just one problem -- he is not Michael Phelps.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the 100-meter freestyle at the London Olympics on Thursday.
Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Olympics.