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10 Team USA moments of triumph!

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10 Team USA moments of triumph!

Let's admit it: The London Olympics were pretty awesome. They were especially awesome for Team USA, whose athletes turned in some legendary performances and record-breaking runs. There was no shortage of unforgettable moments for other countries (Usain Bolt? Jessica Ennis?), but we're feeling patriotic --  let's tick down the top 10 for the home team.

10. Nathan Adrian wins gold

The moment Nathan Adrian figured out he won the men's 100-meter final was the moment millions of fans fell in love with the rising swim star. With guys like Phelps and Lochte on board, the men's swim team was one of many American Olympic powerhouses this year.

9. Ashton Eaton slays the decathlon

To many, the 10-sport decathlon is the most exemplary form of Olympic athleticism. Ashton Eaton solidified his place as one of the top athletes in the world when he won the event by a wide margin. As a bonus, his U.S. teammate Trey Hardee picked up silver, giving Team USA its first gold-silver decathlon combo.

8. Missy Franklin and the women's relay team clean up

Missy Franklin, a 17-year-old first-time Olympian, picked up a few impressive golds in these games and set a new world record for the women's 200-meter back stroke. She and her relay teammates also smashed the 4x100-meter medley relay world record, proving that the ladies of the water deserved just as much attention as the men.

7. Kayla Harrison brings home our first judo gold

We brought you judoka Kayla Harrison's inspiring story, and she made her own happy ending when she won gold in her 78-kilogram judo final. It was America's first gold medal in the sport, and a beautiful moment for the young athlete and her supporters.

6. David Boudia is a surprise diving champ

To say the men's diving competition was stacked would be an understatement. And while David Boudia was certainly no slouch, he was pitted against the likes of Chinese diving legend Qiu Bo. In a dramatic final dive, Boudia edged past his competitor, giving the U.S. their first diving gold medal since 2000, and the first by a man since 1992. Qiu Bo was clearly crushed by his silver medal performance, but UK superstar Tom Daley took home bronze, to the joy of his home country.

5. Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor get'er done in beach volleyball

The legendary women's beach volleyball team was seemingly unstoppable throughout the games, and they rode their 21-game winning streak all the way to gold. With three straight Olympic wins under her belt, Misty May-Treanor says she is retiring. Her announcement marks the end of an era in women's beach volleyball, but oh, what an end it was.

4. The Dream Team 2012 lives up to the hype

The all-star men's basketball team made a predictable sweep of the games this year, earning the U.S. its fifth basketball gold in six Olympics. However, it wasn't without a fight, and their final 107-100 game against Spain was a thriller.

3. Gabby Douglas makes history -- and the gymnastics team rocks

Gabby Douglas, 16, became the first African-American gymnast to snag gold in the individual all-around competition, making her an instant star. Oh, and the rest of the Fab Five turned in a well-deserved gold medal finish in the team final.

2. Our female runners dominate

Oh, where to start? Allyson Felix, Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter set a new world record in the 4x100-meter relay. Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross led their team to victory in the 4x400-meter relay. Jeter took home two other medals, a silver and a bronze. Felix called in a hat trick, winning gold in the women's 200-meter. Sanya Richards-Ross slayed the competition in the 400 meter. Should we go on?

1. Michael Phelps goes out with a bang

The most decorated Olympian of all time ended his career with a six-pack of medals: four gold and two silver. He won his last individual race with ease, and his very last race, the men's 4x100-meter relay final, was an emotional moment even if you didn't care about swimming, the Olympics, or Michael Phelps at all.

HLN readers, what was your favorite moment of the London 2012 Games?

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