For the last two weeks we've been obsessed with the Olympics: from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies to the nail-biting wins and heartbreaking losses to, yes, even the scandals — our eyes have been glued to the television. Now that the games are over, we're finding that there is still so much to talk about and remember and most importantly — it's not always about gold medals. From black eyes to important firsts, these Olympic moments are our editors' favorites.
Even though the 2012 Olympics are over, silver medal winners April Ross, 30, and Jen Kessy, 35, aren't done with beach volleyball. Teaming up with 4POINT4, a philanthropic brand of sports apparel and gear that donates sports equipment to developing nations, the dynamic duo is heading to Haiti and Thailand to teach underprivileged kids their beloved game. Ross says,
"Having the chance to play sports growing up teaches you all kinds of life lessons. It gives young people confidence and instills in them motivation and drive to be the best one can be. It's absolutely invaluable."
As part of their endorsement deal, 4POINT4 donated equipment, facilities, and instructors to set up beach volleyball tournaments in Cité Soleil, Haiti, while the Olympics were going on. Now that the games are over, the dynamic duo will take some time off from training to teach less-fortunate children how to play. Ross says,
"The fact that we can help children in Haiti and Thailand through the support we are given by 4POINT4 is such a blessing. I really feel like it can be life-changing for those kids. We can't wait to see the little girls we are working with in Phuket [Thailand]. We know they were supporting us in the Olympics and we know there is so much more we can do for them."
And Kessy adds,
"To be an Olympic athlete, you need to be a little selfish and think about your own needs a lot. Now that the Olympics are over, I can't wait to help others and put my needs on the back burner."
It's not just the many Olympic sporting events that kept our attention in London. The star-studded spectators, including Kate Middleton, Kate Moss, Michelle Obama, and Naomi Campbell brought their styling A-game to the Games, too. There's a bevy of sporty daytime looks to sift through — the duchess's blue printed Whistles dress rounded out the closing ceremony fun — and more formal evening ensembles, like Kate Moss's gold-embossed vintage tunic dress and Gucci T-strap sandals at Naomi's charity dinner to kick it up a notch. Plus, we have to hand it to the FLOTUS. She really knows how to dress with a respectful nod to our country's colors without veering into over-the-top Fourth of July Americana territory. To see Michelle's outfits in action, as well as the Kates going head-to-head, keep reading — starting with Kate Middleton's closing ceremony outfit.
After two weeks of intense and awe-inspiring sports competitions, last night's Olympics closing ceremony put a fashionable finish on the Summer Games. In a fitting farewell to the London arena, the festivities paid homage to all things British, and our favorite part? We were treated to a double dose of seriously iconic UK style. Supermodel heavyweights Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Karen Elson — along with Stella Tennant, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Cole, Lily Donaldson, and Georgia Jagger — took to the stage-turned-epic-catwalk for the most spectacularly gilded fashion show, maybe ever. And of course, a runway exhibition of this proportion wouldn't be complete without a medley of David Bowie hits, including "Fashion," to walk to. If that weren't enough, our 10-year-old selves got the best "cherry on top" of all: a Spice Girls reunion. The fivesome performed in their onstage best, with Victoria Beckham stunning the crowd in a dramatic Giles Deacon number and Geri Halliwell impressing in an embellished, red, Union Jack strapless dress by Suzanne Neville and glitter Isabel Marant booties. To see is to believe, so click through for every angle of the XXX Olympiad's most fashionable closing ceremony moments now.
Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Georgia May Jagger, and a slew of other famous British models turned the London Olympics closing ceremony into one of the world's most-watched runway shows Sunday night. The models — each clad in different metallic gold designs from some of the best designers working in London — were wheeled into the ceremony inside billboard-sized photos of themselves while David Bowie's song "Fashion" filled Olympic Stadium. The images were stripped away to reveal the live models, who walked to the center of the field to glitter and pose in front of the very global audience for a few moments before walking out.
"It's such an amazing platform for the brand, having billions and billions of people watching," said Christopher Kane, who spent some 80 hours working on the coat and pants Stella Tennant wore during the ceremony. "That's another reason why I wanted to do something different, instead of a dress."
Sam McKnight, who worked on the models' hair, observed that the closing ceremony "was about British icons, not just athletics." Jourdan Dunn, who walked the runway in a dress by Jonathan Saunders, called the evening the "highlight of my career so far." Karen Elson said she couldn't "begin to express how much I love Naomi, Kate, Georgia," and the other models who walked with her. Makeup artist Val Garland called the fashion portion of the show "the best moment ever!"
Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Erdem, and other British fashion houses also created outfits for the occasion. A look at who wore what here in the gallery.
Kate Middleton and Prince Harry had great seats for yesterday evening's Olympics closing ceremony in London. They were on hand to watch as British musicians including Kate Bush, George Michael, and One Direction performed — check out all the closing ceremony highlights! Both Kate and Harry have been frequently sighted around Olympic Park during the Games' 16-day duration. Kate's husband, Prince William, was able to attend the opening ceremony and many early sporting events, but he was called back to work with the Royal Air Force last week. Kate and Harry, though, have been a fun royal presence, congratulating British medal winners and cheering on Team GB during final matches. Kate, decked out in a blue dress from Whistles, was seen giving William and Harry's aunt Princess Anne a kiss. Later on, Kate also stopped to chat with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha.
After years of training, waiting, and preparing for the most prestigious athletic games in the world, it's no wonder the Olympics are an emotional affair for all the competitors. Athletes can have the highest highs and the lowest lows of their lives in a matter of seconds, and their reactions show a range of emotions not often seen outside this fierce competition. This year we've seen a variety of passionate expressions during some of Team USA's most memorable moments, like Gabby Douglas's gymnastics milestone, Michael Phelps's world record wipeout, and Jordyn Wieber's tearful defeat and comeback. While Fit has the breakdown of results, we can see it all on the competitors' faces. As we say goodbye to the games in London, let's look back at the most poignant reaction moments at this Summer's Olympics now.
Kate Moss was one of eight British models to strut her stuff at the Olympics Closing Ceremony last night. She — along with Georgia Jagger, Stella Tennant, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Lily Cole, Lily Donaldson, and Jourdan Dunn — were wheeled out into the stadium inside billboard-sized images of themselves. They burst through the paper to reveal themselves in the flesh, clad in various gold-toned dressed designed by British designers. David Gandy was the lone male model to join the group. Kate wore a gown by her late friend Alexander McQueen, while Georgia wore something from Victoria Beckham. The gang made their way around Olympic Stadium to a medley of David Bowie songs, including his tune "Fashion."
As an American, you've got to feel proud after witnessing this year's Summer Olympics. We're taking home a total of 104 medals — 46 gold, 29 silver, and 29 bronze. We beat out China with 84 and Russia close behind with 82. Check out the breakdown below to see which athletes are bringing home the bling.
|Archery||Jacob Wukie: 1
Brady Ellison: 1
Jake Kaminski: 1
(Track & Field)
|Aries Merritt: 1
Christian Taylor: 1
Ashton Eaton: 1
Carmelita Jeter: 1
|Will Claye: 1
Erik Kynard: 1
Leo Manzano: 1
Michael Tinsley: 1
Trey Hardee: 1
Galen Rupp: 1
Jason Richardson: 1
Justin Gatlin: 1
Darvis Patton: 1
Ryan Bailey: 1
Joshua Mance: 1
Angelo Taylor: 1
Trell Kimmons: 1
Tyson Gay: 1
Manteo Mitchell: 1
Bryshon Nellum: 1
Jeffrey Demps: 1
Tony McQuay: 1
Carmelita Jeter: 1
|Will Claye: 1
Reese Hoffa: 1
Justin Gatlin: 1
Carmelita Jeter: 1
|Basketball||Men's Team: 12
Women's Team: 12
|Beach Volleyball||Kerri Walsh Jennings: 1
Misty May-Treanor: 1
|Jen Kessy: 1
April Ross: 1
This is just the tip of the Olympic medal iceberg! Keep reading to see which other athletes brought home gold, silver, and bronze.
The riveting Olympics action has ended, but we have plenty of sports movies to keep the fun going. Help your kids foster that competitive spirit by watching classic sports films for the whole family. Whether they like timeless underdog tales or silly animated movies, these heartwarming picks are sure to bring smiles and inspire lessons. We've rounded up some of the most memorable, kid-friendly sports movies of all time, so grab some popcorn and get ready to channel the Olympic spirit with your little ones.