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Tables and chairs stand empty Monday in Olympic Park in London following the end of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Games ended Sunday with a lavish closing ceremony and the handing over of the Olympic Flag to Rio De Janeiro, the host city for the 2016 games.

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Doom and gloom: Olympic wins trump critics

For skeptics, the Olympics were deliciously doomed: London’s transport network would surely fail, Britain’s athletes would flop, rain would prevail and terrorists would strike. But then the sun came out after months of sodden skies, vehicles moved briskly, there were no attacks and British athletes reeled in a shocking 65 medals.


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