The 2012 Summer Olympics went out with last night’s star-studded, nostalgic Closing Ceremony. It’s been an emotional couple of weeks, welling up on a nightly basis while watching dreams come true from the comfort of our couches. To tie our Olympics coverage in a neat, hypnotizing bow, here’s a GIF wall of winners winning and inevitably treating us to victory dances, tears and triumphant cheers.
After getting silver in the 200m for two Olympics in a row, American Allyson Felix knew she had to bring something a little different to London if she was going to climb to the top — especially against such fearsome competitors as Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser Price and Veronica Campbell Brown (who beat her in those other two Olympic showdowns), and Americans Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross. Last night, we saw a quick feature about her training regimen, which, sure that’s something. But we also think the key to Felix’s victory was all right in front of us to see: her amazingly fierce face, which can transform so miraculously into beautiful, contagious joy. That kind of focus and clarity has to have something to do with winning.
Here are 10 examples of Allyson Felix showing her every emotion before, during and after her 21.88 second race: