Olympics 2012: What Was Your Favorite Gold Medal Moment?
08/12/2012 AT 02:50 PM EDT
But as the Summer Olympics comes to a close, here's a recap of the moments that were just as sweet as the victories.
It was the grand finale for Michael Phelps, who surpassed his title as the most-decorated Olympian of all-time when he scored the 22nd precious medal of his career Saturday as part of the American 400M-medley relay team.
First-time competitor Missy Franklin led the way last Saturday in the women's swimming medley relay, in which the team – also consisting of Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt – took home the gold and set a world record with a time of 3 minutes and 52.05 seconds.
Gabby Douglas, "The Flying Squirrel," earned another nickname when the 16-year-old scored the gymnastics all-around gold medall last Thursday: America's Sweetheart. The first African-American to take home the top prize, she called her win "a barrier-breaker."
Thursday's three-peat was "bittersweet" for the now-retired Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who won their third consecutive Olympic gold in the women's beach volleyball finals.
After losing to Japan at the 2011 World Cup, Team USA made a triumphant comeback Thursday when the women's soccer team prevailed 2-1.