The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games set the stage for fierce competition among the world's top athletes in track and field, boxing, gymnastics, soccer, swimming and basketball, among other sports. Explore Biography.com's list of Olympic 2012 Athletes, from swimmers Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to javelin-throwing beauty Leryn Franco, to swift track stars Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sanya Richards-Ross, and more.
Gymnast Aly Raisman accepted the ESPYs' Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of the numerous victims of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. "To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story," she said. "Your truth does matter, you matter and you are not alone."
In a CNN interview, beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh-Jennings says she was warned she might lose her sponsorships when she discovered she was six weeks pregnant with her first child at the London Olympics. “Certain brands stepped up when others leave. That’s just the cycle of life,” she said.
Roger Federer said the word "retire" in an interview with ESPN after his win at the US Open, setting off panic in the tennis world. The tennis champ later clarified, following years of speculation about when he would retire: “It’s a total joke, yes.”
LeBron James became an immediate star after skipping college to join the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Miami Heat to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 and won another championship with Cleveland in 2016, before joining the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.
Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner," is a South African sprint runner who became the first amputee to compete in track events in the Olympics in 2012. In 2013, Pistorius admitted to shooting and killing his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp.