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Monday, August 13, 2012
Trending: Spice Girls, Who close Games

By Bill Speros
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Good-bye London! Thank you for having us :) #closingceremony #Olympics…

— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) August 12, 2012
The London Games closed with flash and flurry – plus The Who, One Direction, the Spice Girls, Eric Idle, Russell Brand and Winston Churchill.
We did it!! I love u girls so much!!!!! xxx vb… — Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) August 12, 2012

They arrived in style:
The closing ceremonies were fantastic!!!!!! Thank u!!! #Olympics #London2012 #ClosingCeremonies…

— Fergie (@Fergie) August 13, 2012
Looks like the next direction was nowhere but down from here:
Last night was unbelievable. I cannot believe we had the honour to perform at the Olympics! Has to be one of the best nights off my life! — Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) August 13, 2012

Tomlinson’s fellow “One Direction” member was left starstruck by it all:
Met soo many incredible people today! The who, brian may, spice girls, take that! liam gallagher, just a day none of us will ever forget

— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) August 13, 2012
Teenage wasteland? Not so much:
Roger Daltrey at #Olympics #ClosingCeremony sang "there's MORE THAN teenage wasteland". The spirit and the flame live on. — The Who(@TheWho) August 12, 2012

Almost the entire world was watching:
How did I miss the spice girls?!?

— NiC0LE P0LiZZi (@snooki) August 13, 2012
More than 49,540,000 “Olympic” tweets have been sent since the start of the Games, according to the NBCOlympics interactive Twitter page. The most popular athletes mentioned were British diver Tom Daley (793,374 total tweets as of 8 a.m. ET Monday), Michael Phelps (610,384), Usain Bolt (570,430), LeBron James (543,353) and Ryan Lochte (306,214.) Swimming was the most popular sport and this was the most re-tweeted post of the Games – being bounced around the social media network more than 61,000 times:
29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze - We finished 3rd in medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years #OurGreatestTeam RT your support — Team GB (@TeamGB) August 12, 2012

American cyclicst Bobby Lea offered his Twitter followers an athlete’s-eye view of the closing ceremonies, including a re-tweet of this 360-degree panoramic image and some he took on his own.

Here, the show is underway:

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From Bobby Lea via Twitpic

There was a little bit of everything:

 A little bit of everything!  on Twitpic

From Bobby Lea via Twitpic

Brazil, here we come:

On to Rio!

— Bobby Lea (@B_Lea1) August 12, 2012

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From Bobby Lea via Twitpic

Of course, the athletes and officials worked up quite an appetite:

Post ceremony mob scene at McDonalds.

— Bobby Lea (@B_Lea1) August 12, 2012

Post ceremony mob scene at McDonalds. #finelytunedathleticmac... on Twitpic

From Bobby Lea via Twitpic

It’s good to be home, especially when you return with another gold medal:
BACK in the USA!!! Halfway home n my bed is calln me. Congrats 2 the men- #OperationGOLD successful! So thankful 4 the blessings on us! Wow!

— Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24) August 12, 2012

See you in 2016.
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