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The best photos from the Olympics: Vol. 2

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Now that we're midway through the second week of the Games, we can say that the end is now in sight. These 16 days always go by much faster than I'd like.

So it's time to put out the next set of spectacular shots from across the pond. If you've followed the coverage or conversation online/on Twitter, you might even recognize a few of the selections, like the instant all-timer that starts off this gallery.

If you missed out on Volume 1, give it a look right here. Volume 3 will come the day after the Games end, on Monday.

The moon falls to give the Olympic rings perfect symmetry. This is some sort of shot. I want it framed. (Reuters)

American 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky can't believe the scoreboard when she sees her winning time. (US Presswire)

From left, Dana Vollmer, Rebecca Soni and Missy Franklin celebrate as they win record-setting gold. (US Presswire)

China's Liu Xiang kisses his hurdle. For the second straight Olympics, Xiang missed competing for a medal due to an injury at the Games. The photo gets that much better when you know the story. (AP/Anja Niedringhaus)

Trippy shot, yeah? Upper left, Germany, playing Japan. And lower left is the Netherlands playing China. (AP/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Men's 470 Sailing on Day 8 at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour. (Getty Images)

McKayla Maroney: not satisfied with silver. (AP/Julie Jacobson)

Usain Bolt in a 200m heat. I get the feeling watching in person would cause even heavier blurred vision. (AP/Matt Dunham)

Bolt projected on the Parliament on the River Thames. Glorious. (AP/Gregory Bull)

Coming back for air in the men's 3m springboard diving preliminary. What a serene shot. (Getty Images)

I can't get enough of these shots. An Olympian pole vaulter gets to the stadium before dawn to practice. (Getty Images)

Jessica Ennis is face-up in disbelief at her 2:08.65 gold medal run in the heptathlon. (US Presswire)

And here's what that shot looked like from above. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Ennis gets a kiss from Katarina Johnson-Thompson, left, and Louise Hazel. (US Presswire)

Mo Farah and Galen Rupp react to being the first men across the line in Sunday's 10,000 meters. (Getty Images)

Farah falls to the ground. One of my favorite shots of this set. (Getty Images)

Oh, hey open-ocean bros. Yeah, this my new boating pose I'm trying out. It's casual. (Getty Images)

American track star Sanya Richards-Ross kisses her husband, NFL cornerback Aaron Ross, after her gold medal run in the 400 meters over the weekend. (Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images)

That's Samantha Arevalo Salinas diving in for the 800m freestyle. (AP/DavidJPhillip)

From the puddle below in the men's steeplechase. (Getty Images)

Brazil's Sheilla Castro, left, Fabiana Claudino, center, and Paula Pequeno attempt to block during the women's preliminary volleyball match between Brazil and China. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/GettyImages)

The folded and wrinkled back of U.S. gymnast Jonathan Horton prior to his artistic floor performance. (AP/Julie Jacobson)

This is not the end of a short race. This is the end of a two-hour-long triathlon. Switzerland's Nicola Spirig just barely beats out Sweden's Lisa Norden. (Getty Images)

And then comes the collapse. Nicola Spirig, left, and Norden take a moment after arguably the most grueling competition of the Games. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

In the men's triathon, it was also close, but not by milliseconds. This is a great shot. Just beyond the finish line, silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain shakes hands with gold medalist Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

And here's the finish of the women's marathon. Meanwhile, I just ate a hot pocket. Cheesy. (Getty Images)

Murray! Present! (Getty Images)

And now the scariest shot of these Games. Germany's Matthias Steiner fails to lift 196 kilograms. He was OK. (US Presswire)

Oscar Pistorius takes off in the 400-meter semifinals. (Getty Images)

Pistorius heads for the finish. He qualified for the final. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

One more, just because. (Getty Images)

Kami Craig screams in delight after her overtime goal helped put the U.S. past Australia. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant))

This is a shot of the 20-kilometer racewalk. I kinda want to throw up. (AP/Markus Schreiber)

Let me run next to your fire. Athletes run the 3,000-meter steeplechase. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

For as bad as it is to watch on TV, synchronized swimming provides incredible photo ops. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Yukiko Inui, above -- and reflecting -- and Chisa Kobayashi create some sort of ethereal art here. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Silver medalist Nick Dempsey of Great Britain celebrates with his kids. Thomas-Flynn is at left, Oscar at right. (Getty Images)
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