After all, its medal haul was the best in an Olympics in 104 years!
At the end of the show, it became one big party for weary athletes, tired officials and spectators.
Gone was any disappointment at not winning a medal or not breaking a record. All controversies during the Games were forgotten as London celebrated.
In Image: In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, pyrotechnics light up the sky above the Olympic Stadium