Not surprisingly, the Olympics provides great inspiration for comedy writers. Here's a bit of Olympic humour to help begin the 2012 send-off.
Two Tottenham Hotspur stars will face off for Gold in the Olympic final.
This is the one Usain Bolt always took seriously.
Sporting a gentleman's wristwatch on his left arm, Charles Somerset Lawrence Clarke stormed his way to fourth place in a world-class 110m hurdles final, the first global final of his career.
Are the Olympics limiting themselves from progressing to new heights by placing a restriction on the number of sporting events?
Mo Farah is in even better physical and psychological shape going into the 5,000m than he was before his gold medal winning performance in the 10,000m on Saturday night says his coach, Alberto Salazar.
Britain's all-conquering track cyclists did not have the honour of winning the gold medal that took the home team past the Beijing total of 19 on Tuesday.
Sevens rugby is new to the Olympics but already it feels like a glorious adornment. Even a rainy night in Rio could not dilute the sudden death drama, with Team GB now facing a semi-final against South Africa after a scarcely believable “golden point” extra-time win over Argentina. A tournament which has also seen Japan reach the last four and New Zealand bow out prematurely is proving to be utterly compelling.
Spoiler alert: Superman survives.
Imagine how extraordinarily talented you would need to be to be the fourth best in the world at whatever it is you do, how it would feel if you absolutely knew that, in a population of almost eight billion people, there were only three who better than you.