The 2012 London Olympic Games featured maybe its most inspirational moment Tuesday, as the men's gymnastic finals concluded in thrilling fashion despite Team USA missing out on a medal. Overall, China captured the gold medal with a total score of 275.997, but it was the silver (Japan -- 271.952) and bronze medal (Great Britain -- 271.711) finishers that brought out the best (or worse) in the Olympics.
If you missed it, for the first time since 1912 the Great Britain squad earned a medal in men's gymnastics, which brought out huge cheers from the hometown crowd. The cheers, however, came after Great Britain sneaked into silver-medal position after a stunning performance on the floor -- its final event -- and Japan blew its second-place finish on the pommel horse after a fall from Kohei Uchimura.
The Brit's huge celebration was a bit tainted after a protest by the Japan on Uchimura's pommel horse score was accepted by the judges. The ruling vaulted the Japanese from fourth to second place and past Great Britain, which beat out Ukraine (271.526) for the bronze medal.
In the end, Team USA (269.952) finished in fifth place ahead of Russia (269.603), Germany (268.019) and France 265.441), respectively.