Here's a reminder of why the Olympics are awesome


Is Rio ready?

The Olympics 2016 are just around the corner, and considering it's been a whole four years since the Games were last hosted, we wouldn't blame you if the excitement hadn't kicked in as yet.

This year the international multi-sport event is hitting exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where tens of thousands of athletes will battle it out for gold, silver and bronze medals.

To remind you just how awesome the Olympics are, we've thrown together some of the best photos from the Olympics 2012.

The Olympic cauldron is lit, kicking off the Olympics 2012.

Olympic 2012 opening ceremony

US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition.

US. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas

The Williams sisters compete in the women's doubles.

The Williams sisters

Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning gold following the 800-metre heptathlon race as she and other athletes complete a victory lap.

Jessica Ennis

Russia's Daria Dmitrieva performs during the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final.

Daria Dmitrieva

The US's Katie Bell dives during the women's 10-metre platform diving semifinal.

Katie Bell

Chris Hoy celebrates winning gold in the Men's Keirin Final.

Chris Hoy

Jamaica's Usain Bolt competes in a men's 200-metre heat during the athletics.

Usain Bolt

The US's Kobe Bryant jumps to score during the men's gold medal basketball game.

Kobe Bryant

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich celebrates after crossing the finish line to win gold in the men's marathon.

Stephen Kiprotich

Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins competes in the men's individual time trial cycling event.

Bradley Wiggins

Britain's Mo Farah celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's 5,000-metre final.

Mo Farah

Stunning fireworks signal the end of the 2012 Games at the packed Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Olympic 2012 closing ceremony