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
(Paul Sancya/AP/PA)

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

US. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas
(Gregory Bull/AP/PA)

The Williams sisters compete in the women's doubles.

The Williams sisters
(Elise Amendola/AP/PA)

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

Jessica Ennis
(Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/PA)

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

Daria Dmitrieva
(Gregory Bull/AP/PA)

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

Katie Bell
(Mark J. Terrill/AP/PA)

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

Chris Hoy
(John Giles/PA)

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

Usain Bolt
(Matt Dunham/AP/PA)

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

Kobe Bryant
(Mark Ralston/AP/PA)

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

Stephen Kiprotich
(Anja Niedringhaus/AP/PA)

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

Bradley Wiggins
(Christophe Ena/AP/PA)

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

Mo Farah
(Anja Niedringhaus/AP/PA)

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

Olympic 2012 closing ceremony
(John Stillwell/PA)