LONDON -- The 2012 Summer Games, arguably the best-ever, came to a close Sunday night amid a big party at Olympic Stadium, a rock 'n roll show that reminded everyone everywhere that for all the solemnity and the gravitas, the Olympics are Games and games are fun. Such a simple concept. Such a remarkable premise. This, among so many extraordinary notions, is likely to be one of London's far-reaching legacies.
They promised a party.
"These were happy and glorious Games," International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said in his remarks Sunday night to the thousands who jammed Olympic Stadium.
Added London 2012 organizing committee chair Seb Coe, "We lit the flame and we lit up the world." Moments afterward, the cauldron was extinguished.
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