Olympics: Closing Ceremonies & Homecomings! The Athletes Share Their Personal Pics

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It was two weeks that the Olympic athletes will never forget. Lives have been changed, tears of sadness and joy have been shed, and medals have been won.

After the stress of the big games and being far from home, the Olympians seemed exited to be celebrating the end of the 2012 London games. They celebrated with the epic and star-studded closing ceremonies with the American team all in their crisp white Ralph Lauren outfits. And after that last big blow-out, the athletes finally headed home.

During the whole process the Olympic stars tweeted photos from their closing ceremony ensembles, to hanging out in the arenas, to flying home and finally setting foot on U.S. soil.

Check out our gallery of Twitter photos shared by the athletes from the Fab Five, Ryan Lochte to LeBron James right here:

  • Missy Franklin & Kara Lynn Joyce 1 of 20
    Missy Franklin & Kara Lynn Joyce
    Swimmer gold medalist Missy Franklin tweeted up this sweet photo of her and her fellow swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce saying, "My favorite picture of Kara and I"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@FranklinMissy/Twitter
  • Claressa Shields 2 of 20
    Claressa Shields
    One thing that is neat to see is the excitement when athletes meet each other. Boxer Claressa Shields tweeted this photo saying, "Me and Lolo Jones!!!"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@Claressashields/Twitter
  • Lauren Perdue 3 of 20
    Lauren Perdue
    Swimmer Lauren Perdue tweeted this photo with a very excited, "Front row seats!" Yes, they had great placement for the closing ceremonies.
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@LoPerdue/Twitter
  • Jessica Hardy & Holley Mangold 4 of 20
    Jessica Hardy & Holley Mangold
    Swimmer Jessica Hardy was excited to meet weightlifter Holley Mangold. She tweeted, "Watched her MTV show, was great to meet @HolleyMangold last night!"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@swimhardy/Twitter
  • Amanda Furrer & Glenn Eller 5 of 20
    Amanda Furrer & Glenn Eller
    Olympic shooter Glenn Eller shared a photo taken with Amanda Furrer in a moody black and white. Very stylish!
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@wgeller3/Twitter
  • Conor Dwyer 6 of 20
    Conor Dwyer
    Swimmer Conor Dwyer proved he was there for the closing ceremonies with this snap shot of him down in the midst of it all.
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@conorjdwyer/Twitter
  • Jean Jackets 7 of 20
    Jean Jackets
    While America stunned in white, Canada went with denim, and lots of it! Canadian swimmer Tera Van Beilen tweeted, "JEAN JACKETSSSS!!! #Closingceremonies
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@teravb/Twitter
  • Aly Raisman & Hope Solo 8 of 20
    Aly Raisman & Hope Solo
    Gymnast Aly Raisman posed for a photo with fellow gold medalist, soccer star Hope Solo. They look like they could be cousins!
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@Aly_Raisman/Twitter
  • McKayla Maroney & Jordyn Wieber 9 of 20
    McKayla Maroney & Jordyn Wieber
    She is not easily impressed but McKayla Maroney was by this photo tweeting, "Other then the red eyes this picture is adorable!!" Yes, yes it is.
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@McKaylaMaroney/Twitter
  • Aly Raisman & Jordyn Wieber 10 of 20
    Aly Raisman & Jordyn Wieber
    Aly wrote, "Best roommate ever!!" The amount of love the women's gymnastics team have for each other is totally inspiring and a great message for our girls. You can compete against each other but still be friends.
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@Aly_Raisman/Twitter
  • Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber & Lolo Jones 11 of 20
    Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber & Lolo Jones
    Yes, the Olympics was a big making friends fest! Aly tweeted this photo saying, "@lolojones Fun meeting you last night! Hope to hangout with you when we come to Iowa!! Good luck with everything :)"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪via @Aly_Raisman/Twitter
  • Gabrielle Douglas 12 of 20
    Gabrielle Douglas
    Now this is a happy flyer! Gabby Douglas may have missed the closing ceremonies but she got home in style! "Best flight I have ever taken!! Thanks @AirNZUSA"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪via @gabrielledoug/Twitter
  • Ryan Lochte 13 of 20
    Ryan Lochte
    Swimmer Ryan Lochte is flying first class. As he would say, "jeah!" He tweeted this photo saying, "It's been fun London but now it's time to get back to the good ole USA --lunch anyone??"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@ryanlochte/Twitter
  • Aly Raisman 14 of 20
    Aly Raisman
    Gymnast Aly Raisman wrote, "ALL MINE." Yes, this young lady does not travel light. Here is all her luggage getting ready to leave London.
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@Aly_Raisman/Twitter
  • Glenn Eller 15 of 20
    Glenn Eller
    Shooter Glenn Eller tweeted this stunning photo saying, "Amazing welcome back to the greatest country in the world thanks @united #goteamusa"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@wgeller3/Twitter
  • Matt Grevers & His Grandma! 16 of 20
    Matt Grevers & His Grandma!
    Swimmer tweeted this adorable photo saying, "Family reunions are the best! My Oma cant't believe how heavy the medal is." And you can totally see the family resemblance.
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@MattGrevers/Twitter
  • Dana Vollmer 17 of 20
    Dana Vollmer
    Dana retweeted this sign saying, "aww I love Granbury!!" Yup the town is proud!
    Photo Credit: ‏‪via @danavollmer/Twitter
  • McKayla Maroney 18 of 20
    McKayla Maroney
    Heading home, well, not her home, but to back to the USA. McKayla Maroney tweeted, "On our way to New York.. I'm so excited, I have never been before!!"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@McKaylaMaroney/Twitter
  • LeBron James 19 of 20
    LeBron James
    Basketball great LeBron was all smiles in this Twitter photo. He wrote, "Back on US soil. I love the United States of America!!"
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@KingJames/Twitter
  • Swin Cash 20 of 20
    Swin Cash
    Basketball player Swin Cash finally got back to the states, but it wasn't all great. She wrote, "Hello Chicago... Customs is killing me softly right now."
    Photo Credit: ‏‪@SwinCash/Twitter

Photo Above: @McKaylaMaroney/ Twitter
McKayla wrote, “So good to be back in the states.. I’m really going to miss London though, so many good memories!❤ ”

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