Before the games began ITV News profiled a number of young athletes competing in the games. The young hopefuls met with Presenter Mark Austin who heard about how they were preparing for the historic tournaments. He met:
- Triathlon athletes Jonathan and Alistair Browlee
- Swimmer Hannah Miley
- Gymnast Louis Smith
- Cyclist Laura Trott
- Boxer Nicola Adams
Between them they won a total of seven medals: four gold, one silver and two bronze. Had they been competing in a team themselves, they would currently be 15th on the medal board, between Iran and North Korea.
Triathlon athletes Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee
The two proud Yorkshire men made Olympic history by becoming the first British boxers in more than a hundred years to stand together on an Olympic podium in the same event.
- GOLD: Alistair Brownlee
- BRONZE: Jonathan Brownlee
Read more about how the Brownlee brothers prepared for their tournament.
Swimmer Hannah Miley
Hannah Miley finished in a painful fifth place, in one of the most talked about races of the games, the 400 metre world record. China's 16-year-old Shinwen Ye swam an astonishing time of 4.28.43. Miley said afterwards she was proud of her achievement because she knew she gave it her all.
I can only control what I can do. I can’t control what anybody else does. I apologise to anyone who feels disappointed but for me I feel really proud and happy to have been able to represent Great Britain and give it my all
Gymnast Louis Smith
- SILVER: Men's Pommel Horse
- BRONZE: Men's team
Team GB gymnasts won the first medal of the games. They said winning bronze was "incredible"
Cyclist Laura Trott
- GOLD: Women's Omnium
- GOLD: Women's team pursuit
Laura Trott was part of the ferocious record breaking trio that won gold in the women's team pursuit. She said afterwards she could not believe her dream had come true.
It's mad. I actually can't believe it. I feel dead emotional right now. It was my dream. It's been my dream since I was eight, and we've just gone and done it.
She told Mark Austin her training helped her "cycle through the pain barrier".
Read how Laura's training enabled prepared her for winning two gold medals.
Boxer Nicola Adams
- GOLD: Women's Fly (51kg)
Nicola Adams made history by becoming the first woman to win an Olympic medal in boxing. She said afterwards:
It was absolutely amazing, the support that we have had, the whole way through the tournament has been absolutely fabulous. Women's boxing is definitely going to be here to stay.
ITV News's Mark Austin interviewed the above five before and after their great feats. Here he picks out some before and after highlights.