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Uganda's Olympic marathon champ Kiprotich returns home to a hero's welcome (Photo: Stephen Wandera / AP) #NBCOlympics

Mohamed Farah and Usain Bolt swap signature poses on the podium (Photo: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images) #NBCOlympics

Carmelita Jeter - the anchor. World record and victory in the women's 4x100m relay final during the 2012 London Olympic Games. #olympics, #london2012, #goldengirl

USA relay team members from left Tianna Madison , Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight and Allyson Felix pose with the scoreboard indicating their new world record time. #olympics, #goldengirl

United States' Foluke Akinradewo (16) tries to block a spike from Brazil's Sheilla Castro (13) as United States' Logan Tom (15) and Nicole Davis look on during a women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Aries Merritt crosses the finish line and wins the gold in the Men's 110m Hurdles Final on Day 12 of London Olympics 2012. (Richard Heathcoote/Getty Images)

Manteo Mitchell hands the baton to U.S. teammate Josh Mance during the 1,600 relay. Mitchell broke his leg halfway through his segment of the race. #nopainnogold, #olympics, #london2012

Gold medalist Ashton Eaton and silver medalist Trey Hardee pose for pictures at Olympic Stadium in London. #greatestathletes, #olympics, #london2012

Destinee Hooker, right, spikes the ball over Brazil's Jaqueline Carvalho and Fabiana Claudino. (Jeff Roberson / Associated Press / July 30, 2012) #london2012, #olympics

Suhr prize result Elena Isinbaeva, the returning gold medalist in women’s pole vault, was expected to repeat in London. Instead American Jennifer 2012 - Suhr out jumps the Russian for gold and carries a flag to celebrate. IOC/Jason Evans #london2012, #goldengirl, #olympics

Alise Post of USA competes during the Women's BMX Cycling on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at BMX Track on August 8, 2012 in London, England. 2012 Getty Images #olympics, #bmx, #london2012

Bolt silences his critics. 200m Men's Final #olympics, #london2012

London 2012 Emotional Moments- Day 12: Mohamed Farah of Britain, left, congratulates Rene Herrera of the Philippines after competing in the men's 5000m heats. Farah placed third in the first heat, while Herrera did not qualify for the final but clocked a personal best. (Photo: John G. Mabanglo / EPA) #NBCOlympics, #classact, #london2012

Allyson Felix of the U.S. celebrates after she won gold in the women's 200m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium #olympics, #goldengirl

A spectacular shot of Team GB divers Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg in the women's synchronised 3m springboard final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre. IOC/John Huet

United States swimming gold medallists (L-R) Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Matthew Grevers and Brendan Hansen send a message of thanks after the medal ceremony for the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay Final at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012. The race marked the end of Phelps' Olympic career, during which time he won gold an astonishing 18 times.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of jamaica celebrates winning gold in the women's 100m final with a time of 10.75 seconds. #london2012, #olympics, #goldengirl

Deng in flight China’s Deng Linlin soars above the uneven bars in the women’s gymnastics individual overall competition. #olympics, #london2012

London 2012 - the dramatic moment when Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line takes gold in the men's 100m final.

Beach Volleyball: Women's Gold Medal Match - Beach Volleyball Slideshows | Misty May-Treanor of the U.S. and team mate Kerri Walsh Jennings celebrate winning the women's beach volleyball gold medal match (Photo: MARCELO DEL POZO / Reuters) #NBCOlympics

Italy's Diego Occhiuzzi, left, competes with Hungary's Aron Szilagy during the gold medal match in the men's fencing individual sabre at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London.

USA's Kayla Harrison (in white) competes against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the gold medal during the women's 78-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. Harrison won the gold and Gibbons won the silver. She is the first American to earn an Olympic gold medal in judo #olympics, #judo, #london2012

Olympic athletic feet (yes, feet) | Athletes run past Olympic rings on a board as they compete in the men's 1500m round 1 event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 3. (Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters) #NBCOlympics

When he was just 17 years old, Bob Mathias captured his first gold medal in the decathlon at the 1948 Games in London. Four years later, he became the first man to successfully defend a decathlon gold, winning another at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.