The Olympics never have been perfect. But the London Games have had missteps and PR setbacks aplenty, from mixed-up national flags to dirty under-the-surface water polo play to athletes banned for doping, racist tweets and throwing matches.
Too much exposure? Who knew water polo was this dirty? The first extensive use of underwater cameras showed punches, shoves and swimsuit pulling that caused a few wardrobe malfunctions. On left, Ash Southern of Australia competes for position in the women’s semifinal match against the United States on Aug. 7. Al Bello/Getty Images
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.