Top Story winner: 2012 London Olympics

Celebration and pageantry edged out crime and social concerns for our Story of the Year Award.
Two years after Canadians discovered a new sense of patriotism watching their winter athletes deliver in Vancouver, the British rode a similar euphoric wave seeing their sports stars shine on home soil in London.
Whether cheering on athletes at storied venues around the city or celebrating the country’s  heritage, humour and music legends at opening and closing ceremonies, British spectators everywhere were treated to Great Britain’s best Summer Games ever.
In a year when stories of violent bullying and Montreal’s morbid Magnotta murder case dominated headlines, the Olympic shone brightest with our readers.
"WOW!!! what a choice to make. Three very sad storied, and one super glamorous feast for the eyes the ears and the mind. Had to go with the London Olympics."