Olympic Closing Ceremony: Team USA document the party with candid Instagram snaps

Team USA's night at the closing ceremony: Olympic athletes document the party with candid Instagram snaps

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20:45 GMT, 13 August 2012

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21:19 GMT, 13 August 2012

Over 750million people worldwide tuned in to watch the extravagant Olympic closing ceremony last night, but there is no view quite like behind-the-scenes.

In their all white uniforms, Team USA took to Instagram to document their own special moments leading up to, and during the ceremony.

From Jake Dalton's new tattoo to a medalists-only view of the fireworks, Team USA paints a personal picture of the closing ceremony, usually only seen through NBC-televised eyes.

All American: As darkness fell over the Olympic village, beach volleyball players April Ross and Jen Kessy shared a photo of the pair getting ready to march in the closing ceremony

All American: As darkness fell over the Olympic village, beach volleyball players April Ross and Jen Kessy shared a photo of the pair getting ready to march in the closing ceremony

U.S. Olympic swimmer, Conor Dwyer, posted pictures of himself with this fellow teammates as they waited for the celebrations to begin.

Goofing around in a life size mirror frame, the 23-year-old wrote: 'Chillin' before the Closing Ceremony'.

Fellow Olympic swimmers Dana Vollmer and Rebecca Soni showed off their white Ralph Lauren Polo outfits before heading to the closing ceremony, while soccer star Alex Morgan posted a picture of her teammates proudly wearing their gold medal to the ceremony.

Triplets in gold: Soccer star Alex Morgan posted a picture of her teamates proudly wearing their gold medal to the ceremony

Triplets in gold: Soccer star Alex Morgan posted a picture of her teamates proudly wearing their gold medal to the ceremony

Star gymnasts: McKayla Maroney posted happy snaps with Alexandra Raisman as they waited for the ceremony to begin

Star gymnasts: McKayla Maroney posted happy snaps with Alexandra Raisman as they waited for the ceremony to begin

Goofing around: U.S. Olympic swimmer, Conor Dwyer (far right), posted pictures of himself with this fellow teammates as they waited for the celebrations to begin

Goofing around: U.S. Olympic swimmer, Conor Dwyer (far right), posted pictures of himself with this fellow teammates as they waited for the celebrations to begin

McKayla Maroney, America's gymnast sweetheart, posted happy snaps of her teammates as they waited for the ceremony to begin.

Earlier in the day she had been cramming in as many London tourist destinations as she could, stopping off at the London bridge with her mum and posting a picture of her inside a quintessential red telephone booth.

The men's basketball team also posted many pre-ceremony images, showing the team celebrating their gold-medal win with plenty of champagne, while gymnast Jake Dalton, who missed
out on a medal at this year's Olympics, showed off his new back tattoo, a
tribute to the games and his country.

Model Maroney: Earlier in the day the 16-year-old had been cramming in as many London tourist destinations as she could, stopping off at the London bridge with her mum and posting a picture inside the quintessential red telephone booth

Model Maroney: The 16-year-old crammed as many London tourist destinations in as she could, stopping off at the London bridge with her mum and posting a picture inside the quintessential red telephone booth

Gold on ice: The men's basketball team posted many pre-ceremony images, showing the team celebrating their gold-medal win with plenty of champagne

Gold on ice: The men's basketball team posted many pre-ceremony images, showing the team celebrating their gold-medal win with plenty of champagne

Never forget: Gymnast Jake Dalton, who missed out on a medal at this year's Olympics, showed off his new back tattoo, a tribute to the games and America

Never forget: Gymnast Jake Dalton, who missed out on a medal at this year's Olympics, showed off his new back tattoo, a tribute to the games and America

Light show: As the ceremony commenced, gold-medal winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber gave her followers a peek at what the fireworks looked like from her vantage point in the middle of the stadium

Light show: As the ceremony commenced, gold-medal winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber gave her followers a peek at what the fireworks looked like from her vantage point in the middle of the stadium

Meanwhile 400m hurdler Lashinda Demus posted a quick picture after she ran into Great Britain's 400-hurdle record holder Sally Gunnell while eating at Nando's prior to the ceremony starting.

As darkness fell over the Olympic village, beach volleyball players April Ross and Jen Kessy shared a photo of the pair getting ready to march in the closing ceremony.

And as the ceremony commenced, gold-medal winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber gave her followers a peek at what the fireworks looked like from her vantage point in the middle of the stadium.