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Olympics 2012: Medal Count Proves US Is Still World's Most Dominant Athletic Country
Bleacher Report ^ | 08/12/2012

Posted on 08/12/2012 6:23:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The 2012 London Olympic Games have officially come to a close and, once again, the U.S. sits atop the medal count.

In Beijing they did the same thing, but the host nation China made it interesting. America topped the Chinese by 10 in the overall medal count, but China earned 15 more gold medals than America—China had 51 and the U.S. had 36.

However, in London, the U.S. reemerged as the dominant athletic country.

The United States earned 104 medals, 15 more than any other country—China was second with 87. Plus, the Americans took back their lead in golds, winning 46 of those, eight more than the second ranked Chinese.

Team USA did this by winning medals in a mix of its traditional strengths and by winning surprising medals in lesser-known events.

The U.S. got its medal total kick started with a predictably strong performance in the pool.

Swimmers like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin all earned multiple medals. Plus, fresh faces emerged from the water such as 100-meter freestyle winner Nathan Adrian and 15-year-old Katie Ledecky, who earned gold in the 800-meter free.

America also continued its superiority on the track.

Allyson Felix won three gold medals, Sanya Richards-Ross finally captured her gold in the 400-meters and Ashton Eaton won the decathlon.

In total the Americans won 29 medals on the track, only one short of their lofty pre-London goal of 30. But as Scott Blackmon of the U.S. Olympic Committee told the AP, nobody’s going home disappointed.

America also took home gold in men’s and women’s basketball, took gold and silver in women’s beach volleyball and the U.S. women's soccer team grabbed the nation’s attention with its thrilling gold medal run.

However, it wasn't just about the big sports, plenty of Americans were successful in the smaller sports.

David Boudia upset the favored Chinese divers to take gold in the men's 10-meter platform. Kayla Harrison took home America's first ever gold in Judo. Jake Varner and Jordan Burroughs both took home the gold in wrestling for the U.S. over the last few days of competition.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hundreds of athletes contributed to America's outstanding medal haul, whether they competed as a team or individually.

One thing is for sure, though. There is no question about America's standing as the foremost country at the Olympics.

China put that status into question in 2008, but this time around, the U.S. showed that it was up to the challenge.

Now, it's on to Rio. And once again, the U.S. will do its best to hold off a number of hard-charging nations that could outshine America's medal glory.

Only four more years, till we get to see.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 2012olumpics; london; medals; olympics; rop10; teamusa; usa; usausausa
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1 posted on 08/12/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like the IOC will need to add more badminton and table tennis to the Olympic program, to help the Chinese catch up some more.


2 posted on 08/12/2012 6:26:11 PM PDT by jb729
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To: SeekAndFind

Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:57pm EDT

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - The United States led the Olympic
medal standings after the final day of the London Games on
Sunday.

 Results Table
 
 Rank* Country             G   S   B   Total 
 1.    U.S.                46  29  29  104   
 2.    China               38  27  22  87    
 3.    Britain             29  17  19  65    
 4.    Russia              24  25  33  82    
 5.    South Korea         13  8   7   28    
 6.    Germany             11  19  14  44    
 7.    France              11  11  12  34    
 8.    Italy               8   9   11  28    
 9.    Hungary             8   4   5   17    
 10.   Australia           7   16  12  35    
 11.   Japan               7   14  17  38    
 12.   Kazakhstan          7   1   5   13    
 13.   Netherlands         6   6   8   20    
 14.   Ukraine             6   5   9   20    
 15.   Cuba                5   3   6   14    
 16.   New Zealand         5   3   5   13    
 17.   Iran                4   5   3   12    
 18.   Jamaica             4   4   4   12    
 19.   Czech Republic      4   3   3   10    
 20.   North Korea         4   0   2   6     
 21.   Spain               3   10  4   17    
 22.   Brazil              3   5   9   17    
 23.   Belarus             3   5   5   13    
 24.   South Africa        3   2   1   6     
 25.   Ethiopia            3   1   3   7     
 26.   Croatia             3   1   2   6     
 27.   Romania             2   5   2   9     
 28.   Kenya               2   4   5   11    
 29.   Denmark             2   4   3   9     
 30.   Azerbaijan          2   2   6   10    
 30=.  Poland              2   2   6   10    
 32.   Turkey              2   2   1   5     
 33.   Switzerland         2   2   0   4     
 34.   Lithuania           2   1   2   5     
 35.   Norway              2   1   1   4     
 36.   Canada              1   5   12  18    
 37.   Sweden              1   4   3   8     
 38.   Colombia            1   3   4   8     
 39.   Georgia             1   3   3   7     
 39=.  Mexico              1   3   3   7     
 41.   Ireland             1   1   3   5     
 42.   Serbia              1   1   2   4     
 42=.  Argentina           1   1   2   4     
 42=.  Slovenia            1   1   2   4     
 45.   Tunisia             1   1   1   3     
 46.   Dominican Republic  1   1   0   2     
 47.   Trinidad and Tobago 1   0   3   4     
 47=.  Uzbekistan          1   0   3   4     
 49.   Latvia              1   0   1   2     
 50.   Algeria             1   0   0   1     
 50=.  Bahamas             1   0   0   1     
 50=.  Grenada             1   0   0   1     
 50=.  Uganda              1   0   0   1     
 50=.  Venezuela           1   0   0   1     
 55.   India               0   2   4   6     
 56.   Mongolia            0   2   3   5     
 57.   Thailand            0   2   1   3     
 58.   Egypt               0   2   0   2     
 59.   Slovakia            0   1   3   4     
 60.   Armenia             0   1   2   3     
 60=.  Belgium             0   1   2   3     
 60=.  Finland             0   1   2   3     
 63.   Bulgaria            0   1   1   2     
 63=.  Estonia             0   1   1   2     
 63=.  Indonesia           0   1   1   2     
 63=.  Malaysia            0   1   1   2     
 63=.  Puerto Rico         0   1   1   2     
 63=.  Taiwan              0   1   1   2     
 69.   Botswana            0   1   0   1     
 69=.  Cyprus              0   1   0   1     
 69=.  Gabon               0   1   0   1     
 69=.  Guatemala           0   1   0   1     
 69=.  Montenegro          0   1   0   1     
 69=.  Portugal            0   1   0   1     
 75.   Greece              0   0   2   2     
 75=.  Moldova             0   0   2   2     
 75=.  Qatar               0   0   2   2     
 75=.  Singapore           0   0   2   2     
 79.   Afghanistan         0   0   1   1     
 79=.  Bahrain             0   0   1   1     
 79=.  Hong Kong           0   0   1   1     
 79=.  Saudi Arabia        0   0   1   1     
 79=.  Kuwait              0   0   1   1     
 79=.  Morocco             0   0   1   1     
 79=.  Tajikistan          0   0   1   1     
     Total               302 304 356 962   
 
 G = Gold
 S = Silver
 B = Bronze
 
 (*Rank by Gold)

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3 posted on 08/12/2012 6:27:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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I did not see an American boxing champion.

Lot of East Europeans.

The result of the increased popularity of MMA?

China needs agility and skill competitions rather than pure athetlic competitions to catch up.


4 posted on 08/12/2012 6:28:35 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: SeekAndFind

It was a good Olympics to watch. I think NBC did a good job with the coverage but I would have liked to have seen more of the world’s athletes in the individual competitions. It was heavily focused on the U.S.

Last night Tom Brokaw did a long documentary on Churchill and England from 1940 to 1945. It was a very good documentary but it took a lot of time from the events.

I sure do miss the days of ABC’s Wide World of Sports. The thrill of victory and the agony of (that guy falling during the ski event) defeat.


5 posted on 08/12/2012 6:29:44 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kazakhstan ???

Im impressed how high they ranked.


6 posted on 08/12/2012 6:30:23 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: SeekAndFind

That pic looks very USA. Who came up with the ugly medals ceremony uniforms. Gray?


7 posted on 08/12/2012 6:31:10 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s all fine and dandy but what about track and field events? Who took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the decathalon?


8 posted on 08/12/2012 6:31:51 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: SeekAndFind
How many of those medals won by non American athletes live and/or were trained in the USA?

I'd wager the total would increase significantly if you were to count those as American-won as well.

9 posted on 08/12/2012 6:32:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

All-Time Summer Medal Standings, 1896-2008

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States (USA) 930 730 638 2,298
2 USSR (URS) (1952-1988) 395 319 296 1,010
3 Great Britain (GBR) 207 255 253 715
4 France (FRA) 191 212 233 636
5 Italy (ITA) 190 158 174 522
6 Germany (GER) (1896-1952 & 1992-present) 163 163 203 529
7 China (CHN) 163 117 106 386
8 Hungary (HUN) 159 140 159 458
9 East Germany (GDR) (1968-1988) 153 129 127 409
10 Sweden (SWE) 142 160 173 475
11 Australia (AUS) 131 137 164 432
12 Japan (JPN) 123 112 125 360
13 Russia (RUS) (1996-present) 108 97 110 315
14 Finland (FIN) 101 83 115 299
15 Romania (ROM) 86 89 116 291
16 Netherlands (NED) 71 79 96 246
17 South Korea (KOR) 68 74 73 215
18 Cuba (CUB) 67 64 63 194
19 Poland (POL) 62 80 118 261
20 Canada (CAN) 58 94 108 260
21 West Germany (FRG) (1968-1988) 56 67 81 204
22 Norway (NOR) 54 48 43 145
23 Bulgaria (BUL) 51 84 77 212
24 Czechoslovakia (TCH) (1920-1992) 49 49 45 143
25 Switzerland (SUI) 45 70 65 180
26 Unified Team (EUN) [2] 45 38 29 112
27 Denmark (DEN) 41 63 66 170
28 Belgium (BEL) 37 51 51 139
29 Turkey (TUR) 37 23 22 82
30 New Zealand (NZL) 36 15 35 86
31 Spain (ESP) 34 49 30 113
32 Greece (GRE) 30 42 36 108
33 United Team of Germany (EUA) (1956-1964) 28 54 36 118
34 Yugoslavia (YUG) (1920-2000 except 1992) 28 31 31 90
35 Ukraine (UKR) (1996-present) 28 22 46 96
36 Kenya (KEN) 22 29 24 75
37 Brazil (BRA) 20 25 46 91
38 South Africa (RSA) 20 24 26 70
39 Austria (AUT) 18 33 35 86
40 Ethiopia (ETH) 18 6 14 38
41 Argentina (ARG) 17 23 26 66
42 Jamaica (JAM) 13 24 16 53
43 Mexico (MEX) 12 18 25 55
44 Iran (IRI) 11 15 22 48
45 Belarus (BLR) (1996-present) 10 20 36 66
46 North Korea (PRK) 10 12 19 41
47 Czech Republic (CZE) (1996-present) 10 12 11 33
48 Kazakhstan (KAZ) (1996-present) 9 16 14 39
49 Estonia (EST) (1996-present) 9 8 14 31
50 India (IND) 8 4 7 20
51 Ireland (IRL) 8 7 8 23
52 Mixed team (ZZX) (1896-1904) 8 5 4 17
53 Slovakia (SVK) (1996-present) 7 8 5 20
54 Egypt (EGY) 7 7 10 24
55 Thailand (THA) 7 4 10 21
56 Indonesia (INA) 6 9 10 25
57 Morocco (MAR) 6 5 10 21
58 Georgia (GEO) (1996-present) 5 2 11 18
59 Portugal (POR) 4 7 11 22
60 Uzbekistan (UZB) (1996-present) 4 5 8 17
61 Lithuania (LTU) (1992-present) 4 4 8 16
62 Azerbaijan (AZE) (1996-present) 4 3 9 16
63 Algeria (ALG) 4 2 8 14
64 Croatia (CRO) (1992-present) 3 6 8 17
65 Slovenia (SLO) (1992-present) 3 5 7 15
66 Australasia (ANZ) (1908-1912) 3 4 5 12
67 Zimbabwe (ZIM) 3 4 1 8
68 Bahamas (BAH) 3 3 4 10
Pakistan (PAK) 3 3 4 10
70 Cameroon (CMR) 3 1 1 5
71 Latvia (LAT) (1992-present) 2 11 4 17
72 Nigeria (NGR) 2 9 12 23
73 Mongolia (MGL) 2 7 10 19
74 Chile (CHI) 2 7 4 13
75 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 2 6 11 19
76 Uruguay (URU) 2 2 6 10
77 Tunisia (TUN) 2 2 3 7
78 Dominican Republic (DOM) 2 1 1 4
79 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 1 5 8 14
80 Russian Empire (RUL) (1900-1912) 1 4 3 8
81 Colombia (COL) 1 3 7 11
82 Uganda (UGA) 1 3 2 6
83 Peru (PER) 1 3 0 4
84 Venezuela (VEN) 1 2 8 11
85 Armenia (ARM) (1996-present) 1 1 7 9
86 Israel (ISR) 1 1 5 7
87 Costa Rica (CRC) 1 1 2 4
88 Syria (SYR) 1 1 1 3
89 Luxembourg (LUX) 1 1 0 2
Ecuador (ECU) 1 1 0 2
Hong Kong (HKG) (1952-present) 1 1 0 2
92 Panama (PAN) 1 0 2 3
93 Mozambique (MOZ) 1 0 1 2
Suriname (SUR) 1 0 1 2
95 Burundi (BDI) 1 0 0 1
Bahrain (BRN) 1 0 0 1
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1 0 0 1
98 Namibia (NAM) 0 4 0 4
99 Philippines (PHI) 0 2 7 9
100 Moldova (MDA) 0 2 3 5
101 Iceland (ISL) 0 2 2 4
Lebanon (LIB) 0 2 2 4
Malaysia (MAS) 0 2 2 4
104 Serbia Montenegro (SCG) (2004) 0 2 0 2
Singapore (SIN) 0 2 0 2
Tanzania (TAN) 0 2 0 2
Vietnam (VIE) 0 2 0 2
108 Puerto Rico (PUR) 0 1 5 6
109 Bohemia (BOH) (1900-1912) 0 1 3 4
Ghana (GHA) 0 1 3 4
111 Independent Olympic Participant (IOP) (1992) 0 1 2 3
Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) (1996-present) 0 1 2 3
Serbia (SRB) (2008-present) 0 1 2 3
114 Haiti (HAI) 0 1 1 2
Saudi Arabia (KSA) 0 1 1 2
Sri Lanka (SRI) 0 1 1 2
Tajikistan (TJK) 0 1 1 2
Zambia (ZAM) 0 1 1 2
119 Côte d'Ivoire (CIV) 0 1 0 1
Netherlands Antilles (AHO) 0 1 0 1
Paraguay (PAR) 0 1 0 1
Senegal (SEN) 0 1 0 1
Sudan (SUD) 0 1 0 1
Tonga (TGA) 0 1 0 1
Virgin Islands (ISV) 0 1 0 1
126 British West Indies (BWI) (1960) 0 0 2 2
Qatar (QAT) 0 0 2 2
122 Afghanistan (AFG) 0 0 1 1
Barbados (BAR) 0 0 1 1
Bermuda (BER) 0 0 1 1
Djibouti (DJI) 0 0 1 1
Eritrea (ERI) 0 0 1 1
Guyana (GUY) 0 0 1 1
Iraq (IRQ) 0 0 1 1
Kuwait (KUW) 0 0 1 1
Macedonia (MKD) (1996-present) 0 0 1 1
Mauritius (MRI) 0 0 1 1
Niger (NIG) 0 0 1 1
Togo (TOG) 0 0 1 1
Totals 4505 4473 4773 13751

10 posted on 08/12/2012 6:33:35 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: SeekAndFind

How can women have abs like that and not be on steroids?


11 posted on 08/12/2012 6:36:32 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: mamelukesabre
Kazakhstan ??? Im impressed how high they ranked.


12 posted on 08/12/2012 6:37:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mamelukesabre
Kazakhstan ??? Im impressed how high they ranked.

Boxing,wrestling,weight lifting. And mostly ethnic Russians doing the actual winning.

13 posted on 08/12/2012 6:37:56 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: jb729

“The United States earned 104 medals, 15 more than any other country—China was second with 87.”

0bama math? 104 minus 15 tallies to 89, not 87...


14 posted on 08/12/2012 6:38:56 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to diminish a great medal count, but how much of this dominance is simply the result of the U.S. competing in a lot of events where few other countries even field serious competitors? I mean, how does anyone keep a straight face on the medal stand after winning a medal in beach volleyball?


15 posted on 08/12/2012 6:39:18 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: hole_n_one

Just think how we would do if baseball, softball, and other shooting sports were in it. Paintball competitive teams would be a hoot to watch. Take out all the synchronized crap. And ping pong. And Equesterian. That medal should go to the horse. Get rid of the ninny sports.


16 posted on 08/12/2012 6:39:55 PM PDT by 1scrappymom
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To: SeekAndFind
Tell me how a gold medal in swimming makes it possible to produce a record soybean crop or an affordable automobile.

???

17 posted on 08/12/2012 6:41:04 PM PDT by stboz
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To: SeekAndFind

closing ceremony on right now

it’s like a bad half time show

really bad

I’m embarrassed for all of western ‘culture’


18 posted on 08/12/2012 6:43:27 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: 1scrappymom

Just so they don’t do away with Synchronized High Platform Ping Pong.


19 posted on 08/12/2012 6:43:32 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: SeekAndFind

> Olympics 2012: Medal Count Proves US Is Still World’s Most
> Dominant Athletic Country

When is Obama going to apologize to the world for this?


20 posted on 08/12/2012 6:43:53 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Alberta's Child

Not only that but do they count that as one medal? or do they count each and every medal to each teammate?


21 posted on 08/12/2012 6:44:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Vince Ferrer
How can women have abs like that and not be on steroids?

I'm no expert but to me they look lean but not overly muscled like the Williams sisters.

22 posted on 08/12/2012 6:44:56 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: SeekAndFind

All of this without the “benefit” of government funding.


23 posted on 08/12/2012 6:47:22 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SeekAndFind

Yea but none of them won their medals on their own. As dear leader would say, “You didn’t win that”...


24 posted on 08/12/2012 6:48:27 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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Now if we could get math, science and technology gold medals, we might be able to improve the world in some way.


25 posted on 08/12/2012 6:50:10 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: SeekAndFind

If you combined all of the former Soviet Republic (Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Estonia) medals, it would come out

47 Gold 44 Silver 73 Bronze 170 total


26 posted on 08/12/2012 6:51:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Another thing to keep in mind is that unlike nearly every other country, the U.S. Olympic Team is a private enterprise, funded almost entirely by corporate sponsors and private citizens (and lots of hard working parents).


27 posted on 08/12/2012 6:51:38 PM PDT by EXACE
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To: stboz
For a true amateur athlete, their athletic performance is part of the whole package. The discipline and focus of their training helps them to succeed in other life pursuits, too.

Eric Heiden, for example, was one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time (his performance at the 1980 Winter Olympics was THE greatest Olympic accomplishment of all time, in my humble opinion). He followed this by pursuing a short career in cycling, and is now a successful orthopedic surgeon in Utah. He'd probably be the first one to tell you that his speed skating was critical to his future medical career.

28 posted on 08/12/2012 6:56:24 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Those Olympians who skedaddled out of London and skipped the closing ceremony did the right thing. We briefly tuned in, and it was awful. What they lacked in creativity, they made up for with the worst caterwauling ever.


29 posted on 08/12/2012 6:57:58 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

But in the really athletic sports, such as badminton, table tennis, checkers, log rolling, etc., how did we do? Inquiring minds at ESPN need to know to fill in their Fall schedule.


30 posted on 08/12/2012 6:58:04 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Americans are often snidely ridiculed by foreigners for being fat. And a lot of us are. But at least our athletes and our military are lean and mean.


31 posted on 08/12/2012 6:59:32 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
But in the really athletic sports, such as badminton, table tennis,

Hey the Chinese have to get their medals from somewhere.

32 posted on 08/12/2012 7:02:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sten

RE: I’m embarrassed for all of western ‘culture’

OK, would it have been better had the closing ceremonies been held in say, New York?

Who would we have that’s very different from what the Brits have?

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Madonna, Britney, Kanye West, Chris Brown, P. Diddy, and the whole bunch of crap we hear on the radio today....


33 posted on 08/12/2012 7:02:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

“Who came up with the ugly medals ceremony uniforms. Gray?”

Tonight’s closing ceremony uniforms were worse....all white with the ugly white berets. The athletes looked like they worked in a Baskin Robbins.

Whoever designed our team uniforms flopped. They could have gone to Walmart and put together something with red, white, and blue for a lot less money.


34 posted on 08/12/2012 7:02:20 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: dfwgator
Yeah, but what if we broke down the Union and Confederate states in a similar fashion here in the U.S.?

:-P

35 posted on 08/12/2012 7:05:05 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: txrefugee

RE: Whoever designed our team uniforms flopped.

That would be the famous Ralph Lauren (made in China of course ).


36 posted on 08/12/2012 7:05:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Alberta's Child

I say we break it out by Universities, the University of Florida sent 37 to the Games, USC sent 40.


37 posted on 08/12/2012 7:06:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Reaganez
I did not see an American boxing champion.

There was some anti-American bias in the boxing judging.But the US team could have been stronger.

38 posted on 08/12/2012 7:07:09 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Reaganez

Why not add MMA to the Olympics. It’s more popular than boxing. Yes, it’s brutal, but so is water polo (under the water).


39 posted on 08/12/2012 7:09:01 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: skeeter

“How many of those medals won by non American athletes live and/or were trained in the USA?

I’d wager the total would increase significantly if you were to count those as American-won as well.”

Uh-oh. The “One-World-Gov’t” and “open-borders-people” are going to be visiting you!


40 posted on 08/12/2012 7:09:10 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: dfwgator
Interesting bit of information there. I wonder if there has ever been a U.S. Summer Olympic contingent where USC was not the #1 or #2 university among the competitors.
41 posted on 08/12/2012 7:14:23 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child
...how does anyone keep a straight face on the medal stand after winning a medal in beach volleyball?

Easily. Beach volleyball, at the level at which US athletes (and their closest competitors) played, requires great skill and athleticism.

42 posted on 08/12/2012 7:14:27 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: SeekAndFind

having it be a concert at all just seems... unseemly

especially considering most of the ‘artists’ are detestable human beings


43 posted on 08/12/2012 7:14:29 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: SeekAndFind

I love it!!! That’ll teach all those freedom haters (including BO and his Rats). USA USA!!!!!!


44 posted on 08/12/2012 7:16:38 PM PDT by deputytess (Men of the West .....stand and FIGHT!)
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To: sten

I turned off the closing Olympics show after 20 minutes. Boring!!! Turned on “42nd Street” on TCM.


45 posted on 08/12/2012 7:17:03 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: 1scrappymom

I was very impressed with the skill and athleticism of the synchronized swimming teams.


46 posted on 08/12/2012 7:18:59 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think first place indicates greater athletic ability than third place. Here's the rankings weighted by medal (gold=5 points, silver=3 points, bronze=1 point).

Weighted Final Rankings

Rank Total Points

1 United States 296

2 China 276

3 Russia 178

4 Great Britain 146

5 Germany 109

6 France 87

7 South Korea 81

8 Australia 79

9 Japan 79

10 Italy 59

11 Hungary 55

12 Netherlands 46

13 Ukraine 33

14 Spain 33

15 Kazakhstan 33

16 Cuba 30

17 Brazil 28

18 New Zealand 27

19 Iran 27

20 Jamaica 26

21 Belarus 26

22 Canada 25

23 Czech Republic 24

24 North Korea 23

25 South Africa 22

26 Ethoipia 21

27 Croatia 19

47 posted on 08/12/2012 7:19:55 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: dsrtsage
Now if we could get math, science and technology gold medals, we might be able to improve the world in some way.

We already have that. In 2010 the USA got 882,250 scientific citations. That is more than the UK, Germany, China, France and Russia COMBINED.

We also have over 400,000 patent applications every year.

48 posted on 08/12/2012 7:19:59 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: hole_n_one

That’s funny. I would watch that.


49 posted on 08/12/2012 7:20:29 PM PDT by 1scrappymom
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To: luvbach1

I don’t question the athleticism of the event or the competitors. I’m just wondering how that kind of “sport” ever made it into the Summer Olympics in the first place — and how many countries even send teams to compete in that event.


50 posted on 08/12/2012 7:20:44 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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