Skip to comments.Olympics 2012: Medal Count Proves US Is Still World's Most Dominant Athletic Country
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 AmericaChina 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 countryChina 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, nobodys going home disappointed.
America also took home gold in mens and womens basketball, took gold and silver in womens beach volleyball and the U.S. women's soccer team grabbed the nations 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.
Congratulations China and my native country Great Britain.
Commiserations to Canada women's soccer team.
I thought the closing ceremonies were trying to be bigger than the games themselves. Not to be too critical though. Would have preferred a quiet Guinness in London pub myself,had I been in London.
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
Clearly the participants have great skill and ability. But its just not a real “sport” in my opinion. People just don’t break out into games of synchronized swimming. Stuff by judges always makes me wonder how rigged the event is.
You know, I was thinking the gray uniforms weren’t that great ..... until I noticed how well the medals/ribbons showed up against that color.
Yes they looked good with purple ribbons but so would white with red and blue. I saw the same way as you but still think it should have beemn red white and blue
With the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, many sports coaches who had cushy careers east of the Iron Curtain had to leave in order to earn a living. That’s why we saw many of them head to the USA, and as a result the US Olympic teams—especially in the Summer Olympics—have become quite a bit stronger.
And replace them with baseball (zzzzzz) and softball (seriously?)?.
Many of the Olympic events are not "games."
Lebron James didn’t earn that GOLD medal today.
He drove on roads provided by government. ...
The joy of Coach Mike K., Lebron, Kobe, all the players when they won.
The greatest players in the world. Every one has their own story.
NO BARACK, WE DIDN”T NEED A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM FOR BASKETBALL.
We BUILT IT. Naismith invented basketball in Springfield, Mass. —
Kobe had a dream. To be the best player in the world. to win NBA championships. To play and win gold in his final Olympics.
The USA athletes were not sponsored by their government for the most part.
They were not identified as in China, at an early age.
Michael Phelps just started in his little club pool in Baltimore neighborhood.
The talent, desire, hard work and determination of the USA athletes
remind us that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
can take you to great heights. we are blessed in this country.
James Naismith was a Canadian.
Olympic paintball. I like the sound of that.
The game was still invented here.
Actually your military always looks a bit heavy. Too bulked up as opposed to lean and muscular.
Exactly how are The Beatles, David Bowie, Elgar, Pink Floyd, The Who, Ray Davies, Muse, Liam Gallagher, Elbow, Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, Take That, the Spice Girls, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, the Kaiser Chiefs and Ed Sheeran ‘detestable’?.
You're an idiot.
By a Canadian who had lived less than six months in the US.
Perhaps true, but so long as their weapons are lean and muscular...
Considering that our men's beach volleyball teams both went out in the quarterfinals, and our gold medal women's team was down a set at one point in the semis (I think it was the semis), it's a little more competitive than you might think...
Whats your problem?. I am not attacking the US military, merely talking about their training and physical fitness.
In my experience, US soldiers and marines tend to be more bulked up and fond of weights as opposed to say British or Aussie or Russian soldiers and marines who tend to be leaner and less weight-driven in their fitness regime.
BTW, I am ex-military myself and have worked with the US army and marines.
wow, the formerr soviet union would have had 43 gold, 42 silver and 66 bronze. I miss the us-ussr competition.
Since the US failed to medal in men’s beach volleyball this year, and in 1996 and 2000, no US woman’s team competed for the gold medal in beach volleyball, I think the answer to your question is self evident.
“How many of those medals won by non American athletes live and/or were trained in the USA?”
That is exactly the point I made to someone earlier today. Many, many athletes, both foreign and Americans competing for other countries, live, train and go to school in the US. Then they turn around and compete against us! What’s up with that! Yeah Obama, the world thinks we are such a horrible country, that’s why they’re all clamoring to come here!!
Get lost, you jealous hack.
Final: as of Aug. 12 Contact: Pete LaFleur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The University of Southern California led by its traditional strength in swimming (10 medals) and track-and-field (6) finished atop CollegeSports360’s exclusive “college medal board” for the 2012 Olympics with 24 total medals (12 gold, 9 silver & 3 bronze). USC’s other medals included four in women’s water polo, three women’s volleyball (two of those on the beach) and a women’s soccer medal. The University of Florida (21; 9G-6S-6B) finished second on this medal board (11-swim, 6-T&F, 3-wsoc, 1-w. tennis) while bay-area rivals California (16; 11G-1S-4B) and Stanford (16; 12G-2S-2B) tied for third. USC and Stanford ended up even for the most golds (12), followed by Cal’s 11 and Florida’s 9.
RE: Many, many athletes, both foreign and Americans competing for other countries, live, train and go to school in the US.
For the information of those who don’t know, the Chinese double Gold Medalist in the 400 and 1500 swimming competition in London named Sun Yang, TRAINED IN AUSTRALIA ( by an Australian coach ).
But it seems that the Chinese don't want to train their people to run fast or run far.
It is a good thing it wasn't the Math Olympics.
Per capita, Australia is the greatest sporting nation in the Summer Olympics.
Leftists on either side of the Atlantic can be pretty despicable.
Ideologically, I have issues with more than a few of them even if I like their music (and I try to a degree to wall it off) but Roger Waters tops them all for me as a detestable leftist, anti-American, Marxist POS.
I used to love Pink Floyd, and went to see Roger Waters in concert back in 2004.
I have never been so angry as I was that night. I have seen a lot of lefties in music, but nobody even as close to him. He forced his leftist, marxist crap on a paying audience who came to hear him play music. Now, I cannot even listen to any music he had a hand in, including Pink Floyd.
That SOB. That alone is enough for me to condemn him forever.
“...but China earned 15 more gold medals than AmericaChina had 51 and the U.S. had 36.”
AMERICA - 46 GOLD
China - 38 Gold
China will be the new USSR in the summer Olympics. The Soviets won the most medals in 1956, 1960, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1988 (East Germans were second), and 1992 (United Team). There really was no competition. The Soviets kicked our asses. We boycotted the Moscow games in 1980 and they boycotted LA in 1984.
In 2008 China did have more gold medals, 51-36. We had more medals 110-100.
Thanks Kabar. I should have noticed the “Beijing”. :^)
When they start winning some team sports and some meaningful events in Track and Field, other than the 20 km Walk, get back to me.
No wonder they used to always win.
Obligatory: USA!!!! USA!!!! USA!!!! We’re #1!!!!! GREATNESS HAS BEEN FOUND!
God bless America and all our athletes who strove so hard and did so well. Especially that Jewish gal who stuck her finger in the eye of the IOC. Kudos to you, young lady and your team mates!
And congrats to all medal winners, you’ve made your home countries and families proud!
GB did amazingly well, to come in 3rd, ahead of Russia and behind on the US and China, think of how much smaller their population is. Very good. Also, France, I’m impressed by their number of medals. Evenly distributed between G/S/B too. Vive le Egalite!
Except for mixed doubles in Tennis and Badminton, team sports count as one medal.
Equestrian - do men and women compete together?
There are a few more events open to men — more weight classes in boxing, weight lifting and wrestling, but also shooting, canoe/rowing, and sailing.
Synchronized swimming is the only event in the opposite case.
US men - 17 gold 15 silver 14 bronze = 46 total
US women - 29 gold 14 silver 15 bronze = 58 total
Title IX probably puts men at a disadvantage in the minor sports.
Actually, I believe scotsman is correct. I started noticing a trend here in america about 10-12 years ago. The young males became overly obsessed with pumping iron and bulking up. Cops and military personel tend to be a bit on the heavy side and seem to prefer to cultivate muscles that are good for nothing but a 10 second burst of power followed by a 10 minute rest.
Those kinds of muscles may work out great for a cop who spends his days sitting in a squad car and MAYBE needs to pull a bad guy to the ground once a month and put cuffs on him. But it is entirely the wrong kind of build for a military man who is on foot carrying a rifle.
Look at the physiques of the guys competing in the decathlon. Those are muscles built to perform a variety of tasks. It is a much different muscle type than your average iron pumping gym rat. Now look at the physiques of the guys doing triathlons. In my experience, the most physically capable people there are, are midway between a decathlete and a triathlete, but with a stronger back. Athletes tend to have weak backs compared to the average working guy doing a physically demanding job.
Our British cousins did very well, I see. Congrats!
No steroids, just super fit, low body fat.
A more accurate picture of the dominance is shown by using the typical dual track meet scoring of 5-3-1; gold is 5, silver is 3, bronze is 1.
U.S., 346; China, 293; Britain, 215...
According to Obama’s way of thinking, the USA didn’t win any of those medals. It was BIG GOV that won ‘em. Phelps, May-Treanor, Franklin, etc. had no part in winng them.
China gets its medals from a broad range of sports. I have no doubt that they will increase their efforts in swimming and track and field to cut into the US strengths. The Chinese have the money and the motivation to win more medals than the US to claim their superiority and ascendancy. It is all about propaganda. The Soviets and East Germans were similarly motivated, which is why they kicked our asses in most Olympics during the period 1956-1992. And no doubt, drugs had a lot to do with it.
And what most people seem to be unaware of, the Germans won the 1936 Olympics.
Unless China does a lot better in Track & Field and some other areas it will be tough for them to reach the medal counts generated by the former USSR -- even after the addition of new medal sports.