2012 Olympics: Biggest Threats to United States Dominance

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2012 Olympics: Biggest Threats to United States Dominance
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A big part of the Olympics is the national pride as lots of different people come together to root on their home country. Inevitably this leads to the discussion as to which country is the biggest winner in the Olympics. 

There are two defined ways of measuring a country's success in the Olympics. One is the overall medal count, including every medal won in every event. The other, easier way is which country gains the most gold medals. 

In Beijing four years ago, the medal count came down to two nations. China easily got the most golds with 51 while the U.S. was a distant second with 36. Total medals was a lot closer with the U.S. winning 110 and China winning 100. 

Medal count is an unfair way of judging, as some countries are just too small to even have a shot at getting the most golds or overall medals. Only a few elite countries have both the size and the money to even challenge for overall Olympic dominance. Therefore it's easy to predict which countries will consistently have success in London.

This is a list of the countries that are most likely to get in the way of the U.S.'s dominance in London.

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