Olympic Medal Count 2012: Where USA and Other Top Countries Rank

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: Where USA and Other Top Countries Rank
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Familiar faces appear on top of the 2012 Summer Olympics medal count after several competitions. Just the normal beginning to an Olympics journey.  

Saturday brought a day full of thrilling competition, great finishes and upsets. Here are the countries who lead the way to this point:

 

1. China (6)

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China leads the way thus far and it isn't much of a surprise. China is perhaps the most consistent country in several sports and they even recorded a couple medals in swimming on Saturday.

It looks like they are going to be the country everybody is chasing from the opening gates of the 2012 Summer Olympics

 

2. Italy (5)

The Italians have won gold in two events—fencing and archery. Italy dominated in the field of fencing, winning three medals total.

Italy defeated the United States in archery to win the gold medal, which explains why it is ahead on the leaderboard despite being tied. 

 

3. United States (5)

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The United States only has one gold medal, which is why it is right behind Italy despite being tied. 

Swimming has been the sport that the United States has excelled at winning four gold medals. Michael Phelps failed to deliver a medal, but Ryan Lochte sealed gold in the 400-meter Individual Medley.

His victory served as a possible passing of the torch. It was a great tone-setter for the competition, especially for Lochte who sees Phelps as his biggest competition.

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4. Brazil (3)

Judo is the competition Brazil won gold at on Saturday. The Brazilians also received bronze in judo and a silver in swimming.

Brazil is well-known to dominate in soccer and judo. It is looking to reach out to other sports this year, however.

 

4. Korea (3) 

Shooting, swimming and archery were the competitions Korea placed in on Saturday. The country's gold medal came in shooting.

With several competitions that favor Korea in the upcoming days, it will be looking to make a strong push when the weekend subsides.

 

For complete medal count information check out NBCOlympics.com.

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