US Olympic Medal Count 2012: Predictions for Locks and Upsets

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US Olympic Medal Count 2012: Predictions for Locks and Upsets
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The United States are off to a tremendous start at the 2012 London Olympics, racking up the medals left and right.

At 29 medals for the Games, the U.S. is in second place overall and is neck-and-neck with China for first. The Chinese currently hold the 30-29 edge in medals won, as well as a significant 17-12 lead in gold medals.

Heading into the final two weeks of competition, there will be lots of enticing moments to look forward to. Whether it's the dominant play of both basketball teams or the impressive swimming prowess on display, there are countless events fans should be set to watch.

These are the locks and major upset predictions for the Americans going forward in these 2012 London Games.

 

Locks

USA Men's and Women's Basketball Take Gold

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If there is one surefire winner fans can count on for any country at these Olympic Games, it's the men's and women's hoops teams.

Surely expect the plethora of NBA and WNBA superstars to be decked out in gold at these 2012 Games.

On the men's side, there have been more question marks. At times, the United States' squad has slipped and allowed teams to get into games early. However, it will be top-notch offense from LeBron James, Kevin Durant and company that propel this team to victory in London.

Meanwhile, the women have showed little to no signs of weakness at these Games. They are a tough, veteran squad that feature a plethora of talent. Maya Moore and Angel McCaughtry will have to lead the charge for this team, and rest assured, they will be doing just that in the remaining games.

 

Phelps and Team USA Men

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Michael Phelps and Team USA are set to win gold in the 200-meter individual medley, the men's 100-meter butterfly and the 4x100-meter medley.

Make absolutely no mistake about it. This team is for real.

Phelps is a master at the butterfly and has burst onto the scene as of late. It was a matter of time before Phelps got going, and a Team USA gold is exactly the feat he needed to get going.

Meanwhile, the team as a whole has looked especially solid as of late. Expect them to continue on behind this momentum and take that 4x100-meter medley.

In what will be a down-to-the-wire finish in the 200-meter individual medley, look for Ryan Lochte and Phelps to finish one and two at the event. Lochte should get the victory, but Phelps will undoubtedly make it a close finish.

 

The Major Upset

Rebecca Soni Will Lose 200-meter Breaststroke Final

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Soni has been outright terrific at these London Games for Team USA, but she won't be on her game in the 200-meter breaststroke final.

She has had herself an impressive Olympics. Soni set a world record for this particular event in the semifinals and was a silver medalist in the 100-meter breaststroke final.

However, the pressure will get the best of this 23-year-old in this epic finale. Expect Satomi Suzuki to pull off the upset for Japan in this one. She has a bronze medal at these Games and has failed to finish outside the top three once in London.

There's everything to love about the way Soni swims the breaststroke. She has a tremendous level of skill in this swim and should win the gold. It will simply be a step-up performance from the rest of the field that will have her down and out.

 

2012 Team USA Medal Count (Courtesy of NBCOlympics.com):

Event

Gold Silver Bronze
United States Totals
12 8 9 29
Archery 0 1 0 1
Cycling 1 0 0 1
Diving 0 1 2 3
Gymnastics 1 0 1 2
Judo 0 0 1 1
Rowing 0 0 1 1
Shooting 2 0 0 2
Swimming 8 6 4 18

 



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