Olympic Medal Tally 2012: Key Events for US to Hold the Lead

Oren FriedmanCorrespondent IIAugust 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  (L-R) Allison Schmitt, Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and Missy Franklin of the United States pose with their medals following the medal ceremony for the Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay on Day 5 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The United States has moved into first place in the medal tally with 37 total medals in the 2012 London Olympics.

Thanks two a 1-2 finish by Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the Men's 200-meter individual medley, the US has made its way back to the top.

This weekend could be opportune for the United States to jump China and pull away from the rest of the field.

Here are the key events for the U.S. to hold the lead.


Women's Rowing:

The U.S. can continue its pursuit of gold early Saturday morning in women's rowing.

Heading into the Women's Double Sculls Final A, the U.S. will be well represented by Margot Shumway and Sarah Trowbridge.

The competition is tough however.

China's Wang Min and Zhu Weiwei have recorded faster times than the U.S. women in both of the previous heats. 

In the Repechage Round, the Chinese women finished just ahead of the U.S .women by 72 one hundreths of a second (7:09.65 to 7:10.37).

The other heat saw a more dominant Chinese victory. 

Wang and Zhu recorded a time of 6:50.64, nearly five seconds better than Shumway and Trowbridge's time of 6:55.25.

The United States and China will square off in the Double Sculls Final A Friday, August 3 at 7:10 a.m. ET.


Women's Swimming:

The Americans' dominance in the Women's 200-meter backstroke should yield more medals tomorrow afternoon.

Heading into Friday's final, the United States features the race's two fastest swimmers.

Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Beisel recorded the fastest time at the semifinals in 2:06.18. Missy Franklin was just off the pace at 2:06.84.

With no Chinese women even qualifying for the finals, the Americas should gain some ground in the medal count here.

It would not be too surprising to see the Americans finish with the gold and the silver in this one.

The 200 backstroke final is scheduled to take place Friday, August 3 at 2:30 p.m. ET.


Men's Swimming:

Even without Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the pool, the U.S. men still have a chance to take two golds in Men's 50-meter Freestyle.

American Cullen Jones tied with Brazilian Cesar Cielo Filho for the top overall time in the semifinals at 21.54 seconds.

American Anthony Ervin was just off the mark at 21.62 seconds.

This race is similar to track's 100-meter dash, the equivalent of a sprint in the pool.

With not even a second separating first and last in the semifinals (21.54 to 22.30), anything can happen in this one.

Jones and Ervin have looked good heading into the final. In their qualifying heats, both finished second in their individual races.

Don't be surprised to see two Americans standing at the podium after this one.

The Men's 50-meter freestyle will be Friday, August 3 at 3:09 p.m ET.


Other Chances:

Outside of these events, the U.S. will have plenty of other opportunities to continue its dominance in London.

There are 10 more swimming events with numerous chances for medals.

Track and field events are yet to begin, and the U.S. always has impressive competitors there.

Look out for American sprinter Tyson Gay to establish himself as one of the fastest runner's of all time. Decathlon competitor Ashton Eaton will also look to keep up his stamina and bring home the gold for the U.S. in the men's decathlon.

Don't sleep on American sprinter Allyson Felix or American hurdler Lolo Jones either.

Both could dominate their competitions en route to the gold.

Track and field qualifying events begin Friday, August 3 at 5 a.m. ET.

Throw in Serena Williams' tennis dominance and the US men's and women's basketball success on the hardwood, and the U.S. could be well ahead in the medal count by the time these games end.