Olympics Medal Tally 2012: Most Suprising Performances from Team USA in London

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Olympics Medal Tally 2012: Most Suprising Performances from Team USA in London
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When people think Team USA, it's basketball, sprinting, volleyball or even diving that first come to mind.

But as far as the other sports go, it is a shocker to think the Americans would be dominant forces in any other sports at the 2012 London Olympics.

Yet they have brought some tremendous talent to the table in multiple sports, and as a result, they are second in the medal standings with 37 to date. The 18 gold medals is just two shy of China's 20, and the team has won medals in eight different sports.

Talk about one impressive Olympic showing for the United States.

These are three sports where the U.S. certainly shocked the field at these London Games.

 

Tremendous Gymnastics

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From the get-go, men's and women's gymnastics were in top form for Team USA.

Gabby Douglas and Dannel Leyva headline the top gymnasts on the American side at the Games, as both came away with medals in the individual competitions.

Douglas took the women's individual all-around in stunning fashion after posting a score of 62.232 in the gold-medal performance. This was the second of two gold medals won at these Games. She captured the first with the women's team competition earlier in the Olympics.

Meanwhile, Leyva had himself an especially strong showing in the men's individual all-around. His third-place finish was outright dominant, and it could have certainly been argued that he was deserving of the silver medal.

The three medals in the sport are tied for the second most behind swimming for Team USA, as they have stepped up on the mat.

 

Untouchable on the Pitch

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It is clear that the United States women are one of the world's most talented soccer sides, but the outright dominance at these Games is arguably unmatched by any team in the country's history.

The six-time medal winners at the Games are 4-0 in London and have conceded just two goals all tournament.

What's more?

Goalkeeper Hope Solo has helped lead the team to three shutouts in the four contests. Not to mention, the play up front has been spectacular as well. Currently, forward Abby Wambach is tied for the most goals in London at four.

Now onto the semifinals fresh off of a 2-0 shutout against New Zealand, it is clear this is one of the better teams Team USA has ever put out on the field. There's no question about it.

 

Countless Swimming Feats

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We've heard the Michael Phelps chants loud and clear for the last eight years. This time around, however, the team boasts a hefty arsenal of talent.

The United States usually has a solid team of swimmers at the Olympic Games, but none in recent memory have been as dominant as this group.

On the men's side, the Ryan Lochte and Phelps battles continue to take the sport by storm. Racing individually, the two have combined for four of the team's 11 individual medals on the men's side.

In spite of the solid amount of medals, including two gold, getting seven medals from other swimmers was a special achievement for Team USA. Including the women's medals, the Americans have accounted for 23 of their 37 medals at the games in the sport of swimming.

The women have been just as or even more dominant than the men. Rebecca Soni leads the way for the Americans at these Games, boasting two world-record times, a gold medal and a silver medal, with two individual races remaining and one team race.

Talk about some tremendous performances.

 

2012 London Olympics Medals Leaderboard (Courtesy of NBCOlympics.com):

NATION Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
China
20 13 9 42
United States
18 9 10 37
Great Britain
8 6 7 21
Japan
2 8 11 21
Russia
3 9 8 20
Germany
5 8 6 19
France
7 5 6 18
South Korea
8 2 5 15
Australia
1 9 4 14
Italy
4 5 3 12
Canada
0 2 5 7
New Zealand
3 0 3 6
Netherlands
2 1 3 6
Ukraine
2 0 4 6
Romania
1 3 2 6
North Korea
4 0 1 5
Cuba
2 2 1 5
Hungary
2 1 2 5
Brazil
1 1 3 5
Kazakhstan
4 0 0 4
Belarus
1 1 2 4
Mexico
0 3 1 4
South Africa
3 0 0 3
Slovenia
1 0 2 3
Colombia
0 2 1 3
Denmark
0 1 2 3
Slovakia
0 0 3 3
Sweden
0 2 0 2
Czech Republic
0 2 0 2
Spain
0 1 1 2
Belgium
0 1 1 2
Mongolia
0 1 1 2
Norway
0 1 1 2
Poland
0 1 1 2
Indonesia
0 1 1 2
India
0 1 1 2
Lithuania
1 0 0 1
Georgia
1 0 0 1
Venezuela
1 0 0 1
Croatia
0 1 0 1
Egypt
0 1 0 1
Thailand
0 1 0 1
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
0 1 0 1
Greece
0 0 1 1
Hong Kong
0 0 1 1
Singapore
0 0 1 1
Serbia
0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan
0 0 1 1
Moldova
0 0 1 1
Qatar
0 0 1 1
Azerbaijan
0 0 1 1



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