Olympic Medal Count 2012: Must-Win Events for USA to Take Total Medal Race

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIAugust 5, 2012

BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Kobe Bryant #10 (L) and LeBron James #6 of the United States celebrate during the medal ceremony after defeating Spain 118-107  in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The United States and China are neck and neck in the Olympic medal race. At this point, we're just about halfway through the 2012 London Olympics and not very much has been determined yet.

We knew going in it was going to be a race between the U.S. and China, and that's where we sit on Day 10 of the Games.

The following are all events that the U.S. is supposed to and needs to win in order to hold the honor of winning the most Olympic medals at the Summer Games. In their 25 appearances, the U.S. has won the most medals 14 times, including each of their past five appearances.

While things may look close now, FOX Business’s projection of a U.S. victory by 10 percent over China may be coming true as the final week poses some heavily favorite American events.

Check here for B/R’s up-to-date tracker of the medal race and all Olympic winners.



Men's and Women's Basketball

Basketball has always been an American dominated sport and this year looks to be no different. Barring an upset, the U.S. will take both gold medals on the final weekend of Olympic competition.

The women have won the gold in the previous four Olympics and have looked just as dominant as the NBA All-Star-filled team the men have assembled.


Track and Field

China has failed to pull away in the medal count before the beginning of the track and field events. In 2008, America tallied a total of 23 medals (7 gold) from the Beijing Games while China racked up just two bronze.

The sprints will likely be dominated by the Jamaicans but after that, the U.S. has a good chance of competing in the relays and the decathlon events. Austin Eaton will likely haul in several medals by himself while Christian Taylor and Will Claye both look like locks to medal in the triple jump.

China is significantly underrepresented and under qualified in this very critical aspect of the Summer Olympics.


Women’s and Men’s Gymnastics

The U.S. women have a real possibility of earning at least five more medals before the Games have ended. McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman are strong favorites to bring home gold medals for the U.S in the vault and floor events, respectively.

After a disappointing Olympics to this point, Jordyn Wieber has the opportunity to help her country by earning a medal in the floor event. She scored close to the top scorer of the qualifying round, Romania’s Sandra Izbasa, during the all-around competition.

Gabby Douglas is also performing in the uneven bars and beam events. She will go head-to-head with Siu Lu of China in the beam, who is the favorite to win the gold.

Two U.S. men will compete with a chance to medal in the high bar event. Danell Leyva and Jonathon Horton placed third and fifth, respectively, in the qualifying rounds of the event. In the all-around competition, Leyva recorded the highest score of the field.

Another head-to-head showdown with China will go down in the men’s high bar as Leyva and Horton will square off with Zhang Chenglong. If both Americans can medal and knock off Chenglong, it will be a huge gain for the American medal race cause.