It should be no surprise to anyone that the U.S. and China are together atop the medal count standings through the first week of the 2012 London Games.
The Americans and Chinese always find themselves battling closely for supremacy on the sports world's biggest stage, and this year is no different. In fact, this year might end up being even more lopsided than ever, as they're both already a ways ahead of the pack.
The respective cultures in each country could be the main driving force for athletic greatness. Kids are starting sports at younger and younger ages, and this happens in America and China more than anywhere else.
Track and field will be the event that pushes the U.S. over China for good in the medal count, since there are so many medals available.
America should find itself placing in most of the track and field events, while China is not much of a powerhouse in that category. The Americans have already picked up a couple of medals in it at Olympic Stadium since the events began.
U.S. sprinters Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin form a formidable duo at these Games, and they could both rack up medals in the 100-meter dash despite Usain Bolt and Jamaica's omnipresence in the event.
The USA will likely have two medalists in a few of these events, which will be of huge help to the medal count.
While the U.S. could pull away in the medal count with a strong track and field performance, China is just too consistent across the board to write off.
Table tennis and badminton are huge wins for China, and they should easily rack up medals in both sports to close the gap between the two countries.
Volleyball poses an advantage for the Americans, but don't count the Chinese out on getting a medal in one of those events. They're strong contenders, especially in women's team volleyball.
Since swimming is drawing to a close, the Americans will have to make sure they are at their best in Olympic Stadium for the track and field events. Without the ridiculous amount of medals Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin and company notched in the pool last week, the U.S. wouldn't even be close.
We've barely scratched the surface with remaining Olympic events, but expect the final medal count to be dangerously close. Still, the Americans should be able to pull away thanks to their expertise on the track.
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