US Olympic Medal Count 2012: Team Sports Give USA Edge over China

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US Olympic Medal Count 2012: Team Sports Give USA Edge over China
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LeBron James and the U.S. men's basketball team will help America win the medal count over China.

Team sports give the United States a decisive advantage over China as the two countries continue to battle for superiority in the 2012 London Olympics medal count.

China and the U.S. pulled away from all other medal count competition early in the Games. They seem to trade places at the top of the medal count standing daily as neither can find a way to distance itself from the other.

Here's how the medal count stands as of Tuesday morning.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 31 19 14 64
USA 29 15 19 63


Expect the back-and-forth battle to continue until the final day. China holds the medal count lead now, and will likely continue to do so for most of the week. Once the team sports begin wrapping up, however, expect the U.S. to surge to the top of the medal count leader board by the end of the week.

Here is a breakdown of seven key events that will make this happen.

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