Olympic Medal Count 2012: 5 Ways USA Can Beat out China

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: 5 Ways USA Can Beat out China
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As it was in 2008, the United States and China are once again engaged in a back and forth battle to determine who will come out of the medal count on top in the Summer Olympics.

In '08, the USA won the overall count 110-100, but China had a distinct advantage in gold medals, 51-36.

This year, it is too close to call at this point. 

At this current moment, China has the edge in both categories, but only barely. They lead the U.S. 64-63 in overall medals and 31-29 in golds. 

While there are some events like table tennis in which China will certainly move up and gain an advantage without the Americans being able to join the Chinese on the podium, here are five ways America can surpass its athletic rivals and finish 2012 as the best in the world. 

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