London 2012 Results: 10 Countries That Overachieved During the Olympiad

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London 2012 Results: 10 Countries That Overachieved During the Olympiad
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Much as we Americans love to blab about the overall medal count, let's face it—the Summer Games has always been more of a Little-Engine-That-Could competition than a clash of titans.

The Olympics are at their best when the little guy from the little town in the little nation realizes his or her athletic dream before an adoring global audience.

To celebrate that spirit, we've rounded up a list nations that came to these London Olympics with modest expectations and managed to raise the bar a bit higher.

Without further ado, your 2012 overachievers. 

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