Olympics 2012 Power Rankings: Final Edition

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Olympics 2012 Power Rankings: Final Edition
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U.S. women set a world record in the 4x100-meter relay.

Perhaps the most captivating element of the Olympic Games is the way it pries us from our personal day-to-day struggles and elicits patriotic feelings that more than a few had forgotten. Seeing your nation's premier athletes put it all on the line in the world's most pressure-filled sports spectrum simply ramps up national pride.

The punctuation mark on that passion arrives when an athlete stands atop the award podium, national anthem echoing, tears welling and gold hanging across the chest. The 2012 Olympics provided plenty of reasons for citizens from each competing country to be proud. 

Now that Olympic competition is wrapped up, we do our best to rank the top 10 nations in terms of performance, dominance and relative success in London. 

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