Olympic Medal Count 2012: Events with Which US Will Extend Its Lead on Saturday

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Destinee Hooker #19, Tamari Miyashiro #5, Logan Tom #15 and Jordan Larson #10 of United States celebrates after defeating Korea in the Women's Volleyball semifinal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at Earls Court on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Now that the United States has overtaken the Chinese in both gold medals and the overall medal count, Saturday presents a great opportunity for the Americans to increase their lead.

Looking at the schedule for Saturday, I believe it'll be the women—who have been clutch for the U.S. of late—who extend America's lead in the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Here are three events in which the U.S. will take gold on Saturday:


Women's Basketball

The United States is seeking its 20th gold medal in women's basketball, and it has a great opportunity to achieve that feat on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT against France.

The U.S. women have dismantled all seven of their opponents in London and have scored an average of 91.3 PPG to France's 72.6.

Led by Diana Taurasi, the U.S. women will enter Saturday's game confident, knowing that their roster boasts some of the best and brightest of women's basketball.

Fresh off a 13-point win in the semifinal against Australia, you can expect the U.S. women to dominate their opponent and leave London as gold medalists.


Women's High Jump

At 2 p.m. EDT on Saturday, 28-year-old American high jumper Chaunte Lowe will be looking to earn her first Olympic medal overall, with aspirations of helping the U.S. add to its gold-medal count.

Lowe enters the 2012 London Games having a personal-best advantage over nine of her 11 competitors and confidence, after taking first place in the World Indoor Championships held earlier this year in Istanbul.

Lowe looked good after her qualifying rounds, and while she might not break Bulgaria's Stefka Kostadinova's world record of 2.09 meters, she has an outstanding chance to earn gold on Saturday.


Women's Volleyball

The U.S. women's volleyball team has just been running through opponents in London, dropping just two sets on its way to the gold-medal game against Brazil, at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

Brazil, on the other hand, has shown some weakness, dropping seven sets on its way to the finale, including losing two to both Russia and Turkey, whom the Americans handled 3-0.

It will be a sweet taste of revenge for the Americans on Saturday, as the Brazilians were the reason the U.S. women didn't take home gold in Beijing in 2008.

As long as the U.S. women are able to forget about their past Olympic falters, they are more than capable of claiming the first-ever gold medal in the history of U.S. women's volleyball.


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