Olympic Medal Count 2012: USA Athletes Guaranteed to Boost Nation's Total

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Olympic Medal Count 2012: USA Athletes Guaranteed to Boost Nation's Total
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The United States has taken a commanding lead in the medal count at the London 2012 Olympics, and the Americans will look to widen the gap during the penultimate day of competition.

The USA already has 94 medals, 13 more than second-place China. America also has the most golds, leading China 41-37.

Of course, the United States always expects to dominate the Olympics, and no margin of victory in the medal count is too wide. Look for the following athletes to add to America's collective pride by winning medals on Saturday.

Click here for the complete medal count for the 2012 London Olympics, courtesy of NBC.


USA Women's Basketball

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Team USA is guaranteed a medal in women's basketball, and barring an upset of epic proportions, that medal will be gold.

Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and company have been absolutely dominant thus far, winning every single game by double digits. After going 5-0 in the group stage, they beat Canada 91-48 in the quarterfinals, then took out Australia 86-73 in the semis.

They will play a quality France squad in the gold-medal game, but frankly, there's no way the USA will lose on Saturday.

 

Men's 4x100-Meter Relay Team

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Another team that will look to win gold for the USA, the men's 4x100-meter relay squad has all the talent necessary to reach the podium on Saturday.

Usain Bolt and Jamaica will be the favorites, but with a star-studded roster that features Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey and Darvis Patton, the Americans will push them every step of the way. The USA actually ran the fastest qualifying time, finishing in 37.38 seconds.

Of course, the United States has failed to medal in the past two Olympics in this event. Despite boasting some of the best sprinters in the world, botched handoffs crushed the Americans' hopes in 2004 and 2008.

If they can hold onto the baton, though, the US men are a lock to take home a medal.

 

Women's 4x400-Meter Relay Team

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A United States women's relay team will also be in action, but they will be running the 4x400.

Keshia Baker, Francena McCorory, Diamond Dixon and Dee Dee Trotter were incredibly impressive in qualifying, finishing in first place, with a time of three minutes, 22.09 seconds. That was more than one second faster than Russia (3:23.11) and nearly three seconds faster than Great Britain (3:25.05), which will be the USA's biggest challengers in today's final.

Barring a baton drop or injury, look for the American women to take gold in the 4x400 relay.

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