With the 2012 Summer Olympics coming to an end Sunday, Aug. 12, the sadness of the Games going away will only be subdued by the overall medal count.
Team USA has all but locked up the overall medal and gold medal totals, and has proved it is still the country to beat in the Summer Olympics. While the United States was great, countries like China and Great Britain looked amazing and made the medal race very interesting.
All of the following countries lived up to the hype coming into these Games and performed excellent under pressure. While everyone wants to claim wins at the Olympics, the unity showed during the Games means we all are true winners.
|Olympic Medal Tracker|
|United States Total: 102||44||29||29|
|China Total: 87||38||27||22|
|Russia Total: 78||21||25||32|
|Great Britain Total: 62||28||15||19|
|Germany Total: 44||11||19||14|
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The United States has been the world’s most powerful nation for a long time, and the dominance at the Olympic Games has reflected that.
2012 was no different.
From Michael Phelps taking the spot as the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time to the success of Team USA in swimming and track and field, the questions about the most dominant sporting nation have been emphatically answered.
What makes Team USA so great, though, is the wide variety of winners from all events. While the dominance of track and field and swimming was expected, gold medals in events like Judo, water polo and boxing have proved Americans can thrive in any sport.
While China was expected to give the United States a run for its money in terms of Olympic medals, its failure to beat Team USA hasn’t dulled the country's success.
With dominant performances in gymnastics, badminton, diving, table tennis and weightlifting, the Chinese team came in and destroyed the sports they have a long history of being great at. The problem was that China didn’t win many surprise medals.
China is the world’s most populous country, so expecting them to be dominant at the 2012 Olympics was a no-brainer, but its stellar showing proves it is definitely a threat to win more medals than Team USA in 2016.
Before the 2012 Olympics, many experts felt that Great Britain would have an amazing showing since they were hosting. Boy, were they right!
Great Britain has won a plethora of gold medals throughout the Olympics, ranging from its dominance in cycling, rowing and equestrian to the wonderful stories of stars like track and field sensation Jessica Ennis.
The host nation put on an amazing showing on the grandest of stages, and has been rewarded by huge amounts of success for their nations in the competition.
In 2012, Great Britain was great.