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Olympic Medal Count 2012: Top Medal Earners for Team USA in London

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Gold medallist Michael Phelps of the United States throws his ceremonial flowers to his mother Debbie Phelps following the medal ceremony for the Men's 4x100m Meldey Relay Final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 12, 2012

The United States have had a long list of athletes contribute to its first place spot on the medal count, but there are a few who have stood above the rest and owned these Olympic Games. Here's a look at the top individual medal earners for Team USA.

 

Michael Phelps

Phelps might not have brought home eight gold medals this Summer Games, but four golds and two silvers isn't a bad haul whatsoever.

The American swimmer became the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympic Games thanks to his London medal count. He meddled more than any other swimmer at the Summer Games and became the first swimmer ever to win the 200-meter individual medley in three straight Olympics. 

Phelps' six medal contributions are certainly a factor in the United States' commanding lead on the medal table over China and there is no athlete more deserving to be on this list than him.

 

Aly Raisman

Raisman might not have earned six medals like Phelps, but three medals in her first Olympics isn't too shabby. The Needham, Mass. native helped the women's gymnastics team win its first team all-around gold medal since the 1996 Atlanta games while also winning two individual medals.

Raisman placed first in the floor exercise and third on the balance beam, respectively. The entire Fab Five team earned an array of medals for Team USA and deserve to be celebrated in the fashion they are.

The 18-year-old gymnast became one of the more talked about names in her sport during the London Games, with her success even bringing her a personal invitation from Israel and a well deserved (alleged) night on the town.

 

Carmelita Jeter

London proved to be an Olympics dominated by the U.S. women, and Carmelita Jeter was certainly a part of that. The track star recorded three medals during her time in London, with one bronze, gold and silver performance to her name.

Jeter was a member of the U.S. world record-breaking 4x100-meter relay team and served as the anchor leg runner, meaning she was the one who got to cross the finish line. 

That accomplishment alone is impressive, but what sealed her bid to make this list was Jeter's silver and bronze medals in the 100 and 200-meter, respectively.

Jeter's coach Warren Edmonson talked with the Washington Post about her drive to win, stating "she always had a hunger to finish No.1."

While she may have only posted one No. 1 finish in London, Jeter was still vital to the United States' effort to separate itself from China on the medal table during the last few days of the Summer Games.

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