US Olympic Medal Count 2012: 5 Disappointing Sports for Team USA
Team USA went away with the most total medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
However, that also comes with a few missed opportunities. Whether it was for a team medal, or a chance to take individual gold, the USA had some rough outings. And when part of a nation where so many medals are won, failing to come away with the hardware makes those events look a lot smaller.
Here, we look at the most frustrating events for the United States in London.
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No man from the U.S. won a medal in boxing.
In a sport that provides 10 weight classes and has been so dominant for America throughout history, 2012 was all for naught.
Only one fighter, Errol Spence, made it to the quarterfinal round and the rest were either bounced in Round 1 or Round 2. On the flip side, the women had two medalists despite there only being three weight classes.
So America can at least look at women's boxing as a stupendous success, whereas the men significantly underachieved.
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Other than Dan Leyva taking bronze in the individual all-around, the Americans hit the deck for men's gymnastics.
At the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games, Team USA won silver and bronze. Unfortunately, in 2012 they took fifth as a team and Leyva was the only one who reached the podium otherwise.
For their sake let's hope things get back on track in 2016, because London 2012 was tough to watch.
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USA women's fencing was put on the map at the 2004 Athens Games.
Mariel Zagunis won gold eight years ago and teammate Sada Jacobson won bronze. In Beijing, the American women stepped it up with a podium sweep in the individual sabre and bronze in team sabre. The U.S. also took silver in the team foil event.
Unfortunately, the London Olympics were a drastic letdown.
Zagunis failed to medal and the U.S. did even worse for team and individual foil. On the bright side, the epee team won bronze, but were vastly overlooked by the disappointing result from Zagunis and Co.
Both indoor volleyball teams had golden expectations and failed to deliver.
The women at least made the gold medal match against rival Brazil, however, they were soundly defeated 3-1 despite winning the first set in impressive fashion.
The Brazilians swept three straight sets thereafter and claimed a second consecutive Olympic gold over the U.S. The American men did not even get a medal opportunity.
After winning their group, the men were positioned well en route to repeat their gold medal performance from Beijing. Then they were shockingly upset by getting wiped off the court by Italy, 3-0.
The Italians barely qualified for the quarterfinals from group play and blasted the Americans to eventually win bronze.
Men's Water Polo
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With a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, the U.S. men's water polo team had high expectations for the 2012 London Games.
They had improved at the World Championships and had decent showings in the FINA World League and Cup tournaments as well. Now it wasn't so much that a gold medal was the anticipated outcome, but being in medal contention felt like a given.
After starting out group play at 3-0, the U.S. dropped its final two games and survived enough to qualify for the quarterfinals. With virtually no momentum, the Americans were crushed by Croatia in the bracket and lost the next two matches, which put them in eighth place.
In short, Team USA began 3-0 and then closed out 0-5. Ouch.
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