The results are in: Team USA owned the 2012 Olympics.
The U.S. won a whopping 104 total medals and 46 were gold. Outside of China, Russia and Great Britain, the U.S. more than doubled every other country in each category. Its dominance was displayed in many sports, but here are the ones in which the Americans were in another realm.
4. Beach Volleyball
Team USA’s men didn’t do well, but their women dominated.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh lost just one set throughout the entire Olympics on their way to a third-straight gold medal. And the team they beat in the gold-medal match: April Ross and Jen Kessy. An in-country affair in the championship proved U.S. supremacy in the sport.
3. Track & Field
Jamaica gets all the hype because of Usain Bolt. Outside of the nation’s male sprinters, though, Team USA is superior.
The U.S. won 29 total track and field medals and nine were gold. Comparatively, the Jamaicans won just four gold and 12 total medals. Although considering Jamaica's significant population disadvantage in respect to the U.S., they did quite well.
Everyone knew the Americans would rack up the gold medals in the pool with Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. They didn’t perform as well as expected, but they still won a ton.
Phelps, Lochte, Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt won 21 medals by themselves. Those totals alone would’ve been strong enough to finish atop the swimming standings—Japan won the second-most medals with 11. More swimmers pitched in, though, to bring back a grand total of 31.
With two gold medals available—one men’s and one women’s—Team USA took both of them.
Neither American basketball squad lost a single game all Olympics long. Only twice did an opponent finish within single digits of the U.S. men and in the other six games, the red, white and blue blew them out by at least 20 points.
The women were even more dominant. Not one team got within single digits of them and they won games by an average margin of over 34 points.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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