Summer Olympics 2012: Recapping Most Shocking USA Medals in London Games

Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Gold medallist David Boudia of the United States celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Summer Olympics concluded on Sunday night. However, before we turn our attention to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games, it would be wise to recap the incredible performances by those who represented the Americans well in London.

Let’s take a look at some gold medalists who made the stars and stripes proud during their time in England this summer.


David Boudia

The men’s 10-meter platform winner was perhaps the longest shot to take home a gold in his discipline.

Qiu Bo of China was the extreme favorite and was supposed to have dominated this event. Obviously, things didn’t go that way and Boudia became the first American winner in five Olympiads to stand atop the podium.

A win by Qiu would have completed a near Chinese sweep of gold in all diving events (they failed to win only one, but still medaled). 


Women’s Basketball

The Team USA women were favored to win the basketball tournament at the 2012 Olympics, but it was the fashion that they won it in that was most impressive.

These ladies did not let their opponents breathe at all and consistently played top-notch defense, moved the ball and got easy looks, even when up by 30 or more points in a blowout.

That is a testament to coach Geno Auriemma, who was determined to win this tournament and keep an unbeaten streak alive that began in the 1992 Olympics. 


Kayla Harrison

Harrison won gold in the women’s 78 kg Judo competition, which hadn't had American representation since the Tokyo Games in 1964.

The 22-year-old from Ohio has burst onto the scene in international competition and finally proved how special she is on the biggest of stages.

It’s great that she won a gold in a sport that this country is hardly aware of.