Gold Medal Count 2012: Winners and Losers from London Olympic Games
After two weeks, and numerous hours of competition, the London Olympic Games have come to a close, and the gold medal count has been decided.
The U.S. has reclaimed the lead in overall golds from China after the Chinese took the distinction in 2008 when the Games took place in Beijing.
However, there were plenty of other countries that had amazing Olympics atop the medal stand, and, as usual, there were some that didn't quite live up to their standards.
So, let's take a look at the winners and losers of the gold medal count in 2012.
Here's the final medal standings.
|United States Total: 104||46||29||29|
|China Total: 87||38||27||22|
|Russia Total: 82||24||25||33|
|Great Britain Total: 65||29||17||19|
|Germany Total: 44||11||19||14|
Grenada won only one medal at these Games, but oh was it a big one.
Kirani James won the 400-meter dash to earn his country's first ever gold medal, but not only that, it was Grenada's first-ever Olympic medal.
The win was so big that Grenada's Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, gave the country a half-holiday after his victory.
It's safe to say the small Caribbean nation of 110,000 was celebrating the half-day with flair.
Like Grenada, Canada finished with only a single gold medal.
But for a country with a population of over 34 million, the solo gold is hardly an accomplishment.
Rosie MacLennan won the Olympic trampoline competition on Day 9 of the Games, but after that and before, the Canadians were totally shutout atop the medal stand.
This is coming directly off of Canada's best Olympics ever in Vancouver in 2010, when the Canadians had their best ever showing on their home turf.
It's safe to say that they're already counting down the days before the Winter Olympics hit Russia in 2014.
Winner: United States
Whenever you sit atop the medal count it's a success, but the U.S. ended the London Games in record-breaking fashion.
The Americans combined for a total of 104 medals and 46 golds, the latter being the most the country has won in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1904.
And there might be quite a few more countries competing now than there were 108 years ago.
Team USA dominated the track, the pool, the court and a myriad of other events to rake in their medals.
Names like Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin and Ashton Eaton emerged as stars, and Michael Phelps maintained his legendary status.
All in all, it was a great Olympics for the Stars and Stripes. It can't get much better than them hearing their national anthem 46 times, after all.
Australia headed to London with the fourth largest athlete contingent, featuring 413 of the country's best.
However, the Aussies headed home with only the 10th largest medal haul after standing on the podium 35 times, including just seven golds.
That total put the usually-strong Aussie team seven spots back of their rival Great Britain, and even placed them behind New Zealand in the per capita medal count.
This can be attributed to a weaker than normal showing in the aquatic center and a poor Olympic showing after that.
Now, until Rio at least, the British and the Kiwis will have bragging rights over their friendly competition from down under.
Winners: Great Britain
The British put on a great show for the opening ceremony, closed out the Games with a bang and as it turns out, had a very good showing in between.
The Brits took full advantage of competing on their home turf in London, raking in 65 medals and 29 golds, the third best count of any country.
Great Britian's athletes turned out an amazing show and almost all of their favorites delivered.
Bradley Wiggins won gold in the time trial, Mo Farah took both the 5000 and 10,000-meter races and even Jessica Ennis lived up to expectations to take the heptathlon.
All in all, it was about as amazing an Olympic showing as possible for Britain, as Andy Hunt, the Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association, described to the BBC.
"This is our greatest performance of our greatest team at the greatest Olympics ever," Hunt said.
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