2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medal Count 2012 Chart: How Women's Gymnastics Spurred USA's Dominance

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14:  Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber of the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medal Team ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 14, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 14, 2012

The gold medal tally between the United States and China figured to be close, and the sports where both countries shine were the key.

One of those sports was gymnastics. The American women put on a show by winning the team competition. Gabby Douglas took the all-around gold, while Aly Raisman was amazing, taking gold in the floor exercise and bronze on the balance beam.

Chinese gymnasts Yao Jinnan and Sui Liu were underachievers in London. Both performed well at the World Championships, but in London, neither won a medal. The Chinese women didn't produce the gold-medal performances they were capable of.

On the men's side, the Americans were the ones that underachieved. Much was expected from Danell Leyva, Jake Dalton, Jonathan Horton, John Orozco and Sam Mikulak, but only Leyva managed to bring home a medal.

China's Zou Kai and Chen Yibing led a dominant Chinese team to gold in the team competition. But Yibing, who is generally a master on the rings, had to settle for a silver medal. 

Though they dwarfed the American men's accomplishments in London, that was a scenario that equated to a missed opportunity for Chinese gold.

In the overall medal standings, what could have been complete Chinese domination in gymnastics only canceled out the Chinese women's failures.

The female American gymnasts were among the highest profile Olympians at the games. In my opinion, they were the most inspirational athletes as well.

I don't consider it impractical to think that their performances not only gave the Americans unexpected gold, but they also pushed other Americans to perform.

We all knew the Americans would dominate swimming, basketball and even much of the track and field competitions. But one of the more pleasant surprises was the American women claiming five medals in Gymnastics.

The United States won 10 more overall medals in Beijing, but 10 less gold medals.

In 2012, the USA won eight more gold and 16 more medals overall. Mathematically it wasn't all about the female gymnasts, but I would certainly call them the American symbols of this Olympic Games.

Here is a look at the final medal count:

Olympic Medal TrackerGoldSilverBronze
United States Total: 104462929
China Total: 87382722
Russia Total: 82242533
Great Britain Total: 65291719
Germany Total: 44111914
Japan Total: 3871417
Australia Total: 3571612
France Total: 34111112
South Korea Total: 281387
Italy Total: 288911
Netherlands Total: 20688
Ukraine Total: 20659
Canada Total: 181512
Hungary Total: 17845
Spain Total: 173104
Brazil Total: 17359
Cuba Total: 14536
Kazakhstan Total: 13715
New Zealand Total: 13535
Belarus Total: 13355
Iran Total: 12453
Jamaica Total: 12444
Kenya Total: 11245
Czech Republic Total: 10433
Poland Total: 10226
Azerbaijan Total: 10226
Romania Total: 9252
Denmark Total: 9243
Sweden Total: 8143
Colombia Total: 8134
Ethiopia Total: 7313
Georgia Total: 7133
Mexico Total: 7133
North Korea Total: 6402
South Africa Total: 6321
Croatia Total: 6312
India Total: 6024
Turkey Total: 5221
Lithuania Total: 5212
Ireland Total: 5113
Mongolia Total: 5023
Switzerland Total: 4220
Norway Total: 4211
Slovenia Total: 4112
Serbia Total: 4112
Argentina Total: 4112
Trinidad and Tobago Total: 4103
Uzbekistan Total: 4103
Slovakia Total: 4013
Tunisia Total: 3111
Thailand Total: 3021
Armenia Total: 3012
Belgium Total: 3012
Finland Total: 3012
Dominican Republic Total: 2110
Latvia Total: 2101
Egypt Total: 2020
Chinese Taipei Total: 2011
Estonia Total: 2011
Malaysia Total: 2011
Bulgaria Total: 2011
Puerto Rico Total: 2001
Indonesia Total: 2011
Moldova Total: 2002
Qatar Total: 2002
Singapore Total: 2002
Greece Total: 2002
Algeria Total: 1100
Bahamas Total: 1100
Uganda Total: 1100
Venezuela Total: 1100
Grenada Total: 1100
Portugal Total: 1010
Montenegro Total: 1010
Botswana Total: 1010
Cyprus Total: 1010
Guatemala Total: 1010
Gabon Total: 1010
Morocco Total: 1001
Saudi Arabia Total: 1001
Kuwait Total: 1001
Bahrain Total: 1001
Afghanistan Total: 1001
Tajikistan Total: 1001
Hong Kong Total: 1001

 

 

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