2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medal Count 2012: Most Surprising Gold Medal Winners from London Games

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Gold medallists Mexico celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London have concluded, but the incredible victories and surprising upsets will last in our memories forever.

It was an epic Olympiad that featured so many great stories and improbable winners that it would be impossible to recap them all here.

Let’s take a look at some of the more notable upsets in the Summer Games before we get to the total medal count.

 

Men’s Soccer: Mexico

The Mexicans won their first major international competition when they overcame the Brazilians in the gold-medal match of the men’s soccer tournament.

Oribe Peralta was the hero in the final. He scored both of the goals in the 2-1 victory, the first of which he scored inside the opening minute.

It definitely established the Mexicans as the team to beat in the CONCACAF. Team USA failed to even qualify for the Olympics in 2012. 

 

Men’s 10-Meter Platform Diving: David Boudia, USA

Boudia had no right to be on top of the podium in a diving event. The Chinese absolutely dominate this discipline and only failed to achieve gold in just a handful of events.

The 23-year-old just edged Chinese superstar and defending world champion Qiu Bo in the finals after barely making it through the preliminary event.

Perhaps most impressive is that Qiu Bo performed his best during this 10-meter event and was still defeated by the unheralded American. 

 

Men’s Gymnastics High Bar: Epke Zonderland, Netherlands

No one thinks of the Netherlands as a legitimate gymnastics hotbed, and that’s for good reason.

Zonderland won the first gold medal for the nation in the sport since the women’s team won all the way back in 1928.

He scored a ridiculous 16.53 and proved that he’s the best on the high bar in all of the land.

The odds are good you hadn’t heard of Zonderland before the Olympics, but after his near-perfect routine in London, it’s hard not to know him. 

 

Final Olympic Medal Leaderboard

Visit B/R's Standings and Medal Winners Tracker for a complete look at the standings.

Olympic Medal Tracker Gold Silver Bronze
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

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