Olympics 2012: Highlighting Most Dominant Female Athletes so Far at London Games

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Dana Vollmer of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal and setting a new world record time of 55.98 seconds in the Women's 100m Butterfly final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Missy Franklin will head home from London as the most dominant female Olympian in 2012.

The 17-year-old's dominance in the swimming pool produced five medals, including four golds. No other female has yet to match Franklin's output at these Games, and no one will.

Still, there have been some phenomenal female athletes who have taken their sport by storm this summer.

Here we highlight the most dominant female athletes at the 2012 Olympics so far. 

Serena Williams

The American tennis star cruised through the competition at Wimbledon this summer, and then did it again at the All England Club to win Olympic gold in both women's singles and doubles tennis.

Williams won six consecutive matches at the London Games last week, failing to drop a single set or to allow her opponent to win more than three games in any set. 

In doubles, Serena kept the pedal to the metal playing alongside sister Venus, wiping out the field and doing so without even dropping a single set. 

With the singles gold medal now in her pocket, the 30-year-old has accomplished everything she could have possibly set out to when her career began. Williams' dominant performance at the 2012 Olympics cemented her as one of the top three female tennis players of all time.

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Dana Vollmer, USA

The 2012 Olympic Games were an absolute dream for American female swimmers in London. Dana Vollmer raced in three events and earned gold in each. Even more impressive, Vollmer either broke or assisted in breaking some sort of record in all three finals.

Vollmer set a new world record in the women's 100-meter butterfly when she won gold in a time of 55.98. A few days later, Vollmer and the United States medley relay team set a new world record in the women's 4x100 medley, finishing in a time of 3:52.05. 

The talented Vollmer also helped the US team to an Olympic record in the women's 4x200 freestyle, as the Americans won gold in a time of 7:42.92.

Vollmer was set to compete in three events inside the pool in London this summer, and she won gold and set a new record time in each. Although Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt get a lot of the attention, Vollmer's dominance should be noted. 

Li Xiaoxia, China

The Chinese table tennis star harnessed her inner Serena Williams in London this summer, winning singles and team gold in women's table tennis. 

Li Xiaoxia was incredibly dominant in her victories, though, topping her singles opponents 4-2, 4-1, 4-0, 4-1, 4-1 en route to gold. Her wins in the team event were even more impressive. Li Xiaoxia rolled through the competition, winning 3-0, 3-0, 3-1 to help the Chinese claim another gold.

Although the average Olympic viewer isn't familiar with Li Xiaoxia, or table tennis for that matter, she is worth knowing and certainly earned both of her shiny gold medals this summer. 

In a sport that rarely makes headlines, China's Li Xiaoxia did her best to put table tennis on the map in 2012. Her dominance should be applauded and celebrated, as she is now an Olympic champion after crushing the competition. 

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