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Crossing the Finish Line: The Final Medal Count

To the relief of some, the Olympics games are over and the final medal count is in.
Although the US team heads home with the largest total number of medals, 123, China won the most gold. Over half the Chinese 100 medals were gold. With 51 gold medals. I would say that the Chinese program Project 119 worked well, even though the host country missed the mark of their desired final medal count of 119.

The US was even across the medal count with 36 gold, 38 silver, and 36 bronze. Congratulations to all the amazing athletes. I was truly inspired, were you? It feels like the majority of American gold medals came from swimming thanks to Michael Phelps and his amazing wins. Here are some of the other US gold medals:

  • Both the men's and women's US basketball teams won gold (we are redeemed). We also won gold in both men's and women's beach volleyball as well as a gold in men's volleyball and a silver in women's volleyball — the women's team was defeated by Brazil in the finals.
  • Bryan Clay won the decathlon, and now he owns the title as the greatest athlete on earth, a la Bruce Jenner who won gold and made the event famous in 1976. Other track and field fun: Dawn Harper won the 100m hurdles, beating Lolo Jones. Although our 4x100m relay teams both dropped the baton in the semifinals, we won both the 4x400m men's and women's relays!
  • The Williams sisters won gold in doubles. Let's see what they do at the US Open.
  • The women's soccer team won gold, defeating Brazil with a final score of the match being one to zero. Carli Lloyd scored the winning and only goal of the game.
  • Gymnasts Shawn Johnson and Nastia Luikin both brought home many medals, but each garnered a gold. Johnson on the beam and Luikin for the all-around competition.

To see some photos of my favorite Olympic moments and one very sad blunder, just

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If you watched the games chances are high that you have a few favorite moments, too. Share them in the comments section below.

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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 7 years
Michael Phelps is freakin incredible! haha... But really, I'm very very proud of Jamaica this year. Usain Bolt was amazing, the women did superb--they totally swept one of the events, and the entire delegation was awesome. See a tiny island nation kick @ss and beat the pants off all the other countries in track!! :cheer: :anegyptian:
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 7 years
Michael Phelps is freakin incredible! haha...But really, I'm very very proud of Jamaica this year. Usain Bolt was amazing, the women did superb--they totally swept one of the events, and the entire delegation was awesome. See a tiny island nation kick @ss and beat the pants off all the other countries in track!! :cheer: :anegyptian:
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
We won a soccer gold? Seriously? That's AWESOME! US soccer always seems to be looked at as Special Ed by the rest of the world.
MSL83 MSL83 7 years
Bryan Clay is gorgeous! I'm happy for all the countries especially the first-time medal ones!
Tassie Tassie 7 years
Since we may not all be from the US, how about we all just be happy about how well ALL the athletes did!?! I think every country focuses on their own wins, and overemphasizes their own performance. There is no compensation for some sort of "per capita" medal count either. While I support my country (Aussie Aussie Aussie!), I like the individuals, like the German weightlifter guy, and especially those that really seem to appreciate even being there.
chicobo chicobo 7 years
Bryan Clay is a Hawaii boy <3!
chicobo chicobo 7 years
Bryan Clay is a Hawaii boy <3!
foxie foxie 7 years
Wow Debbie Downer. Can't we just be proud of how well our US athletes did?
gaellemj gaellemj 7 years
The IOC official rule is to count the gold medals to rank the countrys' performance. Everywhere in the world China comes first but in the US, where the total number of medals is shown not to tell USA officialy ranked 2nd.
foxie foxie 7 years
Go team USA! Good job. =D
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
Wow, totally proud of the USA!
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