The United States conquered the 2012 Olympics, as the team will leave London atop the medals table. The U.S. led all countries with 104 medals and 46 golds, China came in second with 87 medals and 38 golds.
It was a phenomenal showing for the Americans, who many believed would be in a tight competition with China for the top spot. Instead, in the second week the U.S. turned it into a blowout.
In 2008, the United States finished with 110 medals to China's 100, but the Chinese wrapped up the Beijing Games with 51 golds compared to 36 for the U.S. This time around, it wasn't that close.
This was the ninth time in Olympic history that a country has surpassed 100 medals at the Games. But the U.S. had a long way to go to surpass it's 173 total medals from the 1984, or its ridiculous total of 239 medals from the St. Louis Olympics in 1904.
The Americans led the way in medals (101) and golds (35) at the 2004 Athens Games, and accomplished the same feat in 2000 in Sydney with 94 medals and 37 golds. The U.S. also owned the games on its home soil in Atlanta in 2006 with 101 medals and 44 golds.
The last time the Americans didn't win the overall medal count at the Summer Olympics was in 1992 at the Barcelona Games when the Unifed Team went home with 111 medals. The Unified Team was the name used for athletes from the former Soviet Union at the time, and it also finished with more golds (45) than the United States (37).
The United States continues to be the sports powerhouse of the world. While China is certainly a rising power, the Americans continue to find the medal podium more than any other nation.
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