London Olympic Medal Count: 2012 Continues To Trend USA's Way As Swimming Ends

Granted: The 2012 London Olympics are at least theoretically about amateur achievement and international cooperation first, and competitive nationalism second. Posited: The 2012 London Olympics are really about constantly following the USA vs. China metagame going on in the daily Olympic medal count updates. By that standard, USA! USA!—on the day Michael Phelps picked up his 18th and ostensibly final gold medal, the United States took advantage of the end of its always-strong swimming events to remain one medal ahead of Team China, carrying 54 medals, 26 gold, to China's 53/25. The hosts, under the combined Great Britain banner, have staked out a commanding third place position, with their 14 gold medals five more than fourth-place South Korea.

Rounding out the top five are Russia, with 28 total medals (3/15/10), and Japan, with 24 (2/10/12.) For continual medal count updates throughout the 2012 Summer Olympics, we recommend SI.com's medal tracker, even though it's convinced, like the IOC, that there's something called "Chinese Taipei."

It's a great web app for those moments when you're waiting to see whether the Republic of Moldova will be able to outmaneuver Mongolia on the podium.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.