The 2012 Summer Olympics are officially over!
After a back and forth battle in the medal count, the USA pulled away from China for the overall lead with 104 Medals (46 Gold, 29 Silver, 29 Bronze). The U.S. was the only country to eclipse the 100 medal mark. China finished second with 87 (38 Gold, 27 Silver, 22 Bronze) and Russia was not far behind at third with 82 medals (24 Gold, 25 Silver, 33 Bronze).
Here are the best USA moments from this year’s Summer Olympics:
The Men’s Archery team delivered the first medal for the Red, White & Blue. They narrowly lost to Italy in the final 218-219. Still, starting the Olympics off with a Silver Medal is not bad!
Women’s Soccer: Team USA avenges World Cup loss
The U.S. Women were destined for Gold. Their electric win over Canada took America by storm. What better way to put the cherry on top than by beating a Japanese team that
defeated them in the Women’s World Cup only one year ago? Abby Wambach and rising star Alex Morgan have become household names. And let’s not forget Carli Lloyd for scoring the two U.S. Goals in the final!
Track & Field: Women’s 4 X 400 Relay
Sanya Richards-Ross, Dee Dee Trotter, Francena McCorory and Allyson Felix become the first U.S. woman to win three golds in Olympic track since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.
Women’s Gymnastics: The Fab Five
The Fab Five captured the hearts of the entire country with their grace and competitive spirit. McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordan Wieber and Kyla Ross took home gold for the team competition. Gabby Douglas made it a 3-peat for the women’s all-around (Nastia Liukin in 2008, Carly Patterson in 2004)
Swimming: Phelps all time best, Franklin the rising star
Michael Phelps finishes his Olympic career with 22 medals, including two silver, two bronze and 18 Gold. He is the most decorated Olympian of all time.
17-year old Missy Franklin is the new face of Women’s Swimming for the USA. She stole our hearts with not only her spectacular run, but her interview with Bob Costas. You can find it here:
Oh, and let’s not forget the youngest swimmer of them all Katie Ledecky. At 15, she’s not even allowed to drive yet!
Women’s Beach Volleyball
Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh-Jennings defined “dominant” during their run to three gold medals. Kerry is done with the Olympics but Misty said she will search for another partner.
Men’s Basketball: Back-to-Back Gold
20 years ago the Dream Team assembled a force that may never again be duplicated in all of sports. What better way to end the final day of the Olympics than with a Gold Medal for Men’s Basketball? Kobe Bryant and Coach K end their Olympic runs at the top. And LeBron James has had one heck of a year: NBA MVP, NBA Champion and Finals MVP to go along with his 2nd Olympic Gold Medal.
In part two of our Olympic Review, we’ll include the best international athlete moments!