The US and China were neck and neck throughout the Olympic Games, but America pulled ahead in the last few days and won the most medals out of any country. With 104 medals (46 of them gold), the US beat out China by 16. Closely behind with 82 medals came Russia. And rounding out the top four, making the host nation proud, is Great Britain, with a total of 65 medals. It was their greatest number of medals in more than one hundred years. But for the US, it was the most gold medals won at an Olympics not located on American soil, and the total kept them in the triple digits for the third Summer Games in a row.
One of the last events of the games was the men’s 10m platform diving. It was a thrilling event that landed American David Boudia with a gold medal, a huge upset over silver medalist Bo Qiu of China. But the spotlight may have been stolen by Great Britain’s own Tom Daley who secured a bronze medal for his country. Standing on the podium were men from the three countries with the most gold medals, in the exact order.
Another last minute gold won by the US wasn’t such a surprise. The men’s basketball team squeaked by Spain for the second Olympics in a row to win another gold for their country. Mike Krzyzewski and Kobe Bryant have both called the London Games their final one and they both leave as the best in the world. The women’s basketball team didn’t just squeak by, they beat France by a margin of 36 points to win their fifth consecutive gold medal. And so basketball remains an American dominated sport.
World records were broken, legends were made, and history was rewritten for 16 days in London. And although these Summer Games technically belonged to the United Kingdom, the United States made their presence known 104 times. These were the Olympics of the red, white, and blue.