“The Olympic motto is faster, higher, stronger.” America came with their “A” game!
The final numbers: 104 medals for the United States, 46 of them gold, their highest total at a “road” Olympics. China won 87 medals, 38 of them gold, down from what they did as the home team in 2008. Britain won 29 golds, third-most of any nation, and 65 overall – fourth in that category behind Russia, a winner of 82 medals, 24 gold.
The U.S. women’s 4×100-meter team set a world record that had stood since 1985, perfectly passing the baton from one sprinter to the next and crossing the line in 40.82.The U.S. women nearly broke the record in qualifying, with both Jeter and Felix’s spots being taken by Jeneba Tarmoh and Lauryn Williams. With such a dominating performance in qualifying without two of the top runners, there was a universal feeling that the team could break the record on Friday night.
American swimmers won 31 medals. Track and field now has 29, one marathon medal on Sunday away from getting to 30 — a goal that seemed farfetched to some in the U.S. Olympic movement not long ago. Gabby Douglas won the women’s all-around competition in gymnastics, Raisman left that venue with three medals and Serena Williams won Olympic gold at Wimbledon over Maria Sharapova.he sisters beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 under the roof on a rainy afternoon at the All England Club.
In general,women won 27 of the United States team’s 41 gold medals and 54 of its 95 total medals. It was definitely Girl Power!
This is what the final Olympic medal board looks like:
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