The United States has surpassed China for the most gold medals, 24 over China’s 23. This gives team U.S.A a total medal count of 49 to China’s 50.
Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old newly minted star became the first American woman to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and the team all-around at the same Olympics.
Ryan Lochte, the 28-year-old Floridian won bronze in the Men’s 200m Backstroke, silver for the Men’s 200m Individual Medley, gold for the Men’s 400m Individual Medley, silver for the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay and gold for the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
Nathan Adrian, the 24-year-old Californian won gold in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, silver in the Men’s 4×100 Freestyle relay and gold in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay.
Michael Phelps with his twenty-first medal has become the most decorated Olympian of all time and he accomplished this all before the age of thirty.
Natalie Coughlin swam in the 4×100 prelim but didn’t swim in the final where the U.S. team won bronze. Natalie Coughlin’s participation still allowed her to medal earning her twelth Olympic medal. The win secured Natalie’s spot as one of three American women (Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres) who have the most career Olympic medals.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, the greatest women’s beach volleyball team is going for gold again after taking the top spot in the 2004 Athens games and the 2008 Beijing games.