5 things I learned from the 2012 London Olympics and Final Medal Standings

Posted on August 12, 2012 by

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2012 London Olympics Stadium fireworks

5 Things We (or I) Learned from the 2012 London Olympics

Its sad and unfortunate to see the 2012 Olympics come to an end..   But to organize my thoughts.. 5 things I learned:

(this from an Americans perspective, by the way)

1. U.S. still dominates the world in sports.  Even though China outnumbers us ridiculously, we really showed what we’re about in London.

2. England put on a GREAT show.  And I was really glad to see them come up on the second half of events and get a lot of gold for their homecrowd.

3. Andy Murray finally wins at Wimbledon and this might be the turning point in his career just like Novak’s first Slam led to a year of domination once he got his confidence.  Things like this will do 1 of 2 things; either it fuels the fire inside, or it put outs the fire inside.. In Murray’s case, I think this will fuel his fire, and I think he will win some majors next year, maybe even the U.S. Open coming up.

4. Hearing the crowd roar when the video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” gets me inside, just like every time I see and hear people singing it on Time Square on New Years.  Really moving.

5. Greece, the architects of the original Olympics, had their worse showing ever.  Just 2 bronze medals.  Its another sad reminder of how far Greece has fallen..  I really wanted them to show up big this year – to let Germany know that they weren’t going to crumble under their pressure..  but sadly it seems like the Greeks have crumbled.  I don’t hear ANY signs of optimism for their future, and its sad, because I really love that country.  But maybe at the next Olympics they come back strong, as well as their country.

Here’s the official medal count: of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London:  

1  United States (USA) 46 29 29 104
2  China (CHN) 38 27 22 87
3  Great Britain (GBR)* 29 17 19 65
4  Russia (RUS) 24 25 33 82
5  South Korea (KOR) 13 8 7 28
6  Germany (GER) 11 19 14 44
7  France (FRA) 11 11 12 34
8  Italy (ITA) 8 9 11 28
9  Hungary (HUN) 8 4 5 17
10  Australia (AUS) 7 16 12 35
11  Japan (JPN) 7 14 17 38
12  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 7 1 5 13
13  Netherlands (NED) 6 6 8 20
14  Ukraine (UKR) 6 5 9 20
15  Cuba (CUB) 5 3 6 14
16  New Zealand (NZL) 5 3 5 13
17  Iran (IRI) 4 5 3 12
18  Jamaica (JAM) 4 4 4 12
19  Czech Republic (CZE) 4 3 3 10
20  North Korea (PRK) 4 0 2 6
21  Spain (ESP) 3 10 4 17
22  Brazil (BRA) 3 5 9 17
23  Belarus (BLR) 3 5 5 13
24  South Africa (RSA) 3 2 1 6
25  Ethiopia (ETH) 3 1 3 7
26  Croatia (CRO) 3 1 2 6
27  Romania (ROU) 2 5 2 9
28  Kenya (KEN) 2 4 5 11
29  Denmark (DEN) 2 4 3 9
30  Azerbaijan (AZE) 2 2 6 10
 Poland (POL) 2 2 6 10
32  Turkey (TUR) 2 2 1 5
33  Switzerland (SUI) 2 2 0 4
34  Lithuania (LTU) 2 1 2 5
35  Norway (NOR) 2 1 1 4
36  Canada (CAN) 1 5 12 18
37  Sweden (SWE) 1 4 3 8
38  Colombia (COL) 1 3 4 8
39  Georgia (GEO) 1 3 3 7
 Mexico (MEX) 1 3 3 7
41  Ireland (IRL) 1 1 3 5
42  Argentina (ARG) 1 1 2 4
 Slovenia (SLO) 1 1 2 4
 Serbia (SRB) 1 1 2 4
45  Tunisia (TUN) 1 1 1 3
46  Dominican Republic (DOM) 1 1 0 2
47  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) 1 0 3 4
 Uzbekistan (UZB) 1 0 3 4
49  Latvia (LAT) 1 0 1 2
50  Algeria (ALG) 1 0 0 1
 Bahamas (BAH) 1 0 0 1
 Grenada (GRN) 1 0 0 1
 Uganda (UGA) 1 0 0 1
 Venezuela (VEN) 1 0 0 1
55  India (IND) 0 2 4 6
56  Mongolia (MGL) 0 2 3 5
57  Thailand (THA) 0 2 1 3
58  Egypt (EGY) 0 2 0 2
59  Slovakia (SVK) 0 1 3 4
60  Armenia (ARM) 0 1 2 3
 Belgium (BEL) 0 1 2 3
 Finland (FIN) 0 1 2 3
63  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 1 2
 Estonia (EST) 0 1 1 2
 Indonesia (INA) 0 1 1 2
 Malaysia (MAS) 0 1 1 2
 Puerto Rico (PUR) 0 1 1 2
 Chinese Taipei (TPE) 0 1 1 2
69  Botswana (BOT) 0 1 0 1
 Cyprus (CYP) 0 1 0 1
 Gabon (GAB) 0 1 0 1
 Guatemala (GUA) 0 1 0 1
 Montenegro (MNE) 0 1 0 1
 Portugal (POR) 0 1 0 1
75  Greece (GRE) 0 0 2 2
 Moldova (MDA) 0 0 2 2
 Qatar (QAT) 0 0 2 2
 Singapore (SIN) 0 0 2 2
79  Afghanistan (AFG) 0 0 1 1
 Bahrain (BRN) 0 0 1 1
 Hong Kong (HKG) 0 0 1 1
 Saudi Arabia (KSA) 0 0 1 1
 Kuwait (KUW) 0 0 1 1
 Morocco (MAR) 0 0 1 1
 Tajikistan (TJK) 0 0 1 1