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2012 US Summer Olympic Team

Updated on January 16, 2015

The Athletes ARE The Olympic Games

The Games of the 30th Summer Olympiad in London, England are officially in the history books. It was an amazing Olympics where our U.S. athletes shone in both competition and in sportsmanship. Medalists and those that did not medal alike should be very proud of all of their achievements.

U.S. athletes competed in hundreds of individual and team competitions in 26 major sports groups and 39 disciplines during the 2012 Games. For some, the road to the Olympic Games was by invitation. For most though, it involved fierce competition, Olympic trials, intense preparation, fundraising, blood, sweat, tears and more.

Join me on a salute to our incredible athletes, the United States Olympic Team!

U.S. Olympic Team Logo
U.S. Olympic Team Logo

Qualifying and Trials

Many of our athletes only got to the Olympic Games by winning or placing in a national qualifying event (like sanctioned track and field events, for example) or by performing well in established Olympic Trials (those are common for the swimming events). Both Trials and qualifying events began in earnest in February of 2012 and, in many cases they ran through June for many sports that require an individual to compete for a spot on the overall Olympic team.

You can find links to the profiles of all of your favorite U.S. athletes that qualified for the 2012 Summer Games here:

Team USA - Athletes

The Olympic Motto:

"Citius, Altius, Fortius"

Swifter, Higher, Stronger

Team USA Women's Soccer vs Costa Rica
Team USA Women's Soccer vs Costa Rica

How Are US Olympic Athletes Chosen For Team Sports?

We wanted to know too!

Athletes in team sports like basketball, soccer, volleyball and water polo tend to be chosen for the Olympic Team by the national coaching squad via their national reputation, national ranking or through results at previous competitions. Some team sports will also hold an Olympic tryout.

Why are so many of the team sports made up of professional athletes?

Since the 1970s when Eastern bloc countries (like Russia, but then as the U.S.S.R.) began to support "state sponsored" athletes to gain a competitive advantage at the games, the rules against participation by professionals (those paid to play or teach their sport, or those given corporate endorsement contracts as a result of their visibility from sport) have gradually been lifted.

Currently only boxing and wrestling remain comprised of all amateur competitors and national soccer teams are allowed only three professional players each. All other athletes in all sports can be amateur or professional.

What About U.S. Olympic Team Coaches... - How are they chosen?

Olympian Terrence Jennings with Coach Juan Moreno
Olympian Terrence Jennings with Coach Juan Moreno

Most of the coaches who teach, train and motivate our Olympic athletes in individual sports or two person sports (beach volleyball, for example) are chosen by the athlete and, of course, they typically only represent him or her. Occasionally they represent other athletes competing at the games but this is rare.

Most of the team sports coaches are chosen by the U.S. Olympic committee and/or members of the governing body for a given sport. Track and Field coaches, for example, are chosen by USATF.

Coaches can apply/ask to be a part of the coaching staff. Regardless of whether a coach applies or is invited by the USOC, he or she must meet strict guidelines. Among them:

*Available for all necessary trials, preliminaries and the games

*Eligible for a passport/have a valid passport

*A willingness to coach and train no other athletes for the Olympics that are eligible to play for another country's team

Medals for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games
Medals for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Medal Counts

Team USA did well in 2012! Great job! For the official overall medal counts for the 30th Summer Olympic Games, please check the link below:

2012 Summer Olympic Games Medal Count

Now, I don't know how long that link will be active so here's a brief glimpse of the final standings:

Country/Gold/Silver/Bronze/Total

1 United States 46 29 29 104

2 China 38 27 23 88

3 Great Britain 29 17 19 65

4 Russia 24 26 32 82

5 Korea 13 8 7 28

6 Germany 11 19 14 44

7 France 11 11 12 34

8 Italy 8 9 11 28

9 Hungary 8 4 5 17

10 Australia 7 16 12 35

US Olympic Athlete Videos from YouTube

Who's Your Favorite All Time U.S. Summer Olympian?

Team USA Swimmer Michael Phelps
Team USA Swimmer Michael Phelps

Do you have a favorite U.S. Summer Olympian? Take your pick and tell us why! Don't see your favorite here? Check "Other" and let us know who it is. We can always add to this list. The more, the merrier!

Who's your favorite Summer Olympic Games Athlete?

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The United States Olympic Training Center - Colorado Springs, Colorado

View of the US Olympic Training Center
View of the US Olympic Training Center

U.S. Olympic athletes in many disciplines and in both team and individual sports can train at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Nearly 560 athletes and coaches can use the training center at a time. They're provided with housing, dining, recreational facilities and other services during their stay on the complex.

Colorado Springs is also the host to the Olympic Visitor Center. More than 140,000 people tour the center annually. There, the public can learn more about the U.S. Olympic Committee, about the training center and other Olympic facilities (like the winter sports center in Lake Placid, NY) and about the Olympic Movement. The Visitors Center includes the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, a U.S. Olympic Store, public dining, an auditorium and meeting space. There's a great rooftop terrace that has an Olympic flame display and a great view of the entire sports complex including the Irwin Belk Olympic Path.

Free public tours of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs are available. The tour includes a 12-minute film and 45-minute walking tour of the Olympic complex where visitors can view athlete training facilities including the Sport Center Gymnasiums, the weightlifting and wrestling facilities, the USA Shooting Center, the Coaching & Sport Science area, the Aquatics Center, and the Sport Medicine area.

Team USA Uniforms

Ralph Lauren Designed Closing Ceremonies Uniforms
Ralph Lauren Designed Closing Ceremonies Uniforms

As in previous years, Ralph Lauren was the official designer for the opening and closing ceremonies uniforms that were worn by the US Olympic Team, its coaches and its officials.

The closing ceremonies uniforms were revealed several months before the Olympics. The picture above is representative of what our Olympic and Paralympic athletes wore to close out their respective games.

Before July, the only other uniforms to be unveiled were those by Nike for Team USA Basketball players. A photo of those can be seen in the gallery just below.

July Uniform Update: The Opening Ceremonies uniforms were unveiled as expected only a few weeks before the start of the games. They ignited quite a controversy among the athletes, coaches and the American public. Though they were designed by Ralph Lauren, the uniforms were made in China in low wage factories but for enormous price tags. The uniform consists of white slacks/skirts with blue blazers as a base. The men's blazers costs nearly $800 each while the women's are nearly $700. Each man has a tie to wear that cost $125.00. Rightly upset at both place of manufacture and cost, the press and the public have taken the U.S. Olympic Committee to task. It was determined that the uniforms for the Winter Olympic games that be com were held in Japan in 2014 were completely "Made in the USA."

The Controversial Opening Ceremonies Uniforms

Team USA Opening Ceremonies Uniforms
Team USA Opening Ceremonies Uniforms

Olympic Photo Gallery

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USA Olympics LogoTeam USA 2012 Mens Basketball UniformsU.S. Olympic Team LogoCoach "K", USA Mens BasketballShawn Johnson, USA GymnasticsCorey Codgell - USA Shooting
USA Olympics Logo
USA Olympics Logo
Team USA 2012 Mens Basketball Uniforms
Team USA 2012 Mens Basketball Uniforms
U.S. Olympic Team Logo
U.S. Olympic Team Logo
Coach "K", USA Mens Basketball
Coach "K", USA Mens Basketball
Shawn Johnson, USA Gymnastics
Shawn Johnson, USA Gymnastics
Corey Codgell - USA Shooting
Corey Codgell - USA Shooting

U.S. Olympic Team Media from Amazon:

Tell the world all about your love for all things related to the Olympic Games! Do you know an athlete that competed? Tell us about him or her. Do you just want to offer your congratulations to the team? Feel free...

Are you hooked on the Olympics too?

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      TonfaGuy 4 years ago

      Great lens.

      Thanks

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      businessb2b 5 years ago

      excellent lens...my country india also winned six medals..in london olympics

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      aylsbillones1 5 years ago

      I am...Hopeful that my favorite team will be in..:)..Thanks for this great lens..

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Totally hooked - just had to stop and watch Bradley Wiggins winning the cycling time trials at Hampton Court.

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      Comm2connect 5 years ago

      It's great to see my kids interested in the Olympics and real-life athletes as opposed to video games.

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      clayva 5 years ago

      My kids love watching the games as much as I do. Normally the tv is not on during the day but this is an acception!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I am watching them as I write this. So far they are as good as ever.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I am enjoying the opening ceremonies!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Let the games begin....sure am looking forward to the Olympic games and what a year for them to be in England with the Queens Jubilee year!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I have met some of the Equestrian athletes. My son is good friends with someone on the rowing team. I know that many of them devote a lot of time to make the Olympics and I think they all deserve our support.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Looking forward to the opening ceremonies.... right around the corner :) Very nice lens. ~blessed~

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      OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

      I am excited about the Olympics. Thanks for this lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I'm looking forward to the Olympics...watched the swimming trials last night. Welcome to the RocketSquid Greeters.

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      sandi_x 5 years ago

      I look forward to them

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      Alethia LM 5 years ago

      I am sooo hooked! There's something about the spirit and the pride of each own's country and dedication to a sport that make the Olympics really special. It is really something amazing to see.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I love the Olympic games. I will be watching.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I'm really looking forward to these.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Oh yes, I am hooked on them. They inspire me to be my best at whatever I am doing.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      @amberchina: That's awesome! I'll pay it a visit and return the favor. Thanks so much!

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      amberchina 5 years ago

      Fun lens! I just featured it on my "How to Make an Olympics Themed Classroom" lens. :)

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      @LaraineRoses: Thank you so much for your blessing!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I've been actively involved in sports most of my life so I'll enjoy watching the Olympics.

      Angel blessings.

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      great lens on the olympics, love watching them, the US does well every Olympic

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Yes, I love the Olympics! Thanks for the great post. I'm counting down the days now. Let's hope it all goes off without a hitch!