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The 2012 US Olympic Team Strikes Gold in London

Updated on September 15, 2016
Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies
Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies | Source

Let’s face it, there were just way too many exceptional athletic performances during the 2012 London Olympics to select just one. It would not only be very difficult to select one athlete, but also a missed opportunity to celebrate the many amazing and inspiring athletes who performed above and beyond. So I have decided to award the August, 2012, Athlete of the Month to all of the gold medal winners from the United States Olympic team and throw in a quick comment on their performance and/or accomplishments. I selected the US Olympic team because they finished with the most total medals and yes, I am just a tad biased, as the United States is my home country.

A big congrats, however, must go out to Great Britain for their exceptional performance, way to go. And a big thank you for hosting a great XXX Olympiad, well done.

Here’s a look at the 46 gold medals brought home by the US Olympic Team. Congratulations to everyone for your amazing performances.

Allyson Felix during the women's 4 X 400m relay
Allyson Felix during the women's 4 X 400m relay | Source
Athlete
Event
Gold Medals
Comments
Claressa Shields
Boxing
1
First US Women's Gold in Boxing.
Kristin Armstrong
Cycling
1
Lance who?
Aly Raisman
Gymnastics
1
Well Done. Gold in the Floor X. You made Massachusetts proud.
Gabby Douglas
Gymnastics
1
Keep smiling flying squirrel. Gold in the overall.
US Women's Gymnastic team
Gymnastics
1
Amazing performance by all.
Kayla Harrison
Judo
1
Don't mess with Kayla.
Women's Rowing 8's
Rowing
1
Women's 8's gold. Back to back Olympic gold!
Kim Rhode
Shooting
1
99 out of 100.. not too shabby.
Jamie (Beyerle) Gray
Shooting
1
The pride of Lebanon, PA.
Vincent Hancock
Shooting
1
First skeet shooter to repeat.
US Women's Soccer Team
Soccer
1
Sweet revenge.
Michael Phelps
Swimming
2
22 Olympic medals - Thank you.
Missy Franklin
Swimming
2
The future of US swimming.
Allison Schmitt
Swimming
1
5 medals in London, 3 of them gold.
Dana Vollmer
Swimming
1
WR in the 100m butterfly.
Ryan Lochte
Swimming
1
11 time Olympic medalist.
Matt Grevers
Swimming
1
100m backstroke gold.
Nathan Adrian
Swimming
1
100m freestyle gold.
Rebecca Soni
Swimming
1
2:19:59 200m breaststroke WR.
Katie Ledecky
Swimming
1
800m free gold at 15 years old. Wow!
Tyler Clary
Swimming
1
200m Backstroke gold.
Women's 4 X 200 Free Relay
Swimming
1
New Olympic record 7:42:92
Women's 4 X 100 Medley Relay
Swimming
1
New World record 3:52:05
Men's 4 X 200 Free Relay
Swimming
1
Phelps, Lochte, Dwyer, Berens
Men's 4 X 100 Medley Relay
Swimming
1
Last podium of Phelps career.
Serena WIlliams
Tennis
1
Finally got the singles gold.
Mike & Bob Bryan
Tennis
1
Doubles gold for the brothers.
Serena & Venus Williams
Tennis
1
Women's Doubles Gold.
Sanya Richards-Ross
Track & Field
1
Gold in the 400m and the 4 X 400m relay.
Women's 4 X 100 relay
Track & Field
1
New World Record. Amazing race.
Women's 4 X 400 Relay
Track & Field
1
Crushed the field.
Allyson Felix
Track & Field
1
200m gold. Poetry in motion!
Brittney Reese
Track & Field
1
Women's Long Jump.
Aries Merritt
Track & Field
1
1 less step, 1 giant leap. 100m Hurdles
Christian Taylor
Track & Field
1
American men went 1-2 in the Triple Jump.
Ashton Eaton
Track & Field
1
Decathlon - World's greatest athlete.
Jennifer Suhr
Track & Field
1
Pole Vault - Great effort in awful weather,
Jordan Burroughs
Men's 74Kg Free Wrestling
1
Pride of Camden, NJ.
Jake Varner
Men's 96Kg Free wrestling
1
Don't mess with Jake.
Kerri Walsh Jennings & Misty May Treanor
Beach Volleyball
1
Familiar with the term 3-peat.
US Women's Basketball Team
Basketball
1
Was it ever in doubt.
US Men's Basketball Team
Basketball
1
Seems unfair, really unfair.
US Women's Water Polo Team
Water Polo
1
First gold ever for women's polo.
David Boudia
Platform Diving
1
Clutch last dive from 10 meters up to win the gold.
Mo Farah during the men's 5000m
Mo Farah during the men's 5000m | Source
Usain Bolt at the start of the men's 200m
Usain Bolt at the start of the men's 200m | Source
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius | Source

Some of the more memorable Olympic moments.

  • Seeing McKayla Maroney’s vault during the team all-around. The look on the judge’s faces was priceless, like they just saw something for the first time. She should have received a perfect score for that vault.
  • Watching Michael Phelps finish up his amazing swimming career.
  • Usain Bolt winning both the men’s 100m and 200m finals. World’s fastest human.
  • Allyson Felix finally getting the 200m gold and then earning two more in the 4 X 100 and 4 X 400. She is like watching poetry in motion.
  • Mo Farah winning the 5,000m and 10,000m in a packed Olympic stadium that was going absolutely crazy. I was on the edge of my seat.
  • Bradley Wiggins following up his Tour de France win with a gold in the Olympic time trial.
  • Andy Murray finally breaking through to defeat Roger Federer to win the men’s singles gold.
  • Oscar Pistorius competing in the men’s 400m and making it to the semifinals. What an inspiration to all of us.
  • Kirani James winning Grenada’s first ever-Olympic medal, a gold in the 400m. Also, James swapping bibs with Oscar Pistorius after the 400m semifinals.
  • Watching David Boudia win the gold medal in the 10m platform diving on his last dive. What a clutch performance.

Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated in the 2012 London Olympics. You gave us 17 days of amazing performances. We are already looking forward to the 2016 Summer Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. And thank you to host city London for putting on a truly wonderful Olympic Games for all of us to enjoy.

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© 2012 Bill De Giulio

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi mizjo. It certainly was a great summer Olympics. I'm envious, maybe someday I'll get to attend an Olympics. I really enjoyed your Hub on attending the games, great job. Thank you for the nice comments and vote.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Great coverage, Bill. Electrifying pictures. What a Summer Olympics that was. I'm almost afraid to compare it to Beijing.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Carol. I really miss the Olympics. So many great moments by athletes from all over the world. Thanks for stopping by to read, comment and vote. Have a great day.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It seems kind of sad that the Olympics are over. However, with this hub you have covered all we want to remember. Great hub and one worth bookmarking and voting up.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Johan. We sat around on Monday evening not knowing what to do with ourselves. I really do miss it. What a moment for the Olympics having Oscar Pistorius competing. Thanks for sending him!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Carol. We don't know what to do with ourselves now that the Olympics have ended. We watched as much as we could and it was really amazing some of the performances. As always I appreciate you comments and the vote.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi HouseBuyersUS. Thank you. Much appreciated.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks pramod. It was a great 2 weeks with many great performances. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. We appreciate the "salute"

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey Bill. Sorry you couldn't watch it. Hopefully reading about it here helps. It is one of my favorite sporting events also. Great job by everyone, especially GB as the host. Have a great day.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Christy. Usain may have a huge ego but he backed it up with his performance. There were so many memorable moments from London. Can't wait till Rio. Thanks for stopping by to comment and share. Have a great day.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks CCahill. Felix is like a gazelle, amazing. I know what you mean, I included every gold to make sure I included to lesser known athletes also. It was a great Olympics, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Its cold turkey, I don't know what to do tonight so im browsing the hub. Great article!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You did a great job in noting the highlights of the Olympics. It is kind of sad to be over. We were glued to the TV. Thanks for putting this great hub together. Voted UP.

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      pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

      Yes Sir,

      USA is again top in medal tally, pride of you and nation.The efforts and players aspiration has certainly factor of achievement.

      salute to winners of Olympic

      pramod

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always one of my favorite sporting events. Too bad I couldn't watch any of it. Very nice tribute my friend; you did a fine job of highlighting some incredible performances.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great read! I especially like your list of the most memorable moments. I think Bolt is one of them for sure :) I am sharing this hub.

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      CCahill 4 years ago from England

      What an amazing site the Olympic stadium was from outside.

      Felix looks like shes flying :D

      Great roundup, always difficult to resist praising the usual suspects

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