If you watched the London 2012 Olympics, the Summer Olympics may have been in London, but the United States women owned the Games. Now a fun fact for you: Only two countries won as many gold medals at the 2012 Olympics as the 29 earned by the United States women.
That’s right, just two countries matched the American women in gold medals. China as a country won 38, while Great Britain took home 29, tying the U.S. ladies. I think it’s safe to say that American women dominated these Olympics.
The United States women won 58 medals in all, better than all but three countries China, Russia, Great Britain. And they topped the men both in gold medals won (29 to 17) and overall medals earned (58 to 45).
But it wasn’t just about sheer numbers. The United States women also provided some of the most memorable moments from these Games.
The women’s gymnastics team made us all proud by winning the team competition, and Gabby Douglas only added to the haul when she took home the individual all-around competition. Aly Raisman joined the fun when she won the gold on floor exercise and earned a bronze on the beam.
The U.S. women owned the pool, with Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt winning five medals and Dana Vollmer and Rebecca Soni each taking home three. As if winning five medals as a 17-year-old wasn’t amazing enough, Franklin set two world records along the way and became a national treasure with her bubbly and humble personality.
The U.S. women did pretty well on the track as well. Allyson Felix took home three gold medals, Sonya Richards-Ross won two and the 4×100 relay set a world record. Speaking of relays, the U.S. women won both of them, taking the 4×400 relay in relative ease.
The U.S. women’s basketball team continued its unrivaled dominance, winning its fifth-straight gold medal and 41st straight game. In the past 30 years, the American women have only lost once in Olympic play.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh made it three gold medals in a row in beach volleyball, though they weren’t as dominant as usual. For the first time ever, they lost a set in Olympic play as teammates. Just one, however—we wouldn’t want the other teams in the sport thinking they actually stood a chance.
All they did was offer the most entertaining game of the Olympics, beating Canada 4-3 in the semifinals. They did so in style, overcoming three deficits and winning on a stoppage time goal in overtime.
All these great women’s are fabulous, salute to them all. They made us proud.