SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01: Jonathan Horton reacts after being announced to the men's US gymnastics team going to the 2012 London Olympics at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

London Olympics 2012: United States Will Win Medal Count

Thirteen athletes with area ties are heading to London for the Olympics.

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London Olympics Power Rankings: Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Gabby Douglas, Allison Schmitt And More

SB Nation's Andrew Sharp has a very well-done power rankings list for the London Olympics so far. Of course he ranks Phelps as No. 1 because the 20-time medal winner has left us no choice. He's the man.

But it's worth noting Gabby Douglas' smile on Thursday, the emergence of Allison Schmitt through the shadows of teammate Miss Franklin, who along with Ryan Lochte could be considered one of the disappointments in London.

The rankings are funny, with a hit of some Samuel Jackson commentary in between. Nothing says Olympic Power Rankings like Samuel Jackson commentary.

That, and a Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol photo that only gets taken in London.


A little different from the Hollywood style but it works where they are now. Seriously, with Americans going into Friday's competition with the medal lead and the end of swimming competitions approaching us, there's a lot to take in already.

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London Olympics Daily Recap: USA Ties China For Medal Count Lead

The Americans tied China for the overall medal count lead on Monday after a pretty decent day in the swimming pool. While Ryan Lochte was unable to live up to the expectation of winning gold in the 200-meter freestyle race, Matt Grevers and Nick Thorman took the gold and silver in the men's 100-meter backstroke, which marked the first time in these Olympics that Americans have received two medals in one event.

Take a look at the top five in the medal count right here:

China, 17 (9 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze)
United States, 17 (5, 7, 5)
Japan, 11 (1, 4, 6)
Italy, 8 (2, 4, 2)
France, 7 (3, 1, 3)

It's also worth noting the only team beyond that top five with three gold medals is North Korea; Great Britain moved into a five-way tie for ninth with its third medal.

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