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With unbeatable lead, USA rules 2012 London Olympics medal count
The U.S. will win the London Olympics, topping the medals table here no matter how the standings are manipulated. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/olympics-2012/unbeatable-lead-usa-rules-oympic-medal-count-article-1.1134140
U.S.’ Allyson Felix (from l.), Bianca Knight, Tianna Madison and
Carmelita Jeter celebrate after winning the 4x100m relay, an event in
which they set the world record in the semifinals.
LONDON — One of the greatest pennant races in the history of the
Olympics is a done deal, with two days left on the schedule. It turns
out the women’s water polo team, or maybe boxer Claressa Shields, was
America’s Bucky Dent.
Either way, by the time the U.S. women set a world record in the 4x100
relay on Friday night, the U.S. had its 41st gold medal and an
insurmountable lead. China choked again, one last time, blowing the
synchronized swimming team title to Russia. Too much sink, not enough
PHOTOS: LONDON OLYMPICS DAY 14 - BMX FLIES HIGH
The U.S. will win the London Olympics, topping the medals table here no
matter how the standings are manipulated. We swam like marlins, vaulted
like antelopes, ran nearly as fast as ostriches who are actually
quicker than Usain Bolt.
So far, the Americans haven’t even dropped a baton, a quadrennial tradition.
Doesn’t matter if the nations are ranked by gold medals, by total
medals or by 3-2-1 assigned points. Enterprising sabermetricians have
evened rank them by un-judged sports, with the same end result.
We win. They lose. No matter the methodology or the math, the U.S. is
once again the world champions of sports, for whatever that’s worth.
It’s worth a lot to a lot of people, even if it’s for some of the wrong
reasons. Purists may want the Olympics to represent something more than
the medals count, holding to some higher ideal. Those people aren’t
corporate sponsors or officials of sports federations, whose jobs and
money are at stake.
“We came to the Olympics with very specific medals projections, and
with the idea of beating China,” one U.S. Olympic Committee official
said this week. “Given their system, that hasn’t been easy.”
The Chinese, who led in July, faded in August. They ran out of table
tennis and diving events. The Americans, particularly the women, came on
strong in team sports and track.
Now, the magic number is zero. The Chinese are eliminated. As we enter
the weekend, the U.S. leads 41-37 in golds, 94-81 in total medals.
Looking at the weekend schedule, the Chinese have two possible gold
medals left in light flyweight boxing and men’s 10-meter platform
diving. The Americans will maintain their lead, even if they lose in
women’s basketball, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and the track
This will mark the fifth straight time the U.S. has won the Olympics in
total medals we last lost to the so-called Unified Team, made up of the
Soviet republics, in 1992. But the Chinese beat us badly in gold,
51-36, in Beijing when there was considerable controversy about the
Sir Steve Redgrave, the British rower who won five gold medals, says
the most common U.S. method of ranking teams by total medals is
“Fifty bronzes don't equal one gold,” he said.
Now it doesn’t matter, because the Americans will have more gold, too.
There are plenty of medals and hugs to go around. The American women won
27 of our 41 gold medals here, and likely have a few left up their
sleeveless jerseys. They outperformed the U.S. men again on Friday night
in the relays.
Title IX strikes again, wins the Summer Games.
We get to be magnanimous winners, instead of petty losers. Goodness
knows, we can play that role just as well. Whenever we are defeated at
sports we care about at the Olympics, Americans tend to point fingers as
we have at the Jamaicans in track, at the Chinese in swimming. If it’s a
sport we don’t care about, we merely smirk.
Now we don’t have to sneer or cast aspersions. We can shake the hands
of our fellow competitors, look them straight in the eye, knowing we
have pounded them into oblivion. The true Olympic ideal.
We win. They lose. Why doesn’t it feel like winning the World Series?
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