United States or China in London?

Romania
July 15, 2012 6:47am CST
China had a clear victory over United States at their home Olympics in Beijing 4 years ago, when it comes to total gold medals (51 to 36). On the other hand, United States had a little advantage overall, with a total medal count of 110 (only 100 for China). Do you think United States will reclaim their leadership, or China will continue to be a strong adversary in London? And, will Great Britain be on the podium or not?
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
15 Jul 12
I think London could be a case of "The Empire Strikes Back". I think China will improve on the number of medals they won, but US might pip them to the top slot this year. But I also think a lot of other countries will now start to eat into these two big countries tally. So it might be an interesting Olympics on more than one front. Cheers! Ram
• Romania
15 Jul 12
Interesting Star Wars insert :-) Well, other countries will win medals of their own, that's a fact, but only very few can really compete with chances in a lot of Olympic sports. Most countries choose a few sports where they try to do their best (and often they do), while they completely ignore other sports.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
15 Jul 12
Unfortunately, India falls under this category. This time our medal prospects are from Archery, Shooting, Boxing, Tennis and Hockey (Highly unlikely). Let's see if we can make better on our last time's showing of 1 gold and 2 bronze. Cheers! Ram
• Romania
16 Jul 12
Well, so does Romania. Gymnastics and rowing always bring us medals (and most of the times golds too). Besides these sports, it really depends on how our guys and gals feel in the heat of the competition and usually other medals pop up, some of them previously forecasted, others completely surprising. Cheers!
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@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
16 Jul 12
China is definitely an up and coming nation in the sports arena. Beside the traditional sports like table tennis, badminton, swimming and the likes, they are making inroads in athletics. It is not surprising if they overhaul USA in the medal tally. As for Great Britain, they should win a few gold medals. As for which sports, actually, I have no idea what sports they are good in.
• Romania
16 Jul 12
I agree that Chinese improved their results, especially when it comes to athletics and swimming. They already were masters at sports like table tennis, badminton, gymnastics (especially men). But I think they won't repeat the results in Beijing, probably not even close. On the other hand, I'd like to see a big fight between them and the Americans for the 1st place.
15 Jul 12
You usually find that the host country usually win quite a few more medals than they usually would due to the home support and familiarity with the conditions. I think that the USA will win the most golds in London and that Great Britain will win a few thanks to a strong cycling and rowing team .
• Romania
15 Jul 12
I agree with you that China had a BIG boost by hosting the previous Olympics. I also hope Great Britain's olympic team is stronger. I'm looking forward for an interesting fight for the third place on the podium, probably between Great Britain and Russia.