2012 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medal Count 2012: How Great Britain Stacks Up Against USA and China

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins of Great Britain celebrate with their gold medals draped in a Union Jack during the medal ceremony for the Women's Double Sculls final on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on August 3, 2012 in Windsor, England.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Devin NoonanCorrespondent IIIAugust 5, 2012

The race for the most Olympic medals is still neck and neck on Day 9 as the United States and China continue to battle for the top spot.

China has the slight edge as of this moment with 61 total medals, but the U.S. is right on their heels, just one medal off the lead.

Currently sitting in third place in the overall medal count is the host nation of Great Britain.

The 37 medals for Great Britain include 16 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze to date.

Russia is breathing down their neck, however, with 35 overall medals thus far. 

When it comes to gold medals, Great Britain ranks third behind the leader China, whose 30 gold medals puts the United States in a close second once again at 28.

Despite China's slight lead with a week left of competition, they have yet to beat the U.S. in the overall medal count in the Olympic Games.

Over the past few Summer Games, the United States has consistently positioned itself as the most dominant nation in the world.

Four years ago in Beijing, the U.S. edged out China in overall medals by a tally of 110-100.

China, however, beat the Americans in total gold, with their 51 medals besting the United States' 36.

In those same 2008 Games, Great Britain claimed 19 gold and 47 medals overall, good enough for fourth place behind Russia in both categories.

Going further back to 2004, the U.S. dominated the Athens games with 102 total medals, beating out the second-place Russians with 92 and the third-place Chinese with 63.

The British Olympians were well off the mark with just 30 collective medals, putting them in a tie for ninth with South Korea.

Now that your brain has soaked in all of those numbers, let's take a moment and try to figure out what all of this actually means.

For starters, the United States is still the nation to beat.

Barely.

China's stock is rising rapidly, and the Russians' continues to decline.

As far as Great Britain goes, they seem to improve year after year and have asserted themselves as a one of the best nations in Olympic competition.

At the rate that China is going, however, it will take a lot more from the British athletes to actually crack the top two spots anytime soon.

According to NBC's all-time Olympic medal standings, the United States stands alone atop the leaderboard with 2,435 medals.

In second, with less than half those of the U.S., sits Russia with 1,122.

Great Britain earns the third spot, respectively, with 796.5.

China has made a very good run themselves in their first eight appearances at the Summer Games, already in seventh place with 501 total medals and counting.

At the pace that they are currently on, they should surpass Great Britain within a few more Olympic games and Russia not too long after.

Despite all of this, the London games have still given the British people something to be proud of.

As we enter the final week of competition, the host nation hopes to continue to impress the home crowd by adding to their already impressive collection of medals.

Although they may not be on the same level as the United States or China at this point, they still have performed admirably on the international scene.

For Great Britain, it's a battle for third place in the overall medal race.

And as we continue to count medals from home, the home fans will continue to count on their nation's athletes for additional appearances at the podium.

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