As we face the beginning of a new week with a case of Olympic withdrawal, we can’t help but focus on the positive and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the athletes who competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Though not everyone who competed in the Games was able to score a podium finish to bring home a medal, one thing is for sure – they each leave being able to say, “I am an Olympian.” Here are a few of our favorite facts from the 2012 London Olympics:
- In track & field competitions, the USA earned the most medals, ringing in at 29 total (9 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze). Russia scored the second largest number of medals earned with 18 (8 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze), and Jamaica was third with 12 medals (4 each of gold, silver and bronze).
- Over the course of competition, Americans set one world record (women’s 4x100m relay at 40.82 seconds) and three American records (men’s 4×100 relay twice; women’s 4x100m relay). The .55 improvement in the women’s 4x100m relay world record (41.37 to 40.82) was the largest drop in that event in the modern era.
- Allyson Felix is the first woman since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games.
- The 2012 Games were the 1st time U.S. women won 2 medals in the long jump.
- Sanya Richards-Ross is only the second U.S. woman to win the 400 at the Games.
- Brigetta Barrett’s silver in the women’s high jump is the first U.S. medal since Louise Ritter won gold in 1988.
We’re sad to see the Olympics end, but thankful for the rejuvenation the Games provided for our own training. After all, it’s fun to envision coming down the home stretch to break records and win the gold. A girl can dream, right?
What was your favorite part of the 2012 London Olympics?