LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Kevin Durant #5, Tyson Chandler #4 and Carmelo Anthony #15 of United States celebrate late in the fourth quarter while taking on Australia during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

2012 Olympics: Team USA Tops All Nations With 104 Total Medals

A number of Chicagoans and Illinois natives are in London, looking to bring gold medals home from the 2012 Olympics.

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2012 Summer Olympics Medal Count: U.S. Finishes With 104 Medals

After a strong finish, the United States completes the 2012 London Olympics with 104 total medals, easily beating out China for the highest medal count of any nation. The Chinese finish off their time in Great Britain with 87 medals, just five more than third-place Russia after Sunday's action.

For the United States, the London Games qualify as a historic performance for the nation. With 46 gold medals over the past couple weeks, Team USA has its largest gold medal count in an Olympics on non-U.S. soil since 1904. In 1984, the U.S. won 83 gold medals as the Soviet Union opted to boycott the games in Los Angeles.

Great Britain also had a surprisingly good performance this year as the host nation, compiling 29 gold medals and 65 total medals for its best Olympic performance in over a century.

Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:

  1. United States, 104 (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)
  4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.

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London 2012 Closing Ceremony: TV Coverage, Streaming, Live Updates And More

Many fans have directed their frustration towards NBC over the past couple weeks for its broadcasting of the 2012 London Olympics, but they'll be happy to hear that the Closing Ceremony is being live-streamed on NBC's official website on Sunday afternoon.

This announcement comes after a major backlash from viewers that were unable to watch the Opening Ceremony live from London due to NBC's decision to only broadcast the event on tape-delay for television. NBC has streamed nearly every Olympic event live over the past two weeks, so viewers understandably expect the same from the Closing Ceremony.

NBC is coming through this time, though, after forcing viewers to wait hours before viewing the spectacular kickoff to this year's Games. Sunday's event is expected to be a star-studded extravaganza, so viewers that want to see everything live can head over to NBC at 4 p.m. ET, when the live-stream begins.

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London Olympics 2012: Mariel Zagunis Loses In Saber Fencing Semifinals

Mariel Zagunis, 2-time gold medal winner in saber fencing for U.S., lost in the semifinals to Kim Jiyeon of Korea, 15-13. Zagunis,a Notre Dame alumni, has been the only woman to win a fencing gold medal in the saber in the past eight years.

In the beginning, Zagunis appeared to be scoring at will, and led by 3-0, 6-1 and 12-5. But Kim was never wavered. Kim came back with five straight points to cut Zagunis's lead to 12-10. Zagunis did strike back to make it 13-10, but that was her last point.

Kim said she made adjustments during the break, saying she used a lot more feints to allow here to catch up with Zagunis

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Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay: Connor Dwyer And Team USA Win Gold By 3 Seconds

The USA -- in a tight medal race against China -- added another gold medal on Tuesday as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and Winnetka-native Connor Dwyer beat the field by three seconds to win the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Dwyer, who finished fifth in the men's 400m freestyle, swam the second leg of the relay, preserving the lead Ryan Lochte had given the American team in the first leg. Phelps finished off the relay with an impressive 53-second final split.

Here's a look at the men's 4x200m freestyle relay top five standings courtesy of NBPOlympics.com:

RANK LANE TEAM TIME DIFF
1 04 United States 6:59.70 -
2 05 France 7:02.77 +3.07
3 07 China 7:06.30 +6.60
4 03 Germany 7:06.59 +6.89
5 06 Australia 7:07.00 +7.30

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London 2012 Olympics: Matt Grevers, Northwestern Alumnus, Wins 100m Backstroke Gold

Northwestern Wildcats graduate and Chicago native Matt Grevers has grabbed his third Olympic gold medal:

Grevers collected two golds in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but only did so because he participated in preliminary relay races -- and did not make an appearance in the finals. He also won silver that year in the 100m backstroke, but in the 2012 London Olympics, Grevers managed to win with a time 0.05 seconds slower than his silver-winning Beijing time.

Here is a look at the standings, courtesy of NBCOlympics.com:

RANK LANE ATHLETE TIME DIFF
1 04 Matt Grevers 52.16 -
2 02 Nick Thomas 52.92 +0.76
3 06 Ryosuke Irie
52.97 +0.81
4 05 Camille Lacourt
53.08 +0.92
5 03 Liam Tancock
53.35 +1.19

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Summer Olympics 2012 Preview: Swimming Finals Cap Sunday's Events

The 2012 London Olympics enter Day 5 as a number of popular swimming events conclude in the afternoon, as well as two Judo events in the early afternoon. The USA Basketball team takes to the court at 8:30 a.m. CDT against Team France, with the replay broadcast scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CDT on the NBC Basketball specialty channel.

Here is a look at the gold medal events coming on Sunday:

Gold Medal Events For Sunday, July 29

Event Time
Women's 10m Air Pistol 5:45 AM
Cycling – Road 6:00 AM
Women's Skeet 8:00 AM
Women's Judo – 52kg 10:00 AM
Men's Judo – 66kg 10:10 AM
Women's Team Archery 12:01 PM
Fencing – Mean's Individual Sabre 1:10 PM
Swimming – W. 100m Butterfly 1:30 PM
Swimming – M. 100m Breaststroke 2:11 PM
Swimming – W. 400m Freestyle 2:18 PM
Swimming – M. 4x400m Freestyle Relay 3:00 PM
(All times Central Daylight Timezone.)

For day-to-day broadcasting schedules, visit NBC's Olympics web site.

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