Olympics 2012: State Of Michigan Well Represented In London

The 2012 Olympics have arrived, and nearly 30 athletes with ties to the state of Michigan are in London for the Summer Games.

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Olympics 2012: Michigan Athletes Help Final U.S. Medal Count

For the fifth-straight Olympics the United States won more medals than any other county, and athletes with ties to the state of Michigan played a major role in that. As Off Tackle Empire notes, four medals came from University of Michigan athletes:

Michigan

GOLD
Tyler Clary - USA Men's Swimming: 200m Backstroke
Betsey Armstrong - USA Women's Water Polo

SILVER
Janine Hanson - Canada Women's Rowing: Eight w/Coxswain

BRONZE
Peter Vanderkaay - USA Men's Swimming: 400m Freestyle

Michigan State did not have a medalist and had only one representative in London, the fewest among Big Ten schools.

Michael Phelps was the most notable athlete with Michigan ties, as he earned six medals total. Tyler Clary established a new Olympic record in winning the 200 meter backstroke.

Here are other athletes with ties to the state of Michigan that won medals:

Claressa Shields - Women's Middleweight Boxing - Gold - United States

Jordyn Wieber - Women's Artistic Gymnastics (Team Competition) - Gold - United States

Janine Hanson - Women's eights rowing - Silver - Canada

Peter Vanderkaay - Men's 400-meter Freestyle Swimming - Bronze - United States

Betsey Armstrong - Women's Water Polo - Gold - United States

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Final Medal Count 2012: Team USA Takes 1st Place Overall At Summer Olympics With 104 Total Medals

The 2012 Summer Games from London have officially wrapped up, and Team USA sits atop the final medal count standings by a wide margin after 302 Olympic events.

Two more gold medals, a narrow victory over Spain in the men's basketball final and an individual medal from men's 96kg freestlye wrestler Jake Varner, were added to the United States' overall tally on Sunday, pushing the American margin of victory to a whopping 17 medals.

No other country was able to rack up more golds or more silvers at this year's games, with only Russia topping the United States in bronze medals, 33-29. Easily the most prolific nation this year heading into the long-awaited closing ceremony, the Summer Games in London will surely go down as one of the best all-around Olympic performances in Team USA history.

Here are the results of the final 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)

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London Olympics 2012: Ann Arbor Native Wins Gold In Women's Water Polo

Betsey Armstrong and the United States women's water polo team took home gold at the Olympics with a 8-5 victory over Spain. Armstrong, a goalkeeper on the team, is from Ann Arbor and went to the University of Michigan.

The Michigan native has the unique distinction as being the only member of the team to not be born or go to college in California.

Armstrong was a member of the 2008 Olympics team that took the silver medal after losing a heartbreaking game to the Netherlands, 9-8.

The United States women's team won bronze at the event in 2004 and silver in 2000.

The gold medal won on Thursday was the first ever for the United States in women's water polo.

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London Olympics 2012: Claressa Shields Takes Boxing Gold In Women's Middleweight

The United States has its first medal in Olympic women's boxing, as of Thursday at the 2012 London Olympics. That isn't to say they've been shut out of it previously - this is the first year women's boxing has been included in the Olympics, and though they weren't in the final matches for Flyweight or Lightweight, Flint, Michigan's own Claressa Shields represented the United States in the Middleweight division on Thursday.

Shields was taking on Nadezda Torlopova, who made a strong run to the finals with impressive victories over Edith Ogoke of Nigeria in the quarterfinals (a lopsided 18-8 victory) and Jinzi Li of China (a narrower, 12-10 victory). Shields had arguably tougher competition though, fighting the very experienced Anna Laurell ton 18-14 win and then running circles around Marina Volnova in the semifinals (a 29-15 win). Volnova went on to win the bronze medal.

Against Torlopova, Shields started slow - as she's been doing throughout the Olympics - having a 3-3 round one, but dominated from then-on. Round two saw her go up 10-7 altogether, and round three was a 5-3 affair. Lastly, a 4-2 round four sealed it for Shields, who won on points.

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London Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps Gets 18th Gold Medal As Team USA Wins 4x100m Medley Relay

The United States hasn't lost the medley relay event since 1980, and that didn't change on Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics. The U.S. took the gold medal with a time of 3:29:35, a full 1.91 seconds over Japan in second place with a time of 3:31.26 and 2.23 seconds over Australia, which took bronze with a time of 3:31.58.

Matt Grevers started out the U.S. in the backstroke and the Americans had a slim lead after his efforts. Brendan Hansen faltered in the breaststroke and the U.S. fell slightly behind -- a 0.21-second deficit. In comes the University of Michigan's Michael Phelps for the butterfly. Phelps turned the 0.21-second deficit into a 0.26-second lead heading into the final 100 meters, where Nathan Adrian took over. Adrian smoked the competition in freestyle and the U.S. got the win.

This means that Phelps has won his 18th gold medal, with 22 medals overall. He's got twice as many gold medals as any other Olympian ever, and his swimming career might be at an end. There's no official announcement, but if Phelps sticks to his word and everything we've heard lately is true, then he could be retired as the best Olympian of all time.

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London Olympics 2012: Allison Schmitt Wins Gold, Sets World Record As Part Of 4x100m Relay Team

Allison Schmitt of Canton, Michigan, was a key part of the women's 4x100m medley relay that not only brought home the gold on Saturday, but set a world-record time doing it. The team posted a total time of 3:52.05, breaking the previous record of 3:52.19 set by China in 2009.

Schmitt was selected as the anchor of the team, swimming the freestyle leg. The other American swimmers included Missy Franklin (backstroke), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke), and Dana Vollmer (butterfly).

The Americans beat out Australia (silver) and Japan (bronze) for the win. Australia finished with a differential of 1.97 seconds.

This is Schmitt's fifth medal of the 2012 Olympics, earning three golds, a silver and a bronze. In addition to the new record she helped set Saturday, Schmitt also posted an Olympic record in the 200-meter freestyle. She was selected for Saturday's relay over Natalie Coughlin, who would have been competing for her 13th total medal.

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Michael Phelps Wins Gold In 100m Butterfly

On Friday, Michael Phelps competed in what is assumed to be his final individual performance in his Olympic career and ended it on a high note when he completed an amazing come from behind win to earn gold in the men's 100-meter butterfly. Phelps bested South Africa's Chad le Clos by 23 seconds, 51.21 to 51.44. Yevgeny Korotyshkin took the bronze medal.

Phelps now has a record 21 combined medals in the Olympics, with 17 of them being gold.

The former University of Michigan student was seventh at the turn prior to jumping to the lead and the win. Chad le Clos of South Africa and Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia both medaled, earning the silver and bronze, respectively.

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London Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps Gets Gold Medal No. 16 With 200m IM Victory

Michael Phelps isn't having as good a run in the London Olympics as he did his last time out but ... who in the world expected him to? Nothing he could have done would have topped what he was able to previously do, but that doesn't mean he's not out to make a statement and add to his ridiculous collection of medals.

On Thursday, Phelps competed in the men's 200m individual medley, with his main competition being Ryan Lochte, also of the United States. Phelps was out looking for revenge after Lochte bested him previously, and he got it. He took the gold medal with a time of 1:54.27, while Lochte took silver, trailing by 0.63 seconds with a time of 1:54.90. Phelps absolutely smoked Lochte on the back to take the win.

Laszlo Cseh took the bronze with a time of 1:56.22 - a differential of 1.95 seconds. This race was billed as Phelps vs Lochte and that's exactly what it was.

Phelps, who attended the University of Michigan, now has 20 medals to his name, 16 of which are gold.

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London Olympics 2012: Tyler Clary Takes Gold In 200m Backstroke

Tyler Clary came into the London 2012 Olympics talking a big game by insulting fellow American and Michigan product Michael Phelps by claiming he wasn't working hard, but he's done well to back it up. He fell short in the 200m butterfly, placing fifth in the finals, but on Thursday was able to capture his first gold medal.

Clary came from behind to best Ryan Lochte in the 200m backstroke finals on Thursday, taking home the gold medal. Clary had the fastest qualifying time prior to the race, and he beat that time and set a new Olympic record with a time of 1:53.41. Lochte actually took bronze, as he also fell behind Ryosuke Irie, who grabbed silver.

Irie's time was 1:53.78, just 0.37 seconds slower than Clary, while Lochte fell behind by 0.53 seconds with a time of 1:53.94. Radoslaw Kawecki and Fenglin Zhang tied for fourth place behind them but wouldn't have received a medal regardless.

Clary is a University of Michigan product and won three NCAA Championships while attending the school.

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Olympics 2012: Allison Schmitt Powers Team USA To Gold In Women's 4x200

On Wednesday, the United States swim team continued to help add to the nation's medal count when the women's relay team came from behind to earn gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay when they set a new Olympic team record, finishing the race in 7:42.92.

The victory was powered by the team's anchor, Michigan native Allison Schmitt.

Prior to Schmitt starting her leg, Australia and France exchanged turns holding the race lead. After the Canton Township product compiled an impressive 1:54.09 time, the United States cemented the win, the Olympic record and the gold medal.

This is now the second time in as many days that Schmitt has been part of an Olympic record, as she set a new record in the women's 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday.

Australia (7:44.41) and France (7.47.49) both ultimately medaled in the 4x200, winning the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

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London Games 2012: Michael Phelps Takes Gold In 4x200m Freestyle Relay To Set All-Time Medal Record

After helping his team cruise to a gold medal victory in the men's 4x200 freestyle relay, Michael Phelps officially became the most decorate Olympic athlete of all-time on Tuesday night in London.

Phelps took a disappointing second in the 200m butterfly earlier in the evening to tie the Olympic career medal record of 18, after what proved to be an all-too-narrow loss to South African gold medalist Chad Ie Clos by 0.05 seconds on the clock. Phelps and his American team wasted little time asserting their dominance on the 4x200 relay less than an hour later however, as they hit the wall more than three seconds before any of their competitors to clock a time of 6:59.70. Team USA's winning time was just a second slower than their 2008 world record time of 6:58.55 in Beijing, but it's clear the Americans are tops when it comes to men's relay events.

Still with three events remaining, Phelps will have plenty of chances to add to his seemingly insurmountable career tally before the Olympics wraps up.

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Olympics 2012: Allison Schmitt Sets Record In Women's 200-Meter Freestyle

On Tuesday afternoon, Canton, Michigan, native Allison Schmitt won the gold medal in the women's 200-meter freestyle event, adding to the United States' impressive medal count courtesy of the nation's swim team.

Schmitt won the event in record time, finishing in 1:53.61 to set an Olympic record.

Unfortunately, teenage phenom Missy Franklin failed to medal in the event after winning Ggold in the 100-meter backstroke on Monday. Franklin made the final touch .01 second after Bronte Barratt of Australia finished in 1:55.81 to earn the bronze.

Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.

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Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps Out-Touched In 200-Meter Butterfly, Settles For Silver Medal

On Tuesday afternoon, Michael Phelps was edged out by Chad le Clos of South Africa for the gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly.

Phelps led for the majority of the race prior to le Clos passing in the last stretch and beating him in the final touch, officially by .05 seconds. This is the first time since 2003 that Phelps has lost a 200-meter butterfly race.

Despite the shortcoming in the finish, Phelps tied Larisa Latynina for the most all-time Olympic medals with 18, and he has a chance to pass that number on Tuesday when he competes in the men's 4x200 freestyle.

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Olympics 2012: Jordyn Wieber Rebounds To Help Team USA Win Gold In Women's Team Gymnastics

On Tuesday afternoon, DeWitt native Jordyn Wieber finally had her chance to compete in the final round of an Olympic event when she helped Team USA earn the gold medal in the Women's Team Gymnastic Final.

On Sunday, Wieber failed to qualify for the women's individual all-around gymnastic final due to a rule that countries can only send two competitors to the final round of the event. When Aly Raisman posted a 15.325 score, it bumped Wieber to third, which set the standings with the top three competitors hailing from the United States, leaving Wieber as the odd woman out.

However, Tuesday's team final gave the Michigan native an opportunity to compete with her teammates, which was the event that she wanted to win the most.

Wieber competed in three of the four events, sitting out only the balance beam.

In the vault, she finished with an impressive 15.933; in the uneven bars she recorded a 14.666; and in her final event she scored a solid 15.0 in the floor, which basically cemented the gold for the United States.

Team USA finished with a final score of 183.596, while Russia earned silver with a 178.530 and Romania won the bronze with a 176.414.

Keep up with the medal count at Sports Illustrated.

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London Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps, Team USA Collect Silver In Men's 4x100m Relay

Though they didn't manage to reach their ultimate goal of a gold medal, Michael Phelps and Team USA collected a much-needed silver medal on Sunday in the men's 4x100m relay.

The Americans posted a time of 3:10.38 to take second, which was slightly slower than the world record time Phelps and company in Beijing in 2008. The same French team that put forth the best qualifying time earlier in the week ended up taking home the gold medal with a time of 3:09.93, while Russia (3:11.41) narrowly edged Australia (3:11.63) for the bronze.

The medal marked the first of the 2012 games for Phelps, who finished in a disappointing fourth place in the 400m individual medley on Saturday afternoon. Still with plenty of chances to rack up his first gold medal in London, Phelps will next take the pool on Monday for heats in the 200m butterfly event.

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2012 London Olympics: American Swimmer Allison Schmitt Takes Silver In Women's 400m Freestyle

The fastest American women's swimmer in both the 200 and 400 meter events heading into the Olympics, Allison Schmitt picked up a much-needed silver medal for her country on Sunday by placing second in the women's 400m freestyle.

Though she earned a bronze medal on Day 1 as a member of the 400 meter free relay team, Schmitt's efforts on Sunday gave her the first individual medal of her Olympic career. The Canton High School graduate finished with a time of 4:01.77, narrowly behind gold medalist Camille Muffat's Olympic-record setting time of 4:01.45. Despite the close defeat, Schmitt cruised past the rest of the field to claim her silver medal by more than a full second.

Now 2-for-2 in her quest for medals, Schmitt will now set her sights on the 200 meter freestyle event this week. Heats will begin on Monday morning with qualifying starting up two days later.

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