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London Olympics 2012 - Preview For Friday, Medal Count

Michael Phelps has been one of the top performers at the London Olympics, helping the United States pull themselves into the lead in the medal count along with several other top swimmers. The pool has been kind to the Americans so far in London, and there will be four more swimming finals on Friday that can help the States boost their lead in the medal count.

Going into Friday, the Americans have 37 medals, with 18 of them being gold. China had been in the lead for both categories in the past few days, but are currently behind the United States in total medal count with 34, and are tied with them in total gold medals. Japan is sitting in third place on the table.

A full medal count tracker can be found here.

Including the swimming finals, there will be 27 total finals on Friday, a day that also marks the start of athletics events like track and field. The full schedule for Friday can be found on the official Olympic site.

As per usual, you can see the games live on, assuming that you fit their qualifications to access their stream services. The games will also be shown on tape delay on the entire NBC network of channels on television.

Be sure to stay with this StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at this year's games. Also head over to SB Nation's 2012 Olympics hub for more news and analysis from London.