The 2012 Olympic medal count just went up by one for the United States as the U.S. men’s basketball team wrapped up a win over Argentina. The team was favored to do well at the London Olympics, but everyone knows that nothing is settled until the games have been played.
With the 109-83 win over Argentina in the semifinals, Team USA is guaranteed either a silver or gold medal in men’s basketball. That Gold Medal Game will take place on Sunday against Spain, a team that is also littered with NBA stars. Spain also has a lot of size going for them, with players like Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Serge Ibaka anchoring their frontcourt.
When it comes to the sport of basketball, the United States is way out in front when it comes to medals. Since basketball was introduced at the Olympic Games, USA has 24 total medals when combining men’s and women’s. That includes 19 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. The closest country is the USSR, which had 13 medals (5 gold) to its credit. As for Spain, the final opponent for Team USA in London, that is one of the many countries that have never won a gold medal in basketball.
The men’s basketball team looks to add gold medal No. 14 to the United States trophy case on Sunday (August 12). As for the overall medals, this win propels the United States to its 96th total medal, counting the guaranteed ones from both men’s and women’s basketball.
Did you expect the United States to do so well in the 2012 Olympic medal count? Do you think that Team USA will have a very easy game against Spain?