2012 Summer Olympics medal count: U.S. ties the gold medal lead for the first time

gabby-douglas-gold-medal.jpgFor those who think the real 2012 Summer Olympic Games medal count winner means who has the most gold medals, the U.S. is officially on the top of the leaderboard. The United States has tied China with 18 gold medals after six days of Olympic competition.

The U.S. also currently owns the overall medal count title with 37 total (18g, nine silver and 10 bronze). China is second with 34 medals (18 gold, 11 silver and five bronze). There are 10 countries that have earned double-digit totals, with Australia as the latest addition to the group.

A round 50 total countries have medaled at least once out of the roughly 200 countries competing in the games. The Olympics are approaching the halfway point, with swimming wrapping up and track and field starting on Day 7.

Gymnastics will also kick off trampoline and then later get into rhythmic gymnastics and the artistic gymnastics individual event finals, which feature four of the U.S. women (all but Kyla Ross, who qualified on beam but because of the two-per-country rule will not compete in the event finals because Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas finished ahead of her). On the men's side, the U.S. men will send Jake Dalton to compete on the floor exercise, Sam Mikulak on vault and Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton on high bar. 

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