With an impressive medal haul this past weekend, third-place Team GB is putting big-time pressure on second-place Team USA. With 22 Gold, the Brits have already passed their Beijing total of 19, and are closing in on the United States’ 30. The Games’ second week has been loaded with Team GB favourites (Athletics, Cycling, Drinking, etc.) so things are looking up for the home team. We at TORO don’t really have a horse in this second-place race. As Canadians, watching Britain and the United States fight is like watching two older brothers kick each other in the balls — so we’re enjoying it.
Doyle’s Republic of China remained atop the leaderboard this weekend in terms of Golds won and medals overall. While China made gains in all events, particular success came in the geriatric sport of Badminton and the child-exploitation sport of Gymnastics.
As for Canada, we got a cycling medal over the weekend. Oh, and that cute trampolinist won Gold. That’s about it. Don't get us wrong, we're still proud of our athletes. But it seems Canada is following a disturbing trend. Like most Summer Olympics, the Canadian athletes pre-favoured to win medals are fizzling out, while the “unknown,” less sexy Canadians are doing the heavy lifting. But we've still got five days to go, right?
1. The People's Republic of China: 34 Gold, 20 Silver, 17 Bronze. Total: 71
2. The United States of America: 30 Gold, 16 Silver, 20 Bronze. Total 66
3. Great Britain: 22 Gold, 13 Silver, 12 Bronze. Total: 47
29. Canada: 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 6 Bronze. Total: 10
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