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The Summer Olympics have finally come to an end, going out with a bang with a spectacular closing ceremony.

In the end the US took home the “gold” for the most medals in London 2012 with a total of 104, 46 of them being gold, 29 silver, and 29 bronze.  China came in second with a total of 87 medals. And Great Britain took third with 65 total medals.

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With a total of 10,500 athletes in this year’s Olympics, the fight to reach the podium’s three steps was intense, but there are a few Olympians that really stood out and took home their fair share of medals. Let’s take a look at these medal-hogs (kidding of course) a little more in-depth, who knows, maybe it’s just something in the water in their hometowns!

Keep reading to see which athletes are sporting the most gold, silver, and bronze.


Usain Bolt (Jamaica)

image by Brunel University on flickr

Age: 25

Hometown: Trelawny, Jamaica

How to get there?: Sangster International Airport (MBJ)

Specialities: 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay – Usain took home golds in all of his events!

Random fact: He has 4 dogs named Spicy, Cassie, Dodo and Lala

Allyson Felix (USA)

image by Doha Stadium Plus on flickr

Age: 26

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

How to get there?:  Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Specialties: 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay, 4 x 400m relay – Allyson banked 3 out of 4 golds in her events.

Random fact: She was nicknamed “Chicken Legs” in high school due to her strength regardless of her slim stature


Michael Phelps (USA)

image by An Honorable German on flickr

Age: 27

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

How to get there?:  Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

Specialties: 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 200m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay – Out of 7 total events Phelps took home 6 total medals, 4 gold and 2 silver

Random fact: As a child Phelp’s was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and started swimming as a way to release his pent up energy

Missy Franklin (USA)

image by dressorsuit on flickr

Age: 17

Hometown: Centennial, Colorado

How to get there?: Denver International Airport (DEN)

Specialties: 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 4 x 100m freestyle relay, 4 x 200m freestyle relay, 4 x 100m medley relay – Missy took home 4 golds and 1 bronze out of 7 events in her first Olympics ever

Random fact: Missy is no little miss, at 6’1” with a 6’4” wing span and size 13 feet, she’s basically genetically engineered to be a fish in the water

Gymnastics – Artistic

Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

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Age: 17

Hometown: Egorevsk, Russia

How to get there?: Domodedovo International Airport (DME)

Specialties: floor exercise, beam, individual all-around – Aliya made her way to each step on the podium during the Games, taking home 1 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze

Random fact: In April of 2011, she ripped her knee apart tearing both her ACL and MCL on vault, but this hasn’t stopped her as was obvious in London 2012.

Alexandra Raisman (USA)

Age: 18

Hometown: Needham, Massachusetts

How to get there?: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Specialties: floor exercise, uneven bars, individual all-around – Alexandra is now the proud owner of 2 gold medals and 1 silver

Random fact: Alexandra finished up her last year in high school with online classes so she could focus on London 2012.

Want to read more about London2012? Check out our 2012 Summer Olympics Games in Numbers infographic.

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