With the London 2012 games now in the rearview mirror, the United States can safely claim its status as the world's top medal winner, America easily earned top billing in the medal count, whether you stack it by overall medals or total golds, with China a kind-of-close second.
New England wasn't overwhelmingly represented on the podium, but three female athletes made their presence felt at the 30th Olympiad. Most prominent on our TV sets was Aly Raisman, the 18-year-old from Needham, Mass., who captained Team USA to women's team gold in gymnastics, adding individual gold in the floor exercise and a bronze in the balance beam. Elizabeth Beisel from Saunderstown, R.I., didn't get any golds, but found her way to the medal stand twice with a silver in the 400m IM and bronze in the 200m back. And Eleanor Logan from Portland, Maine, was a member of the successful women's eights team that won gold in rowing.
New England's collegiate ranks also made their presence felt: Harvard, of course, had medalists in rowing, as Esther Lofgren and Caryn Davies were also represented on that eights boat while Henrik Rummel was a member of the men's fours team that won bronze. And the women's basketball team that dominated the competition on its way to gold was obviously stacked with UConn talent, starting with coach Geno Auriemma, but also featuring six of 12 players, two of whom, Asjha Jones and Tina Charles, continue to play in the northeast as members of the Connecticut Sun.
Here's a map of where USA medalists come from by hometown:
View Team USA Medalists By Hometown in a full screen map