Britain Did Have a Home Field Advantage

This is a follow-up post to the previous one about the Olympics, posted on  8/5/12

Huffington Post, August 12, 2012 

By Tim Reynolds

“LONDON — Most medals, most gold medals. The U.S. got what it wanted from these Olympics.

So did Britain, riding the wave of home-field advantage for its best Olympic showing in over a century. Some of that may have come at the expense of China, which finished only five medals ahead of Russia, where the Winter Olympics are next, in 2014.

The competition is over. The U.S. was best – but the success stories from London truly spanned the globe.

‘I think these games were absolutely fabulous,’ International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said.

The final numbers: 104 medals for the United States, 46 of them gold, their highest total at a “road” Olympics. China won 87 medals, 38 of them gold, down from what they did as the home team in 2008. Britain won 29 golds, third-most of any nation, and 65 overall – fourth in that category behind Russia, a winner of 82 medals, 24 gold.”

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