The Olympic Games begin this weekend as the full slate of events get underway, and the medal count is only one way to figure out which country is the most dominant at the Summer Games. The United States has a very good chance of winning gold medal count as well as the overall medals.
Heading into the Olympics, Sports Illustrated's Brian Cazeneuve went through each event and predict who would medal in each event. The end result had the United States winning the overall medal count with 99, and just edging out China who is projected to earn 97. As for the gold medal count a tie is predicted between the United States and China with 42 apiece.
As for the local New York athletes there are 17 medals that are expected to be won.
- Deron Williams, basketball, gold medal
- Tyson Chandler, basketball, gold medal
- Carmelo Anthony, basketball, gold medal
- John Orozco, gymnastics all-around, silver medal
- Abby Wambach, soccer, gold medal
- Heather O'Reilly, soccer, gold medal
- Tobin Heath, soccer, gold medal
- Dana Vollmer, swimming, 800m free relay, gold medal
- Ryan Lochte, swimming, 200m freestyle, gold medal
- Ryan Lochte, swimming, 800m free relay, gold medal
- Ryan Lochte, swimming, 200m backstroke, gold medal
- Ryan Lochte, swimming, 200m I.M., silver medal
- Ryan Lochte, swimming, 400m I.M., gold medal
- Lia Neal, swimming, 400 free relay, silver medal
- Cullen Jones, swimming, 400 free relay bronze medal
- Steven Lopez, taekwondo, 80 kg division, silver medal
- Justin Gatlin, track and field, 100m, bronze medal