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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Leads Total Medals, Second In Gold Medals

It has been a very eventful couple of days at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The medal count lead has flip-flopped over the past few days and there have been shake-ups further down the list as well. Heading into Thurday, the United States leads the overall medal count with 81 medals, but China holds the lead in hold medals, with 36 against America's 34.

In third place, Russia has once again moved ahead of Great Britain with a flurry of podium visits over the past few days. Russia now has 52 medals, while the hold country has just 48.

Here is what the medal count leaderboard looked like heading into Thursday's events.

1. United States - 81 (34, 22, 25)
2. China - 77 (36, 22, 19)
3. Russia - 52 (11, 19, 22)
4. Great Britain - 48 (22, 13, 13)
5. Germany - 32 (7, 15, 10)

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