Different eras, different dynamics. By any measure, this year will be considered a booming success for the US. Many thought the Chinese would go home with more medals than the Americans, and that did not come close to happening.
“We’re Americans and we’re human,” said Teresa Edwards, the USOC’s mission chief for London. “When I was competing, when I went up against another country, I felt they wanted the same thing I wanted, but we were given an opportunity to prove it at that moment, and that’s what these Games give us.”