London 2012 Medal Count: USA Leads China Thanks To Alex Morgan, Maggie Steffans

The USA is in good shape to win the overall Olympic medal count as they've taken a ten medal lead going into this weekend. They won a bunch of golds on Thursday, with a big influence from Cal and Stanford athletes.

In women's soccer, the United States beat Japan 2-1 in the gold medal match at Wembley Stadium, With Alex Morgan setting up Carli Lloyd for one of her two goals. Four Stanford players in Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Kelley O'Hara, Christen Press also ended up winning gold for the USA.

In women's water polo, the USA dominated their gold medal match with Spain to win their first Olympic gold after coming up short the last few Olympics. This was largely in part due to a dominant effort by young Stanford attacker Maggie Steffans, who was the leading goal-scorer for the US team. The Bay Area also had players like Elsie Windes & Heather Petri of Cal and Jessica Steffans (Maggie's sister), Brenda Villa, Melissa Seidemann and Annika Dries of Stanford.

Here is the current medal count for the top countries.

  1. United States, 90 (39 gold, 25 silver, 26 bronze)
  2. China, 80 (37, 24, 19)
  3. Russia, 56 (12, 21, 23)
  4. Great Britain, 52 (25, 13, 14)
  5. Germany, 37 (10, 16, 11)

Stay with us on the SB Nation Bay Area StoryStream for more coverage of local athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games. For more on the 2012 Olympic Games, make sure that you check out SB Nation's dedicated Olympics hub.

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