U.S. Team to Top 2004 Medal Performance
With slightly more than two days of Olympic competition to go, the United States is assured of surpassing its total medal total at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, team officials said Friday.
By midway through the night's competition, the United States had won 101 medals and 30 golds. In Athens, the United States won 103 total medals and 36 golds.
"Already this team has outperformed Athens," U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth said.
"These Games are significantly more competitive than those in Athens," USOC CEO Jim Scherr said.
China leads the gold medal count with 47, and it has 88 total.
Said Brenda Villa, a U.S. water polo player: "We definitely look at the medal count. It's just a way to support [other] athletes. We're competitive, and we're the U.S., and we want to be the best at everything. We definitely take pride in what we can contribute."
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