Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Looks To Take The Lead Tuesday

As Tuesday's fourth day of medal competition opens in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the United States and China are tied in total medal count, with 17 each. The U.S. still trails in gold medals, but has a good chance to take the overall lead by the end of Tuesday's events.

While the majority of the nation's attention will be focused on the women's team gymnastics final and another full slate of gold-medal swimming rounds, there are plenty of opportunities for the U.S. to pull away in total medals.

Further down the leaderboard, Kazakhstan definitely deserves some ackowledegment for their all-or-nothing approach, as they have two medals -- both gold. Alexandr Vinokurov won the thrilling men's road race in cycling, while Zulfiya Chinshanlo took home the gold in the 53kg women's weightlifting event.

Among the lesser-known gold-medal events taking place Tuesday are men's skeet shooting, men's canoeing and men's diving. The U.S. men's basketball team will also hope to move one step closer to the gold medal as they play against Tunisia.

You can find a complete medal tracker over at SI.com.

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