London 2012 Olympic Medal Count: United States Seeks To Rise Above China

Another day of competition is underway at the London Summer Olympics on Wednesday, which, for the United States, means another attempt at moving ahead of China in the total medal lead. At the conclusion of Tuesday's events, the two nations were tied with 23 medals apiece, but China held a 13-9 lead in gold medals.

There will once again be plenty of attention on the swimming events, with Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte competing in individual events, but neither will be in a medal contest. However, 17-year-old Missy Franklin will take part in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay, which has both the qualifying and final rounds on Wednesday.

The United States does have a strong chance at winning gold in the women's cycling time trial with Kristin Armstrong, 38, looking to repeat her gold-medal performance from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The men's individual time trial features 22-year-old Taylor Phinney as a possible medal winner.

Other events for the United States to medal in on Wednesday include but are not limited to: women's individual sabre, men's individual all-around gymnastics and men's synchronized 3m springboard. Mariel Zagunis, the United States' flag bearer, will compete in the sabre competition. In non-medal action, the U.S. women's basketball team plays Turkey, and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings continue their pursuit of gold in beach volleyball with a contest against Austria in group play.

For a complete breakdown, visit Sports Illustrated's medal count tracker.

For complete coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, visit SB Nation's Summer Olympics hub.

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