updated - May 21, 2013 Tuesday EDT
Heading into the final weekend of the London Olympics 2012, the U.S. leads both the gold and overall medals races after trailing the Chinese most of the games.
For the first time since the Olympics began Team USA opened up a sizable lead over China in the all-important Olympic medal count 2012 chart, taking a 15 medal lead in the overall count and going up 6 gold medals while they were at it. The U.S. has 102 medals in total, a 15 medal lead over the China which currently has 87.
In terms of gold medals, the U.S. has 44 medals, 6 more than its closest rival China. Great Britain is in third place with 28 gold medals, Russia has 21 and South Korea is fifth with 13 gold medals.
Here is the Olympic Medal Count 2012 Chart:
The Olympics closing ceremony is also just around the corner, it will be on Sunday Aug. 12. and will be held at the 80,000-capacity main stadium in London where the July 27 opening ceremony took place.
The Olympics closing ceremony will be directed by Kim Gavin and is appropriately titled "A Symphony of British Music." Specific details of performers and the lineup have been kept under wraps, but certain sources close to the planning have leaked details to British media outlets.
The globe-conquering boy band One Direction are tipped to be on the bill. Coldplay, Muse, The Who, Queen, Madness, Annie Lennox, Kaiser Chiefs, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and Elbow are also rumored to feature.
The Spice Girls have also been confirmed to perform. The Spice Girls were photographed dancing atop black London taxis, so a rendition of their biggest hit, "Wannabe," seems certain.
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