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2012 Olympics Medal Count: Ryan Lochte Earns Two Medals; United States Ahead Of China

Florida native Ryan Lochte grabbed two medals in swimming on Thursday at the London 2012 Olympics, but he was upstaged by his American teammates. He lost to Michael Phelps in the 200 meter individual medley, grabbing silver, and also took bronze in Tyler Clary's 200 meter backstroke victory.

Elsewhere, Gabby Douglas completed an impressive double, adding a women's all-around title to her women's team gymnastics gold that she won with Team USA. She's the third straight American woman to take the all-around crown.

The United States has either trailed China or been level with them in the medal count for most of the Olympics, but surged forward with strong performances across the games on Thursday. Two events where China is truly dominant, table tennis and diving, have now ended and the United States should start to pull further ahead when track and field events begin over the weekend. The USA now has 37 total medals, while China has 34. The two nations are even in the gold medal count with 18 apiece.

For more on local Olympians, check out SB Nation Tampa Bay's 2012 Olympics StoryStream. For more from around the games, head over to SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub Page.

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