Throughout the 2012 Olympics, we here at PopWatch have been awarding the most esteemed honorific of the XXX Olympiad: The Olympic Stud of the Day. Some days, it’s been superstars like Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, or Usain Bolt. Other days, it’s been unexpected heroes like U.S. sprinter/comeback story Bryshon Nellum, Dutch high bar wizard Epke Zonderland, or British women’s pairs rowers Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, the first athletes from the host nation to score a gold medal.
But now that the London Games are coming to a close, it is time to turn the final honor over to you, PopWatchers: Who is the All-Around Stud of the 2012 Olympics? Before you click through our gallery of all the Olympic studs to refresh your memory, let me just take a moment to honor the athletes who have truly made these Olympics one to remember, athletes who transcended mere studliness with their peerless excellence and poise. I’m speaking, of course, of the U.S. women’s gold medalists.
The U.S. women accounted for 63 percent of America’s gold medals in this Olympics: That’s 29 out of 46, including the world record-setting 4×100 meter relay team that’s pictured above. If the U.S. female gold medalists were their own country, they’d tie for third in the medal count with Great Britain.
So thank you Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt, Allyson Felix, Dana Vollmer, Rebecca Soni, Aly Raisman, Carmelita Jeter, Sanya Richards-Ross, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Gabby Douglas, Jessica Hardy, Dee Dee Trotter, Breeja Larson, Lauryn Williams, Kayla Harrison, Kim Rhode, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May-Treanor, Jamie Gray, Rachel Bootsma, Jenn Suhr, Kristin Armstrong, Keshia Baker, Alyssa Anderson, Diamond Dixon, Brittney Reese, Shannon Vreeland, Bianca Knight, Claire Donahue, Jeneba Tarmoh, Tianna Madison, Claressa Shields, Lauren Perdue, Francena McCorory, Katie Ledecky, and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, soccer team, basketball team, water polo team, and women’s eight rowing team. You’ve done your country so very, very proud.
Okay, sports fans, your turn: Who is champion stud of the 2012 Olympics? Vote below!