The U.S. track team came up just short.
And boy, are they ecstatic about it.
Charged with the daunting goal of winning 30 medals at the London Games, the largest team in the U.S. Olympic contingent came through with 29. That's six more than it won four years ago in Beijing and the most since the 1992 Barcelona Games, when track and field hit the 30 mark.
''I think everyone thought their goal of 30 was out of reach,'' Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press on Sunday. ''Turns out, it was within reach. My take on it is that we have some of the best athletes in the world. They rose to the top.''
Led by Allyson Felix's three gold medals, including the world record-setting 4x100 relay, the U.S. team also won nine titles, two more than in Beijing. The disappointing performance in China spawned an unflattering report called ''Project 30'' - a look at the track team's flawed system that concluded with a goal of winning 30 medals this year.
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