Are we surprised by this dominance? Team USA excels in Tokyo, bringing home over one hundred medals.
and 113 TOTAL MEDALS WON.
For the 7th straight Olympics games, the United States accomplished athletic dominance and won the most medals overall by any country. China was on our tail for gold medals, but the USA snuck in the victory after the Women's Volleyball team snagged the 39th gold of the competition, their first gold medal ever.
If you're keeping track at home, the United States now has 2,941 total medals between the winter and summer games, including 1,166 gold medals. Who's on our tails? Well, the Soviet Union (which doesn't exist) has 1,204, and Russia (which is currently banned) has 618.
It was an incredible performance throughout for Team USA. Caeleb Dressel won five gold medals in various swimming competitions, making him the winningest athlete of any nation at these Games. Kevin Durant became the all-time leading scorer in USA basketball history, leading the team of NBA stars to their 4th consecutive gold medal finish.
The real winners of the games were the US Women Olympians. An absolute powerhouse group of athletes, who won 66 medals, which was more than half of the USA's team tally. If they were their own country, they would have ranked FOURTH in terms of medals won. I mean, that is pretty darn impressive. Allyson Felix became the most decorated track and field athlete in U.S. history. Katie Ledecky took home four medals, including two golds in the 1500m and 800m freestyles. The Women's Basketball team continued their 55 game win streak and earned their seventh straight gold.
In a time of social unrest, political divide, and pandemic angst, it was really nice and patriotic to see fans unite together and cheer on fellow Americans. The buzz on social media, the happiness when the athletes were victorious, there was no agenda. It is unfortunate that this cannot be an everyday occurrence, but it was special in the moment. Good luck to all the Paralympians from the United States and the entire World! We'll catch you in Beijing (fingers crossed) in February for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.