The United States is the most successful nation of all time at the Summer Olympic Games, having amassed a total of 2,520 medals since the first Olympics in 1896.
Team USA gets the gold medal
Of the 2,520 medals won by Team USA over the years, over one thousand have been gold. The dominance of the United States can be shown in the fact that only two other nations, Russia and Germany, have reached a combined medal tally of 1,000. The United States team has been present at every edition of the Olympics except for the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, which they boycotted in protest against the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan during the height of the Cold War. In the most recent Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janiero in 2016, Team USA emerged with 121 medals, making it their third most successful Olympics in history. The team were able to claim 46 gold medals across a record 35 sports, including men’s basketball, women’s water polo, and tennis mixed doubles.
The graph above refers to all the medals won at the Olympic Summer Games since 1896 (gold, silver and bronze). The ranking tracks the total number of medals won. 81 additional nations earned medals during the Olympic Summer Games.
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olympic.org. (August 22, 2016). Olympic Summer Games medal table (total medals won) from 1896 to 2016 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 03, 2020, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/262864/all-time-summer-olympics-medals-table/
olympic.org. "Olympic Summer Games medal table (total medals won) from 1896 to 2016." Chart. August 22, 2016. Statista. Accessed August 03, 2020. https://www.statista.com/statistics/262864/all-time-summer-olympics-medals-table/
olympic.org. (2016). Olympic Summer Games medal table (total medals won) from 1896 to 2016. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: August 03, 2020. https://www.statista.com/statistics/262864/all-time-summer-olympics-medals-table/
olympic.org. "Olympic Summer Games Medal Table (Total Medals Won) from 1896 to 2016." Statista, Statista Inc., 22 Aug 2016, https://www.statista.com/statistics/262864/all-time-summer-olympics-medals-table/
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