Team USA leads the Olympic Games both in number of gold medals and in total medal count. Currently, we have 16 gold medals and 39 total. In both god and total, we lead China, the closest behind us, by 8 medals.
Highlights from the 2016 games include:
USA’s Unstoppable Simone Biles bested her teammate Aly Raisman for the gymnastics all-around. Team USA led with 184.8 points over Russia’s 176.6 and China’s 176.
Overall, Team USA has 2 golds in gymnastics and one silver.
Simone Manuel made history as the first black woman to win gold in an individual swimming competition. Simone tied with Canada’s swimmer in the 100m freestyle.
Katie Ledecky is another swimmer representing Team USA strongly; she currently has 3 gold medals and one silver.
Michael Phelps, on his 5th Olympics, is meeting expectations with 4 gold medals, raising his lifetime count to an historical 22 medals.
Overall, Team USA has 11 golds in swimming, 5 silver and 8 bronze.
Friday’s games include golf, equestrian, badminton, tennis, sailing, soccer, field hockey, trampoline, basketball, track and field, handball, swimming (men’s 1500m freestyle), beach volleyball and volleyball.
If you’re like me, you had no idea half of those were Olympic sports and are currently wishing you had spent a little more time on the trampoline as a kid. You’re also like me if you watch powerhouse gymnasts like Simone Biles fling their body into the air, do a complicated symphony of twists and flips, and land with a slight bounce and then say “didn’t stick the landing,” while shaking your head and forgetting that you could barely get through a beginner yoga video 20 minutes ago.
Don’t take that to mean that I don’t think Simone Biles is the ultimate badass, powerful and adorable, and competing on a level unmatched by anyone past or present. She rocks! Let’s keep it up Team USA!