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Top 5 American athletes in Rio 2016 Olympics
- Updated: September 4, 2016
The expectations were high as they always have been from USA as they have been from USA in the Olympics and they have once again delivered. The United States team won 121 medals in the most recent Rio 2016 Olympic summer games including 46 gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze medals. These numbers have increased as they won a total of 104 medals in London 2012. The
US team have been on top on medals tally for the second consecutive games running. 558 athletes participated by the US team, which is the most by any team, but here are the top 5 athletes who didn’t just win gold medals for the US team but made history by winning number of gold medals which many other athletes can only dream of.
The most decorated Olympian of all time made his comeback after announcing his retirement after the 2012 games and won 5 gold medals and one silver medal to take his personal record to new heights. He now have 23 gold medals and 28 overall. He also broke the record for having most individual medals having won 13 golds. Now for certain he has announced his retirement and but we can hope to see him coming back in 2020 Tokyo games considering his age factor.
Another swimmer who set two world records by winning four gold and one silver medals by a female athlete as she was the 2nd women to do so. She won golds in 200, 400, and 800 meters freestyle titles
The Gymnast won 4 gold medals in the team and all the individual categories including the all-around, vault and the floor exercise, and that too at the young age of 19. Only three other women were able to achieve this feat, but Simone Biles also won a bronze to go a little further in the medals tally.
The youngest US wrestler to win the olympic gold medal in the summer games only on his Olympic debut. He came back from the 4-0 in semifinal in the 97 kg category secured the gold with a 2-1 victory.
Captained the U.S. men’s basketball team to a perfect 8-0 record and the gold medal, becoming the only male basketball player in Olympic history to win three gold medals. He also became the all-time leading scorer in U.S. men’s Olympic history.
Please leave your comments in the comments section and let us know if anyone else was more deserving or better than the above mentioned athletes.