US Olympic Medal Count – The United States currently has 22 gold medals which is good enough for second overall behind China with 29.
The US has a combined total of 66, which is the most overall medals with 27 silver and 18 bronze medals.
There have been some sensational performances that will go down in the history books as the best in American Olympic history.
Almost half of the medals that were earned by the US were in swimming, with 30 combined with 11 gold.
This was ten more than second-place Australia who had one of their best Olympic swimming performances in history.
In 2016, the United States finished with 33 medals and 16 gold, but the coaches declared that Tokyo was a success.
“We got a really, really strong showing with a little less experienced team that we’ve had at the Olympic Games in the past,” said women’s head coach Greg Meehan. “We had two medalists in six different individual events, which is a lot.”
There were 11 teenagers on the team, and most of them were able to medal, which was extremely impressive.
17-year-old Lydia Jacoby was one of the breakout stars who earned a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke along with a silver medal in the medley relay.
Regan Smith stood-out as well at the young age of 19 with three medals with a silver in the 200-meter butterfly and bronze in the 100-meter backstroke.
The men came into the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo considered the underdogs with many young swimmers and just a few veterans that haven’t won races since back in Rio.
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In the individual men’s 400-meter medley, the first event, the US set the tone.
Georgia teammates Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland went 1-2 in the 400 IM.
Rookie Bobby Finke went out with a bang gave a lesson in closing speed to win the men’s 1,500 freestyle on the last day.
This was his second gold medal and first in the 1,500 for team USA since 1984.
On the final day, the men’s 4×100 medley relay summed up the experience for the men.
Caeleb Dressel helped lead the US to gold behind a strong performance in butterfly along with Zach Apple anchoring the group.
“Bobby Finke doing the distance double was awesome,” said men’s head coach Dave Durden. “Caeleb taking care of the sprint events, winning the butterfly and setting world records (in the butterfly and medley relay), it was a great way for us to finish the week.”
Team USA earned their first gold medal in track and field in Tokyo behind an inspiring performance from Valarie Allman.
Allman used to travel America as a dancer and now she has become one of the worlds best discus throwers.
The Delaware native put her best foot forward and after a few accurate steps, spun and threw the discus 68.98 meters (226-3) on her first attempt during the evening session at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium.
That throw was good enough for her first ever gold and the US first in the Olympics for track and field.
“I can’t believe it,” Allman said. “I’ve watched the Olympics for as long as I can remember and athletics has always had such a special part in my heart, and to now be here, be in his moment, it feels so surreal.”
The 26-year-old made history as one of just three U.S. women to win an Olympic gold medal in discus.
The list includes Allman in 2021, Lillian Copeland in 1932 and Stephanie Brown Trafton in 2008.
The track and field events will continue today along with Team USA basketball in a match against Spain.
Gymnastics will follow with the men’s parallel bar, women’s balance beam and men’s horizontal bar.