United States at the Olympics
|United States at the Olympic Games|
The United States of America (USA) has sent athletes to every celebration of the modern Olympic Games, except the 1980 Summer Olympics, which it boycotted. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is the National Olympic Committee for the United States.
US athletes have won a total of 2400 medals at the Summer Olympic Games and another 253 at the Winter Olympic Games. Most medals have been won in athletics (track and field) (738, 31%) and swimming (489, 20%). Thomas Burke was the first athlete to represent the United States at the Olympics. He took first place in both the 100 meters and the 400 meters of the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. US athlete Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympic athlete of any nation, with 22 Olympic medals (including 18 golds).
The United States has won more gold and overall medals than any other country in the Summer Games and overall and also has the second-most overall medals at the Winter games, trailing only Norway. Historically, the United States mainly competed with the Soviet Union at summer Games and with the Soviet Union, Norway, and East Germany at the winter Games, but now they contend primarily with China at the summer Games for both the overall medal count and the gold medal count. The United States is the only country to have won at least one gold medal at every Winter Olympics, and has topped the total medal count at Lake Placid in the 1932 Winter Olympics and at Vancouver in the 2010 Winter Olympics. During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the United States set a record for most total medals of any country at a single Winter Olympics.
At the London 2012 games, the United States won the most gold medals as well as having the most medals in total.
The United States has hosted both Summer and Winter Games in 1932 and most occasions of the Games among other countries - eight times, four times each for the Summer and Winter Games:
|1904 Summer Olympics||St. Louis, Missouri||July 1 – November 23||12||651||91|
|1932 Winter Olympics||Lake Placid, New York||February 7–15||17||252||14|
|1932 Summer Olympics||Los Angeles, California||July 30 – August 14||37||1,332||117|
|1960 Winter Olympics||Squaw Valley, California||February 2–20||30||665||27|
|1980 Winter Olympics||Lake Placid, New York||February 13–24||37||1,072||38|
|1984 Summer Olympics||Los Angeles, California||July 20 – August 18||140||6,829||221|
|1996 Summer Olympics||Atlanta, Georgia||July 18 – August 4||197||10,318||271|
|2002 Winter Olympics||Salt Lake City, Utah||February 8–24||77||2,399||78|
|1904 St. Louis||78||82||79||239|
|1932 Los Angeles||41||32||30||103|
|1968 Mexico City||45||28||34||107|
|1980 Moscow||did not participate|
|1984 Los Angeles||83||61||30||174|
|1928 St. Moritz||2||2||2||6|
|1932 Lake Placid||6||4||2||12|
|1948 St. Moritz||3||4||2||9|
|1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo||2||3||2||7|
|1960 Squaw Valley||3||4||3||10|
|1980 Lake Placid||6||4||2||12|
|2002 Salt Lake City||10||13||11||34|
Dropped from the current Olympics program
|Tug of war||1||1||1||3|
|Jeu de paume||1||0||0||1|
Leading in that sport
*Total medal counts include two medals – one silver and one bronze – awarded in the ice hockey and figure skating events at the 1920 Summer Olympics. These medals are included in the summer games medal totals and the winter sport medal totals. This is why the totals for summer and winter games do not match the totals for summer and winter sports.
- United States at the Paralympics
- United States at the team sports international competitions
- Category:Olympic competitors for the United States
- "United States of America". olympic.org. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- Warren Wofford was the flagbearer in the (Equestrian) parade in Stockholm for the Olympics Equestrian Sports Association events held there because a quarantine imposed on horses prevented equestrian events from taking place in Australia
- First woman to carry the flag at the Olympics for USA
- "Olympic Medal Winners". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
- "United States Olympic Committee". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2007-10-11.