From August 5 to August 21, the world’s best athletes will converge on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It may be selfish to think Americans are the best in the world. At the Summer Olympics, most of the time saying that is accurate.
In the history of the Summer Olympics, the United States has won more than 2,400 medals, the most of any country. That’s more than double the amount of second place Soviet Union, which last existed in 1991.
“There’s nothing better than putting the stars and stripes on and wearing that american flag across your cap,” Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps said.
Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, but with or without him, the U.S. would still be dominant in the pool. Americans have won 520 medals in swimming or roughly 22 percent of the country’s Summer Olympic total.
The U.S. is even better in track and field than it is in swimming. Olympians have taken home 767 medals in that sport, 32 percent of its summer total.
“The U.S. has such great history in track and field, and I think we all feel really proud to be able to represent our country,” gold medalist runner Allyson Felix said.
In basketball, you have to go back almost 20 years to find the last time the U.S didn’t win gold in the men or women’s game. That loss was in 2004.
“We play against the best every day in practice. Our second five team is the second best team in the world,” two-time basketball gold medalist Candace Parker remarked.
There are sports, though, where the U.S. does not do well. Americans have never won Olympic medals in handball, badminton nor table tennis.