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United States at the Olympics


United States at the Olympics

United States at the Olympic Games

Flag of the United States
IOC code  USA
NOC United States Olympic Committee
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games

The United States of America has sent athletes to every celebration of the modern Olympic Games, except the 1980 Summer Olympics, during which it led a boycott. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is the National Olympic Committee for the United States.

U.S. athletes have won a total of 2,400 medals at the Summer Olympic Games and another 281 at the Winter Olympic Games. Most medals have been won in athletics (track and field) (767, 32%) and swimming (520, 22%). 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. U.S. 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 also has the second-most gold and overall medals at the Winter Games, trailing only Norway. From the mid-20th century to the late 1980s, 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. However, it now primarily contends with China at the summer Games for both the overall medal count and the gold medal count and with Norway at the winter Games for the overall medal count. The United States has topped the total medal count at two winter Olympics: 1932 in Lake Placid and 2010 in Vancouver. At the 2010 games, the United States set a record for most total medals (37) of any country at a single Winter Olympics.


  • Hosted Games 1
  • Medal tables by Games 2
    • Medals by Summer Games 2.1
    • Medals by Winter Games 2.2
    • Medals by summer sport 2.3
    • Medals by winter sport 2.4
  • Flagbearers 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Hosted Games

The United States have hosted the Games on eight occasions, more than any other country:
Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1904 Summer Olympics St. Louis, Missouri 1 July – 23 November 12 651 91
1932 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York 7 – 15 February 17 252 14
1932 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California 30 July – 14 August 37 1,332 117
1960 Winter Olympics Squaw Valley, California 2 – 20 February 30 665 27
1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York 13 – 24 February 37 1,072 38
1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California 20 July – 18 August 140 6,829 221
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, Georgia 18 July – 4 August 197 10,318 271
2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City, Utah 8 – 24 February 77 2,399 78

Medal tables by Games

*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


Summer Olympics
Games Athlete Sport
1908 London Ralph Rose Athletics
1912 Stockholm George Bonhag Athletics
1920 Antwerp Pat McDonald Athletics
1924 Paris Pat McDonald Athletics
1928 Amsterdam Bud Houser Athletics
1932 Los Angeles Morgan Taylor Athletics
1936 Berlin Al Jochim Gymnastics
1948 London Ralph Craig Sailing
1952 Helsinki Norman Armitage Fencing
1956 Melbourne Norman Armitage [1] Fencing
1960 Rome Rafer Johnson Athletics
1964 Tokyo Parry O'Brien Athletics
1968 Mexico City Janice Romary [2] Fencing
1972 Munich Olga Fikotova Connolly Athletics
1976 Montreal Gary Hall, Sr. Swimming
1980 Moscow USA did not participate
1984 Los Angeles Ed Burke Athletics
1988 Seoul Evelyn Ashford Athletics
1992 Barcelona Francie Larrieu-Smith Athletics
1996 Atlanta Bruce Baumgartner Wrestling
2000 Sydney Cliff Meidl Canoeing
2004 Athens Dawn Staley Basketball
2008 Beijing Lopez Lomong Athletics
2012 London Mariel Zagunis Fencing
Winter Olympics
Games Athlete Sport
1924 Chamonix Clarence Abel Ice hockey
1928 St. Moritz Godfrey Dewey
1932 Lake Placid Billy Fiske Bobsleigh
1936 Garmisch Rolf Monsen Cross Country Skiing
1948 St. Moritz Jack Heaton Skeleton & Bobsleigh
1952 Oslo Jim Bickford Bobsleigh
1956 Cortina Jim Bickford Bobsleigh
1960 Squaw Valley Don McDermott Speed skating
1964 Innsbruck Bill Disney Speed skating
1968 Grenoble Terry McDermott Speed skating
1972 Sapporo Dianne Holum Speed skating
1976 Innsbruck Cindy Nelson Alpine skiing
1980 Lake Placid Scott Hamilton Figure skating
1984 Sarajevo Frank Masley Luge
1988 Calgary Lyle Nelson Biathlon
1992 Albertville Bill Koch Cross Country Skiing
1994 Lillehammer Cammy Myler Luge
1998 Nagano Eric Flaim Speed Skating
2002 Salt Lake City Amy Peterson Short track
2006 Turin Chris Witty Speed skating
2010 Vancouver Mark Grimmette Luge
2014 Sochi Todd Lodwick Nordic combined

See also


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ First woman to carry the flag at the Olympics for USA

External links

  • "Olympic Medal Winners".  
  • "United States Olympic Committee". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
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