Team USA Comes Out On Top for 6th Straight Summer Olympics

Team USA definitely made their mark in Rio, topping the Olympic medal count for the 6th summer Olympics in a row. They finished this summer’s Olympic Games with 46 gold medals and 121 medals overall, breaking the United State’s previous record from Bejing in 2008 (where the U.S. finished with 110 total medals). Additionally, the United States finished with 51 more medals than second-place China— this is the largest margin by any country in a non-boycotted Olympics since 1932, when the U.S. beat Italy by 67 medals.

Phelps topped the medal board again, winning more medals than anyone else for his fourth consecutive Olympics. Phelps came home with six medals total, while Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky followed close behind. They both finished with 5 total medals each.

Great Britain had a far better Olympics than expected, even with fewer athletes competing in Rio than in London. They finished with 27 gold and 67 medals total– the largest number of medals that Great Britain has ever received in any modern games.

China and Russia performed well below expectations, finishing 2nd and 4th in the total medal count respectively. China came home with a disappointing 26 gold and 70 total, while Russia achieved only 19 gold and 42 total. Russia‘s disappointing games may be attributed to the doping scandal’s surrounding accusations of systematic covering up of doping. Many Russian athlete’s did not get to compete, and those who did were most likely focused on fighting their appeals to compete in the games at all instead of training to perform well. Chinese and Russian swimmers followed their country’s lead, also performing well below expectations.

Check out our final Olympic medal count table below!

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States (USA) 46 37 38 121
Great Britain (GBR) 27 23 17 67
China (CHN) 26 18 26 70
Russia (RUS) 19 18 19 56
Germany (GER) 17 10 15 42
Japan (JPN) 12 8 21 41
France (FRA) 10 18 14 42
South Korea (KOR) 9 3 9 21
Italy (ITA) 8 12 8 28
Australia (AUS) 8 11 10 29
Netherlands (NED) 8 7 4 19
Hungary (HUN) 8 3 4 15
Brazil (BRA)* 7 6 6 19
Spain (ESP) 7 4 6 17
Kenya (KEN) 6 6 1 13
Jamaica (JAM) 6 3 2 11
Croatia (CRO) 5 3 2 10
Cuba (CUB) 5 2 4 11
New Zealand (NZL) 4 9 5 18
Canada (CAN) 4 3 15 22
Uzbekistan (UZB) 4 2 7 13
Kazakhstan (KAZ) 3 5 9 17
Colombia (COL) 3 2 3 8
Switzerland (SUI) 3 2 2 7
Iran (IRI) 3 1 4 8
Greece (GRE) 3 1 2 6
Argentina (ARG) 3 1 0 4
Denmark (DEN) 2 6 7 15
Sweden (SWE) 2 6 3 11
South Africa (RSA) 2 6 2 10
Ukraine (UKR) 2 5 4 11
Serbia (SRB) 2 4 2 8
Poland (POL) 2 3 6 11
North Korea (PRK) 2 3 2 7
Belgium (BEL) 2 2 2 6
Thailand (THA) 2 2 2 6
Slovakia (SVK) 2 2 0 4
Georgia (GEO) 2 1 4 7
Azerbaijan (AZE) 1 7 10 18
Belarus (BLR) 1 4 4 9
Turkey (TUR) 1 3 4 8
Armenia (ARM) 1 3 0 4
Czech Republic (CZE) 1 2 7 10
Ethiopia (ETH) 1 2 5 8
Slovenia (SLO) 1 2 1 4
Indonesia (INA) 1 2 0 3
Romania (ROU) 1 1 3 5
Bahrain (BRN) 1 1 0 2
Vietnam (VIE) 1 1 0 2
Chinese Taipei (TPE) 1 0 2 3
Bahamas (BAH) 1 0 1 2
Ivory Coast (CIV) 1 0 1 2
Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA) 1 0 1 2
Fiji (FIJ) 1 0 0 1
Jordan (JOR) 1 0 0 1
Kosovo (KOS) 1 0 0 1
Puerto Rico (PUR) 1 0 0 1
Singapore (SIN) 1 0 0 1
Tajikistan (TJK) 1 0 0 1
Malaysia (MAS) 0 4 1 5
Mexico (MEX) 0 3 2 5
Algeria (ALG) 0 2 0 2
Ireland (IRL) 0 2 0 2
Lithuania (LTU) 0 1 3 4
Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 2 3
Venezuela (VEN) 0 1 2 3
India (IND) 0 1 1 2
Mongolia (MGL) 0 1 1 2
Burundi (BDI) 0 1 0 1
Grenada (GRN) 0 1 0 1
Niger (NIG) 0 1 0 1
Philippines (PHI) 0 1 0 1
Qatar (QAT) 0 1 0 1
Norway (NOR) 0 0 4 4
Egypt (EGY) 0 0 3 3
Tunisia (TUN) 0 0 3 3
Israel (ISR) 0 0 2 2
Austria (AUT) 0 0 1 1
Dominican Republic (DOM) 0 0 1 1
Estonia (EST) 0 0 1 1
Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
Morocco (MAR) 0 0 1 1
Moldova (MDA) 0 0 1 1
Nigeria (NGR) 0 0 1 1
Portugal (POR) 0 0 1 1
Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 0 0 1 1
United Arab Emirates (UAE) 0 0 1 1

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Honestly

We lost the Beijing Olympics.

Bartleby Duchamp

Ya, thought so to. Medal count rules are clear.

bobo gigi

I think she talks about the total of medals. 110 for USA vs 100 for China that year.

Attila the Hunt

Yeah, but as you’ve repeatedly ad nauseum said: Gold is what matters.

Pancake swimmer

We lost the gold medal count in Beijing, but we won the most medals overall.

Scott Morgan

Isn’t it the gold medal count that matters? The Olympic organization scores by golds. Thus China’s claim to being number two is somewhat laughable. Or like Canada, where the CBC ranks Canada as 10th. I guess it’s natural for countries to try and make their results seem the best, but it’s a bit like changing the rules. The US did not win at Beijing.

NEWTOSWIMSWAM

Agreed – totally laughable that China wants it both ways: claims to win 2008 by golds, and finish second in Rio by total. Fact: in Beijing China won significantly more golds (15: 51vs36) and we won more medals (10: 110vs100). I would agree China won in Beijing but we dominated in Rio and GB finished 2nd ahead of China.

bobo gigi

USA really crushed the competition. Impressive total of medals and total of golds.
Especially thanks to swimming and track and field.
16 golds in swimming/13 golds in track and field
63% of the 46 US gold medals thanks to these 2 sports.
By comparison, 0% of the 10 French gold medals thanks to these 2 sports.
53.7% of the 121 US medals thanks to these 2 sports (33 medals won in swimming/32 medals won in track and field)
Impressive gap with the second best nation.

Attila the Hunt

Bobo, what do you think of Renaud Lavillenie who compared himself to Jesse Owens and Brazilians to Nazi Germany?

ERVINFORTHEWIN

They were impressive in nearly most of the sports they were entered in . Very Impressive !!!! The Stats speak for themselves ….

Lane Four

The American performances in the long distance/middle-distance events on the track were especially noteworthy. The middle-distance/long distance track runners are no longer intimidated by the Kenyans and Ethiopians. At least not in Rio. I was very proud of what they did (both men and women).

Attila the Hunt

The Kenyans were not inpactful after IAAF threatened them with whole ban for doping.

Lane Four

Amen. A shadow of their own ghosts.

Taa

lets take out a one page ad in a Beijing newspaper to announce our success

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Rachel has been swimming ever since she can remember. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she learned to love swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquabears. She took her passion for swimming to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she primarily competes in sprint freestyle events. In addition …

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