The United States topped the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal table both in swimming and overall.
Take a look at which states have earned the most gold for Team USA since 1896 – that’s more than 60 summer and winter Games total.
This data was calculated by sportsbook website BetUS.
Californian athletes have kept the gold rush going, amassing 491 gold Olympic medals since 1896. That’s almost double the amount that New York, the state with the 2nd-most gold medals in the country, has won (246).
California is home to 9-time Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz. He won 7 of his gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics, all of which were earned with World Record times.
Biondi won 8 Olympic gold medals over the course of 3 Olympic Games and set a total of 12 individual World Records during his career. Peirsol, also a three-time Olympian, has 5 gold medals. He set the 100m back World Record a total of 6 times and the 200m back World Record 7 times during his career.
Together they total 13 Olympic gold medals.
New Jersey, with its relatively small population size of about 8.9 million as of 2019 compared to California’s 39.5 million, is small but mighty. The state is ranked #6 on the U.S. Olympic gold medal count with 92 medals since 1896.
This year, 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby made headlines by becoming Alaska’s first-ever Olympic swimmer. Then, she won their 3rd gold medal in any sport since 1896.
Wyoming and North Dakota sit at the bottom of this count. They have won 1 and 2 gold medals, respectively, since 1896.
Note that individual Olympic gold medals were counted, as well as team gold medals. For example, if a team won gold, in this data a medal would be counted for each member of the team.
Also, athletes were counted based on the state they were born in, not necessarily their hometown.