U.S Olympic Committee Announces 555- member 2016 U.S Olympic Team

LOS ANGELES – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. The 555-member roster is comprised of 263 men and 292 women, marking the most women who have ever competed for any nation in Olympic Games history. The United States will be represented in 27 sports (40 disciplines) and 244 of the 306 medal events that will be contested in Rio.

“Today we applaud a diverse and distinguished group of our nation’s greatest athletes, who will represent Team USA in Rio,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Sport, and the Olympic Movement in particular, has always had a unique ability to inspire our nation and unite the world. These Olympic Games will be no different in that regard as 555 Americans rise to their best and make our nation proud. I am especially excited for the historic achievement of our women’s delegation, which is a true testament to the strength and growing number of women’s sport opportunities in the United States.”

The USOC announced the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team roster during the Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance on Venice Beach. Hosted by four-time Olympic champion swimmer and LA 2024 vice chair Janet Evans, the live announcement aired on @TeamUSA via Periscope.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team features 191 returning Olympians, including three six-time Olympians, seven five-time Olympians, 19 four-time Olympians, 50 three-time Olympians and 112 two-time Olympians. Among the returnees are 108 Olympic medalists, 68 of whom are Olympic champions and 45 who have won multiple Olympic medals. Of the 68 returning Olympic champions, 53 are looking to defend their titles from London, including 19 in individual events.

The three U.S. Olympians headed to their sixth Olympic Games include equestrian Phillip Dutton, and shooters Emil Milev and Kim Rhode, who become only the ninth, 10th and 11th athletes – summer or winter – to do so in U.S. Olympic history. The seven athletes headed to their fifth Olympic Games are Tony Azevedo (water polo), Glenn Eller (shooting), Bernard Lagat (track and field), Steven Lopez (taekwondo), Michael Phelps (swimming), Kerri Walsh Jennings (beach volleyball) and Venus Williams (tennis). Only 35 other athletes in U.S. Olympic history have competed in five or more Olympic Games (including Dutton, Milev and Rhode).

“For both returning and first-time Olympians, the pursuit of an Olympic dream is never an easy journey,” said Alan Ashley, 2016 U.S. chef de mission and USOC chief of sport performance. “Earning the distinction of being named to the U.S. Olympic Team requires years of relentless focus, unwavering dedication and untold sacrifices. I’d like to commend all of those who helped support our athletes in pursuit of their Olympic dreams. During the Games, we will continue to uphold that same level of support as we help our athletes strive for excellence on the world stage.”

Topping the list of most decorated U.S male and female athletes to make the team are Phelps and Allyson Felix (track and field). With 22 medals – including 18 golds – Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, from any nation, and the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic Teams. Making her fourth Olympic appearance, Felix is the most decorated U.S. Olympic female with four gold medals, and six overall. Joining Felix as four-time Olympic champions are sisters Serena and Venus Williams, who will look to match the Olympic record for overall medals in tennis (5). Prior to these Games, only three other American women have won five or more Olympic gold medals.

The. U.S. will also look to continue its success in traditional team sports with an eye toward making Olympic history on the women’s side. The U.S. women’s basketball team will pursue a record sixth consecutive gold medal, while the U.S. men’s team will look to expand its string of titles to three straight and 15 overall. Coming off its World Cup win in 2015, the U.S. women’s soccer team will also look to extend its gold-medal streak to four consecutive and become the first FIFA Women’s World Cup champion to win the following year’s Olympic title. The U.S. will also vie to become the first nation to defend its Olympic title in women’s water polo and continue its streak as reigning champions across all major international water polo events. Also seeking to continue its dynasty on the world stage is the U.S. women’s eight rowing team, which has not lost an Olympic or world championship title since 2006. American women also will look to repeat as Olympic champions in artistic gymnastics, having won the last four Olympic and world titles from 2011-15. And with historic Copacabana Beach serving as the backdrop, Team USA also will look to continue its storybook history in beach volleyball with Americans having reached the top of the podium at every Olympic Games since the sport was added in 1996.

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Team USA fans are invited to follow the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team at TeamUSA.org/Rio2016 and across Team USA’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Google+. For the first time, the U.S. Olympic Team microsite will offer live Team USA results from the Olympic Games, as well as athlete biographies, sport previews, historical records, competition schedules, and facts and figures about the U.S. delegation.

Click here to view the full 2016 U.S. Olympic Team roster by sport and state (athletes’ recognized hometowns).

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Fun Facts

  • The 555-member team is comprised of 263 men and 292 women, marking the most women who have competed for any nation at a single Games and topping the previous mark of 289 (China, 2008). For only the second time in history, the U.S. Olympic roster features more female athletes than male.
  • Team USA will be represented in 27 sports (40 disciplines) and 244 of the 306 medal events to be contested in Rio.
  • The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team features 191 returning Olympians, including three six-time Olympians, seven five-time Olympians, 19 four-time Olympians, 50 three-time Olympians and 112 two-time Olympians.
  • Among the returnees are 108 Olympic medalists, 68 of whom are Olympic champions and 45 who have won multiple Olympic medals. Of the 68 returning Olympic champions, 53 are looking to defend their titles from London, including the following 19 athletes in individual events:
    • Nathan Adrian, swimming
    • Kristin Armstrong, cycling
    • David Boudia, diving
    • Jordan Burroughs, wrestling
    • Gabby Douglas, gymnastics
    • Ashton Eaton, track and field
    • Missy Franklin, swimming
    • Vincent Hancock, shooting
    • Kayla Harrison, judo
    • Katie Ledecky, swimming
    • Michael Phelps, swimming
    • Aly Raisman, gymnastics
    • Brittney Reese, track and field
    • Kim Rhode, shooting
    • Claressa Shields, boxing
    • Jenn Suhr, track and field
    • Christian Taylor, track and field
    • Serena Williams, tennis
    • Dana Vollmer, swimming
  • The most decorated male on the U.S. roster is Michael Phelps (22 medals, 18 golds), and the most decorated female is Allyson Felix (6 medals, 4 golds).
  • There are 364 Team USA athletes who are making their Olympic debut in Rio.
  • Nine athletes on the U.S. roster have competed at the Youth Olympic Games, including 2014 Youth Olympic champion Shakur Stevenson (boxing). Other Youth Olympians to represent Team USA in Rio are Nicole Ahsinger (trampoline gymnastics, 2014), Michael Hixon (diving, 2010), Katharine Holmes (fencing, 2010), Alex Massialas (fencing, 2010), Nathan Schrimsher (modern pentathlon, 2010), Richelle Stephens (rugby, 2014), Laura Zeng (rhythmic gymnastics, 2014) and Lily Zhang (table tennis, 2014).
  • More than 420 members (i.e. 75 percent) of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team competed in collegiate athletics at the varsity and club levels, including 44 athletes in swimming and 125 in track and field. Additionally, for all eligible athletes (i.e. high school graduate and above), the following eight sports had full collegiate participation: basketball (24), diving (10), fencing (14), field hockey (16), indoor volleyball (24), rowing (41), triathlon (6) and water polo (21).
  • Forty-six states are represented – including 125 athletes hailing from California, 40 from Florida, and 33 from Texas – in addition to three from the District of Columbia and one from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Team USA features one set of twins in tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan. Other team siblings include Aria and Makenzie Fischer (water polo), Courtney and Kelley Hurley (fencing), Margaux and Isabella Isaksen (pentathlon), Julia and Katie Reinprecht (field hockey), Erik and Kawika Shoji (indoor volleyball), and Serena and Venus Williams (tennis).
  • Thirty-five athletes have Olympic family ties, including 12 with parents who competed at the Olympic Games.
  • Fifty-four members of Team USA have children, including 43 fathers and 11 mothers.
  • Seventeen athletes have military ties, including:
    • Hillary Bor (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
    • Paul Chelimo (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
    • Glenn Eller (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
    • Sean Furey (track and field, U.S. Navy)
    • Vincent Hancock (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
    • David Higgins (shooting, U.S. Air Force)
    • Edward King (rowing, U.S. Navy)
    • Shadrack Kipchirchir (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
    • Leonard Korir (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
    • Dan Lowe (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
    • Michael McPhail (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
    • John Nunn (track and field, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
    • Steffen Peters (equestrian, German Army)
    • Joshua Richmond (shooting, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit)
    • Keith Sanderson (shooting, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
    • Nathan Schrimsher (pentathlon, U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program)
    • Cale Simmons (track and field, U.S. Air Force)
  • The oldest and youngest Olympians on the 2016 Olympic Team – equestrian Phillip Dutton, 52, and tennis player Kanak Jha, 16 – are separated by 36 years, while the average age of Team USA is 27. Also entering the Rio Games at age 52 are Beezie Madden (equestrian) and Emil Milev (shooting). Other 16-year-olds include Laurie Hernandez (artistic gymnastics), Sydney McLaughlin (track and field) and Laura Zeng (rhythmic gymnastics), with McLaughlin becoming the youngest American athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games in track and field since 1972.

Men’s basketball players DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan are the tallest members of Team USA at 6 feet, 11 inches, while artistic gymnast Simone Biles checks in as the shortest team member at 4 feet, 8 inches.

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bobo gigi
4 years ago

409 athletes for France Flag bearer Teddy Riner I think they will explode their record of 15 gold medals at 1996 Atlanta olympic games. I predict around 20 golds! Especially since Russia is banned. France will benefit a lot from their absence in judo and fencing for example, 2 strong sports for France at every olympic games. It willl be the usual US-China battle for the 1st place of the medal table. Last time 46 golds for USA and 38 for China. It will be tough for USA to win this time because they look weaker in track and field and swimming. 16 golds in swimming and 9 golds in track and field in London. I predict around 8 golds… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Let me remind you that you predicted 7 or 8 gold medals in swimming.

Bobo, private/enterprise resources in USA dwarf any public resources in all other countries.
The resources spent on competitive swimming in USA (club, college, USA swimming) are tens times higher than those spent in other countries, including France, Japan and Australia.

You are claiming that AIS in Australia developed olympics athletes?
Please tell us how many AIS-developed swimmers are in the current Australian Olympics team.
I bet you cannot, because many of your claims above are your fantasy and non-factual.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Weaker in track and field? Huh? Im predicting right now about 39 medals for USA there. They are actually strongner and i dont think China has any chance to beat them in medal table

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

6-7 golds in track and field for USA? you are insane. Eaton, Felix, Reese, 4x relays, Taylor, Henderson, Rollins, Bowie – they all are lock or near locks. thats 11. And Gatlin can beat Bol if he is not 100%.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Top college swimming programs (or most any other athletic programs really) are at State Universities, eg. University of Texas, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, NC State, Florida etc.
These state universities are partially funded through state budget.

So, your statement “olympic sports receive zero public dollar” is not accurate. Yes, they don’t get direct funds, but they most certainly enjoy indirect benefits from public funds.

I have noticed that you often have very sketchy information and yet highly opinionated.

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

BoBo loves his imagination skills to get the better on the real facts at hand . Once again , he will be surprised at How Usa gets the job done and win the Overall medal table .

4 years ago

Reading this release, I was wondering about a few things:

1) Why does the US have 29 more women than men? Like what sports would be accounting for this discrepancy, especially since I believe there are more medal events for men than women?

2) The US has athletes in 244 out of 306 medal events, which seems low. I thought we typically sent at least one athlete in almost every event. Are the qualification standards in some sports so strict we didn’t qualify anyone in 20% of the events?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  mcgillrocks
4 years ago

1. There are two team events where USA women qualified for but the men did not: field hockey and football (soccer) which account for 30+ athletes.
2. USA qualified only very few athletes in two events with many medals on offer: Judo and Weightlifting.

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