United States at the Olympics

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United States at the Olympic Games

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IOC code USA
NOCUnited States Olympic Committee
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Intercalated Games
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United States at the Olympic Games

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

The United States of America (USA) 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[edit]

The United States have hosted the Games on eight occasions, more than any other country:

GamesHost cityDatesNationsParticipantsEvents
1904 Summer OlympicsSt. Louis, Missouri1 July – 23 November1265191
1932 Winter OlympicsLake Placid, New York7 – 15 February1725214
1932 Summer OlympicsLos Angeles, California30 July – 14 August371,332117
1960 Winter OlympicsSquaw Valley, California2 – 20 February3066527
1980 Winter OlympicsLake Placid, New York13 – 24 February371,07238
1984 Summer OlympicsLos Angeles, California20 July – 18 August1406,829221
1996 Summer OlympicsAtlanta, Georgia18 July – 4 August1971,318271
2002 Winter OlympicsSalt Lake City, Utah8 – 24 February772,39978

Medal tables by Games[edit]

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


Summer Olympics
1908 LondonRalph RoseAthletics
1912 StockholmGeorge BonhagAthletics
1920 AntwerpPat McDonaldAthletics
1924 ParisPat McDonaldAthletics
1928 AmsterdamBud HouserAthletics
1932 Los AngelesMorgan TaylorAthletics
1936 BerlinAl JochimGymnastics
1948 LondonRalph CraigSailing
1952 HelsinkiNorman ArmitageFencing
1956 MelbourneNorman Armitage [1]Fencing
1960 RomeRafer JohnsonAthletics
1964 TokyoParry O'BrienAthletics
1968 Mexico CityJanice Romary [2]Fencing
1972 MunichOlga Fikotova ConnollyAthletics
1976 MontrealGary Hall, Sr.Swimming
1980 MoscowUSA did not participate
1984 Los AngelesEd BurkeAthletics
1988 SeoulEvelyn AshfordAthletics
1992 BarcelonaFrancie Larrieu-SmithAthletics
1996 AtlantaBruce BaumgartnerWrestling
2000 SydneyCliff MeidlCanoeing
2004 AthensDawn StaleyBasketball
2008 BeijingLopez LomongAthletics
2012 LondonMariel ZagunisFencing
Winter Olympics
1924 ChamonixClarence AbelIce hockey
1928 St. MoritzGodfrey Dewey
1932 Lake PlacidBilly FiskeBobsleigh
1936 GarmischRolf MonsenCross Country Skiing
1948 St. MoritzJack HeatonSkeleton & Bobsleigh
1952 OsloJim BickfordBobsleigh
1956 CortinaJim BickfordBobsleigh
1960 Squaw ValleyDon McDermottSpeed skating
1964 InnsbruckBill DisneySpeed skating
1968 GrenobleTerry McDermottSpeed skating
1972 SapporoDianne HolumSpeed skating
1976 InnsbruckCindy NelsonAlpine skiing
1980 Lake PlacidScott HamiltonFigure skating
1984 SarajevoFrank MasleyLuge
1988 CalgaryLyle NelsonBiathlon
1992 AlbertvilleBill KochCross Country Skiing
1994 LillehammerCammy MylerLuge
1998 NaganoEric FlaimSpeed Skating
2002 Salt Lake CityAmy PetersonShort track
2006 TurinChris WittySpeed skating
2010 VancouverMark GrimmetteLuge
2014 SochiTodd LodwickNordic combined

See also[edit]


  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

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