DemDaily: Where We Won. Olympic Gold!

August 10, 2021

The 2021 Summer Olympics came to a close yesterday with the United States winning the race for both the overall medal count and the most gold medals at the quadrennial games.

Team USA took home 113 medals. In addition to their 39 gold, US athletes won 41 silver and 33 bronze medals. More than half of those, 66 medals, were delivered by US women or their teams.

The United States has won the most overall medals for seven consecutive Olympic games.11,000 athletes representing over 200 nations competed in 33 different sports and 338 medal events.

The American women delivered some of the memorable and iconic moments of the Olympics.

US Women's Basketball team celebrate Olympic Gold

The women's basketball team claimed its seventh consecutive gold, as well as gold in one of the newest events, 3x3 basketball.

The water polo team won its third gold in a row and the volleyball team won its first.

The American gymnastic team won silver, with Suni Lee taking one of the game's top prizes, winning the woman's all-around competition and bronze in the uneven bars. Jade Carey won gold in the women's floor exercise, MyKayla Skinner scored a silver in the vault, and Simon Biles, who withdrew from the individual competition in all but one event, won the bronze in the balance beam.

USA Gymnastics Team members Suni Lee, Jordan Chiles, Simone Biles and Grace McCallum (Instagram)

US surfer Carissa Moore is the first woman to win a gold medal in her sport at the Olympics, and 19-year old Nevin Harrison became the first American to win a canoe or kayak sprint medal since 1992.

In Golf, Nelly Korda won captured the top prize, as did Lee Kiefe in fencing, and Nastasija Zolotic in Taekwondo.

The women's softball team won silver and the women's soccer team bronze, as did the cycling team.

USA women ruled in track and field, when 16 of USA's 26 medals in the category, with four golds, including the 4x400 relay, six silver and four bronze.

4x400 relay winners Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Athing Mu, and Allyson Felix, who now has a career 11 Olympic medals (David Ramos)

Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell won the United States' first-ever medal in women's synchronized diving, and Amber English won gold in women's skeet shooting.

In swimming, which has long been dominated by the United States, women won 18 of the 30 medals, including two individual gold and a silver for Katie Ledecky, who is now the most decorated female swimmer of all time. Teammate Lydia Jacoby, 17, also won gold and the women's team won silver and bronze in relays.

Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowen Beck and Zach Apple celebrate Gold in 4x100 freestyle relay (Matthias Schrader/AP)

The American men's swimming team won its 15th straight gold in the 4 x 100-meter relay team and gold in the Men's 4x100-meter medley relay. Individually they captured six additional gold, including three for Caeleb Dressel, two for Bobby Finke and one for Chase Kalisz.

Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco clinched silver in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard dive, and Xander Schauffele brought home the gold in the men's individual golf stroke play.

Minnesotan Gable Stevenson, 21, won America's first heavyweight gold in freestyle wrestling since 1992.

In the new category of skateboarding, USA's Cory Juneau and Jagger Easton each took bronze.

USA Equestrians Laura Kraut, Jessica Springsteen (daughter of "The Boss") and McLain Ward (Behrouz Mehri)

In track and field, American shot putter Ryan Crouser set an Olympic record three times en route to winning gold and the team took gold in the Men's 4x400. Individually men took six silver medals and two bronze.

The men's basketball team, led by NBA Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant won their fourth straight Olympic gold medal, while the men's baseball team took silver.

In wrestling, USA men won two gold, a silver and two bronze, while the women took one gold, a silver and two bronze.

"You went faster, you went higher, you were stronger because we all stood together in solidarity...and peace. In these difficult times, you gave to the world most the precious of things, hope. For the first time, since the pandemic began, the entire world came together...Millions of people around the globe were united by emotion. Sharing moments of joy and inspiration. This gives us hope. This gives us faith in the future." -- IOC President Thomas Bach, Closing Ceremonies
The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place February 4-20, 2022 in Beijing


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