The United States of America 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.
A Little History
The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, the federal district of Washington, D.C., five major territories, and various possessions. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. At 3.8 million square miles (9.9 million km2) and with over 320 million people, the country is the world's third largest by total area (fourth largest by land area) and the third most populous. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate are also extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to what is now the U.S. mainland at least 15,000 years ago, with European colonization beginning in the 16th century. The United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775. On July 4, 1776, as the colonies were fighting Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, delegates from the 13 colonies unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence. The war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by the Kingdom of Great Britain, and was the first successful war of independence against a European colonial empire. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, adopted in 1781, was felt to be a failure. The first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties.
The United States is a developed country and has the world's largest economy by nominal and real GDP, benefiting from an abundance of natural resources and high worker productivity. Moreover, it ranks among the top 10 in the world in several measures of economic well-being, including average wage, Human Development Index, and per capita GDP. While the U.S. economy is considered post-industrial, the country continues to be one of the world's largest manufacturers. Accounting for 34% of global military spending and 23% of world GDP, it is the world's foremost military and economic power, a prominent political and cultural force, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
USA Olympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed USA triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.
Gregory Billington Triathlete
Gregory Billington was born on May 30, 1989 in Spokane, WA, USA. 2014 Hong Kong ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup Champion. 2013 Dallas ITU Pan American Cup Champion. 2-time USA Triathlon Under-23 National Champion (2012, 2011). 2007 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Champion. 2006 ITU Junior Aquathlon World Champion.
View full results history of Javier Gregory Billington Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Gwen Jorgensen Triathlete
Gwen Jorgensen was born on March 4, 1986 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. 2014/2015 World Champion, and USA Triathlon's Triathlete of the Year, 2014/2015 USA Elite National Champion, 2013 USAT Elite National Champion. First USA Woman to win a World Triathlon Series race. 15-time ITU World Triathlon Series Winner.
View full results history of Miriam Gwen Jorgensen Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Ben Kanute Triathlete
Ben Kanute was born on December 14, 1992 in Illinois, USA. Youth Elite National Champion (2007), 2-time Junior Elite National Champion (2008, 2010), Sprint Draft Legal and Olympic Non Draft Collegiate National Champion (2012), USAT Sprint National Champion (2014), U23 USAT athlete of the year. (2013), 2nd Tongeyong World Cup (2014), Multiple Junior World Qualifier.
View full results history of Ben Kanute Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Sarah True Triathlete
Sarah True was born on November 27, 1981 in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. She represented the United States in triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member, Fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games, second place in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series, ranked third place in the 2015 ITU World Championship Series rankings.
View full results history of Sarah True Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Joe Maloy Triathlete
Joe Maloy was born on December 20, 1985 in Somers Point, N.J., USA. 2016 U.S. 2014 USA Triathlon Elite National Champion, 2014 Cozumel ITU World Cup bronze medalist, 2013 USA Triathlon Elite Nationals runner-up.
View full results history of Joe Maloy Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Katie Zaferes Triathlete
Katie Zaferes was born on June 9, 1989 in Hampstead, Maryland, USA. 2015 World Triathlon Gold Coast Bronze Medalist, 2014 New Plymouth World Cup Champion, 2014 Mooloolaba World Cup, 2013 USA Rookie of the Year.
View full results history of Katie Zaferes Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
The USOC has two primary responsibilities in its oversight of Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United States. The first is to generate resources in support of it mission, which is to help American athletes achieve sustained competitive excellence. The second is to ensure organizational resources are wisely and effectively used to that end.
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.