The Us at The Olympics: A Quick RecapOn 08/19/2021 by Charles
One of the most watched and, we can safely say, esteemed tournaments in the world, when it comes to sports, have to be the Olympic Games. It’s no wonder that sportsmen of all kinds and nations are deemed the best when they bring home a medal from either the summer games or the winter games! Even though we’re no professional sportspeople ourselves, we often talk about how great it would be to participate in the Games at least once in our life; we can’t imagine how amazing it is for all the sportspeople taking part in it, proudly representing our country somewhere in the world.
This, however, got us thinking; how many times has our nation been a part of the prestigious Olympic games? Were we always as great as we are now? If you’re interested in finding answers to these questions, scroll down, buckle up your seatbelts because today we are discussing the US at the Olympic games!
1. The US at the Olympic Games: The Summer Games and The Winter Games
Believe it or not, the US has been a part of the Olympic Games ever since their modern beginning in 1896! (If you didn’t know, the modern Olympic games were hosted for the very first time in 1896 in Athens – very fitting, no?)
We as a nation only missed one summer Olympics – in 1980 – when we boycotted the games because of the Soviet’s invasion of Afghanistan. If we know that the summer Olympic Games are hosted every 4 years, and if we take out the one year we didn’t participate in them, it shows us that the US has participated in 29 Olympic games! Crazy, huh?
We weren’t so regular when it comes to winter Olympics, but we didn’t stay behind them either: The US has participated in 22 winter Olympic games and is said to participate in next year’s winter Olympics too!
2. Sportspeople breaking records – both before and today!
It is no lie that our sportspeople were always good when it comes to the Olympics. Maybe it was the pressure and pride of having to represent the whole nation during such a small time frame, that they felt the need to prove to us that they were rightfully chosen to represent us? We can only wonder – but one thing we know for sure: our representative broke many, many world records, and they continue to do so! What first comes to mind is the legendary Bob Beamon who broke the world record at the summer Olympic games in 1968 in the long jump by 55cm! In the most recent games, Sydney McLaughlin broke the world record in women’s 400m hurdles, while Caeleb Dressel broke the world record in men’s 100m butterfly! The same men’s 100m butterfly world record that was previously broken by the one and only Michael Phelps. We can all agree on this one – our sportspeople are fantastic!
3. We are at the first place in the world when it comes to the medals!
The US has always had an amazing sports delegation when it comes to the Olympics, and it’s no wonder that we, as a nation, have a total of 2,673 medals! It is said that even if Russia united with Germany (these are, if you didn’t know, two giant forces at the Olympic games) they wouldn’t surpass us. And, just so you know, out of these 2,673 medals, 1,180 are gold… Incredible, isn’t it?