Last week, the United States Olympic Committee announced the 555 members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games from Aug. 5 through Aug. 21; click here to view.
There are 318.9 million people who live in America as of 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and only 555 represent our nation in the Olympics.
“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.”
Here are some fun facts about the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team:
- The team features 263 men and 292 women, marking the most women who have ever competed for any nation in Olympic Games history.
- The United States will compete in 27 sports
- There are 364 Team USA athletes who are making their Olympic debut in Rio
- There are 191 returning Olympians, including 3 six-time Olympians, 7 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
- 46 states are represented
- The oldest and youngest Olympians on the 2016 Olympic Team – equestrian Phillip Dutton, 52, and tennis player Kanak Jha, 16
Topping the list of most decorated U.S male and female athletes to make the team are Michael Phelps (swimming) 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.
The. U.S. will also look to continue its success in team sports, including:
- The U.S. women’s basketball team will pursue a record sixth consecutive gold medal
- The U.S. men’s basketball team is looking for its third, three-straight title and 15th overall
- The U.S. women’s soccer team looks to extend its gold-medal streak to four consecutive
- 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’s artistic gymnastics have won the last four Olympic and world titles from 2011-15. They are looking to continue on this streak
- 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
The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. Team USA is there to win, but also there to build community with the rest of the nations competing. It is an event that evokes not only national pride, but serves as a bridge to understanding other cultures and people, and builds an awareness of the vast globe in which we exist as but a small part of mankind
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