USA takes top spot in Tokyo medal count

By Shawn Dennis

After waiting five-years for the games to begin, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have come to an end. It was extremely strange to see the majority of the Games be mostly isolated from the viewership of fans as the surge of COVID-19 and the strains that have followed prevented any encounters between fans and athletes to occur. 

The United States dominated the medal counts as they received a whopping one-third of the total medals, topping the leaderboard, closely followed China in Gold, Silver, and Bronze with a total of 113 XXXII Olympiad Tokyo medals by 626 USA athletes. 

As strange and highly controversial as these games were to be competed, they were nothing shy of pure entertainment and a needed reminder of how special athletes are to overcome any challenges they are presented with. 

For basketball fans, we were able to see the Men’s and Women’s teams bring home the gold as they were expected to. The Men’s team, of course, was surrounded by ridicule and doubt of their future success, but proved all of their doubters wrong. For the women, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi added to their legacy by becoming gold medal winners for the fifth time. 

The Women’s Volleyball Team for the US finally won gold, as they hadn’t brought one home once since women’s volleyball debuted back in 1964. 

Another woman who made history for the US at the games was wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock, becoming the first black woman to win gold for Team USA in the event. Another African-American woman who etched herself in the history books is Allyson Felix. Felix became the oldest US woman to win a medal at the age of 35 and achieved her record 11 total medals for the USA. To win at least a medal at every Olympic games attended since her first in the 2004 Beijing Olympics is such an incredible feat. 

With 205 Nations, around 11,000 athletes competing, and costing a ridiculous $15.4 billion for the 339 medal events to occur, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics proved to the world that people are capable of overcoming what should be an insurmountable situation and did so in both an effective and entertaining way.

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