By Paul Jones
As the clock ticked down in the women’s gold medal basketball game, the USA had prevailed once again. They had beaten Spain by 29 points, and going undefeated in the 2016, Rio Olympics.
The women’s basketball team beat their opponents by an average of 37 points per game, second only to the 1992 Dream Team that won their games by an average of 43 points. US women’s basketball has dominated like no other team or person, winning six consecutive gold medals in Olympic play.
While the women’s basketball team ran the table during the games, the rest of the US reigned supreme over the rest of the world. The US sent over 500 athletes and collected 121 medals, 43 of those being gold medals.
In fact, the US had more gold medals than all but three countries had total medals. USA ruled over most of the sports, ranging everywhere from gymnastics to rowing to track and field.
Simone Biles and the other four women on the US gymnastics team put on a performance for the ages. In the team competition, the women in red, white, and blue blew the rest of the world out of the water and it was not even close.
The biggest story throughout the events for gymnastics was by far the arrival of Simone Biles onto the Olympic scene. While she had won plenty of world championships, this was her first Olympic appearance and she earned four gold medals.
US rowing might be the most dominant American team that you have never heard of. The eight women rowing team won their third consecutive gold medal. What sets this team apart is that they have won eleven world championships and that spans over eleven years.
This is the second largest streak in sports history as only the Soviet hockey teams from the sixties and seventies have a longer streak of 14 straight.
Women’s track and field has often ruled the world, but this years team seemed a little bit different. The perfect example of how strong they were would be how they collected all the medals in the 100m hurdles. They also collected two medals in 400m hurdles, taking five of the six hurdle medals.
The US won both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays and in doing so, beating the rest of the world by very wide margins. Allyson Felix ran on both of those teams and raised her personal medal count to nine, cementing herself as one the greatest athletes to ever step on the track.
Much pride can be taken from watching the athletes from the US. Winning is pretty important to some Americans, and Olympians from the US did what they what everyone expected them to do.
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