By Rachel Lau
This year Rio held the 2016 Summer Olympics and several new athletes were introduced to the Games.
Having 19 Olympic and world medals combined, Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast. Growing up, Biles spent most of her time practicing gymnastics in hopes she would be able to participate in the Olympics one day. After so much hard work and practice she tried to get into the 2012 London Olympic Games but couldn’t because she was too young to qualify.
Although she wasn’t able to participate in those games, it was said that she completely dominated gymnastics after her senior debut in 2013. She’s the first female gymnast since 1974 to have won four consecutive all-around titles at the U.S. national championships and the first woman ever to be the all-around champion for the past three years. She also has won 14 world champion medals, making her the only American woman to have ever won that many.
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.
By Paul Jones
With the Rio Olympics being the last summer games for many great athletes like Usain Bolt and Carmelo Anthony, the most decorated Olympian ever said his final goodbye. Michael Phelps competed in his last Olympic games and he exited in gold money fashion.
The U.S. dominated in the pool just like they did throughout the games. Phelps contributed to the cause by adding five golds and a silver to the medal count.
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