USA performance at the Olympics (Part 4)

1992, Carl Lewis got two more gold medals, bringing his total medals to eight. In 1996, he achieved his ninth gold medal by winning the long jump.

In 1992, with the door open to professional athletes, the USA Basketball Dream Team including Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, and Karl Malone went undefeated.

During the 1996 Games in Atlanta, Michael Johnson won both the 200m and 400m distance races. Amy Van Dyken of the U.S. got four gold medals in swimming. The American female teams won the first-ever softball and female soccer events. They also got gold medals in gymnastics, with the guidance of Kerri Strug, who nailed her second vault despite a sprained ankle.

2000 Games in Sydney, the U.S. softball team defended its champion title; and Michael Johnson did the same in the 400m distance race. American Marion Jones got five track medals, including three of them gold.

2008 Games in Beijing, the swimming superstar Michael Phelps became the most successful man by winning eight gold medals. The US athlete Sheila Taormina became the first woman to qualify for the Olympics in three different sports (swimming, triathlon and modern pentathlon).

2012 Games in London

For the first time in American Olympic history, the 2012 team had more female athletes than male. America’s male basketball team scored an Olympic record of 156 points when they defeated Nigeria at London 2012.

2016 Games in Rio

The US Rugby 7s player, and a New England Patriots defensive back, Nate Ebner was the first active NFL player to compete in a Summer Olympic Games. Former American shot putter Michael Carter got silver at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Likewise, Bob Hayes got gold medals in both the 100m and 4x100m track events in Tokyo in 1964 before making his NFL debut the next year.

With her bronze medal in Rio, American skeet shooter Kim Rhode set a world record with six medals in six consecutive Summer Olympic Games, including 3 gold medals, between 1996 to 2016.