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Olympic Update Through the First Week

Just one week into the Olympics and the United States has already jumped out to an impressive medal lead.

Six days into the competition, the U.S. has 32 medals (11 Gold, 11 Silver and 10 Bronze) with China the closest competitor with 23. The Red, White and Blue still have plenty of opportunities to add to the medal count.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams should add two more gold medals to the 32. Both teams have been unbeatable for years, however, the men did face stiff competition against Australia in the group play. Team USA only won by 10 after trailing to the Aussies going into the fourth quarter. In the game, Carmelo Anthony became the all-time leading scorer in Team USA history, passing both LeBron James and David Robinson.

The women’s team has looked absolutely dominant behind Tamika Catchings, Diana Taurasi and Elena Delle Donne. The team beat Senegal by 65-points, an Olympic record. The team is winning by an average of almost 44 points. Team USA still has two more preliminary games before heading to the quarterfinals.

The men’s and women’s swimming team has been outstanding with returning veterans and even fresh-faced newcomers.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has added three gold medals to his tally. With the medals, he now has 21 gold medals, two silver and two bronze. He still has a chance to add two more medals. He beat his rival for gold after his opponent tried to punk him out before the prelims. The funny thing, the other swimmer, Chad le Clos, didn’t even medal in the event.

But the real talk from the pool has been about two U.S. women. Katie Ledecky has been the best swimmer in every competition she has been in. She has never lost on the international circuit and that has continued at the Olympics. She crushed her own world record in one event and brought a relay race gold back to the team even though she started almost a second behind the leading team. She won the race by 1.84 seconds.

Lily King, who has been one of the most outspoken athletes during the Games, has been phenomenal in the pool too. She has made a rival with a Russian swimmer who has tested positive for doping. The swimmer, Yulia Efimova, won her heat to qualify for a final and gave the number one symbol. Then King took to the pool and won her heat, beating Efimova’s time and eventually defeated Efimova for gold in the event.

Lastly, the women’s gymnastics team won gold in the team finals. It was a swan song for their coach who is retiring at the end of the competition. The team dubbed themselves as the ‘Final Five’ for two reasons. One, it was their coach’s final go around, and, two, teams will only have four competitors per team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The team was anchored by Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, but had solid performances from Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian. It was the first time the US had won back-to-back Olympic gold for team competition ever.

All of the girls have the opportunity to win individual medals throughout the rest of the Games.

The Olympics continue through the closing ceremonies on August 21. Let’s continue to cheer on our athletes in Brazil and dominate the competition.