The Tokyo Olympics 2020 ended a month ago, and the event had multiple historical moments. Kevin Durant and Katie Ledecky stood up to the expectations, while names like Suni Lee and Sydney McLaughlin had a significant impact.
On the other hand, Allyson Felix won her 11th medal to become the most decorated Olympian (track and field) in US history. Swimmer Caeleb Dressel amassed a whopping five golds at the event, dominating the entire competition. The US also dominated the women’s and men’s basketball and golf events.
With over 113 medals, the US gathered the highest number of medals at the Olympics. Choosing a handful of wins among 113 may be unfair, but here are the top moments for the US team at the 2020 Olympics:
Ledecky Won the First-ever 1500m Women Race
Katie Ledecky’s fifth-place finish at the 200m women’s final shocked everyone. However, the now 10-time Olympic medal holder rebounded within an hour by winning the first-ever gold at the 1500m women’s race.
17-year old Lydia Jacoby Won Gold in 100m Breaststroke
While everyone kept a keen eye on Lilly King, the 17-year old Lydia Jacoby swooped the gold at the 100m breaststroke. Lydia beat both Tatjana Schoenmaker and King to score the first-ever swimming Olympic medal for Alaska.
Caeleb Dressel Won Gold in 4x100m Freestyle
Caeleb Dressel (24) is already considered a notable successor to the GOAT, Michael Phelps. The swimmer supremely met expectations by winning his first race in 2021, that too with the third-quickest time ever.
18-year old Suni Lee Won Gold in the Individual All-Round
Suni Lee took center stage after Biles’ withdrawal from the all-around competition. The 18-year old scored 57.433 to beat Rebeca Andrade and Angeline Melnikova for the gold.
US Men’s Basketball Team won with Four Consecutive Goals
Despite losing the first group match against France, the US men’s basketball team ended the event victoriously. The team beat France in a climactic rematch 87-82 to win its fourth consecutive Olympic gold.