United States at the Olympics

Participation of athletes from the United States in the Olympic Games

United States at the Olympics is a history which starts in the 1890s.

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Summer appearances
Winter appearances
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

The International Olympic Committee's official abbreviation for the United States is USA.[1]


The United States has been to every Olympic Games, except the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is the National Olympic Committee for the United States.

Thomas Burke was the first athlete to represent the United States at the Olympics. He took first place in both the 100 meters and the 400 meters of the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. US athlete Michael Phelps has won the most medals of any Olympic athlete of any nation. He has 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds.

American athletes have won a total of 2400 medals at the Summer Olympic Games and another 253 at the Winter Olympic Games.

Hosted GamesEdit

The United States has hosted the Games eight times, four times each for the Summer and Winter Games:

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1904 Summer Olympics St. Louis, Missouri July 1 – November 23 12 651 91
1932 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York February 7–15 17 252 14
1932 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California July 30 – August 14 37 1332 117
1960 Winter Olympics Squaw Valley, California February 2–20 30 665 27
1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York February 13–24 37 1072 38
1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California July 20 – August 18 140 6829 221
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, Georgia July 18 – August 4 197 10318 271
2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City, Utah February 8–24 77 2399 78

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Other websitesEdit

  Media related to United States at the Olympic Games at Wikimedia Commons

  • "United States Olympic Committee". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  • United States of America profile at London2012.com