Entering the Olympics as a -700 favorite to win the most golds, the US needed a massive last day to pass China. Entering the weekend the US was down two (36-38).
Thankfully, the US women stepped up to the challenge:
🏀 US women’s basketball continued their otherworldly dominance, earning their seventh consecutive gold with a win over Japan.
🏃♀️ The US women’s and men’s 4x400 teams swept gold.
🏌️♀️ Nelly Korda shot a -2 final round to finish at -17, winning gold by one stroke.
Here is the final medal count for the 2020 Tokyo Games for the top-four countries:
The US women won Tokyo
Of the USA's 39 golds, women accounted for 23 (59%). Even more impressive, US women won 66 total medals. If they were their own nation, that'd be good enough for third overall.
Not to mention, 66 medals is the most EVER for a country's women.
These women led the way for Team USA:
🏃♀️ Allyson Felix became the first US athlete with 11 track & field medals, winning them across the past five Olympic Games.
- She became a mom a year and a half ago and won two medals in Tokyo (including one gold).
🏊♂️ Katie Ledecky dominated the first-ever women’s 1500m swimming event, winning gold and giving her 10 Olympic medals. She’s already announced she will be back in 2024.
🤸 Suni Lee took home the gold in the women’s all-around, giving the US its fifth straight Olympic champion in the event.
- She also won silver in the team all-around competition.
- After Simone Biles withdrew from the Games, Suni stepped up to lead US Gymnastics to a fantastic performance.
🏃♀️Molly Seidel medaled in the women's marathon, taking home the bronze. She's the first American woman to medal in the marathon since 2004.
- Even crazier, it was only the third marathon Seidel has competed in.
“I’ve seen other U.S. athletes do such incredible things these Games,” Seidel said. “Seeing my friend Courtney Frerichs win silver (in the steeplechase) the other day was my inspiration. Seeing her do that and race aggressively was truthfully what gave me the strength to not be afraid to stick my nose in it."
Women have led the US since the 2012 London Olympic Games. There, they passed the men by winning 61 medals compared to the men's 55. Since then, the gap has only widened.
Here's the full list of 113 US medals from Tokyo 2020.