Ranking the 100 Greatest US Olympians in Summer Games History

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Ranking the 100 Greatest US Olympians in Summer Games History
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It isn't brash, jingoistic or even really subjective to say that America has the greatest sporting legacy in Summer Olympic history.

Since the modern Games began in 1896, 3,095 American athletes have won medals in 35 distinct disciplines—dominating everything from BMX to jeu de paume and earning more than twice as many medals as the next most decorated country.

From that legion we've gathered the 100 very best—those choice athletes who have risen to a plane well above the high standards of Olympic champion.

Enjoy the resulting pageant of sporting greatness—and of course, comment below.

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