Historically, the United States has always been one of the most dominant countries when it comes to the Summer Olympic Games. The Americans have finished at the top of the medal count ever since the 1996 Atlanta Games, and in the past four games they have won at least 94 medals each time, including 110 in Beijing.
Over the course of its history, the U.S. is one of only two countries to win over 1,000 total Summer Olympic medals. Its 2,298 total medals is far and away better than the second best mark of the former USSR, who had 1,010. Even if you added Russia's 315 medals to that total, the U.S. is still by far the winningest Olympic nation.
Well, enough about history. It's great to read about and great to think about, but all that really matters is here and now and how many medals the U.S. is going to win this year.
Once again, the U.S. should stand atop the medal podium bolstered by a multitude of medals, perhaps the most they have ever received to this point, in swimming. With so many medals available and the U.S. team so strong, this event is one that the U.S. will once again dominate.
Besides swimming, however, there are other sports that the U.S. has been historically proficient at. The men's basketball team will be going for its second gold medal in a row and 13th in 17 appearances. The women's basketball team will also be seeking gold, a record fifth in a row. It is the only active country that has an Olympic gold (the USSR has the other three).
These are just three of the seven sports the U.S. is expected to dominate and bring home a strong medal haul. Let's take a closer look at all seven.