Every medal is a reward for the hard work of the best athletes around the world.
They win because they represent their country well in front of billions. Olympians are celebrated and admired by their fellow countrymen, even if they receive one medal for their country. The United States Olympians have represented their country well, accumulating a total of 77 medals so far.
They lead China by one in the medal count, and the US will most definitely add more medals with women’s beach volleyball and women’s soccer as strong contenders.
Plus, the US is in the competition for medals in other events, such as the basketball tournaments.
What makes these victories important is not just the athletic feat and hype but the stories behind each of the athletes representing us. The stories of triumph over tragic events and world records are just as important as the spirit of competition.
Here are the five most important victories for the United States, so far.