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The United States of America has sent athletes to every celebration of the modern Olympic Games with the exception of the 1980 Summer Olympics, during which it led a boycott. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is the National Olympic Committee for the United States.

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From 1896 to 2018 inclusive, U.S. athletes have won a total of 2,522 medals (1,022 of them gold) at the Summer Olympic Games, more than any other nation, and another 305 at the Winter Olympic Games, the second most behind Norway.

The United States Olympic team remains the only in the world to receive no government funding.[1]


Hosted GamesEdit

The United States has hosted the Games on eight occasions, more than any other nation, and is planning to host the ninth:

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 1,332 117
1960 Winter Olympics Squaw Valley, California February 2–20 30 665 27
1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York February 13–24 37 1,072 38
1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California July 28–August 12 140 6,829 221
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, Georgia July 19–August 4 197 10,318 271
2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City, Utah February 8–24 77 2,399 78
2028 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California July 21–August 6 TBA TBA TBA

Medal tablesEdit

Red border color indicates host nation status.


Amateurism and professionalismEdit

The exclusion of professionals caused several controversies throughout the history of the modern Olympics. The 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon champion Jim Thorpe was stripped of his medals when it was discovered that he had played semi-professional baseball before the Olympics. His medals were posthumously restored by the IOC in 1983 on compassionate grounds.[4]

The advent of the state-sponsored "full-time amateur athlete" of the Eastern Bloc countries eroded the ideology of the pure amateur, as it put the self-financed amateurs of the Western countries at a disadvantage. The Soviet Union entered teams of athletes who were all nominally students, soldiers, or working in a profession, but all of whom were in reality paid by the state to train on a full-time basis.[5][6][6] As a result, the Olympics has shifted away from pure amateurism, as envisioned by Pierre de Coubertin, to allowing participation of professional athletes.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Warren Wofford was the flagbearer in the (Equestrian) parade in Stockholm for the Olympics Equestrian Sports Association events held there because a quarantine imposed on horses prevented equestrian events from taking place in Australia
  3. ^ The first female flagbearer for the United States at the Olympics
  4. ^ "Jim Thorpe Biography". Retrieved 9 February 2009.
  5. ^ "The Role of Sports in The Soviet Union - Guided History".
  6. ^ a b "Info" (PDF).

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