2020 Tokyo Olympics: Team USA Beats Out China in Overall Medal Count as Games Come to End

by Jacklyn Krol

Team USA took home so many medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The games have come to a close after 339 events with 206 countries competing. The United States took the top spot with the most gold medals of any country at 39. The United States also earned 41 silver and 33 bronze medals. Additionally, we also had the most overall medals with 113 in 28 sports. Overall, 93 men medaled and 164 women won medals.

Going into the final day, China was poised to win the final day. However, the United States gained three more medals on Sunday. The United States women’s volleyball team took home the country’s first gold medal in the sport. The women’s basketball and volleyball teams were able to push us to secure the top spot with the most medals.

Swimmer Caleb Dressel became the fourth male swimmer to win five gold medals at the same game.

The host nation of Japan performed well this year. They received the most gold medals ever for their country with 27, beating its previous record of 16. They excelled in the new skateboard competitions which the United States was predicted to win.

Furthermore, IOC President Thomas Bach concluded the games during the closing ceremony by raising the French flag. France took home 10 medals and 33 total medals during this year’s games.

2024 Paris Olympics

The 2024 summer Olympics will take place in Paris, France between July 26 and August 11. There are exactly 1,082 days until the next games will kick-off. The four new sports breaking, sports climbing, skateboarding, and surfing will take place.

While the majority of the 35 competition sites will be in the city of Paris, some will be off-site similar to how Tokyo did it. Additionally, some of the venues will be next to iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower. Overall, 32 sports will take place with 306 total events.

The IOC is expecting that COVID-19 will be a thing of the past by the time 2024 rolls around. They are estimating that 13 million spectators will be present while 15 million people will witness the historic torch relay.

France predicts that over 20,000 accredited journalists will be on-site covering the games with 4 billion viewers at home. Day-to-day operations will require 45,000 volunteers with 10,500 athletes.

“The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be the biggest event ever organized in France,” the official website wrote. “The Olympic games will take place from 26 July to 11 August 2024. The spectacle taking place during those weeks will go down in history and Paris will be the center of the world – the world of sport and so much more. The Games are a popular, multicultural festival, a celebration to share with the rest of the world. They represent a new adventure that will embark France on an experience, unlike anything it has seen before.”