On Saturday night during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the United States became the first country to ever win 1,000 Gold Medals in the history of the event.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 14, 2016
With the U.S. women’s 4×100 team, the team secured their thousandth Gold in Summer Olympics history. The country that has hosted more Summer games than any other (four; 1904, 1932, 1984, 1996) is now the first to reach the golden mark when it comes to Gold.
The U.S. dominance in the summer is unprecedented. In second place is the Soviet Union, with 395, and well, that’s not even a nation anymore. (Although the Soviets achieved that number in just nine games, as to where this is the U.S.’s 27th Games) Behind them is Great Britain, which had 236 Gold’s coming into the 2016 Games.
An event originally based on Greek competition began in 1896 in Athens, Greece. And despite the fact that many of the competitors were from Greece itself, the Americans arrived and left with the most “champions.”
The 1,000 Gold Medal mark may have been accomplished even sooner had it not been for the many reasons the United States has declined to attend: in 1916, there was World War I; in 1940 and 1944, there was World War II; in 1980, the U.S. boycotted the Soviet-based Games.
The 2020 Summer Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo, Japan. The city hosted the Games in 1964, one of the years in which the United States was able to topple the Soviet empire. Since the disbanding of the Soviet Union, the U.S. has won four of the last five medal counts, and they don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.