Olympics 2016: Team USA Gold Medal Tracker (Videos)
Here’s every American victory at the Rio Olympics
Jeremy Fuster | August 9, 2016 @ 5:09 PM
Last Updated: August 16, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
Team USA is once again expected to contend for the top spot in the medal count at this year's Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Here are the athletes that have claimed the gold medal so far.
Virginia Thrasher, Women's 10m Air Rifle -- The 19-year-old engineering major at West Virginia University dreamed of being a figure skater, but found her path to Olympic gold through a rifle instead. She surprised everyone by beating out Chinese shooters Du Li and Yi Siling, who have won the gold in this event in past Olympics.
Katie Ledecky, Women's 400m Freestyle -- Ledecky's quest to go four-for-four in her swimming events got off to a flying start on Sunday, when she smashed her own world record time and beat the rest of the field by five seconds.
Ryan Murphy, Men's 100m Backstroke -- With Murphy's record-setting victory at 51.97 seconds, Team USA has won the gold in this event in six consecutive Olympics. Murphy was joined on the podium by teammate David Plummer, who took bronze.
Lilly King, Women's 100m Breaststroke -- King made headlines when she called out Russian rival Yulia Efimova, who was initially among those banned from competing during the Russian doping scandal but was later cleared to compete by the International Olympic Committee. King backed up her words by setting a new Olympic record in the event with a time of 1:04.93. Efimova took silver and American Katie Meili took bronze.
Katie Ledecky, Women's 200m Freestyle -- Swedish sprint swimmer Sarah Sjostrom was neck and neck with Ledecky through the entire race, but Ledecky managed to stave her off and win gold #2 by 0.35 seconds.
Michael Phelps, Men's 200m Butterfly -- Much was made by the media about the rivalry between Phelps and South Africa's Chad Le Clos, who beat Phelps in London. But the biggest threat was Japan's Masato Sakai, whom Phelps edged out by just four hundredths of a second to win his 20th Olympic gold.
Kristin Armstrong -- Women's Cycling Time Trial -- Though the roads of Rio were slick with rainwater, Armstrong prevailed in the "Race of Truth" to become the oldest American woman to win an individual gold medal with a victory a day prior to her 43rd birthday.
Simone Biles, Women's All-Around -- The three-time world champion was just a bit too young to compete in London, but in Rio she lived up to the hype, scoring at least 15 points in all four rounds. Teammate Aly Raisman took silver.
Kayla Harrison, Women's 78kg Judo -- In London, Harrison became the first American to win judo gold. In Rio, she dominated the competition with decisive victories in each round including a submission via armlock in the final. She now plans to make the jump from judo to MMA.
Simone Manuel, Women's 100m Freestyle -- In a rare finish, Manuel set an Olympic record in a dead heat with Canada's Penny Oleksiak. In doing so, she became the first African-American woman to claim individual gold in Olympic swimming.
Ryan Murphy, Men's 200m Backstroke -- Murphy kept Team USA's backstroke dominance alive with his victory. Americans have now won gold in the 200 back in the last six Olympics.
Michael Phelps, Men's 200m IM -- According to accounts from ancient Greek historians, Leonidas of Rhodes won 12 individual events at the Olympics in a career that dates back to 152 B.C.E. No modern Olympian had ever beaten that record until now, as Michael Phelps picked up his 13th individual gold medal.
Michelle Carter, Women's Shot Put -- Carter is the first American women to win the shot put at the Olympics, taking first on her final throw with a distance of 20.63 meters. Her job by day? A makeup artist.
Anthony Ervin, Men's 50m Freestyle -- 16 years after winning this event in Sydney at age 19, Irvin returned to the podium with a time of 21.4 seconds. He's now the oldest swimmer to win individual Olympic gold, taking the record from Michael Phelps, who set the record just three days prior. Nathan Adrian won bronze.
Katie Ledecky, Women's 800m Freestyle -- She smashed the world record by two seconds and beat the rest of the field by another ten more. Ledecky's final tally at Rio comes out to four golds, one silver, and two new world records.
Maya DiRado, Women's 200m Backstroke -- The Stanford grad had won individual silver and bronze, but finally won gold with a furious comeback in the 200 back. In a race to the wall, DiRado beat out Hungary's Katinka Hosszu, who had won three gold medals going into the race.
Women's Eight Rowing -- USA's team of eight rowers has now won every major international competition in the past 11 years, including three straight Olympic golds. How did they celebrate? By throwing coxswain Katelin Snyder into Rio's polluted waters.
Jeff Henderson, Men's Long Jump -- Before Rio, Team USA had won 22 golds in the men's long jump, but had not won the event in Beijing or London. Henderson ended that drought with a jump of 8.38m, one centimeter above South Africa's Luvo Manyonga.
Simone Biles, Women's Vault -- Biles won her third gold in Rio by becoming the first American woman to claim gold in the vault, scoring 16 points on her second attempt.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock, Mixed Doubles Tennis -- In an all-American final, Mattek-Sands and Sock beat Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram after their match went to a third set tiebreaker. Sock leaves Rio with two Olympic medals, having also won bronze with Steve Johnson in men's doubles.