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Highlights and Highlights of Team USA at Tokyo 2020 – Our Writers’ Verdicts | Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Best US Individual Performance

Gable Steveson. The 21-year-old from Minnesota, named for 1972 Olympic champion Dan Gable and competing in only his second top international tournament, scored a pair of late knockdowns in the 125kg final, the second with less than a second remaining, for a dramatic turn. an 8-5 deficit in a 10-8 win over Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili and winning America’s first heavyweight gold in wrestling since 1992. Even on a United States wrestling team bringing home more medals Than any other nation in history, the Steveson Making Run star managed to steal the show. BAG

Nevin Harrison. He is 19 years old, only started kayaking in earnest after he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia five years ago, and won the 200-meter canoe sprint by a big margin. That’s especially impressive given the lack of American pedigree: The Seattle native is the first American to win a canoe or kayak speed medal since 1992. She was the only one to even qualify for Tokyo. TD

single Villaseñor He was unstoppable in the pool, and I can’t wait to see him again in 2024. In his second Olympics, Dressel took his first individual gold, then added two more, plus another two in the 4x100m relays. (Dressel also won two relay gold medals in Rio.) It opened up after finishing competing about how exhausting the swimming week was, but at the time, Dressel was near perfect, dominating almost every second he was in the pool and succeeding. it seems downright easy. JN

Family Feud’s answer is seven-time gold medalist Caeleb Dressel, but I’m going with Kevin Durant. Not only did he face the trip to Tokyo without America’s best shooter (Steph Curry), best defender (Kawhi Leonard) or reigning superstar (LeBron James), KD also re-committed to USA Basketball instead of taking the summer. free to rest your Achilles. . But after an early setback against France, he got on their backs on the US junior varsity team and carried them past a final rematch against Les Bleus. He now has a third gold medal to throw in the face of his many skeptics (ahem), and all we can say now is, yeah, man, talk your shit. Anything goes in love and basketball.

Honorable Mention: Molly Siedel, who won bronze in his third marathon and heard applause from his compatriots as he received his medal during the closing ceremony. Alabama

Best Performance by Team USA

Caeleb Dressel now has seven Olympic gold medals
Caeleb Dressel now has seven Olympic gold medals. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

Women’s gymnastics. Seeing Olympic rookies Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum rise to the occasion and win silver after Simone Biles’ surprising retirement early in the team was somehow even more rewarding than runaway medal performances from gold that the American public had reached. take for granted during its 11 years of world domination. BAG

While we noted the imperiousness of the women’s basketball team, which has won all of its games at the Olympics for the past 25 years (55 wins in a row!), Let’s salute the women’s water polo side, who has won three consecutive golds and owns a record of 134 wins, four losses since Rio. TD

The USA women’s basketball team They extended their Olympic winning streak to 55 games when they beat Japan in the gold medal game, and they were as dominant as ever in Tokyo. But there are changes happening for the team in the future; The stalwart Sue Bird announced at the start of these Games that they would be her last, making this latest victory even more special. JN

Of the 113 U.S. medals, nearly a third belong to Swimming united states and 11 of them were gold. Between Dressel and Katie Ledecky, the governing body keeps pulling out top swimmers who indulge in time and time again even when other sports fall into fallow times. Alabama

America’s biggest disappointment

The men’s athletics team. They came to Japan with the favorites in at least five events and a reasonable chance to sweep all six golds from 100 to 800 meters. They left without having been able to win a single individual gold for the first time, save for the boycott of 1980. Four silvers and two bronzes is not negligible, but it is difficult to frame Tokyo as anything more than a failure after a world championship in which they won the 100m, 200m, 800m, 110m hurdles (and 4x100m and 4x400m). BAG

Relays The men’s 4x200m freestyle lineup finished fourth, the first time an American swim relay team had failed to reach the podium. There were golds in the men’s 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley, but the mixed medley was a riveting disaster and the women did not win a swim relay. So that’s two golds out of seven possible in Tokyo, compared to five out of six in Rio. On the track, the men’s 4x100m team struggled once again, finished sixth and was ripped by Carl Lewis. TD

I don’t like this superlative, because everyone who went to the Olympics … went to the damn Olympics. And it’s not that he United States Women’s Soccer Team they were eliminated early or lost their potential because of a big brand. Rather, their performance on the way to bronze, which included an extremely surprising loss and a major offensive downturn, seemed to point to a changing of the guard for a team that has been a constant for years. JN

Male athletics. They didn’t just drop the baton, again. They failed to claim individual gold for the first time in the modern Olympic era. What’s more, their sprinters were lame in a rebuilding year for Jamaica. And then there was the fall of the baton, which Carl Lewis called “a total disgrace.” The motto also fits the overall team effort. Alabama

Olympics star

Sifan Hassan | The 28-year-old Dutch athlete became the first person to win three medals in 1,500m (bronze), 5,000m (gold) and 10,000m (gold) and the second woman to reach the podium in three individual track races in a Olympiad. . God level. BAG

Nobody won more gold medals in Tokyo than single Villaseñor, with five. The 24-year-old Floridian, laden with the impossible label of the “new Michael Phelps,” delivered superbly in the pool and in front of the world’s media, providing thoughtful and candid interviews on the pressures of his work, valuable contributions to the discussions on mental health that came to light during these Games. TD

Sunisa lee. Not only did she perform beautifully in individual and team competitions, helped American women capture silver without Simone Biles, and then won gold on her own just days later, she also did so with unflappable grace. JN

For an “unfortunate Olympics” that unfolded in troubled times, history should not soon forget that the fastest man in the world is a Texas-born black Italian named Lamont Jacobs. Alabama

The overall US performance was …

Right on the money. These Olympics were more unpredictable than usual due to the absence of many qualifying events over the past year, but the United States led the pack in both total golds (for the third consecutive Summer Games) and most medals. in general (for the seventh). BAG

No. 1 on the medal table however you look at it, despite track issues and disappointment in some of the action sports, and mainly thanks to the athletes – Almost 60% of the medals were won by women. The country competed in 44 disciplines and won medals in 28. There were memorable achievements for, among many others, Sunisa Lee, Tamyra Mensah-Stock, Ryan Crouser, Allyson Felix, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. TD

As good as anyone can hope for. After a slow start, with some surprises in the pool and on the basketball court, the United States recovered very well, capturing the most medals and excelling in almost every major sport. Did they miss any gold medal opportunities? Of course, but that shouldn’t detract from the overall experience. JN

Better than expected in the sense that they walked away as the undisputed kings of the medal table, but there were some underperforming federations that definitely left room for improvement. With that said, shout out to the fighters, shooters, cyclists and women playing 3×3 for more than just making up the difference. Alabama

A sport that should be in the future Olympics

Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana: a preview of a future Olympic final?
Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana: a preview of a future Olympic final? Photograph: Mark Thomas / REX / Shutterstock

Chess. The French Chess Federation he has already nominated him as “an additional or demonstration sport” for Paris 2024. Bearing in mind that it will not be long before e-sports will be included in the Olympic program, as it will become a medal sport at next year’s Asian Games , which are recognized by the IOC. there is no reason why the game of kings should not be next to him. BAG

After the success of skateboarding, climbing and surfing, with the arrival of breakdancing in Paris, you can imagine the IOC going through a list of youth-oriented action sports and wondering what should be next. Street sledding? But Cricket it really should be added by 2028. Or rather, reset: Great Britain juice France in Paris in 1900. TD

I couldn’t get enough of the softball during the first days of the Games, and it is a great annoyance that sport will not be in Paris again in 2024. Neither will baseball, but that bothers me less; Men have the opportunity to show off their baseball prowess every summer in the US, and it is very rare for softball to have a stage as big as the Olympics, a stage it deserves. JN

Dodgeball. It has all the things: throwing, catching, running, jumping, and violence. (Imagine the super slow motion of someone getting hit in the face!) What’s more, it’s already organized and has already become a cult movie classic. If you can dodge a sword, you can dodge a ball. Alabama

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