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What's the USA's record medal haul at an Olympic Games?

The United States has won more medals than any other nation at the modern Olympics.

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What's the USA's record medal haul at an Olympic Games?
PHILIP FONG AFP

The United States is the modern Olympics’ most successful country, having won a total of 2,828 medals across the Summer and Winter Games.

That medal haul breaks down to 2,523 at the Summer Olympics (1,022 of which were gold) and 305 at the Winter Olympics (105 of which were gold).

1904 Olympics brought USA's best medal haul, 1988 Games yielded most golds

When it comes to individual editions of the Olympics, the USA's largest ever medal tally at the Summer Games came in St Louis in 1904, when American competitors accrued 239, a total that remains unsurpassed by any other nation.

However, the country’s total of 78 gold medals at the 1904 Games is not its highest ever. At Los Angeles 1984, the USA won a record 83 golds, despite collecting 65 fewer medals overall than in St Louis.

USA's Olympics medal haul by Summer Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athens 1896 11 7 2 20
Paris 1900 19 14 14 47
St Louis 1904 78 82 79 239
London 1908 23 12 12 47
Stockholm 1912 25 19 19 63
Antwerp 1920 41 27 27 95
Paris 1924 45 27 27 99
Amsterdam 1928 22 18 16 56
Los Angeles 1932 41 32 30 103
Berlin 1936 24 20 12 56
London 1948 38 27 19 84
Helsinki 1952 40 19 17 76
Melbourne 1956 32 25 17 74
Rome 1960 34 21 16 71
Tokyo 1964 36 26 28 90
Mexico City 1968 45 28 34 107
Munich 1972 33 31 30 94
Montreal 1976 34 35 25 94
Moscow 1980 Did not enter
Los Angeles 1984 83 61 30 174
Seoul 1988 36 31 27 94
Barcelona 1992 37 34 37 108
Atlanta 1996 44 32 25 101
Sydney 2000 37 24 32 93
Athens 2004 36 39 26 101
Beijing 2008 36 39 37 112
London 2012 46 28 30 104
Rio 2016 46 37 38 121

Vancouver 2010 the USA's most medal-heavy Winter Games

At the Winter Olympics, meanwhile, the USA's best medals total so far came at Vancouver 2010, when they picked up 37. Nine of those were gold medals, one short of America’s national-record haul of 10 golds, set in Salt Lake City in 2002.

USA's Olympics medal haul by Winter Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
Chamonix 1924 1 2 1 4
St Moritz 1928 2 2 2 6
Lake Placid 1932 6 4 2 12
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 1 0 3 4
St Moritz 1948 3 4 2 9
Oslo 1952 4 6 1 11
Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 2 3 2 7
Squaw Valley 1960 3 4 3 10
Innsbruck 1964 1 2 4 7
Grenoble 1968 1 5 1 7
Sapporo 1972 3 2 3 8
Innsbruck 1976 3 3 4 10
Lake Placid 1980 6 4 2 12
Sarajevo 1984 4 4 0 8
Calgary 1988 2 1 3 6
Albertville 1992 5 4 2 11
Lillehammer 1994 6 5 2 13
Nagano 1998 6 3 4 13
Salt Lake City 2002 10 13 11 34
Turin 2006 9 9 7 25
Vancouver 2010 9 15 13 37
Sochi 2014 9 9 10 28
Pyeongchang 2018 9 8 6 23

American Phelps the Olympics' most decorated athlete

As well as being the Olympics’ most decorated nation, the USA also boasts the most successful Olympian of all time in swimmer Michael Phelps, who racked up 28 medals across five appearances at the Summer Games.

US swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian ever.