The United States is yet to reach the podium in these five Olympic sports – NBC 7 San Diego

The United States is by far the most successful country in Olympic history, winning 1,022 gold medals since 1896. While the nation has dominated in the pool, on the track and throughout the Olympics as a whole, there are a handful of sports where no American has ever been on the podium.

The United States will have a chance to win their first medals in several new events starting at the Tokyo Olympics, including skateboarding and the inaugural swimming races, but there are also older sports where the country is still chasing its first medals. Based on its Olympic history and Tokyo’s outlook, it might be some time before the United States counteracts the trend as well.

Here are the five Olympic summer sports the United States has never won:


The United States struggled to progress even in all five badminton tournaments at the Olympics. The men’s and women’s singles and doubles have been full medal events since 1992, while the mixed doubles entered in 1996. In seven Olympics involving sport, the United States has only reached the quarterfinals of one. tournament only once, as Howard Bach and Bob Malaythong’s men’s doubles team reached the round of 16 at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The country has a contender in the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, as well as a men’s doubles duet, at the 2020 Games. Timothy Lam is the 41st ranked male player, while Beiwen Zhang is the 11th ranked player participating in the tournament. simple feminine. Brothers Phillip and Ryan Chew will also represent USA Badminton in the men’s doubles tournament. Zhang is offering the United States its best chance of winning a medal in any of these five sports.


The United States has not even qualified for the men’s and women’s Olympic handball tournaments since 1996, when it was the host nation of the Atlanta Games.

The men’s team competed in the Olympic tournament six times with their best result in sixth place in 1936, when there were only six teams in the competition. The men’s team have won four games in total in their six Olympic appearances.

The women’s team has been to the Olympics four times, all from 1984 to 1996. Their best result was fifth place and came in that first appearance.

The United States took a historic milestone by winning their 1,000th Olympic gold medal in Olympic Games history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It was the continuation of the history of the United States’ world domination in the United States. Olympic Games.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics made its Olympic debut as an individual event in 1984 and added a team event in 1996. Europe has completely dominated the sport from the start, with China and Canada being the only two countries to do so. other continents to have won a medal at nine Olympic Games. .

The best result for the United States in this event is 11th place, achieved by Valerie Zimring at the boycotted 1984 Games in Los Angeles and Laura Zeng at the 2016 Games in Rio. The team’s appearance at the 2016 Games was their first since the group secured a host country spot in 1996. The team finished 14th out of 14 teams in Rio.

In Tokyo, Zeng and Evita Griskenas will compete in the individual event, while Isabella Connor, Camilla Feeley, Yelyzaveta Merenzon, Lili Mizuno, Elizaveta Pletneva and Nicole Sladkov will compete for the United States in the group event.

Why do Olympians bite their medals? The answer to that and more as we delve into the history of Olympic medals.

Table tennis

The United States has not won a medal in table tennis since it was introduced as an Olympic sport in 1988, but there will be six American competitors in Tokyo.

The US table tennis team includes two renowned athletes: Kanak Jha, 21, in men’s singles and team and Lily Zhang, 24, in singles and team women. They are ranked 30th and 31st in the world in their respective singles events. Zhang, a five-time national champion, has a better chance of winning a medal in Tokyo after finishing fourth in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, but she is still seen as a long shot. Nikhil Kumar and Xin Zhou join Jha for the US men, while Huijing Wang and Juan Liu round out the women’s squad.

Chen Wang holds the best American result in Olympic table tennis history after reaching the women’s singles quarter-finals in Beijing.


The trampoline will make its sixth Olympic appearance at the Tokyo Games. Nine countries combined to win all 30 medals distributed since 2000, but the United States has not won any.

Savannah Vinsant had the best result of all Americans, placing seventh in 2012. The United States did not have a male or female finalist (top 8) in 2016, Logan Dooley finishing 11th for men and Nicole Ahsinger 15th for the women.

Ahsinger will represent the United States again in this event in Tokyo, while Aliaksei Shostak will compete on the men’s side.

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