U.S. finishes Olympics at top of medal count

Olympic medals in front of American flag
Olympic medals in front of American flag
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President Joe Biden paid tribute to U.S. Olympic athletes over the weekend as the Summer Games came to a close.

“I don’t think you’ll appreciate until you get home how proud you made America,” he said during a live streamed virtual reception with athletes.

After trailing in the gold medal count for most of the games, the United States edged China on the last day of competition, finishing with 39 golds. The United States tallied 113 total medals, 25 more than second-place China.

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What were the highlights of the final week? American runner Allyson Felix won her 11th career Olympic medal, breaking the record for a U.S. athlete in track and field set by Carl Lewis in 1996.

The United States won gold in men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. The U.S. baseball team lost to Japan in the final game to take silver.

Nelly Korda of Florida won an individual gold medal in women’s golf, and Tamyra Mensah-Stock of Chicago took gold in women’s wrestling.

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2021, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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