The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s most prestigious and has got to be the most important sports competition that is held every four years in the chosen country. This sports competition is obviously inspired by the ancient Olympic Games that originated from Greece during 8th century BC.
It was originally a religious athletic event that was held at the sanctuary of Zeus, the only games that were featured at that time were wrestling, pankration, horse, and chariot racing events. The name Olympics was given by the great demi-God Hercules, which is of course only according to legend.
What is so nice about the Olympics is that they don’t only feature athletes from several countries, they also have a specific competition for people with disabilities which is called the Paralympics and Youth Olympics Games for teenagers. This event only happens every four years so that the athletes could rest and at the same time, prepare for the next competition.
Athletes all over the world compete to represent their country, with the hope of bringing home one of the three medals, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. So here are the top countries with athletes who brought home the most medals.
These statistics that will be shown below are all from the Summer Olympics from the year 2000, including the 2016 Rio Games.
TOTAL GAMES: 27
TOTAL MEDALS: 2,520
The number one spot belongs to the United States of America. The American team has been a part of the Olympics ever since it started in 1896. They sent fourteen athletes to Athens, Greece to represent the United States at that time. They actually won the most medals, beating the original home of the Olympics, which is Greece. They actually won 11 medals out of 14 athletes, which was extremely impressive. And after more than 120 years, the United States still has the current lead when it comes to winning medals at the Olympics.
The U.S. currently have 2,520 medals and 1,022 of them are gold. One of the most notable athletes from the American team is Michael Phelps who currently has 28 gold medals and 23 of them are gold. The US is the only country who hasn’t failed at bringing home a gold medal in the Summer Olympics.
SOVIET UNION (RUSSIA)
TOTAL GAMES: 10
TOTAL MEDALS: 1,204
Just a bit behind the United States is the Soviet Union. The very first time they participated was in 1952. However, because of the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War, they didn’t participate in any international sporting event at that time. But in 1980, they actually even hosted the Summer Olympics in their capital city, Moscow.
TOTAL GAMES: 28
TOTAL MEDALS: 873
The Great Britain also participated in the 1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece. They are considered to be the only country to have won at least one gold medal at the every Summer Olympics. Some of the most notable Olympians who are represented Great Britain are Sir Chris Roy and Jason Kenneth, who won six gold medals with one silver each for track cycling. Another notable Olympian from Great Britain is Laura Trott, who is considered to be the most successful female Olympian for Great Britain. She won four gold medals for cycling.
The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that’s wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us. – John Williams
TOTAL GAMES: 24
TOTAL MEDALS: 824
Just like the United States and the Great Britain, Germany also participated on the very first Olympics in 1896. Germany actually hosted the Olympics three times already and it is during the 1936 Winter and Summer Olympics and the 1972 Summer Olympics. They were supposed to host the 1916 Summer Olympics and also the 1940 Winter Olympics, but then it was canceled because of the World Wars. Also because of the wars, Germans weren’t allowed to participate in 1920, 1924 and the 1948 Olympics.
TOTAL GAMES: 28
TOTAL MEDALS: 715
Last but definitely not the least is France. The very first time they participated in the Olympics is also in 1986, they have competed in every Olympic Games since then. However, the 1904 games faced controversy because of Albert Corey, who won the marathon. He is French but represented the United States, so the medal was counted for the United States Olympic team. France hosted the Olympics five times from the 1900 Summer Olympics, 1924 Summer and Winter Olympics, 1968 Winter Olympics and 1992 Winter Olympics.