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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from United States of America, with photos when available. These are the best United States of America Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. United States of America athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which United States of America Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from United States of America is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

A list made up of athletes like Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best United States of America Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from United States of America?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite United States of America Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on United States of America.
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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Michael Phelps Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 400m individual medley, Men's 4x100m medley relay

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46 6
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Jim Thorpe Men's Decathlon, Men's Pentathlon

3
50 10
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Jesse Owens Men's Long jump, Men's Athletics, 200m

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56 14
Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Apolo Ohno Men's 1000m, Men's 5000m Relay, Men's 500m

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41 7
Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Mark Spitz Men's 200m butterfly, Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 100m freestyle

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37 7
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Kurt Angle Men's Freestyle Wrestling, Heavyweight 90-100kg

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48 15
Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Shawn Johnson Women's Gymnastics, team competition, Women's Floor exercises

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38 8
Shaun White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Shaun White Men's Halfpipe

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47 16
Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Lindsey Vonn Women's Downhill, Women's Super-G

10
43 14
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Larry Bird Men's basketball

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33 8
Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Greg Louganis Men's 10 metre platform, Men's 3 metre springboard

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33 9
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Serena Williams Women's Tennis, doubles

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29 6
Peggy Fleming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Peggy Fleming Women's Singles

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26 6
Dorothy Hamill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Dorothy Hamill Women's Singles

The Best Olympic Athletes in Diving

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28 8
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Lisa Leslie Women's basketball

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29 10
Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Dara Torres Women's 4x200m freestyle relay, Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 50m freestyle

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23 6
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Vince Carter Men's basketball

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21 5
Steve Prefontaine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Alecdom added Steve Prefontaine

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35 17
Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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18 3
Karch Kiraly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Karch Kiraly Men's Volleyball, Men's Beach Volleyball

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34 17
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Kobe Bryant Men's basketball

The Smartest Professional Athletes

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28 12
Bode Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Bode Miller Men's Super-G, Men's Combined, Men's Downhill

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23 8
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Dwyane Wade Men's basketball

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25 10
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Shaquille O'Neal Men's basketball

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19 5
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Ray Allen Men's basketball

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28 13
Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Venus Williams Women's Tennis, singles, Women's Tennis

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16 3
Louie Vito is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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16 3
Chris Witty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Chris Witty Women's 1500m, Women's 1000m

Professional Wrestlers Who Died Young

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14 2
Steven Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Steven Holcomb Four-Man Bobsleigh

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14 2
Andrew Newell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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15 3
Scott Gomez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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24 11
Bonnie Blair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Bonnie Blair Women's 1000m, Women's 500 m

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25 12
Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Amanda Beard Women's 200m breaststroke, Women's 200m individual medley, Women's 100m breaststroke

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13 2
Ross Powers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Ross Powers Men's Halfpipe

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14 3
Bryan Clay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Bryan Clay Men's Decathlon

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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25 13
Jennie Finch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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15 4
Shani Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Shani Davis Men's 1000m, Men's 1500m

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23 12
Sanya Richards-Ross is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Sanya Richards-Ross Women's Athletics, 400m

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14 4
Levi Leipheimer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Levi Leipheimer Men's Road Cycling, Individual Time Trial

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22 12
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Sheryl Swoopes Women's basketball

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12 3
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Bill Bradley Men's basketball

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12 3
Holly McPeak is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Holly McPeak Women's Beach Volleyball

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12 3
David Zabriskie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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18 9
Julia Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Julia Mancuso Women's Giant Slalom, Women's Downhill, Women's Super Combined

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12 4
Tyler Winklevoss is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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17 9
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Shawn Marion Men's basketball

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17 9
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Larry Brown Men's basketball

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18 10
Megan Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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10 3
Michelle Roark is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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10 3
Natalie Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America