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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
Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 400m individual medley, Men's 4x100m medley relay Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, ...more

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Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Decathlon, Men's Pentathlon James Francis "Jim" Thorpe was a Sac and Fox athlete of Native American and European ancestry. Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold ...more

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Long jump, Men's Athletics, 200m James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his ...more

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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's 1000m, Men's 5000m Relay, Men's 500m Apolo Anton Ohno is a retired American short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist in the Winter Olympics. Raised by his father, Ohno began training full-time in 1996. He has ...more

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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's 200m butterfly, Men's 4x100m freestyle relay, Men's 100m freestyle Mark Andrew Spitz is an American former competition swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in multiple events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics ...more

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Shaun White is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Halfpipe Shaun Roger White is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the X-Games records for gold medals and highest overall medal count, ...more

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Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Freestyle Wrestling, Heavyweight 90-100kg Kurt Steven Angle is an American professional wrestler, amateur wrestler and actor currently signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he is the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion in ...more

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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's 10 metre platform, Men's 3 metre springboard Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only ...more

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Gymnastics, team competition, Women's Floor exercises Shawn Machel Johnson is a retired American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson became a member ...more

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay ...more

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Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Downhill, Women's Super-G Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the United States Ski Team. She has won four World Cup championships—one of two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie ...more

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Tennis, doubles Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her World No. 1 in singles on ...more

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Peggy Fleming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Singles Peggy Gail Fleming is an American figure skater. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles and a three-time World Champion. Fleming has been a television commentator on figure skating ...more

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Dorothy Hamill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Singles Dorothy Stuart Hamill is a retired American figure skater. She is the 1976 Olympic champion in ladies' singles and the 1976 World champion.

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He is 6'6" and can ...more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for ...more

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Steve Prefontaine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Alecdom added Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine was an American middle and long-distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. Prefontaine once held the American record in seven different distance ...more

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Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's 4x200m freestyle relay, Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 50m freestyle Dara Grace Torres is an American former competition swimmer who is a twelve-time Olympic medalist and former world record-holder in three events. Torres is the first and only swimmer to ...more

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Bode Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Super-G, Men's Combined, Men's Downhill Samuel Bode Miller is a World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States. He is an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, a two-time overall World Cup champion in 2005 and 2008, and the ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired professional basketball player, former rapper, actor and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Standing 7 ft ...more

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Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's basketball Lisa Deshaun Leslie is an American former professional women's basketball player who played in the WNBA. She is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. The number seven ...more

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Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Hope Amelia Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She has been goalkeeping for the United States women's national soccer team since 2000. After playing at ...more

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most ...more

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Karch Kiraly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Volleyball, Men's Beach Volleyball Charles Frederick "Karch" Kiraly is an American volleyball player, coach and broadcast announcer. He is the only person to have won Olympic gold medals in both volleyball categories: ...more

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Walter Ray Allen, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami ...more

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Louie Vito is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Louis "Louie" Vito is an American professional snowboarder. He is an Olympian, and Winter X Games and U.S. Grand Prix Champion.

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Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Tennis, singles, Women's Tennis Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in ...more

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Chris Witty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's 1500m, Women's 1000m Christine Diane "Chris" Witty is an American speed skater and racing cyclist and participated in the Olympic Games in both sports. She won medals at both 1000 and 1500 meters in the ...more

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Steven Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Four-Man Bobsleigh Steven Holcomb is an American bobsledder who has competed since 1998. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, he won the 4-man bobsled event for the United States, its first gold medal in that event ...more

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Andrew Newell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Andrew "Andy" Newell is an American cross-country skier who has been competing on the international level since 2001.

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Scott Gomez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Scott Carlos Gomez is an American ice hockey center currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He has also played with the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, ...more

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Shani Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's 1000m, Men's 1500m Shani Davis is an Olympic Champion speed skater from the United States. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual ...more

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Boxing, Lightweight 57 - 60kg Oscar De La Hoya is a retired Mexican American professional boxer. Nicknamed "The Golden Boy," De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from ...more

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Bonnie Blair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's 1000m, Women's 500 m Bonnie Kathleen Blair is a retired American speedskater. She is one of the top skaters of her time, and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Blair competed for the United ...more

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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's 200m breaststroke, Women's 200m individual medley, Women's 100m breaststroke Amanda Ray Beard is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist. She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. Beard's success has earned her the American Swimmer ...more

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Ross Powers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Halfpipe Ross Powers, is an American world champion halfpipe snowboarder from South Londonderry, Vermont. Though he originally rode at Stratton Mountain, Vermont, his home mountain is now Okemo, VT. Ross ...more

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Levi Leipheimer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Road Cycling, Individual Time Trial Levi Leipheimer is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He was twice US national champion, winning the time trial title in 1999 and the road race in 2007, and is an Olympic ...more

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Bryan Clay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Decathlon Bryan Ezra Tsumoru Clay is an American decathlete. He was the 2008 Summer Olympic champion for the decathlon and was also World champion in 2005.

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Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's basketball Sheryl Denise Swoopes is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach of the women's basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. She was the first player to be signed ...more

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Sanya Richards-Ross is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Athletics, 400m Sanya Richards-Ross is a Jamaican American track and field athlete who competes internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the 400 metres after finishing ...more

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Jennie Finch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Jennie Lynn Finch, who occasionally uses her husband's surname Daigle, is an American, former collegiate All-American, right-handed hitting softball pitcher and first-baseman originally from La ...more

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David Zabriskie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
David Zabriskie is a retired professional road bicycle racer from the United States, who competed as a professional between 1999 and 2013. His main strength is individual time trials and his ...more

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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball William Warren "Bill" Bradley is an American Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for ...more

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Tyler Winklevoss is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Tyler Howard Winklevoss is an American rower and entrepreneur. He competed in the men's pair rowing event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with his identical twin brother and rowing partner, Cameron ...more

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Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Lawrence Harvey "Larry" Brown is an American basketball coach, who is currently the head coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the only coach in basketball history to win both ...more

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Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball Shawn Dwayne Marion is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Marion ...more

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Holly McPeak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Beach Volleyball Holly McPeak is a retired American beach volleyball player. A three-time Olympian, McPeak has 72 career beach volleyball titles and $1.4 million USD in career earnings, which places her third ...more

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Julia Mancuso is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Giant Slalom, Women's Downhill, Women's Super Combined Julia Marie Mancuso is an American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She won the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and was the silver medalist in both downhill and ...more

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Joy Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's football, Men's football Joy Lynn Fawcett is a retired American professional soccer player. She earned 239 caps with the United States women's national soccer team and retired from the WNT in 2004 as the highest scoring ...more

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Callan Chythlook-Sifsof is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof is an American snowboarder who has competed in snowboard cross since 2005. In 2006 she was invited to her first Winter X Games competition. Her best World Cup finish was ...more