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The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America  

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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
2
Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Peggy Fleming is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Shaun White is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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.
15
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Jennie Finch is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
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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Steve Prefontaine is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball
Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more
21
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. (born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National ...more
22
Karch Kiraly is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Bode Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Bode Miller 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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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 25 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