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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 (born June 30, 1985) is an American retired competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also ...more

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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 (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympic Games. Owens specialized in ...more

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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 Thorpe (May 22 or 28, 1887 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a ...more

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Gymnastics, team competition, Women's Floor exercises
Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver ...more

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Tennis, doubles
Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight ...more

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball
Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player, former coach, and former executive who most recently served as President of Basketball Operations for ...more

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Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Downhill, Women's Super-G
Lindsey Caroline Vonn (née Kildow ; born October 18, 1984) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team. She won four World Cup overall championships—one of only ...more

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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 (born February 10, 1950) is an American former competitive swimmer and nine-time Olympic champion. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, all in world ...more

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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 (; born May 22, 1982) is an American retired short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist (two gold, two silver, four bronze) in the Winter Olympics. Ohno is ...more
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Peggy Fleming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Singles
Peggy Gale Fleming (born July 27, 1948) is an American former figure skater. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles and a three-time World Champion (1966–1968). Fleming has been a ...more

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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's 10 metre platform, Men's 3 metre springboard
Gregory Efthimios Louganis (;born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver, LGBT activist, and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and ...more

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Shaun White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Halfpipe
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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
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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 (born July 26, 1956) is a retired American figure skater. She is the 1976 Olympic champion and 1976 World champion in ladies' singles.

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Jennie Finch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Jennie Lynn Finch (born September 3, 1980) is an American, former collegiate All-American and medal winning Olympian, retired 2-time pro All-Star, right-handed hitting softball pitcher and first ...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
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Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 17 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 (born April 15, 1967) is an American former competitive swimmer, who is a 12-time Olympic medalist and former world record-holder in three events. Torres is the first swimmer ...more

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball
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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 (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) was an American middle and long-distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. While running for the Oregon Track ...more

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Karch Kiraly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's Volleyball, Men's Beach Volleyball
Charles Frederick "Karch" Kiraly () (born November 3, 1960) is an American volleyball player, coach and broadcast announcer. In the 1980s he was a central part of the U.S National Team ...more
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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 21 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 (born October 29, 1981), also known by her married name Amanda Brown, is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver, one bronze). She is a ...more

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Men's basketball
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Bode Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 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 (; born October 12, 1977) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer. He is an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, a two-time overall World Cup champion in ...more
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Holly McPeak is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America
Women's Beach Volleyball
Holly McPeak (born May 15, 1969 in Manhattan Beach, California) is a retired American beach volleyball player. A three-time Olympian, McPeak garnered 72 career beach volleyball titles with ...more
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Bonnie Blair is listed (or ranked) 25 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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