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The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

Updated June 14, 2019 6.5k votes 355 voters 9.4k views204 items

List RulesAthletes from any sport who have competed in the Olympics

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

    Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 400m individual medley
    Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American retired competitive swimmer and the...  more

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    Jim Thorpe

    Men's Decathlon, Men's Pentathlon
    James Francis Thorpe (May 22 or 28, 1887 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete and Olympic...  more

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    Serena Williams

    Women's Tennis, doubles
    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and...  more

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    Lindsey Vonn

    Women's Downhill, Women's Super-G
    Lindsey Caroline Vonn (née Kildow ; born October 18, 1984) is an American former World Cup...  more

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    Shawn Johnson

    Women's Gymnastics, team competition
    Shawn Machel Johnson East (born January 19, 1992) is an American former artistic gymnast. She...  more

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    Larry Bird

    Men's basketball
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    Jesse Owens

    Men's Long jump, Men's Athletics
    James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and...  more

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    Apolo Ohno

    Men's 1000m, Men's 5000m Relay
    Apolo Anton Ohno (; born May 22, 1982) is an American retired short track speed skating...  more
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    Kobe Bryant

    Men's basketball
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    Jennie Lynn Finch (born September 3, 1980) is an American, former collegiate All-American and...  more

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    Stephon Marbury

    Men's basketball
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    Candace Parker

    Women's basketball
    Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who...  more
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    Rebecca Lobo

    Women's basketball
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    Richard Jefferson

    Men's basketball
    Richard Allen Jefferson (born June 21, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who...  more
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    Carmelo Anthony

    Men's basketball
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    Ray Allen

    Men's basketball
    Walter Ray Allen Jr. (born July 20, 1975) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    Tim Duncan

    Men's basketball
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    Shaquille O'Neal

    Men's basketball
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    Holly McPeak

    Women's Beach Volleyball
    Holly McPeak (born May 15, 1969 in Manhattan Beach, California) is a retired American beach...  more
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    Lamar Odom

    Men's basketball
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