The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

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Athletes 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
    1
    Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 400m individual medley, Men's 4x100m medley relay
    151 votes
    • Olympic Country: United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1985-06-30
    • Place Of Birth: Baltimore,United States of America,Maryland
    • Olympic Sport: Swimming
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre butterfly,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metre individual medley,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay
    • Weight: 91.0
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal,Bronze medal
    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 holds ...more
  • Jim Thorpe
    2
    Men's Decathlon, Men's Pentathlon
    76 votes
    • Olympic Country: United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1888-05-28
    • Place Of Birth: Prague,Oklahoma,Lincoln County,United States of America,United States
    • Olympic Sport: Modern pentathlon
    • Nationality: United States of America,France
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's decathlon,Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's pentathlon
    • Weight: 91.6256648
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1912 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1912 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
    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 gold ...more
  • Jesse Owens
    3
    Men's Long jump, Men's Athletics, 200m
    94 votes
    • Olympic Country: United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1913-09-12
    • Place Of Birth: Oakville,Alabama
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump,Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres,Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 4x100 metre relay,Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1936 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1936 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
    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 the sprints and ...more
  • Serena Williams
    4
    Women's Tennis, doubles
    82 votes
    • Olympic Country: United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1981-09-26
    • Place Of Birth: Saginaw,United States of America,Michigan,Saginaw County
    • Olympic Sport: Tennis
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Doubles
    • Weight: 70.3
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
    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
  • Larry Bird
    5
    Men's basketball
    86 votes
    • Olympic Country: United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1956-12-07
    • Place Of Birth: West Baden Springs,United States of America,Indiana,Orange County,French Lick Township
    • Olympic Sport: Basketball
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
    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 the ...more
  • Peggy Fleming
    6
    Women's Singles
    48 votes
    • Olympic Country: United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1948-07-27
    • Place Of Birth: San Jose,United States of America,Northern California,California,Santa Clara County
    • Olympic Sport: Figure skating
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics - Women's Singles
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1968 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1968 Winter Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal
    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