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The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

Updated June 14, 2019 6.4k votes 374 voters 10k 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

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1985-06-30

    Place Of BirthBaltimore,United States of America,Maryland

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming 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

    Weight91.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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

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    Kurt Angle

    Men's Freestyle Wrestling, Heavyweight 90-100kg

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1968-12-09

    Place Of BirthMt. Lebanon,Pennsylvania,Allegheny County,United States of America

    Olympic SportFreestyle wrestling

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Heavyweight

    Weight105.0

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American actor, retired professional wrestler and amateur wrestler, currently signed to WWE where he works as a backstage producer. While at Clarion...  more

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    Jesse Owens

    Men's Long jump, Men's Athletics

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1913-09-12

    Place Of BirthOakville,Alabama

    Olympic SportTrack and field athletics

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics 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 Games1936 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1936 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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

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    Bonnie Blair

    Women's 1000m, Women's 500 m

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1964-03-18

    Place Of BirthCornwall,United States of America,New York,Orange County

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m,Speed skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics,Speed Skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Women's 500m,Speed Skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m,Speed Skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics - Women's 500m

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Winter Olympics,1992 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1992 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics,1988 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

    Bonnie Kathleen Blair (born March 18, 1964) is an American retired speed skater. She is one of the top skaters of her era, and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Blair competed...  more

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    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 Club,...  more

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    LeBron James

    Men's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1984-12-30

    Place Of BirthAkron,United States of America,Ohio,Summit County

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's basketball,Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments include...  more

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    Larry Bird

    Men's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1956-12-07

    Place Of BirthWest Baden Springs,United States of America,Indiana,Orange County,French Lick Township

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medalist Games1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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

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    Serena Williams

    Women's Tennis, doubles

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1981-09-26

    Place Of BirthSaginaw,United States of America,Michigan,Saginaw County

    Olympic SportTennis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Doubles

    Weight70.3

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold 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

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    Andrew Newell may refer to: Andrew Newell (skier) (born 1984), Olympic skier Andrew Newell (athlete), Paralympic competitor from Australia Andrew Newell (cricketer), Australian cricketer...  more
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    Amanda Beard

    Women's 200m breaststroke, Women's 200m individual medley

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1981-10-29

    Place Of BirthNewport Beach,United States of America,California,Orange County

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre Individual Medley,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    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 former...  more
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    Sanya Richards-Ross

    Women's Athletics, 400m

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1985-02-26

    Place Of BirthAustin,Texas,United States of America,Travis County

    Olympic SportTrack and field athletics

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 400 metres

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Sanya Richards-Ross (born February 26, 1985) is a Jamaican-American former track and field athlete who competed internationally for the United States. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold in the...  more
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    Louis "Louie" Vito (born March 20, 1988) is an American professional snowboarder. He is an Olympian, Winter X Games, and U.S. Grand Prix Champion. ...  more
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    Sheryl Swoopes

    Women's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1971-03-25

    Place Of BirthBrownfield,Texas,Terry County,United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women’s,Basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women,Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's basketball

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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    Chris Witty

    Women's 1500m, Women's 1000m

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1975-06-23

    Place Of BirthWest Allis,Wisconsin,Milwaukee County,United States of America,United States

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics - Women's 1500m,Speed Skating at the 2002 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m,Speed Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m

    Olympic Medalist Games1998 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2000 Summer Olympics,1998 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Christine Diane "Chris" Witty (born June 23, 1975) 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...  more
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    Megan Rae Sweeney (born February 17, 1987 in Portland, Maine) is an American luger who competed from 2007 to 2010....  more
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    Julia Mancuso

    Women's Giant Slalom, Women's Downhill

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1984-03-09

    Place Of BirthReno,Nevada,Washoe County,United States of America,United States

    Olympic SportAlpine skiing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAlpine skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's Giant Slalom,Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's downhill,Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's Super Combined

    Weight63.5

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Julia Marie Mancuso (born March 9, 1984) is a retired 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...  more

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    Lindsey Vonn

    Women's Downhill, Women's Super-G

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1984-10-18

    Place Of BirthSaint Paul,United States of America,Minnesota,Ramsey County

    Olympic SportAlpine skiing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAlpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's downhill,Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's Super-G

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

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    Shawn Johnson

    Women's Gymnastics, team competition

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1992-01-19

    Place Of BirthWest Des Moines,United States of America,Iowa,Dallas County,Polk County

    Olympic SportArtistic gymnastics

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionGymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's artistic team all-around,Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Floor,Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Balance Beam,Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's artistic individual all-around

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

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    Jim Thorpe

    Men's Decathlon, Men's Pentathlon

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1888-05-28

    Place Of BirthPrague,Oklahoma,Lincoln County,United States of America,United States

    Olympic SportModern pentathlon

    NationalityUnited States of America,France

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's decathlon,Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's pentathlon

    Weight91.6256648

    Olympic Medalist Games1912 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1912 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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    Shaun White

    Men's Halfpipe

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1986-09-03

    Place Of BirthCarlsbad,United States of America,California,San Diego County

    Olympic SportSnowboarding

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSnowboarding at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's halfpipe,Snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's Halfpipe

    Weight63.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Shaun Roger White (born September 3, 1986) is an American professional snowboarder, skateboarder and musician. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for the most X-Games gold...  more
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    Julia Clukey (born April 29, 1985 in Augusta, Maine) is an American luger who started competing in 2002. Her best Luge World Cup season finish was 12th in women's singles in 2007–08. Clukey's best...  more
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    Heather Mitts

    Women's football

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1978-06-06

    Place Of BirthCincinnati,United States of America,Ohio,Hamilton County

    Olympic SportFootball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFootball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's tournament,Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's tournament

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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    Hannah Teter

    Women's Halfpipe

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1987-01-27

    Place Of BirthBelmont,United States of America,Vermont,Rutland County

    Olympic SportSnowboarding

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSnowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Women's Halfpipe,Snowboarding at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's halfpipe

    Weight64.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

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    Larry Brown

    Men's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1940-09-14

    Place Of BirthBrooklyn,United States of America,New York City,New York

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 1964 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medalist Games1964 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1964 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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