The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have lived up to the anticipation thus far, and Team USA has relished in the opportunity to prove its continued Olympic games dominance. Five days in and the U.S. is already at the top of the total medals list. Let’s take a look at some headline medal winners.
3×3 Women’s Basketball
A few first’s in this event. The first time 3×3 basketball is being played at the Olympics and Team USA snagged the first gold medal in its debut.
Kelsey Plum, Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, and Jackie Young represented the red white and blue and took out Russia in the title game, 18-15. Plum, former No. 1 overall pick and Las Vegas Aces star, totaled 55 points over the five-day event.
Women’s 1500m Freestyle
Katie Ledecky. No surprise that her name and a gold medal cross paths yet again. Another first-time event, Ledecky swam 1500m in just over 15 minutes and secured her seventh gold medal in the Olympics. Aside from the strength, it took to swim for 15 consecutive minutes, Ledecky proved she can still perform at the highest level on the brightest swimming stage.
Synchro 3-Meter Diving
Michael Hixon and Andrew Capobianco won silver in the men’s synchro diving event, scoring 444.36. Hixon, who is six years older than Capobianco, won silver in this event back in Rio five years ago. Their dives consisted of 3 ½ twists, inward 3 ½ somersaults, and many reverses. Again, all in synchronization. These athletes surely make it look easy, but the level of difficulty for both parties to be in sync is astonishing.
Men & Women’s Skeet
It was a skeet sweep for the U.S. on the range. Vincent Hancock and Amber English both won gold to add to Team USA’s medal count. This was Hancock’s third gold medal as he has proved to be one of the best shooters in the world over the last decade. Hancock finished the event with 34 straight targets hit.
English had more of an uphill climb in her medal pursuit. This was her Olympic debut but it did sure look like she has been here before. English finished with a record 56 shots and cemented herself in history as the second U.S. woman to medal in skeet shooting.
With over 10 days still to play in Tokyo, Team USA still has a multitude of chances to add to their medal count lead.