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Biles 2016

At age 19, gymnast Simone Biles is considered the great ever | Getty Images

America is great. And in the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Brazil, the world was reminded of the sporting aspect of America’s greatness when the US national anthem was played 46 times in honor of American gold medalists-more than any other country in the competition. These were moments of pride when each time a member of the US team, the most diverse team in the world rose to the podium, hand on their heart and head help up high to represent the greatest country the world has ever known.

As the games come to a close this weekend, the US leads the world with a total of 121 medals, 46 gold, 37, silver and 38 bronze. The latest gold coming in Sunday from the dominant US men’s basketball team performance in the final match against Serbia. To put US dominance in the Olympics in perspective, the number two country in the medal standing, Great Britain, is far behind with a total of 67 medals, 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze.

The US athletes showed class, poise and excellence in every sport they participated in. You could see the determination in their faces and most showed a lot of grace in victory. Examples of grace in victory could be witnessed in gymnastic team led by the young legend 19-year-old Simone Biles. Biles who is considered the greatest and the most decorated gymnast ever, dazzled the world with her powerful performance on the mat, poles and beams, winning a total of 5 medals, 4 gold and 1 bronze.

The historic and amazing performance by Michael Phelps, one of the greatest swimmers of all time was breathtaking.  Phelps has won a total of 28 Olympics medals in his career. (23 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze), the most medals by any athlete in the history of the Olympics. Phelps won 6 of the medals, five gold and one silver coming from the Rio 2016 games.  Another example of a a graceful American champion is swimming phenom Katie Ledecky, who also brought in 5 medals, 4 gold and 1 silver by dominating the competition in the all her individual races. The US track and field teams of athletes such as English Gardner, Allyson Felix, Tori Bowie, and Tianna Bartoletta are just a few other examples of the great athletes who represent America and make the country a source of admiration throughout the world.

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Final - Men's 100m Butterfly Final - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Michael Phelps (USA) of USA reactsl. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Michael Phelps dominated the swimming pool and retired on top of his game. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

The Rio Olympics also saw several American athletes making history. Swimmer Simone Manuel, made history becoming the first African American woman to ever win a medal in the sport. Manuel set the bar high, winning 4 medals, two gold and two silver medals in the summer games. The US also made history in 1500-meters race when Matthew Centrowitz Jr, won gold in the race that is usually dominated by athletes from East and Norther African nations such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Algeria. Centrowitz, whose father is a former Olympian, regained the title for the US after a 108 years wait. The last American to win the 1500-meters race was Mel Sheppard in 1908.

The US national anthem was heard one last time on the final day of the Rio 2016 games when the men’s basketball team won the gold medal by annihilating Serbia 96 to 66. What a fitting ending for the United States of America. A Great Nation of Champions.

Click here to see the full medal count as compiled by USA Today sports. You can also sort here to see the names of US athletes and medals won.

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