USOC Stuff for Thursday, 11 August 2016

After Day 6 of the Olympics (Day 1 = day of Opening Ceremony), @TeamUSA is pretty much on a par with its performance at the previous 6 Olympic Games. After Wednesday, 10 August, the USA has 11 golds, 11 silver, 10 bronzes, and 32 medals. Here is what @TeamUSA has done since 1992.

Year DayOly Date Rank G S B TM
1992 6 30 July 1992 2 11 11 10 32
1996 6 24 July 1996 1 10 13 4 27
2000 6 20 September 2000 1 11 6 6 23
2004 6 18 August 2004 1 10 11 9 30
2008 6 13 August 2008 1 10 8 12 30
2012 6 1 August 2012 2 12 8 9 29

Tonite Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte swim in the 200 IM finals. Both can set all sorts of Olympic bests.

  • If Michael of Baltimore wins, it is his 13th individual Olympic title, breaking the tie with Leonidas of Rhodes, who won 12 individual titles in the stadion, diaulos, and hoplite races at the 164, 160, 156, and 152 BC Ancient Olympic Games.
  • If the Phelps OC wins, this gives him 22 Olympic gold medals, moving him ahead of Czechia and Ethiopia, and to 39th place among all NOCs. His 26 Olympic medals would also rank him 58th among NOCs in terms of medals won.

If Ryan Lochte wins gold tonite, he moves up on all sorts of Olympic lists, as follows:

  • His 7th gold medal would move him to =13th among all male Olympians; =7th among all @TeamUSA Olympians; =6th among all @TeamUSA male Olympians.
  • His 7th gold medal in swimming would move him to 4th among male Olympic swimmers, trailing Michael Phelps (21 – as of yesterday), Mark Spitz (9), and Matt Biondi (8) (he is actually 4th on this list with 6 golds). He would thus also be 4th among US male Olympic swimmers. He would also move to 5th among Olympic swimmers, trailing Phelps, Spitz, Biondi, and Jenny Thompson (8). He would thus also be 5th among US Olympic swimmers.
  • If Lochte wins, he becomes the oldest individual gold medalist in swimming, previously (before Rio) held by Inge de Bruijn (NED-2004), who was 30-363 in the 50 free; but the mark was broken by Phelps gold medal in the 200 butterfly, when he was 31-040. Lochte will be 32-008 tonite.
  • Lochte would move to 3rd on the oldest gold medalist list in swimming, trailing only 2 @TeamUSA swimmers – Dara Torres, who was 33-162 in the 2000 medley relay; and Jason Lezak, who was 32-279 in the 2008 medley relay. Lochte will turn 32 two days before the Rio Opening Ceremony.

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