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Olympics medal count 2021: Updated table of gold, silver, bronze medals for every country
Keep track of the 2021 Olympic medal count with Sporting News' updated table, including gold, silver and bronze tallies for every country at the Tokyo Games.After the coronavirus forced the Tokyo Games to be pushed back a year, athletes from across the world are now in Japan representing their respective nations, hoping to bring gold medals home. And though spectators won't be allowed at any of the venues to take in the sights in-person, fans of the Olympics will no doubt be tuning in to watch this year's Games unfold.
Find out which individual athletes and countries have the most medals of all time since the modern Games began in 1896.
Since 1980,have been added to the Summer Olympics. This year's Games, which is set to officially start in Tokyo with the opening ceremony on July 23, will feature 339 events across 33 sports. —sport climbing, karate, surfing, 3x3 basketball and skateboarding—are set to debut.
But before we take in this year's events, let's take a look back at past Games and see which Olympians have racked up the most medals of all time.
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The 2021 Olympic opening ceremony will be a fun but poignant moment as the athletes of the world finally get to gather together in Tokyo and compete.After such a long wait, athletes and fans alike are excited about the event. There will be some soccer and softball action going on before the Olympics begin, but the opening ceremony will mark the official start of the 2021 Summer Games.
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps leads all Olympians with 28 medals—23 gold, three silver and two bronze. After Phelps, the next closest athletes in medal counts are Soviet Union gymnast Larisa Latynina (18), Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjørgen—the most decorated Winter Olympian—(15) and Soviet Union gymnast Nikolai Andrianov (15).
Not only does Phelps have the most medals of all time, he has also won more individual events (16 medals—13 gold, two silver and one bronze) than any other Olympian. Only 35 athletes in Olympic history—including nine Americans—have 10 or more Olympic medals.
Phelps, who retired after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, willfor the first time in 25 years as he's turned his focus toward fatherhood and mental health advocacy.
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Dating back to 1896 and the first modern Olympics, the United States has collected the most Summer Olympics medals with 2,542. Behind the U.S. is the Soviet Union (1,010), Great Britain (867), Germany (760), France (739), Italy (532), China (546), Sweden (498), Hungary and Australia (495) and Japan (441).
The Tokyo Summer Games will run through Aug. 8. The Paralympics will be held from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.
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