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Team USA Concludes Rio 2016 Paralympic Games With 115 Medals, 40 Golds

By Beth Bourgeois | Sept. 18, 2016, 8:27 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Amanda McGrory, Tatyana McFadden and Chelsea McClammer swept the podium twice during Team USA's 115-medal haul at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Team USA wrapped up the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 19, having completed its most successful performances at the Games in recent history. The team of 289 athletes won a total of 115 medals, and finished fourth in the overall medal count.

Below are some of the highlights of the outstanding U.S. athlete and team performances in Rio. 

  • Team USA's haul of 115 medals marks the most won by the U.S. team since the 1996 Games in Atlanta (158). 
  • The U.S. women won more than half of Team USA's medals, with 70 medals, including 24 gold, 24 silver and 21 bronze. 
  • Most decorated athletes: For the U.S. women, Tatyana McFadden, track & field, and Jessica Long, swimming, both won six medals a piece. McFadden won four gold and two silver medals and Jessica Long won three silver medals, two bronze and a gold. In men's competition, Brad Snyder, swimming, won the most U.S. medals with three gold and a silver.  
  • Team USA swept the podium three times – in two different sports. The track & field trio of Tatyana McFadden, Chelsea McClammer and Amanda McGrory claimed the top three spots in the T54 1,500 and 5,000-meter finals. In the debut of paratriathlon, Allysa Seely, Hailey Danisewicz and Melissa Stockwell swept the medals in the women's PT2 classification. 
  • Grace Norman won gold in paratriathlon and bronze in track and field, with her two medal winning races coming less than 36 hours apart. 
  • U.S. athletes set a total of eight world records in Rio, six in the pool, with three of them made by Rebecca Meyers. The other two WRs were in track & field by athletes David Blair and Rachael Morrison. 
  • The U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team won the most ever medals at a Games, with a total of 18 podium finishes.
  • Firsts in Rio
    • First time since 2004 that the men's and women's teams both reached the podium in goalball; the U.S. men won silver, while the women's team brought home the bronze. Incidentally, both teams finished in the same spots on the podium back in 2004. 
    • It was the first time since 1996 that both the men's and women's teams reached the podium in basketball – both winning gold. 
    • The men's win in basketball marked the first time since 1988 – or 28 years - that the U.S. men's wheelchair basketball team won a gold medal.  
  • Military veteran athletes also made their presence known in Rio. The following military veterans, including one active duty service member, had performances in Rio that resulted in a total of 16 medals:  
    • Army Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, swimming - gold, 100m breaststroke SB7; bronze, 4x100m medley relay – 34 pts. 
    • Army veteran Kari Miller, women's sitting volleyball – gold 
    • Army veteran Shawn Morelli, cycling – gold, 3000m individual pursuit C4; gold, time trial C4 
    • Army veteran Scot Severn, track & field – silver, F53 shot put 
    • Army veteran Melissa Stockwell, paratriathlon – bronze, women's PT2 
    • Marine Corps veteran Oz Sanchez, cycling – silver, mixed team relay H2; bronze, time trial H5 
    • Navy veteran Will Groulx, cycling – gold, road race H2; silver, time trial H2; and silver, mixed team relay H2 
    • Navy veteran Brad Snyder, swimming –gold, 50 free S11; gold, 100m free S11; gold, 100m free S11; and silver, 100m back S11 
    • Navy veteran Andre Shelby, archery – gold, men's individual compound open