The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games made abundantly clear what we all already knew: Team USA wouldn't be what it is without the amazing women that represent the red, white and blue. Over the course of more than a century of Olympic participation, female athletes became an integral part of what Team USA is able to achieve.
But the question remains: How well do you know the women of Team USA? You're about to find out. The answers are at the bottom, and remember, no cheating!
1. How many women were on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team?
2. How many medals did Team USA women earn at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games?
3. If Team USA women had competed as their own country in Rio, where would they have been ranked in the overall medal chart?
4. Who was the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal?
5. By overall medal tally, which athlete had the best performance by a U.S. woman at a single Games?
6. Who is the youngest U.S. woman to win a gold medal at an Olympic Winter Games?
7. Who is the youngest U.S. woman to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games?
8. Which Olympic sports are open exclusively to females?
9. In Rio, which two women were the first to win gold for the U.S. in their respective sports?
10. Which U.S. athlete is the all-time winningest woman in Olympic track and field?
11. How many medals did U.S. women win at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games?
12. How many podium sweeps did U.S. women achieve at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio?
13. Which U.S. woman won medals in two different sports at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games?
14. What was Katie Ledecky's largest margin of victory in Rio?
15. Five sets of sisters competed on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Who were they?
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1. 294 (compared to 264 men). This is the most women who have competed for any one nation at a single Games.
3. Third. Only China (70) and Great Britain (67) took home more. U.S. men would’ve been fourth with 60 medals.
4. Margaret Abbott won the golf competition in 1900. It was the first time golf was on the Olympic program and the first time women were permitted to compete at the Olympics. Abbott was unaware that she was competing in an Olympic event and, because she was given a ceramic bowl for her victory, never knew that she was an Olympic gold medalist. Her descendants weren’t made aware of her achievement until the 1990s.
5. Natalie Coughlin’s six medals (one gold, two silvers, three bronzes) in Beijing 2008.
6. Tara Lipinski was 15 when she won figure skating gold in 1998.
7. Marjorie Gestring was just 13 when she won diving gold on the 3-meter springboard in 1936.
8. Synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.
9. Gwen Jorgensen (triathlon) and Helen Maroulis (wrestling).
10. Allyson Felix (six golds, nine medals overall).
11. 70, well more than half of Team USA's 115-medal total.
12. Four. Tatyana McFadden, Chelsea McClammer and Amanda McGrory swept both the T54 1,500 and 5,000-meter; Allysa Seely, Hailey Danisewicz and Melissa Stockwell swept the PT2 paratriathlon; and Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin swept the 100-meter hurdles.
13. Grace Norman won gold in paratriathlon and bronze in track and field. Her two medals came less than 36 hours apart.
14. Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle by more than 11 seconds.
15. Aria and Makenzie Fischer (water polo), Courtney and Kelley Hurley (fencing), Margaux and Isabella Isaksen (modern pentathlon), Julia and Katie Reinprecht (field hockey), and Serena and Venus Williams (tennis).