Two-Thirds of US Olympic Medalists Are Female, And Other Crazy Numbers From Tokyo

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics actually happened, and now they've finally closed. In no surprise, the United States won the overall medals race with 113, which is 25 more than China. In a surprising late surge, the U.S. won enough gold medals to edge China, 39-38, in that medal count.

The Americans sent more athletes to these Summer Games than any other country. The American women shined the brightest, though.

Of the 39 gold medals won by the U.S., 24 of those were won by women's teams and individuals—including five of those in track and field. The number could have potentially been higher had the softball team (silver) beaten Japan in the gold medal game, or if the favored U.S. women's soccer team (bronze) prevailed, or if gymnast Simone Biles won half of what she expected, or if swimmer Katie Ledecky won more gold medals as expected.

U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team
Brittney Griner of USA takes a selfie with teammates during the medal ceremony of the Women's Basketball Gold Medal Final between United States and Japan on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 8, 2021 in Saitama, Japan Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

The United States got its final gold on Sunday morning when the women's indoor volleyball team swept Brazil in the gold medal match. It's the first-ever Olympic gold for the U.S. women in this event.

If the American women were its own country, then they would have finished fourth in gold medals behind the United States, China, and Japan.

Gold medals won

39 — United States (overall)
38 — China
27 — Japan
24 United States Women
22 — Great Britain
20 — Russian Olympic Committee
17 — Australia
15 United States Men

The final medal table is illustrated below by Statista.

Tokyo 2020 Final Medal Count

The Pac-12 Conference won a total of 17 gold medals between athletes and coaches that would have placed the conference fifth in the medal standings by country. The actual number of gold medals is much higher, but because multiple players in one sport, like women's water polo, those numbers are consolidated into one medal won.

If the Conference was a country, it would have finished fifth in the overall medal count.


(For medal standings, individual medals won by Pac-12 athletes as part of the same relay, boat or team count as one collective medal.)#OlympiansMadeHere

— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) August 8, 2021

Here are more statistics from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:

626 —Total number of athletes on Team USA
—Returning Olympians for the U.S.
— Gold medals won by Team USA
41 — Silver medals by Team USA
33 — Bronze medals by Team USA
257 — Total number of USA medalists
164 — Female medalists for the U.S.
93 — Male medalists for the U.S.
17 — Age of the youngest medalist for Team USA
56 — Age of the oldest medalist for Team USA

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were delayed by one year because of the COVID-19 global pandemic that affected the world. This year's delayed Games had no spectators, and athletes had to go through strict virus protocols at both their competition arenas and at the Athletes Olympic Village.

The Tokyo Paralympics begin Aug. 24 and will go through Sept. 5. The next big event after that will be the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 4, 2022, to coincide with the Chinese New Year.

The next Summer Olympics will be the 2024 Paris Summer Games, which begin Friday July 26, 2024 and run through Aug. 11, 2024.

The 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics are tentatively scheduled for July 21 — Aug. 6, 2028.

The International Olympic Committee has already declared Brisbane, Australia as the host of the 2032 Summer Olympics.