U.S. Firmly Entrenched at the Top

From Sports and Education to Business and Technology

When the U.S. won the Women’s 4×100 medley relay Gold in Rio this morning Singapore time, it marked a historic moment for the Olympics and Uncle Sam. It was the country’s 1,000th summer Olympics gold medal. A mindblowing milestone by any standards!

But I stumbled upon this report that says the U.S. got its numbers wrong as it was only “gold medal number 999.” I don’t wish to get into any debate on whether or not it was too trivial a dispute.

To me, whether it is 1000 or 999, it is unbeatable in the foreseeable future.

Assuming it is only 999, Team USA will still have hit the magical four-digit landmark when the U.S. won the Men’s 4×100 medley relay Gold immediately after the women’s event.


Image credit: USA Today

There will never be another like Phelps

It was an event that saw Michael Phelps win his 23rd career Olympic Gold.

What an incredible swimmer he is, I wish he is back for the 2020 Olympics as well and takes home a few more medals. After all, he is only 31 now.

In Rio, we saw 35-year-old Anthony Ervin win gold in the 50m Freestyle. He had won gold in the same event at the 2000 Sydney Games. He came back into the Rio Games after reversing his retirement.

I am fairly convinced there is not going to be another like Phelps!


Getty Image from The Telegraph

Team USA on TOP

Phelps aside, the win-momentum will continue for Team USA in future Olympic Games and I doubt any country can catch up with it!

Russia is next, lagging far behind with 395 followed by Britain with 243.

Here is a list of the top 10:

  1. U.S.A. – 1000
  2. Soviet Union — 395
  3. Great Britain — 243
  4. China — 214
  5. France — 207
  6. Italy — 202
  7. Germany — 180
  8. Hungary — 172
  9. East Germany — 153
  10. Sweden — 144

There is no question that Team USA will continue to stay at the TOP.

From Sports and Education to Business and Technology, the U.S. is in a position of great strength and leadership. Whether the rest of the world likes it or not, that is the inalienable truth! I have often been critical of Uncle Sam, but I will be untrue to myself if I hold back any recognition where it is due. Giving the devil its due? 

The superpowerdom of the U.S. is the result of its spirit of innovation, arduous effort and culture of inclusiveness and meritocracy that rewards talent without any barriers of any hue.

G Joslin Vethakumar


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