Rio 2016: Why Team USA Exceeded All Expectations

For Team USA it doesn’t get much better than this.

The Americans may not have made a ton of friends in Brazil, given their dust-ups with the law, and all that parading around with an index finger either raised in victory or pointed at other teams’ athletes for being dopers, while Team USA itself had 11 members who had previously tested positive for banned substances.

The medal races became an absolute blowout though—even more than The Wall Street Journal predicted. The U.S. won more medals (121) than it has at any Summer Games except 1984, when many of the Soviet countries boycotted.

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