Female Athletes Outnumber Male Athletes as 613 Member Squad Announced for USA’s Tokyo Olympics 2020 Team

Published 07/14/2021, 7:24 AM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 26: Emily Sisson competes in the Women’s 10,000 Meters Final on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 26, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


Team USA has dominated the Olympic Games, having world-class athletes every single time the nation heads into the competition. The Games feature the best athletes from all around the world competing in separate events for medals. 

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The United States of America never finds itself wanting talented sportspersons. The country boasts a rich legacy in the Olympics and continues to lead the tables in medal tallies, owing to its ability to produce athletes in nearly every Olympic sport.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 26: Rai Benjamin celebrates after the Men’s 400 Meters Hurdles Finals on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 26, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The above statement is justified, given the USA has reminded the world yet again of its athletic prowess. The United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USPOC) confirmed that a total of 613 athletes would be headed to Tokyo. 

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The team is the second-largest ever sent by the USA to the Olympics

This is the second-largest contingent the country has ever sent to the Games. The first place is held by the 1996 team that had 648 athletes when the Games were held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 27: Erriyon Knighton and Noah Lyles react after competing in the Men’s 200 Meter Final during day ten of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 27, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

“Team USA is ready,” USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement. “Our roster includes 613 remarkable athletes, one of our biggest teams ever, all who qualified to participate in these Games.”

The lockdowns and fear of the pandemic certainly did have their toll on training schedules and crushed the dreams of several athletes building their way up. However, this number took the world by surprise and Team USA has managed to send the cream of the crop yet again, this time larger than its ever been for the last 24 years.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 26: Grant Holloway competes in the Men’s 110 Meters Hurdles Semi-Finals on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 26, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Team USA’s athletes have overcome all hardships to get to Tokyo

“In these extraordinary times — these athletes have shown perseverance, dedication, and focus and have inspired us all,” Hirshland added. Although this is the second-largest contingent sent by the USA to the Games, it isn’t the only impressive statistic. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Allyson Felix of the United States reacts after winning gold during the Women’s 4 x 400 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

With a total of 329 women compared to the 284 men on the team, this marked the 3rd consecutive time more females have been sent to the Olympics than males by the United States. Furthermore, 193 of these are returning Olympians, 104 are Olympic medallists, and 56 are Champions! 

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The youngest athlete named in the team is swimming wondered Katie Grimes, who is just 15 years old. At 57 years, equestrian Phillip Dutton is the oldest athlete competing at the Games for the USA. 

EUGENE, OR – JULY 07: Emma Coburn celebrates after finishing first in the Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase Final during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on July 7, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Fans expect the stars and stripes to win big yet again, amassing a series of medals in different sports. Boasting a very capable track and field and swimming lineup among others, we may see them do just that. 

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