South America hosted the 2016 Paralympic Games for the first time this year in Rio de Janeiro. Team USA finished the games with 289 athletes winning a total of 115 medals — fourth in the overall medal count. This is the most medals Team USA has won in the games since the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Other highlights include:
- The U.S. women won more than half of Team USA’s medals, with 70 medals, including 24 gold, 24 silver and 21 bronze.
- Most decorated athletes: For the U.S. women, Tatyana McFadden, track & field, and Jessica Long, swimming, both won six medals a piece. McFadden won four gold and two silver medals and Jessica Long won three silver medals, two bronze and a gold. In men’s competition, Brad Snyder, swimming, won the most U.S. medals with three gold and a silver.
- Team USA swept the podium three times – in two different sports. The track & field trio of Tatyana McFadden, Chelsea McClammer and Amanda McGrory claimed the top three spots in the T54 1,500 and 5,000-meter finals. In the debut of paratriathlon, Allysa Seely, Hailey Danisewicz and Melissa Stockwell swept the medals in the women’s PT2 classification.
- Grace Norman won gold in paratriathlon and bronze in track and field, with her two medal winning races coming less than 36 hours apart.
- U.S. athletes set a total of eight world records in Rio, six in the pool, with three of them made by Rebecca Meyers. The other two WRs were in track & field by athletes David Blair and Rachael Morrison.
- The U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team won the most ever medals at a Games, with a total of 18 podium finishes.
- First time since 2004 that the men’s and women’s teams both reached the podium in goalball; the U.S. men won silver, while the women’s team brought home the bronze. Incidentally, both teams finished in the same spots on the podium back in 2004.
- It was the first time since 1996 that both the men’s and women’s teams reached the podium in basketball – both winning gold.
- The men’s win in basketball marked the first time since 1988 – or 28 years – that the U.S. men’s wheelchair basketball team won a gold medal.