Team USA Climbs Back to Leaderboards on Day 2 of Tokyo Olympics After Medal-Less Opening Day
After a disappointing opening day, Team USA climbed back to the leaderboards as they finished Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics with dominating performances.
For the first time in almost half a century, Team USA started Day 1 of the Summer Olympics without a single medal.
According to USA Today, the United States delegation came back and won 10 medals on the world stage on Day 2. American swimmers led the way for the U.S. The U.S. swimming team had the greatest opening day in its long, glorious history.
Also, Team USA struck gold in other events like shooting, fencing, and even in taekwondo.
The U.S. is currently sitting at the third spot in terms of the gold medal tally, only behind with six gold medals from China and five gold medals from the host country of Japan. Team USA currently has four gold medals but ranked as second for overall medals with 10.
Gold Medals for Team USA
American swimmer Chase Kalisz was the first American athlete to earn gold in this year's Olympics after winning the 400-meter Individual Medley event.
The Day 2 resurgence placed Team USA back on track to win 134 medals in Tokyo, numbers that would be the most for the Americans in decades.
The 20-year-old Jagger Eaton got his first skateboard at the age of four, and the gift changed his life forever. Sixteen years later, the gift placed him on the Olympic podium.
In his skateboarding's Olympic debut, Eaton won bronze in the men's street discipline at Ariake Urban Sports Park. Eaton's teammate Nyjah Houston came in the tournament as the gold-medal favorite, but she only finished seventh on the ranking.
Aside from Chase Kalisz bringing Americans their first gold, his teammates also helped Team USA to bounce back in the medal tally. The U.S. swimming team brought more medals for their country as they finished the day with six total.
When Kalisz got the first gold for Team USA, he also had a teammate on the podium with him. The 25-year-old swimmer who was born in Japan, Jay Litherland ,took silver in the 400 Individual Medley.
Meanwhile, Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger were the first U.S. women to bag medals for the U.S. at the Tokyo Games. Weyant and Flickinger finished at the second and third spot in the women's 400-meter individual medley.
Kieran Smith won bronze in the men's 400-meter freestyle, but the U.S. ended the day when Team USA's women's 4x100 freestyle relay team took bronze in their event. The relay team was composed of Simone Manuel, Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzeil, and Natalie Hinds.
Before diving for Team USA, the 17-year-old swimmer Lydia Jacoby made history before getting in the pool. Jacoby was the first Olympic swimmer and only the 10th Summer Olympian to be born in Alaska.
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Written by Jess Smith
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