The United States has been doing great at the Rio Olympics 2016 so far, with the country having garnered a total of 12 medals – 3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze. Michael Phelps, the flag bearer of the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations, even broke his own record of maximum number of gold medals.
The swimmer won his 19th gold medal when the U.S. team for Men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay came first at Olympics. The other members of the team were Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel, Anthony Ervin, Ryan Held and Blake Pieroni. While at the podium, the veteran Phelps told his teary-eyed teammates to let their emotions flow.
Dressel told the press, "Michael just said to let it out, let it go, to take my time to enjoy the moment... I tried to tell myself I wasn't going to cry. I was too tired to cry. But as soon as I heard that national anthem play the tears rolled down my face. I just couldn't hold back."
Other big winners at the Olympics include shooter Virginia Thrasher and swimmer Katie Ledecky. See the complete list of winners from the U.S. as of Day 2 of the Rio Olympics here:
|Virginia Thrasher||Shooting||Women's 10 m air rifle||Gold|
|Katie Ledecky||Swimming||Women's 400 m freestyle||Gold|
|Nathan Adrian, Caeleb Dressel, Anthony Ervin, Ryan Held, Michael Phelps, Blake Pieroni||Swimming||Men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay||Gold|
|Brady Ellison, Zach Garrett,Jake Kaminski||Archery||Men's Team||Silver|
|Chase Kalisz||Swimming||Men's 400 m individual medley||Silver|
|Maya DiRado||Swimming||Women's 400 m individual medley||Silver|
|Amanda Weir, Lia Neal, Allison Schmitt, Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil,Dana Vollmer||Swimming||Women's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay||Silver|
|Alexander Massialas||Fencing||Men's foil||Silver|
|Corey Cogdell||Shooting||Women's trap||Bronze|
|Dana Vollmer||Swimming||Women's 100 m butterfly||Bronze|
|Cody Miller||Swimming||Men's 100 m breaststroke||Bronze|
|Leah Smith||Swimming||Women's 400 metre freestyle||Bronze|
Americans are obviously ecstatic about their country's performance at the Olympics and many of them took to social media to express their pride. Here is how some of the celebrities showed their support to the sportspersons representing their country in Rio:
And their goes the first gold for the USA! Congratulations to Virginia Thrasher! pic.twitter.com/5suiZnI6HB
— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) August 6, 2016
Never a doubt, Ledecky KILLS IT!! Go USA!! — Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) August 8, 2016
And, of course, sincere congratulations to Virginia Thrasher, for winning her medal.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) August 6, 2016
— Ricky Berens (@RickyBerens) August 8, 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 8, 2016
— Leah Smith (@lgsmith19) August 7, 2016
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) August 8, 2016
Good job Cody Miller!! — Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 8, 2016
And the support will continue on for the coming days of the Rio Olympics 2016 as well, as shown by Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) August 6, 2016