• The US Olympic team has a record number, 292 female athletes in the squad (Image: NBC) (NBC)Source: NBC
The U.S Olympic team is already celebrating - and we're joining in!
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Reuters, Zela
25 Jul 2016 - 4:55 PM  UPDATED 26 Jul 2016 - 1:36 PM

The Americans are going to send a whopping 292 sportswomen to the Olympics. More than any other country, ever.

The record number of women on the U.S. team tops the previous mark of 289 by China in 2008. It is the second time the American roster has featured more women than men.

"I am especially excited for the historic achievement of our women's delegation which is a true testament to the strength and growing number of women's sport opportunities in the United States," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said.

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The American team includes 191 returning Olympians, such as Kim Rhode who this will be her sixth Games, tennis player Serena Williams and beach volleyballer Kerri Walsh Jennings who have competed five times. 

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Runner Allyson Felix, the most decorated U.S. Olympic woman with four golds and six overall, makes a fourth Games appearance, competing in the 400 meters and probably the 4x400 relay.

Among the strongest medal favourites are the women's basketball team and gymnast Simone Biles in the women's all-around.

The women's rowing eight seek to continue a dynasty on the world stage. They have not lost an Olympic or world championship title since 2006.

(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Tony Jimenez)


 

This NBC Olympics video is probably the best thing you'll see all week. 

 


 

Get to know some of the U.S Team... our competition

 

Kim Rhode, Shooting

Kerri Walsh Jennings, Beach Volleyball

 

Missy Franklin, Swimming

Claressa Shields, Boxing

Lily Zhang, Table Tennis


 

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