The delayed-by-coronavirus Tokyo Olympics, sullied by no fans and lackluster viewership, concluded Sunday. And somehow the United States again emerged global champions.
American athletes captured 113 medals, including 39 gold, 41 silver, and 33 bronze, topping runner-up China, which totaled just 88 medals — 38 gold, 32 silver, and 18 bronze. Host Japan took the third spot with 58 medals.
Several athletes withdrew due to positive COVID-19 diagnoses and famed gymnast Simone Biles left the U.S. team due to mental health concerns.
Nonetheless, with its back against the wall, Team USA delivered a celebration-worthy performance. The U.S. got hot the final three days, setting the stage for a last-day triumph, when the U.S. women’s volleyball team crushed Brazil for its first-ever gold medal.
That victory secured at least a tie with China in the gold medal count before a British boxer defeated his Chinese opponent moments later, leaving the U.S. atop the world.
Undoubtedly awaiting the propaganda win of toppling the “evil” Americans on the global sports stage, China failed.
The U.S. has now won the most gold medals at three consecutive summer games and six of the last seven summer Olympics. Topping China by 25 total medals, that’s seven summer games in a row the U.S. departs with the most medals.
“China prides itself on its Olympic program and wants to become a host for all kinds of global sports competitions,” a Washington Examiner columnist opined Sunday. “Were the Chinese Communist Party able to gloat about defeating the U.S. at an Olympics that was delayed because the CCP had loosed a deadly virus on the world, it would be rather sickening.”
As to specific positives, a patriotic woman emerged, while an irrelevant hammer thrower who spewed bigoted garbage failed; more notably, self-loathing women’s soccer quislings who constantly disrespect America abroad suffered the most humiliating defeat possible.
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.