U.S. finishes Youth Olympics with 22 medals, 10 golds
Competition at the Youth Olympics ended Wednesday. The final U.S. medal tally included 10 golds among 22 overall, placing third behind China and Russia.
Here’s the full list of U.S. medal winners in Nanjing:
Women’s 3-on-3 Basketball
Jajaira Gonzalez, Boxing
Shakur Stevenson, Boxing
Sabrina Massialas, Fencing (Foil)
Kendall Yount, Judo
Hannah Moore, Swimming (200m backstroke)
Hannah Moore, Swimming (400m freestyle)
Clara Smiddy, Swimming (100m backstroke)
Noah Lyles, Track and Field (200m)
Myles Marshall, Track and Field (800m)
Daramni Rock, Boxing
Stephanie Jenks, Triathlon
Daton Fix, Wrestling
Mason Manville, Wrestling
Cade Olivas, Wrestling
Katie Lou Samuelson, Basketball (Shootout)
Alec Yoder, Gymnastics (All-around)
Laura Zeng, Gymnastics (Rhythmic)
Meghan Small, Swimming (200m individual medley)
Lily Zhang, Table Tennis
Rhesa Foster, Track and Field (Long jump)
Brandee Johnson, Track and Field (200m)
How can we apply this to the Rio 2016 Olympics?
Well, four Americans who competed at the first Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 went on to become London Olympians — Ariel Hsing (table tennis), Miranda Leek (archery), Alex Massialas (fencing) and Savannah Vinsant (gymnastics).
One of that quartet, Alex Massialas, had won a medal at the 2010 Youth Olympics. Alex’s younger sister, Sabrina, won gold in Nanjing. None won medals in London.
Five Americans who competed at the first Youth Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012 went on to become Sochi Olympians — Aaron Blunck (freestyle skiing), Summer Britcher (luge), Sean Doherty (biathlon), Arielle Gold (snowboarding) and Tucker West (luge).
All of those five won medals at the 2012 Youth Olympics. None won medals in Sochi.
Therefore, the group of U.S. medalists in Nanjing could make history in Rio by becoming the first U.S. Youth Olympians to win Olympic medals.
NBCSN coverage of the Youth Olympics continues Wednesday (7-8 p.m. ET) and concludes Thursday with the Closing Ceremony (6:30-8).