Medal count: Minnesota athletes with Olympic hardware

A woman poses with her Olympic gold medal.
Sunisa Lee of the U.S. poses with her gold medal after winning the women's all-around title at the Summer Olympics at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 29 in Tokyo.
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Updated: Aug 9, 12:25 p.m. | Posted: Aug. 6, 12 p.m.

Minnesota had a strong showing at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

At the end of the international competition, Team USA won 39 gold, 41 silver and 33 bronze medals, for a total of 113. Of the national team’s standing, six gold, four silver and two bronze medals were claimed by athletes with Minnesota connections.

If we count the two Minnesota gymnasts on the women's gymnastics team and the two Minnesota Lynx basketball players individually, that brings Minnesota's count to seven gold medals and five silver medals.

Here’s a look at who took home a medal.

Sunisa Lee

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 9
U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee competes in the women's uneven bars final at the Summer Olympics.
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Sunisa Lee’s Olympic Games took off with a silver medal in the women’s team competition, with her score of 15.400 in the uneven bars, 14.133 in the balance beam and 13.666 in the floor competition.

Lee went on to capture gold in the all-around individual competition, with an outstanding performance in the uneven bars at 15.300 and a strong score in the vault giving her just enough to beat Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade by .135 points.

She wrapped up her medal count taking bronze in the uneven bars. She also placed fifth in the women’s balance beam competition.

Grace McCallum

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U.S. gymnast Grace McCallum competes on the balance beam on Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Grace McCallum was part of the women’s gymnastics team that claimed silver early in the Olympics. She had a strong performance with a 14.300 on the vault, 13.666 on the balance beam, 13.700 on the uneven bars, and a 13.500 on the floor event.

Regan Smith

Around The Games - Olympics: Day 9
U.S. swimmer Regan Smith holds her bronze and two silver medals at the Summer Olympics.
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Lakeville swimmer Regan Smith claimed three medals during her trip to Tokyo, helping the U.S. to the silver in the women's 4-by-100 medley relay and claiming silver in the 200-meter butterfly and bronze in the 100-meter backstroke.

Smith is known for her 100-meter backstroke competition, setting records in the race earlier at the 2019 World Championship. During the Tokyo Games, she traded record-breaking times with Australian Kaylee McKeown and Canadian Kylie Masse throughout the preliminary races.

Smith held the Olympic record of 57.86 going into the final race, but McKeown finished the final for gold with a time of 57.47, and Masse claimed silver with 57.72 to Smith’s 58.05.

But Smith’s 200-meter butterfly silver finish was a highlight. She told the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Rachel Blount that she usually tires in that race. But during the final stretch, Smith overtook her teammate Hali Flickinger for second place, and her second medal of the games.

Gable Steveson

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Gable Steveson of the U.S. celebrates defeating Geno Petriashvili of Team Georgia during the men's freestyle 125-kilogram gold medal match in Chiba, Japan.
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Gable Steveson beat Georgia’s Geno Petriashivili 10-8 for the wrestling gold in the men’s freestyle 125-kilogram class as the last few seconds ran out of the match.

Steveson, the University of Minnesota wrestling standout from Apple Valley, outscored his opponents 23-0 in the first three rounds. He rolled past 2016 Olympic gold medalist Taha Akgul 8-0 in the quarterfinals. Petriashvili, the No. 1 seed, is a three-time world champion who was an Olympic bronze medalist in the class in 2016.

Bowe Becker

Four people hold up gold medals.
The U.S. men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team of (from left) Zach Apple, Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker and Caeleb Dressel poses after winning the gold medal at the Summer Olympics July 26 in Tokyo.
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Former University of Minnesota swimmer Bowe Becker swam the third leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay that claimed the gold medal early in the Olympic competition. Becker, along with Zach Apple, Blake Pieroni and Caeleb Dressel, finished the race in 3 minutes, 08.97 seconds, beating Italy with only a 1.14-second lead.

Michael Andrew

Four men hold up gold medals on a podium
U.S. gold medalists Ryan Murphy (left), Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's 4x100-meter medley relay on Day 9 of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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Michael Andrew, who was born in Edina but has lived most of his life outside of Minnesota, claimed a gold medal as part of the men’s 4x100-meter medley relay final with teammates Ryan Murphy, Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple.

Sylvia Fowles

Serbia's Angela Dugalic (left) fights for the ball with Sylvia Fowles of the U.S. in the women's semifinal basketball match between USA and Serbia during the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
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Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles added a fourth gold medal to her collection with a win against Japan Sunday. Throughout the tournament, Fowles played in all six games with a total of 1:01:37 time played and shot a 63 percent field goal percentage, with a total of 30 points and 25 rebounds.

Napheesa Collier

United States v Serbia Women's Basketball - Olympics: Day 14
Napheesa Collier of Team USA shoots against Team Serbia during the second half of a women's basketball semifinals game on Day 14 of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena.
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Napheesa Collier also claimed a gold medal as part of the U.S. women’s basketball team. Her first year competing in the Olympic Games, she played four of six matches throughout the tournament and put 15:12 time on the court with 5 points and shot 2 for 2 from the free-throw line.

Jordan Thompson

Team USA's Jordan Thompson (right) poses with Justine Wong-Orantes (center) and Chiaka Ogbogu (left) with their gold medals at a ceremony during the Tokyo Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo.
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Jordan Thompson and the women’s volleyball team claimed their first gold medal in the sport with a win over Brazil in three matches, beating the previously undefeated team 25-21, 25-20 and 25-14. While Thompson didn’t play in the final games of the tournament due to an injury, she dominated in pool play scoring 76 points before her injury against the Russian Olympic Committee.

Joe Ryan

Republic of Korea v United States - Baseball - Olympics: Day 13
Joe Ryan of Team USA pitches against Team Republic of Korea in the second inning during the semifinals of the men's baseball on day thirteen of the Tokyo Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on Thursday in Yokohama, Japan.
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Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher Joe Ryan and the U.S. baseball team lost to Japan 2-0 and claimed a silver medal during the final game. It was the second loss for Team USA against Japan, the first a closer match of 7-6 in 10 innings.

Baseball may not return to the Olympics for a while. It’s the first time the sport has been at the Games since 2008, and it will not return for the 2024 Paris Olympics but may return for the Los Angeles Games in 2028.

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