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Which state has most Olympic medals from Rio?


When it comes to the Olympic medal count, the U.S. is well ahead of any other country in Rio de Janeiro.

But what happens when we take a look at where these medal-winning American athletes hail from?

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As of Friday morning, California tops the list with a whopping 26 medals.

The aptly named Golden State owes a lot of that Olympic bling to the U.S. swim team. Maya DiRado, Anthony Ervin and Missy Franklin all won gold.

Lady Liberty in New York is probably proudly holding that torch high because her state has the second-most medals so far, with 13.

Archery's Jake Kaminski and fencer Monica Aksamit both contributed to the Empire State's medal count.

Maryland can credit six of its nine total medals to the "Baltimore Bullet," aka Michael Phelps.

Besides being the birthplace of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Maryland is also where wrestling star Helen Maroulis was born. In Rio, she won Team USA's first ever gold in women's wrestling.

Illinois also snagged nine total Olympic medals.

The majority of those came from the state's aquatically adept athletes. Backstroke specialist Ryan Murphy contributed three gold medals to his home state's haul.

Also with nine medals overall is Texas.

Swimmer Simone Manuel, who was born in Sugar Land, became the first African American woman to win gold in an individual Olympic swimming event. She won four medals in all.

Finally, we're highlighting Ohio as an honorable mention.

Five of Ohio's eight medals belong to gymnast Simone Biles, who earned four golds and a bronze during her amazing string of performances in Rio.

In total, athletes from 34 states and Washington, D.C., have earned medals at this year's Olympics.


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