The cost for high US Olympic medal count


July 25, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Team USA celebrates the gold medal after defeating Serbia on Aug. 21, 2016 at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil. WALLY SKALIJ/LOS ANGELES TIMES

DENVER (AP) — For decades, the question at the Summer Olympics hasn’t been whether the United States will top the medals table, but by how much.

If anyone on U.S. soil has a problem with that — and given the headlines of the last few years, plenty of people do — well, imagine the alternative.

Item No. 4 under the heading “Purposes” in the 1978 law that created the U.S. Olympic Committee is the mandate for the federation to construct “the most competent … representation possible in each event of the Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games, and Pan-American Games.”