The United States has earned more hardware at the Summer Olympics than any other country, and the gap between first and second place is nearly 1,000 medals.

The U.S. has 2,296 medals -- 929 gold, 729 silver, 638 bronze -- in 25 summer appearances. The now defunct Soviet Union sits in second place with 1,010 medals. If you choose to combine that total with what Russia has won since the fall of the USSR, the total is 1,335.

Here are the most successful sports for the United States dating back to the first modern Olympics in 1896:

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