By Satchel Price
The United States has made Olympic history in Rio by becoming the first nation to win 1,000 gold medals in the Summer Games. The team entered this year with 977 medals since the first Olympics in 1896 and has now won 23 medals in Rio to reach the incredible milestone.
The medal that got the United States there came in swimming, courtesy of the women's team in the 4x100-meter relay. Earlier Saturday, the United States got gold from its dynastic women's 8 rowing team.
The celebration is not without controversy, however. While the United States Olympic Committee officially says that the team entered the 2016 Olympics with 977 medals, there's some reason to dispute that. Bill Mallon, official Olympic historian, and Gracenote, an international sports data company, had disagreed on the exact number of medals the U.S. had won.
The dispute centered on two medals won by Julius Lenhart, an Austrian man, at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis. Those Games are well known for being poorly organized and only loosely meeting the definition of the Olympics -- at the time, clubs from different nations competed instead of the nations themselves -- but medals won that year are still included in the official count.
Mallon and Gracenote disagreed on whether Lenhart's medals should be attributed to the Americans. Eventually, they decided to include one of Lenhart's medals, which he won as part of an American club, and to exclude an individual medal that he won. That's how they settled on the 977 figure, and entering Rio, the USOC decided to make that the official number. Now the country has hit 1,000 golds.