The United States have been a powerhouse in world sports for a long time. Americans take great pride in their sporting accomplishments, and sports are an important part of their culture. There’s no doubt, United States rule in well-known sports such as basketball, baseball and their home grown sport of American football. See a list of the 10 top sports in the USA.
We may consider baseball as their traditional sport for it started in the 18th century, with a semi-pro National Baseball Club in the 1860’s and from that point on, baseball became the “national past time” of Americans. Nowadays, the most played sport in United States is football. Let us not forget that basketball also started in the U.S. in 1891. YMCA had a major role in spreading this sport globally. The first training ground for basketball is in YMCA and these students had disseminated across the globe. The United States also have hosted quite a number of Olympic Games from 1904 (St. Louis, Missouri) to 2002 (Salt Lake City, Utah), and will again in 2028 in LA. They have also won more than the average Olympic medals in virtually all sports.
With all these in mind, we also have to mention the long list of great athletes that the U.S. had produced starting with Mike Trout, the famous slugger of today’s baseball season. With 49 stolen bases, leading the league with a 10.9 WAR, he unanimously won the American League and still plays outstandingly from his breakout season up to now. On the other hand, football has Tom Brady. This quarterback led his team, Patriots, to more division titles than any other team in NFL history.
Speaking of popularity, no one ever came close from the Michael Jordan. This man popularized NBA to the world in the 1980s to 1990s. He also was the most well-rounded and marketed athlete of his generation. No wonder, every basketball player looks up to him.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to the USA.
See also the list the most popular internet searches for "sports" in the US.
Major / Popular Sports of the USA (see more)
- Football (gridiron), basketball, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, soccer, golf, motorsports, martial arts, boxing.
USA Sporting Success
- Too numerous to mention!
Great athletes from the USA
- Michael Phelps (swimming)
- Lance Armstrong (cycling)
- Mark Spitz (swimming)
- Jesse Owens (athletics)
- Michael Jordan (basketball)
- Tiger Woods (golf)
- Andre Agassi (tennis)
- Marion Jones (athletics)
- Jim Thorpe (athletics)
- Tom Brady (American Football)
USA Sports trivia
- Professional baseball started in the US way back in 1869.
- Basketball was invented in Massachusetts by the Canadian-born James Naismith.
- A team from the USA won gold when Rugby was played at the Olympic Games in 1924.
- Cricket used to be the most popular sport in America during the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s, with a USA v. Canada cricket match in the 1840s being the oldest international sporting event in the modern world.
USA at major events
- USA at the Summer Olympics
- USA at the Winter Olympics
- USA at the men's FIFA World Cup
- USA at the FIFA Women's World Cup
- USA at the Rugby World Cup
- USA at the Baseball World Classic
Some past sporting events hosted in the USA
- 1904 Olympic Games Summer in St Louis
- 1932 Olympic Games Summer in LA
- 1932 Winter Olympic Games Lake Placid
- 1960 Winter Olympic Games Squaw Valley
- 1980 Winter Olympic Games Lake Placid
- 1984 Olympic Games Summer LA
- 1984 Paralympic Games in New York & Stoke Mandeville
- 1986 Men's World Boxing Championships in Reno
- 1994 FIFA World Cup
- 1996 Olympic Games Summer Atlanta
- 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta
- 1999 Men's World Boxing Championships in Houston
- 2001 Women's World Boxing Championships in Scranton
- 2002 Winter Olympic Games Salt Lake City
- 2007 Men's World Boxing Championships in Chicago
- 2022 World Games in Birmingham.
- 2022 World Athletic Championships, in Eugene, Oregon USA
- 2023 Winter Universiade at Lake Placid.
- 2023 World Baseball Classic (co-hosted with Japan and Taiwan)
Upcoming sporting events in the USA
- 2024 T20 Cricket World Cup co-hosted with the West Indies
- 2024 Copa América football (soccer) tournament
- 2025 World Police and Fire Games, Birmingham
- 2028 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in LA
- 2031 Men's Rugby World Cup
- 2033 Women's Rugby World Cup
Annual sporting events held in the USA
- Football Super Bowl
- Basketball NBA Finals
- Baseball World Series
- Golf Masters, US Open and US PGA
- Tennis US Open
- Marathons: New York, Boston, Chicago
- Indy 500 — motorcar race held during Memorial Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Elite Training Centers in the USA
- U.S. Olympic Training Centers
- Native American Recreation & Sport Institute
- The National Institute for Fitness and Sport
Sporting Stadiums in the USA
- Beaver Stadium State College, Pennsylvania
- Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
- Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
- Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
- more USA stadiums
- largest USA stadiums
- Sport Science Study Institutions in the USA
- Sports videos about the ' USA '
- American Sporting Role Models
- Workplace Assessments for departments in the USA
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