The way 2016 unfolded for the Stars & Stripes, the United States could not have scripted a better season. As the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro beckoned, America’s No. 1 status in the sport was supposed to be challenged, Australia leading the coup attempt. When the eight days of action in South America came to an end, there was the United States in a familiar position: On top. And how. With a 33-medal haul that included 16 golds, and victories in five of the six relays, Team USA packaged its finest Olympiad since the 2000 Games in Sydney. What will 2017 hold?
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