It Hasn’t Been As Bad A First Day For Team USA Since 1972

For the first time since the '72 Summer Olympic Games, Team U.S.A. failed to win a medal among 339 awarded prizes on Saturday.

Following Friday night's opening ceremony, Team U.S.A. participated in eight of the ten scheduled events for Saturday's competition and left a goose egg on the scoreboard, not seen since the Summer Games in Munich.

While none of the games featured a strong suit for American athletics, with events such as taekwondo and fencing taking place, the 49-year difference since the last time they went scoreless on Day 1 felt like momentum piling against Team U.S.A. after a difficult preliminary stretch leading up Saturday.

According to Yahoo Sports, Day 1's games included:

Mixed team archery, Men's road race cycling, Women's epee fencing, Men's saber fencing, Women's 48kg judo, Men's 60kg judo, Women's 10m air rifle shooting, Men's 10m air pistol shooting, Men's 58kg taekwondo, Women's 49kg taekwondo, Women's 49kg weightlifting.

With basketball and gymnastics still being predicted as titles to be claimed by Team U.S.A., the result of the Olympics' medal count always proves to be a thrilling follow, even if they're taken as seriously as a honeymoon to Taco Bell. All for some worldwide clout.

China (4), South Korea (3) and Japan (2) lead the medal count. Swimming and women's gymnastics are scheduled for Day 2 of the Tokyo Olympics.

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