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Texas Is Killing It at the Olympics

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Texas athletes fared remarkably well during the first week of the Olympics, reports Texas Monthly. During the first seven days in Rio, Texans took home thirteen medals, eight of which were golds. As a matter of fact, a full one third of the United States’ medal count has been won by Texan athletes.

Simone Biles of Spring, Texas, has been garnering world attention for her miraculous gymnastic feats. She’s taken home two golds already, and is expected to win three more. And Texan swimmer Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming event. Meanwhile, University of Texas swimmers Jack Conger, Townley Haas, and Clark Smith helped the men’s freestyle relay team win gold.

If Texas were its own country, the state would have scored more medals in the first week than Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Greece, and Argentina combined.