If there is one sport where American's consistently dominate at the Olympic Games it is swimming. Both the men's and women's teams have dominated the medal count since the 1984 Olympics and this year looks to be no different. In fact, the only time both teams didn't win the medal count was when the women lost to Australia by one medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. You can't get more dominant than that.
The 2016 Olympic Team is stacked with veterans and newcomers alike. Michael Phelps, who holds the record for winning the most gold medals in an Olympic Games, is the undisputed leader of the team. He was also chosen to carry the American flag at the opening ceremony. Other notable veterans include Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin. More than a few swimmers are participating in their second Olympic Games, as well.
The swimming portion of the Olympics is usually held at the beginning stages of the games and Rio is no different. The first events are held the day after the Opening Ceremonies and continue unabated for the next eight days.