Majority rule: Women lead the way for Team USA

Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky show off their silver medals during the ceremony for the women's 4x100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Serena. Simone. Solo.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that some of the best-recognized names on the U.S. Olympic team belong to women, according to this report.  

The Americans brought 292 women to Rio de Janeiro, an Olympic record for a single country. Their first gold medal of the games was awarded to a woman, of course: Ginny Thrasher in shooting. Reporters from The Associated Press predicted the United States would capture 128 medals — 69 by women and 59 by men.

Among those winners could be:

—Serena Williams, who already has four gold medals and could win two more — one in singles and another in doubles, along with her sister, Venus.

—Simone Biles, who has a legitimate chance to pull in a record five gold medals from gymnastics.

—Hope Solo, the goalkeeper for the soccer team, which is trying for its fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

—Katie Ledecky, a medal contender in five swimming events.

This is the second straight Summer Games in which women have outnumbered men on Team USA. But when the number reached 292 for this Olympics, the Americans had a record. It was three more than China entered into the Beijing Games eight years ago.

It's a surge that has peaked this decade, now 44 years since the passage of Title IX, the law that opened doors for women in college sports around the country. Many competing in the Olympics are either in, or about to become part of, the third generation of women to compete at the college level since the law was passed.

First reported by Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

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