Top 5 greatest Olympians with the maximum number of Olympic gold medals

Olympic, a dream that every sportsman chases, but becomes realistic to only few. Qualifying for the Olympics is indeed a great deal, and winning a medal at the Olympics is something we can say extra-ordinary. Over the years, the world has witnessed some of the greatest sports personalities and their extra-ordinary sporting talents at the Olympics. Here’s a list of the 5 greatest Olympians, both males and females with the maximum numbers of Olympic gold medals and world records.

Michael Phelps – Swimming

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Michael Fred Phelps is an American Swimming sensation.  With a total of 23 Olympic medals, Phelps is considered as the most decorated Olympian of all time. He started training at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center. It was there, where his coach Bob Bowman recognized his talents and then started an extreme training regime. Phelps holds the all-time records for winning highest number of Olympic gold medals. He won a total of 23 medals at the Olympics, including 19 gold medals so far, which is more than twice that of the second-highest record holders. At the age of 15, Michael Fred Phelps became the youngest male to make for U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years. He is considered as ‘the greatest Olympian of all time’.

Larisa Semyonovna Latynina – Gymnastics

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Larisa Semyonovna Latynina is a former Soviet gymnast. She held the record of winning the highest number of Olympic medals. But her record was broken by  American swimmer Michael Phelps on 31 July 2012, after a gap of 48 years. She won a total of 18 Olympic medals, including 9 Gold medals.

Paavo Johannes Nurmi – Athletics

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Paavo Johannes Nurmi, who was popularly known as the ‘Flying Finn’ was the dominated distance runner of the early 20th century. Nurmi was born in Turku, Finland.  Nurmi set 22 official world records at distances between 1500 metres and 20 kilometres. In his 12 events in the Olympic games, he won 12 medals, including 9 Gold and 3 silver medals. Paavo Johannes Nurmi remained unbeaten in the cross country events and the 10,000 metres throughout his 14 years of career.

Mark Spitz – Swimming

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Mark Spitz is an former American swimmer. He is the nine times Olympic champion. Mark won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, an achievement surpassed only by Michael Phelps, who won eight golds medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He set new world records in all the seven events he had competed in 1972, an achievement which is still unbeatable. He won a total of 11 medals, including 9 gold medals at the Olympics.

Carl Lewis – Athletics

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Carl Lewis is a former American track and field athlete. From 1981 to 1990, he was the most dominant sprinter and long jumper, who topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events. Carl’s 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport’s longest undefeated streaks. Carl Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, including 9 gold and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold.


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