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Greatest Olympic Athletes of All Time

The Olympic Games, held once every four years, are the pinnacle of the sports world. The greatest honor that can be achieved for an athlete is to win an Olympic gold medal. Let's get to know some of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time who have done this multiple times.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
 by Taner Korkmaz
Greatest Olympic Athletes of All Time

Greatest Olympic Athletes of All Time

Olympic athletes are also called Olympians. Both definitions are used for athletes who have gained the right to compete as athletes and represent their country in the Olympic Games, the most amazing organization of the sports world. Of course, very few of these athletes can return home by getting an Olympic medal, but at this point, success is not just about winning a race or a medal, it is about to be part of the Olympic Games.

Athletes with an Olympic medal are considered to have reached a different level, especially if that medal is gold, this brings the athlete the title of the Olympic Champion, and there is nothing more prestigious in the sports world than this. Another success that fewer athletes have achieved is to win multiple Olympic gold medals. Of course, as in every field, the Olympic games also have legends. The athletes, who both marked the history of the Summer Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games, both made their sports popular and printed their names on the history pages with their achievements.

Decorating their careers with Olympic medals and being recognized as one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time is the greatest honor an athlete can achieve. We've put together some of the most successful names in the history of the Olympic Games and listed them for you. The greatest Olympic athletes of all time inspire us to be faster, stronger, and always achieve better.

Greatest Olympic Athletes of All Time

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps
United States
Career Years: 2004-2016
Sport: Swimming
Olympic Medals: 28 (total), 23 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze
Larisa Latynina
Larisa Latynina
Soviet Union
Career Years: 1956-1964
Sport: Gymnastics
Olympic Medals: 18 (total), 9 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze
Marit Bjørgen
Marit Bjørgen
Norway
Career Years: 2002-2018
Sport: Cross-country skiing
Olympic Medals: 15 (total), 8 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze
Nikolai Andrianov
Nikolai Andrianov
Soviet Union
Career Years: 1972-1980
Sport: Gymnastics
Olympic Medals: 15 (total), 7 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Norway
Career Years: 1998-2014
Sport: Biathlon
Olympic Medals: 13 (total), 8 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze
Boris Shakhlin
Boris Shakhlin
Soviet Union
Career Years: 1956-1964
Sport: Gymnastics
Olympic Medals: 13 (total), 7 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze
Edoardo Mangiarotti
Edoardo Mangiarotti
Italy
Career Years: 1936-1960
Sport: Fencing
Olympic Medals: 13 (total), 6 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze
Takashi Ono
Takashi Ono
Japan
Career Years: 1952-1964
Sport: Gymnastics
Olympic Medals: 13 (total), 5 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze
Paavo Nurmi
Paavo Nurmi
Finland
Career Years: 1920-1928
Sport: Athletics
Olympic Medals: 12 (total), 9 gold, 3 silver
Birgit Fischer
Birgit Fischer
East Germany / Germany
Career Years: 1980-2004
Sport: Canoeing
Olympic Medals: 12 (total), 8 gold, 4 silver
Bjørn Dahlie
Bjørn Dahlie
Norway
Career Years: 1992-1998
Sport: Cross-country skiing
Olympic Medals: 12 (total), 8 gold, 4 silver