Olympic Games: Most Medals

The athletes with the most medals at Olympic Games (Summer and Winter)

Gold Medals

18 Michael Phelps   United States   Swimming 2004–2012

9
Larisa Latynina   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964
Paavo Nurmi   Finland   Athletics 1920–1928
Mark Spitz   United States   Swimming 1968–1972
Carl Lewis   United States   Athletics 1984–1996

8

Bjørn Dæhlie   Norway   Cross-country skiing 1992–1998
Birgit Fischer   Germany   Canoeing 1980–2004
Sawao Kato   Japan   Gymnastics 1968–1976
Jenny Thompson   United States   Swimming 1992–2004
Matt Biondi   United States   Swimming 1984–1992
Ray Ewry   United States   Athletics 1900–1908

7

Nikolai Andrianov   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1972–1980
Boris Shakhlin   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964
Vera Cáslavská   Czechoslovakia   Gymnastics 1960–1968
Viktor Chukarin   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1952–1956
Aladár Gerevich   Hungary   Fencing 1932–1960

6

Edoardo Mangiarotti   Italy   Fencing 1936–1960
Ole Einar Bjørndalen   Norway   Biathlon 1998–2010
Lyubov Yegorova   Russia   Cross-country skiing 1992–1994
Hubert Van Innis   Belgium   Archery 1900–1920
Akinori Nakayama   Japan   Gymnastics 1968–1972
Gert Fredriksson   Sweden   Canoeing 1948–1960
Vitaly Scherbo   Belarus   Gymnastics 1992–1996
Reiner Klimke   Germany   Equestrian 1964–1988
Pál Kovács   Hungary   Fencing 1936–1960
Rudolf Kárpáti   Hungary   Fencing 1948–1960
Nedo Nadi   Italy   Fencing 1912–1920
Kristin Otto   East Germany   Swimming 1988
Lidia Skoblikova   Soviet Union   Speed skating 1960–1964
Amy Van Dyken   United States   Swimming 1996–2000                                                     Valentina Vezzali  Italy Fencing 1996-2012                                                                                  Chris Hoy  Great Britain  Cycling 2000-2012                                                                        Usain Bolt  Jamaica   Athletics 2008-2012

Most Gold Medals in Individual Events

11 Michael Phelps United States Swimming 2004–2012

8 Ray Ewry   United States   Athletics 1900–1908

7  Vera Cáslavská   Czechoslovakia   Gymnastics 1960–1968
Carl Lewis   United States   Athletics 1984–1996

6 Larisa Latynina   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964
Nikolai Andrianov   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1972–1980
Paavo Nurmi   Finland   Athletics 1920–1928
Bjørn Dæhlie   Norway   Cross-country skiing 1992–1998
Boris Shakhlin   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964
Lidia Skoblikova   Soviet Union   Speed skating 1960–1964

5 Viktor Chukarin   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1952–1956
Sawao Kato   Japan   Gymnastics 1968–1976
Clas Thunberg   Finland   Speed skating 1924–1928
Gert Fredriksson   Sweden   Canoeing 1948–1960
Nadia Comaneci   Romania   Gymnastics 1976–1980
Krisztina Egerszegi   Hungary   Swimming 1988–1996
Vitaly Scherbo   Belarus   Gymnastics 1992–1996
Bonnie Blair   United States   Speed skating 1988–1994
Eric Heiden   United States   Speed skating 1980

Most Medals (Following the dates the figures give number of Gold,Silver and Bronze medals)

22 Michael Phelps   United States   Swimming 2004–2012    18 2 2

18 Larisa Latynina   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964   9 5 4

15 Nikolai Andrianov   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1972–1980   7 5 3

13 Boris Shakhlin   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964   7 4 2
Edoardo Mangiarotti   Italy   Fencing 1936–1960   6 5 2
Takashi Ono   Japan   Gymnastics 1952–1964   5 4 4

12 Paavo Nurmi   Finland   Athletics 1920–1928   9 3 0
Bjørn Dæhlie   Norway   Cross-country skiing 1992–1998   8 4 0
Birgit Fischer   Germany   Canoeing 1980–2004   8 4 0
Sawao Kato   Japan   Gymnastics 1968–1976   8 3 1
Jenny Thompson   United States   Swimming 1992–2004   8 3 1
Dara Torres   United States   Swimming 1984–2008   4 4 4
Alexei Nemov   Russia   Gymnastics 1996–2000   4 2 6                                                    Natalie Coughlin USA Swimming 3 4 5

Individual Medals

14 Larisa Latynina   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964     6 5 3

13 Michael Phelps   United States   Swimming 2004–2012    11 1 1

12 Nikolai Andrianov   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1972–1980     6 3 3

10 Boris Shakhlin   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1956–1964    6 2 2

9 Sawao Kato   Japan   Gymnastics 1968–1976    5 3 1
Vitaly Scherbo   Belarus   Gymnastics 1992–1996   5 0 4
Paavo Nurmi   Finland   Athletics 1920–1928   6 3 0
Bjørn Dæhlie   Norway   Cross-country skiing 1992–1998    6 3 0
Viktor Chukarin   Soviet Union   Gymnastics 1952–1956    5 3 1

8 Ray Ewry   United States   Athletics 1900–1908   8 0 0
Vera Cáslavská   Czechoslovakia   Gymnastics 1960–1968   7 1 0
Carl Lewis   United States   Athletics 1984–1996    7 1 0

Michael Phelps won a record 8 gold medals at one Games in Beijing 2008 with 5 in individual events. The 8 medals he won in Beijing equalled his own record of 8 medals at one Games (6 gold, 2 bronze) from Athens in 2004.

Leading gold medallists at one Games

Michael Phelps United States Swimming 2008 8
Mark Spitz United States Swimming 1972 7
Michael Phelps United States Swimming 2004 6
Vitaly Scherbo Unified Team Gymnastics 1992 6
Kristin Otto East Germany Swimming 1988 6

 

Most individual golds at one Games:

5

Eric Heiden (USA) Speed Skating 1980

Vitaliy Scherbo (Unified Team)   Gymnastics 1992

Michael Phelps (USA) Swimming 2008

 

The record for most individual medals at one Games is 6 by the gymnasts George Eyser (USA – 1904), Boris Shakhlin (USSR -1960) and Nikolay Andrianov (USSR -1976)

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