Heavy medal rockers: Michael Phelps and history’s most prodigious Olympic medalists

Heavy medal rockers: Michael Phelps and history’s most prodigious Olympic medalists

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Last summer in Rio, Michael Phelps presumably swam his last Olympic race — the third leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay final. After the race was won, Phelps engaged in a four-way embrace with relay teammates Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian.

MINING FOR MEDALS IN RIO

With 22 medals won in the previous four Games, Phelps entered the 2016 Olympic Games having already distinguished himself as greatest Olympian of all time. In Brazil, he put in yet another typical workweek…

August 7

4×100 freestyle relay – GOLD – 3:09.92 (with Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Nathan Adrian)

August 9

200 butterfly – GOLD – 1:53.36

4×200 freestyle relay – GOLD – 7:00.66 (with Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte)

August 11

200 medley– GOLD – 1:54.66

August 12

100 butterfly– SILVER – 51.14

August 13

4×100 medley relay – GOLD – 3:27.95 (with Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Nathan Adrian)

By week’s end, Phelps had added to his record collection of Olympic hardware with his 23rd gold medal and 28th overall.

Starr Cards infographic showing every Olympic medals won by Michael Phelps

While Phelps’ success is globally recognized, can you name any of the six other athletes in history to win 13 or more Olympic medals? Interestingly, of the seven elite Olympians, none have more lesser medals than greater (in other words, none have more silver than gold, or more bronze than silver).

MICHAEL PHELPS

Michael Fred Phelps II
Born June 30, 1985 (age 31)
🇺🇸 Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Sport: Swimming
🏅 Medal count: 28

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LARISA LATYNINA

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Larisa Semyonovna Latynina
Born December 27, 1934 (age 81)
🇺🇸 Kherson, Ukraine, Soviet Union
Sport: Gymnastics
🏅 Medal count: 18

NIKOLAI ANDRIANOV

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Nikolai Yefimovich Andrianov
Born October 14, 1952 (age 58)
Vladimir, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Sport: Gymnastics
🏅 Medal count: 15

EDOARDO MANGIAROTTI

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Edoardo Mangiarotti
Born April 7, 1919, Died May 25, 2012 (age 93)
🇮🇹 Renate, Italy
Sport: Fencing
🏅 Medal count: 13

TAKASHI ONO

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Takashi Ono
Born July 26, 1931 (age 85)
🇯🇵 Noshiro, Akita, Japan
Sport: Gymnastics
🏅 Medal count: 13

BORIS SHAKHLIN

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Boris Anfiyanovich Shakhlin
Born January 27, 1932, Died May 30, 2008 (age 76)
Ishim, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Sport: Gymnastics
🏅 Medal count: 13

OLE EINAR BJORNDALEN

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Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Born January 27, 1974 (age 42)
🇳🇴 Drammen, Norway
Sport: Biathlon
🏅 Medal count: 13

2018-06-02T07:51:22+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|

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