Top 10 athletes with the most number of gold medals in Olympic history
We are inching closer to the biggest sporting event in the world – The 2016 Olympics, which will be taking place in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro from 5 August to 21 August 2016. At every Summer Olympics, it is expected that athletes from United States, Great Britain, China, and Russia will secure large haul of medals.
Now, we look at the top 10 athletes with the most number of gold medals in Olympic history.
#10 Jenny Thompson
Before stepping into the Olympic arena, Jenny Thompson was a medical student at Columbia University. With eight Olympic gold medals, Thompson was one of the most dominant Swimmers in the 1990's. She won the first gold medal at the 1992 summer Olympic games in Barcelona, setting the tone for her incredible career. Four years later in Atlanta, She added three more golds in the relay events.
At the summer Olympic games in Sydney Thompson won three gold medals taking his medal tally to 8, but however, the talented swimmer failed to win a single championship medal in the individual events.
Thompson holds the record for winning more Olympic gold medals than any other female swimmer in the history, with every one of them coming exclusively in the relay events.
Olympic Games appearances: 4
Number of Gold medals: 8
Olympic Games medals: 12
|Gold||1992 Barcelona||4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women|
|Gold||1996 Atlanta||4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x200m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women|
|Gold||2000 Sydney||4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women, 4x200m medley relay women|
|Silver||1992 Barcelona||100m freestyle women|
|Silver||2004 Athens||4x100m freestyle relay women, 4x100m medley relay women|
|Bronze||2000 Sydney||100m freestyle women|