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Thousands of athletes from all over the world come and participate in the global sporting competitions of the Olympic Games. Whether it is the summer games or the winter games, these competitions always attract a huge number of spectators. This list of Most Successful Athletes in Olympic will tell you about leadings stars of the field.

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All eyes are glued on the athletes as they take part in a wide variety of sports. These athletes show no less focus, talent and diligence than the stars of any of the popular sports. Let us take a look at the 10 Most Successful Athletes in Olympic History.

10 Most Successful Athletes in Olympic History

Michael Phelps

Most Successful Athletes in Olympic
Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Legendary professional swimmer Michael Phelps was born on 30th June, 1985, in Towson, Maryland, and is the most decorated Olympian of all time. He participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the United States team throughout his professional athletic career. He achieved a total of 22 medals in his active Olympic career between 2004 and 2012, and is inducted in the top place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Michael Phelps won a total of 18 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals in swimming events of the Olympic Games.

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Larisa Latynina

Most Successful Athletes in Olympic
Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Former professional female Gymnast Larisa Latynina was born on 27th December 1934, in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, and is the second most decorated Olympian of all time. She participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the Soviet Union team throughout her professional gymnastic career. She achieved a total of 18 medals in her active Olympic career between 1956 and 1964, and is inducted in the second place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Larisa Latynina won a total of 9 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 4 bronze medals in Gymnastic events of the Olympic Games.

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Paavo Nurmi

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Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Former professional athlete Paavo Nurmi was born on 2nd October 1973, in Helsinki, Finland, and is the third most decorated Olympian of all time. He participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the Finland team throughout his professional athletic career. He achieved a total of 12 medals in his active Olympic career between 1920 and 1928, and is inducted in the third place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Paavo Nurmi won a total of 9 gold medals and 3 silver medals in Athletic events of the Olympic Games.

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Mark Spitz

Most Successful Athletes in Olympic
Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Retired legendary professional swimmer Mark Spitz was born on 10th February 1950, in Modesto, California, and is the fourth most decorated Olympian of all time. He participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the United States team throughout his professional swimming career. He achieved a total of 11 medals in his active Olympic career between 1968 and 1972, and is inducted in the fourth place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Mark Spitz won a total of 9 gold medals, 1 silver medal and a bronze medal in swimming events of the Olympic Games.

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Carl Lewis

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Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Former professional athlete Carl Lewis was born on 1st July 1961, in Birmingham, Alabama, and is the fifth most decorated Olympian of all time. He participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the United States team throughout his professional athletic career. He achieved a total of 10 medals in his active Olympic career between 1984 and 1996, and is inducted in the fifth place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Carl Lewis won a total of 9 gold medals and a silver medal in Athletic events of the Olympic Games.

Ole Einar Bjørndalen

Most Successful Athletes in Olympic
Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Professional Biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen was born on 27th January 1974, in Drammen, Buskerud, Norway, and is the sixth most decorated Olympian of all time. He participated in Winter Olympic Games as a member of the Norway team throughout his professional athletic career. He achieved a total of 13 medals in his active Olympic career between 1998 and 2014, and is inducted in the sixth place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Ole Einar Bjørndalen won a total of 8 gold medals, 4 silver medals and a bronze medal in Biathlon events of the Olympic Games.

Bjørn Dæhlie

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Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Former Professional Cross-country skier Bjørn Dæhlie was born on 19th June 1967, in Elverum, Norway, and is the seventh most decorated Olympian of all time. He participated in Winter Olympic Games as a member of the Norway team throughout his professional skiing career. He achieved a total of 12 medals in his active Olympic career between 1992 and 1998, and is inducted in the seventh place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Bjørn Dæhlie won a total of 8 gold medals and 4 silver medals in Cross-country skiing events of the Olympic Games.

Birgit Fischer

Most Successful Athletes in Olympic
Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Retired professional female kayaker Birgit Fischer was born on 25th February 1962, in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany, and is the eighth most decorated Olympian of all time. She participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the German team throughout her professional Canoeing career. She achieved a total of 12 medals in her active Olympic career between 1980 and 2004, and is inducted in the eighth place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Birgit Fischer won a total of 8 gold medals and 4 silver medals in Canoeing events of the Olympic Games.

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Sawao Kato

Most Successful Athletes in Olympic
Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Former professional male Gymnast Sawao Kato was born on 11th October 1946, in Gosen, Niigata, Japan, and is the ninth most decorated Olympian of all time. He participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the Japanese team throughout his professional gymnastic career. He achieved a total of 12 medals in his active Olympic career between 1968 and 1976, and is inducted in the ninth place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Sawao Kato won a total of 8 gold medals, 3 silver medals and a bronze medal in Gymnastic events of the Olympic Games.

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Jenny Thompson

Most Successful Athletes in Olympic
Most Successful Athletes in Olympic

Retired professional female swimmer Jenny Thompson was born on 26th February 1973, in Danvers, Massachusetts, and is the tenth most decorated Olympian of all time. She participated in summer Olympic Games as a member of the United States team throughout her professional swimming career. She achieved a total of 12 medals in her active Olympic career between 1992 and 2004, and is inducted in the tenth place in our list of most successful athletes in Olympic history. Jenny Thompson won a total of 8 gold medals, 3 silver medals and a bronze medal in swimming events of the Olympic Games.

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It takes a lot of hard work, skill, training, years of hard work, and lot more to stand out among the many athletes who participate in the Olympics, and win even one medal. Yet, many of them become lost names, as most countries and people pay much more attention to sports like soccer, cricket, etc. The truth is, these athletes deserve as much love and adulation from the people, and the authorities, because they too represent their countries and make the nations proud.

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