The victory at the Olympic Games has always been an honor. Sportsmen-champions were honored at home not less, than tsar’s persons. The Olympians were showered with awards, titles, ranks and money. They erected monuments, perpetuated in verse and prose. And all this applies to single champions, and what to speak of multiple.
In the modern history of the Olympics there were 418 athletes who won at least three times. Four-time champions became 167 people, 63 athletes won the Olympics 5 times. 6 times gold was received by 30 people, 7 times – 16. 11 athletes can be called eight-time champions, and 5 – nine-fold. We will tell below about the most titled Olympians, who entered the history of these sporting events. Michael Phelps (born 1985).
This athlete is the only one who has overcome the bar in 10 gold medals. Today, there are 14 gold awards in the American coin box. Michael was born in Baltimore, and he went swimming, just to strengthen his weak health. However, it turned out that he had excellent physical data. Michael perfectly floats freestyle and butterfly, a little worse than he is given a breaststroke and swimming on his back. Yes, and complex swimming is possible for an athlete. Already at 15, Phelps made his debut at the Olympics. It happened in Sydney. Then the athlete became the youngest American swimmer for the last 68 years. However, he was able to achieve only the fifth place. After 4 years in Athens Phelps won 8 medals – 6 gold and 2 bronze medals. Such a number of awards at one Olympiad was a repeat of the record of the Soviet athlete Dityatin in 1980. In 2008, Phelps performed even more phenomenally – he won 8 gold medals, winning all the distances, where he started. This made the American swimmer the most titled athlete in the history of the Olympics. Today Phelps has not only 16 Olympic medals, but 37 world records as well. The swimmer won 50 times the championship of his country, he became more than 30 times world champion. Phelps is a legend of modern sport. He takes part in advertising campaigns, he is showered with money by sponsors. For a year Phelps earns more than a hundred million dollars.
Larissa Latynina (born 1934).
The legendary sportswoman was born in Kherson. At first, she was engaged in choreography, going to gymnastics in the fifth grade. In 1950, Larissa was in the first major competition. As part of the school team in Ukraine, she visited the national championship in Kazan. But those performances were not successful. But failure only spurred the athlete. She began to train 2 times a day. In 1954, Latynina entered the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, continuing to perform at major competitions. Then the gymnast in the USSR national team visited the world championship in Rome. There she acted unevenly, but she was able to win team gold. But experts noted talented athlete. The star hour Latynina came to the Olympics in 1956 in Melbourne. There she won 4 gold, silver and bronze, becoming the absolute champion. In July 1958, Latynina brilliantly performed at the World Cup, and in fact she was five months pregnant! It was believed that after the birth of the child Larissa could not return to the big sport. However, Latynina went to the Olympics in Rome one of the favorites. Its main rival was the girlfriend of the national team – Polina Astakhova. In Rome, Latynina was able to win three gold, two silver and bronze. At the next Olympics, in Tokyo in 1964, a Soviet gymnast proved her high class. The captain of the gymnastic team won two more gold, two silver and two bronze. In total in the piggy bank Larissa Latynina was 18 Olympic medals. After that, she was the senior coach of the team for 10 years, was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Olympics-80, was engaged in the development of gymnastics in Moscow.
Paavo Nurmi (1897-1973).
This Finn won most of all Olympic medals in the history of athletics. He was born in a family of a poor farmer.As a child, Paavo observed the training of athletes from the local track and field club. Already at the age of 9, Nurmi won his first race among peers. Then the observers noted that the young athlete is endurance and will to win. But with the death of his father, Paavo gave up playing sports, getting a job as a weaver. In 1912, at the Olympics in Stockholm, Finn Kolehmainen won three gold medals. This spurred the interest in athletics in the country. At 16, Nurmi won the first official competition, running 3,000 meters in 10 minutes and 6 seconds. Finn served in the army, where he continued to train hard. At the Olympics in Antwerp in 1920, a 5 km run was lost due to inexperience only on the home stretch. Then, 3 gold were mined in a 10 km race, a personal and command 8 km cross. In the period between the Olympics, Nurmi set 24 new world records. In Paris in 1924, the athlete won 5 gold medals. After that, he toured the United States for five months. Of the 55 starts, Nurmy lost just two. At the Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928, Paavo won another gold and two silver. The athlete realized that he was getting old, but found the strength to prepare for the Olympics in 1932. However, the IOC dismissed the Finnish runner, as it was proved that he by means of running earns money, being a professional. During Nurmi’s lifetime, a monument was erected in his country, he carried an Olympic torch in Helsinki in 1952. In total, 9 gold and 3 silver Olympic medals are in the box of the athlete.
Mark Spitz (born 1950).
For a long time this American swimmer was considered the best in the history of water sports. After all, he was able to win 9 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals. Legendary athlete, according to his coach, had not only natural talent, but also phenomenal suspiciousness, suspiciousness and cowardice. Spitz was born into an ordinary Jewish family. When he was 2 years old, the family moved to Hawaii. There the child loved the water, literally without leaving it. At 15 years Spitz at the Maccabian Games in Israel wins 4 gold. In 1968, Spitz was considered one of the main favorites. But excessive suspiciousness, change of coach allowed him to win “only” two gold, silver and bronze. But in 1972 in Munich Spitz broke into the history of sports. He won 7 gold medals at once. Moreover, each of his victories was accompanied by a world record. But unexpectedly for all the sportsman finished his career. The reason was covered in the terrorist attack at that Olympiad. The legendary sportsman tried himself then in the movies and on television, but the appearance of the playboy did not help him achieve success there. Spitz does not arouse sympathy, hesitantly clings to the cameras, does not like to look into the eyes of the interlocutor. In 1991, the producers offered the sport legend a million dollars, if he can return to the US Olympic team. For the intense training of the 41-year-old athlete watched the movie cameras. But during this time the sport took a long step forward, Spitz never managed to catch up with the youth.
Karl Lewis (born 1961).
Lewis results are unique. He took part in 10 types of the program, losing only once. As a result, Lewis has accumulated 9 gold medals and 1 silver medal. But to begin his Olympic career, Lewis could still in 1980. Then he was selected for the national team in the long jump and in the relay 4 to 100 meters. But for political reasons, that Olympics was America ignored. The star hour of the athlete has come about 3 years. In Los Angeles, Carl won 4 gold. This made him a national celebrity. Charles even drafted a basketball and football club, although he did not do these kinds of sports. At the Olympics in Seoul in 1998, Lewis won his favorite hundred-meter and long jumps. And in fact the run was lost to Canadian Ben Jonson. However, he was subsequently disqualified for doping, and gold was transferred to Lewis. In Barcelona – a victory in the relay 4 to 100 meters and jumps in length.In 1996 in Atlanta, Lewis participated only in jumping, where he won. But in the baton he was no longer taken, because participants were selected according to the sporting principle. In 1997, the sports career of the great Olympian was finished. Curiously, in honor of neg was named Lewis Carl Hamilton, world champion in Formula-1.
Bjorn Daly (born 1967).
Among the legendary Olympians there are those who won their awards in winter sports. The debut of the Norwegian skier at the Olympics fell on 1992. In Albertville, he won three gold, and won a silver medal at a classic distance of 30 kilometers. The next Winter Olympics took place after 2 years. And then Daly confirmed his status as a favorite. He won two gold and two silver. In 1998, Nagano accounted for Daly 3 gold and silver. In total, 8 gold and 4 silver medals are in the piggy bank of the outstanding Olympian. In 1999, Daly ended his career due to a back injury. The skier also won 9 times in the world championships. Now he is engaged in the production of sportswear under his own brand. The autobiography of the sportsman sold more than a hundred thousand copies.
Birgit Fisher (born 1962).
This German is one of the most titled sportswomen in sports. In addition, her Olympic career stretched more than 20 years. Fischer won her first gold in Moscow in 1980, winning a single 500-meter kayak. Unfortunately, the Olympics 1984 was ignored by the GDR, and Birgit was in excellent shape. In those years, she was not equal in the world championships. In Seoul-1988, the German won silver alone in 50 meters and two gold in the deuce and four on the same distance. After that triumph, the German woman announced her resignation, but again returned to the spot. As a result, in Barcelona, gold and silver were won, in Atlanta – the same set. The Olympics in Sydney in 2000 brought Fisher two gold in a deuce and a four for 500 meters. Birgit again announced her resignation … and returned again! In Athens in 2004, she again won gold and silver. As a result, the athlete took part in the 6th Olympiad, always remaining with awards. This is the only woman who won medals in such competitions for 24 years. She became the youngest and oldest champion in rowing. 35 times Fischer became the winner of the world championships. Consolidated sister Fisher and her daughter are also Olympic champions.
Savao Kato (born 1946).
This athlete became the most titled Asian in the history of the Olympics. The Japanese gymnast was able to win 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal. Kato’s debut came in 1968. Then in Mexico, he immediately won three gold in team and absolute championship, free exercises. But on the rings he became the third. After 4 years, gold was won again in the team and absolute championship, and also on the uneven bars. On the horse and crossbar, the Japanese remained the second. In Montreal-1976 Kato again became the Olympic champion in the team championship, adding to his piggy bank and gold on the uneven bars. But the personal superiority he lost to the Soviet gymnast Andrianov, having won silver. In 2001, Savao Kato entered the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Now the former sportsman is a professor at the University of Tsukuba. Curiously, the younger brother of Savao also became an Olympic medalist. This is a rare case in the history of gymnastics, when in the same form two brothers won awards.
Jenny Thompson (born 1973).
This American sportswoman became a swimming legend. From 1992 to 2004 she was able to win 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals of the Olympics. The main specialization of Jenny was a free style and butterfly. However, it should be noted that all the main awards of the swimmer were won in the relay race. But the individual successes were not so bright. The debut of the athlete fell on the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. There he won two golds in the relay 4 to 100 meters freestyle and combined style.And on the hundred-meter she herself made silver. In Atlanta, an American won three gold, and again with the team. In Sydney – to the same set of added bronze on the hundred-meter freestyle. In Athens, Thompson, along with the American team won two silver medals. It’s amazing that the “team” player was able to enter the number of the best Olympians, not having noted individually individually. At the end of her career, Jenny decided to become a doctor. She was educated and now works as an anesthesiologist in Boston.
Matt Biondi (born 1965).
His training in the pool Biondi began as a player in water polo. In his teens, his talents as a sprinter were noted. In high school, Matt won the country’s championship at his age and received a scholarship from the University of Berkeley. The American swimmer made his debut at the Olympics in 19 years. And immediately won gold in the relay team. Biondi’s hour of glory came at the Olympics in Seoul. There he was able to immediately win 5 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. The swimmer performed in both freestyle and butterfly styles. At the hundred-meter butterfly from gold, Matt was separated only a hundredth of a second. This defeat was one of the most famous and offensive in the history of the Olympics. In Barcelona, Biondi twice won the baton and achieved silver at 50 meters. In total, 8 golden, 2 silver and one bronze Olympic medals are in the piggy bank of the great swimmer. After the end of sports career Biondi received an economic education, now he teaches mathematics at a school in Hawaii.