The Olympics is a major international multi-sport event normally held once every four years. It is one of the most significant chapters of an athlete’s life. Every athlete in the world who works hard in their particular sport wants to compete in the Olympic Games once. It’s the most prestigious honor in an athlete’s career. Being a part of the Olympics is considered one of the greatest achievements of an athlete’s life but winning a gold medal in it is a dream for many. We are here to talk about the athletes who have lived the dream of many other athletes not once but multiple times. Let’s read about the Top 5 greatest Olympian of All-Time and get to know about them in detail.
1 Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps born on 30 June 1985 is an American former competitive swimmer. He is the most successful and decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals. Phelps is highly regarded as one of the greatest swimmers of all time and has broken multiple records as well in his career. He has many nicknames such as “The Baltimore Bullet” and “Flying Fish”. Phelps spent his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. He won many battles with his incredible strokes such as Butterfly, Individual Medley, Freestyle, and Backstroke.
Being the most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps holds the records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in Individual events (16). Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, he broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz’s 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2012 summer Olympics in London. Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won five gold medals and one silver. He becomes the most successful and greatest swimmer of all time after winning so many gold medals in his long career.
2 Mark Spitz
Mark Spitz is an American former competitive swimmer and a nine-time Olympic Champion. He was the most successful athlete at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, winning seven gold medals, each in world-record time. Spitz’s achievement lasted for 36 years until it was surpassed by fellow American Michael Phelps, who won eight golds at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Mark has won in total 9 gold medals in his Olympic career. He was the third athlete to win nine Olympic gold medals. During those years he set 35 world records, two of which were in trials and unofficial.
3 Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis born on July 1, 1961, is An American former track and field athlete who won 9 Olympic gold medals, one silver medal, and 10 championships medals including 8 golds. He is one of the greatest olympian of all time.
Lewis was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m, and long jump events frequently from 1981 to the early 1990s. He set world records in the 100 m, 4× 100 m, and 4 × 200 m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984. He was voted “World Athlete of the century” by the International Association of Athletics Federation.
4 Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt born on 21 August 1986 is a retired Jamaican sprinter, he is the greatest sprinter of all time. He is the world record holder in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4 × 100 meters relay. Bolt has won a total of 8 Olympic golds in his whole career. In an ever major tournament in which Bolt has kept his foot, he won the gold medal in it. His achievements as a sprinter have earned him the media nickname “Lightning Bolt”, and his awards include the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (three times), and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year (four times).
5 Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens born on September 12, 1913, was an American track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history.
His greatest moment, however, came a year later, in a politically charged environment. Owens traveled to Berlin to take part in the 1936 Olympics – an event overseen by Adolf Hitler, which the new German chancellor hoped would profile the supremacy of the Aryan ‘master race’.
the African-American Owens stole the show. He won the 100m in 10.30 seconds, the 200m in 20.70 seconds, and then the long jump, with an impressive leap of 8.06 meters – apparently after getting some advice about his run-up from a German competitor, Luz Long. His fourth gold came in the 4x100m relay, in which Owens formed a key part of the team that set a new world record of 39.80 seconds.
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