Greatest Olympian of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Michael Phelps Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals in three Olympiads.

He really is the best and the proof is in the 2008 and 2012 olympics... NO ONE CAN BEAT HIS RECORDS! I look up to him, he is a role model to me.

Michael is truly the best Olympian of all time. No doubt about it. Just finished watching him win his last gold medal in Rio 2016 Olympics...

10 gold medals, the ultimate man, and the dominate athlete

Easily the best. 5 time Olympian, more gold medals, let alone medals, than anyone in history, countless records, and who can forget going 8 for 8?...need I say more?

2 Usain Bolt Usain St. Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Along with his teammates, he also set the world record in the 4×100 metres more.

Okay, he's only competed in one Olympic Games. But sport is an entertainment, and he stunned audiences around the world like no other.

Sport is also about achievement, and to be the fastest moving human being that has ever lived... well, make your own mind up.

The fastest and best runner ever

Person I am looking for UNIQUE and he is love for NATION and own village. Great Bold

The speedster who created the Dab

3 Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

He only had two medals. He is way too high.

He is the legend of Basketball period

There just was something special about him

4 Jim Thorpe James Francis "Jim" Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States.

Athletes can only be compared to other athletes of their time period. Training, diet, and modern facilities give athletes of modern times a considerable advantage. That being said in my opinion Jim Thorpe is the greatest athlete of all times!

Now contest! Read the history books and you know he was and still is by far the greatest athletes to ever live...

Jim Thorpe always number 1

He was a bad ass

5 LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

The king

6 Jesse Owens

Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 - a remarkable achievement in itself, but even more so when you consider that the black athlete achieved his victories in the swastiker-clad heart of Nazi Germany.

Jesse owens pissed off Hitler

Jesse Owens moved America a step closer to equality for all and showed the world the fallacy in Hitlers super race ideas that were gaining popularity. May we never forget.

Defied prejudice, racism, and a master race.

7 Cassius Clay Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.
8 Steve Redgrave Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds.

Remarkable to win 5 consecutive golds, keeping his body in ultimate peak condition for 20 years to compete with the worlds top athletes!

Better than Michael Phelps. Easy to win swimming golds, as there are way more events whereas in rowing you can usually only do one. A truly great athlete. For almost 20 years he completely dominated, not to mention fighting diabetes.

Steve Redgrave the amazing person how has got so many medals and lots of amazing fans. Steve Redgrave seemed to be the absolute tip top of his Olympic game for more then 20 years. IF YOU ASK ME THAT IS AWESOME

Five Gold medals in a power/strength/endurance event in five consecutive Olympics makes him the greatest Olympian ever, much more so than the sheer number of gold medals won by Phelps, as great as his own achievement may be.

9 Carl Lewis Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996, when he last won an Olympic event.

For what he did in one Olympic 1984 - 4 Gold, and 4 Gold in 4 consecutive Olympics in the Long Jump, for his durability over 4 olympics, and 1980 he would have made the team but there was a boycott (so he was denied a 5th olympics) an

10 Michael Johnson

'The only person who could beat Michael in his day was Michael Johnson.' Johnson was virtually unbeatable.Going into the 1996 Olympic games Johnson had won 54 straight finals at 400m, and had remained unbeaten for seven years.

The Contenders

11 Nadia Comaneci

Nadia was so ahead of her time that it was ridiculous.

She was doing aerials, 2 of them on the beam alone with three flip flops. She dismounted beam with a double twist when her rivals did single twists. Aerials are still rated a D in today's much harder scoring system.

She even has an E rated release move on her UB routine named after her. E rated skills still have among the highest rating under today's scoring system).

She was doing 2 double backs in 1976 when the floor mat had no springs. Today's floor mats have a ton of springs, yet even in the Elite group, many of today's gymnasts had a hard time ending their floor with another double back. Comaneci did that in 1976... That's almost 40 years ago!

Mark Spitz won SEVEN gold medals at his Olympics. But check out his time comparing to Michael Phelps!

Comaneci was the Queen of all the Olympics. There is no King.

The greatest female athlete of all time! Exotic, exceptional, incomparable! What a girl can achieve at the age of 14. Not only did she prove to be the best in her field but also won a prestigious place for gymnastics in the international arena.

In only a few sports can you strive for perfection, and 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci was the first gymnast to achieve the perfect 10 score in Montreal

12 Larisa Latynina

She is the second best Olympian medalist with 18, 9 of them gold.

13 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

Muhammad Ali has become one of the most infamous Olympians ever, as much for what he did outside of the boxing ring as what he did with the gloves on.

He is the best because no one expected it and it isn't always about the number of medals. In some sports you can't win more than a couple of medals.

14 Mark Spitz Mark Andrew Spitz is an American former competitive swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events.

There were two things swimmer Mark Spitz wasn't short of: confidence and medals. Before the 1968 Olympics he boasted that he would win six gold medals - he took home only two

15 Aleksandr Karelin

So much inspired

16 Emil Zatopek

Should be way higher. Wins the marathon the first time he ever competed--after he already won the 5 and 10K

17 Fanny Blankers-Koen

The 'flying Dutchwoman' was voted female athlete of the 20th century

18 Leonidas of Rhodes

Leonidas of Rhodes - was one of the most famous ancient Olympic runners. For four consecutive Olympiads (164-152 BCE), he was champion of three-foot races. He was hailed with the title "Triastes" (tripler). Leonidas is acclaimed by some to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

Leonidas of Rhodes won 12 titles in athletics in the 164, 160, 156, and 152 because Olympic Games by the age of 36. In each of these four Games, he won three different foot races. The three events were the stadion, a sprint of about 200 meters (656.17 ft.), the diaulos, which was twice the distance of the stadion, and the longer hoplitodromos, a 400-meter (1312.34 ft.) dash carrying 22.68kg (50 lbs) of military gear - made up of a helmet, a breastplate, shin armor, and a shield made of wood and bronze.

Paul Cartledge, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge stated " They were running in armor, the temperature would be 40 Celsius. The conditions were fantastically unpleasant, requiring ...more

19 Bruce Jenner


20 Nikolai Andrianov

The third greater Olympian with a total of 15 medals, 7 of them gold.

21 Ray Ewry

American track and field athlete who won 8 gold medals at the Olympic Games and two gold medals at the Intercalated Games. This puts him among the most successful Olympians of all time.
He took part in three Olympic Games (1900-1908) winning the standing long jump, triple jump and high jump in the first two and the standing long and high jump in the last one.

22 Michelle Kwan

Olympic medalist, a five-time (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2003)

23 Eric Moussambani

He finished in 1min 53 seconds - more than twice the time it took Thorpe. Which earned him the nickname the eel

He was so brave and he had the true olympian spirit! Go eric!
He ended up doing it by him self and I love the fact that he had the guts to do that! X

24 Eric Heiden

How is a guy who won 5 gold medals in a single games competing at totally different distances not #1 let alone even on this list. Can you imagine Usain Bolt winning his events and then 1500, 5000 and 10000 m?!

25 Mo Farah

An amazing long distance runner. Great. Please vote

One of the best and still to remain on top

26 Věra Čáslavská

The Czech gymnast won 11 Olympic medals, 7 of them gold.

27 Theagenes of Thasos

Theagenes of Thasos was an ancient Greek Olympian, typically spelled Theogenes before the first century AD.
He became distinguished in every kind of athletic contest, and gained numerous victories at the Olympian, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian games. Often described as an extremely strong, muscular, and tall man, Theagenes went on to win two Olympic titles, in boxing in 480 because and pankration in 476 because. In addition, he won three times in the Pythian Games, nine times in the Nemean and ten times in the Isthmian. According to ancient sources, Theagenes competed for 22 years in every major combat competition of his time (boxing, pankration, wrestling), winning various titles all across the ancient world. Greek historian Pausanias claimed that he won an estimated 1,400 fights; about 1,200 more victories than Willie Pep, who, with 229 wins, is considered the most successful boxer of our day.

28 Milo of Croton

Milo of Croton was a 6th-century because wrestler from the Magna Graecian city of Croton, who enjoyed a brilliant wrestling career and won many victories in the most important athletic festivals of ancient Greece. Milo was a six-time Olympic victor. He won the boys' wrestling (probably in 540 because), and thereafter five men's wrestling titles between 536 and 520 BCE. He also won seven crowns at the Pythian Games at Delphi (one as a boy), ten at the Isthmian Games, and nine at the Nemean Games. Milo was a five-time Periodonikes, a "grand slam" sort of title bestowed on the winner of all four festivals in the same cycle. Milo's career at the highest level of competition must have spanned 24 years.

29 Astylos of Croton

Astylos of Croton was an athlete from ancient Croton who starred in the Olympic Games of the 5th century because. He was mentioned in records from General Pausanias that claim he excelled in three successive Olympic games from 488 to 480 because, in the running events of stade and diaulos.

30 Chris Hoy
31 Kristin Otto

One of the greatest swimmers of all time, 6 gold Olympic medals in 1988 Olympics.

32 Kim Rhode

One of only 6 people in the history of the Olympics to medal in 5 games in a row and the only person in a position to make it 6. She is the only one of those six who had to change sports when her event was discontinued.

33 Cathy Freeman
34 Naim Süleymanoğlu

Nicknamed the 'Pocket Hercules' because of his height of just 4ft10in, Naim was an Olympic and world champion in weightlifting. He is the only weightlifter to snatch 2.5 times his body weight and the only weightlifter to clean and jerk over 3 times his body weight. Naim Suleymanoglu, may have been small but was one of the best weightlifters of all time.

35 Melankomas

Melankomas was an undefeated boxer from Ancient Greece, and the medal winner for boxing in the 207th Olympiad in 49 AD.
Being completely undefeated isn't even the most notable thing about him. The most notable thing was the fact that he won every single fight without ever throwing a single punch. He literally rope-a-doped everyone until they collapsed from exhaustion. Every one of Melankoma's victories were won because either the other person kept trying to hit him and wore themselves out, or they simply gave up with the futility of it. Nobody ever landed a hit on him, and he never tried to land a hit on anyone.

36 Marit Bjørgen

One of the greatest Winter Olympians.

37 Ole Einar Bjørdalen

Greatest Winter Olympian with 13 medals, 8 of them gold.

38 Jackie Joyner-Kersee

6 Olympic medals (3-1-2) in four Olympic Games, 3 of them in heptathlon.

39 Al Oerter

Four consecutive gold Olympic medals in discus throw.
Same record in track and field only by Carl Lewis (long jump).

40 Florence Griffith Joyner

Amazing appearences in 1988 Olympics with 3 gold medals, one world record and one Olympic record (they still stand as of March 2019). She also won 2 silver medals in 1984 Olympics.

41 Tom Daley

Only 14 when he went to his first Olympics

42 Apolo Anton Ohno
43 Edwin Moses
44 Mark Todd
45 Abebe Bikila
46 Gracie Gold

I ment this person not gracie good

47 Dhyan Chand

3 Gold Medals on the trot.

Mesmerized the Germans in Berlin (legend has it that his stick was broken to check it there was a magnet in it! ). Played bare footed to out class Germany in the Berlin Olympics 8-1 in the final.

3 Gold Medals on the trot.

Mesmerized the Germans (legend has it that his stick was broken to check it there was a magnet in it! ). Played bare footed to out class Germany in the Berlin Olympics 8-1 in the final.

48 Kerri Walsh Jennings Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist.

This woman has won 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals along with a bronze. Not to mention the fact that throughout her career she has given birth three times. She even won a gold in 2012 while pregnant. She's been one of the most dominant athletes of all time.

49 Haile Gebrselassie
50 Lasse Viren

Four gold Olympic medals in 5 and 10km (1972,1976).

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