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  • I guess it is no surprise that Olympic swimmers dominate this list. The number of races they can compete within gives them an edge over most Olympic athletes. Still, very impressive.

  • William

    At the time I wrote this, Phelps was still in the middle of his hunt for eight gold medals. However, now after the swimming events are finished in Beijing, he has won all eight – seven in world record time and one in Olympic record time. His record as of the 2008 Beijing Olympics – 14 gold and 2 bronze.

  • Sarah

    What about Nadia Comaneci? Okay, she only won 5 medals, but she was the first to win a perfect 10.0. I think she deserves at least an honorable mention

  • Casey

    Matt Biondi was my eighth grade math teacher. Currently teaches at Parker school, Kamuela Hawaii. Thats pretty cool

  • Mark

    I believe your medal count for Michael Phelps in incorrect in the below article….… (this page…)

    Source: <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  • Hilary

    WRONG.. Canadian Athelete Clara Hughes is the Most Decorated. She has medals in both the Winter and Summer games and is the only athelete to do this . She has won for Speed Skating and Cycling

  • Englishman

    So, no mention for the first man to gain 5 olympic golds in an endurance event? Sir Steve Redgrave, anyone?

  • Peter Boucher

    Thought discontinued after the 1912 Stockholm, Sweden Games, American Track & Field Athlete Ray Ewry won a total of 10 Gold Medals. 4 Gold Medals in the Standing Long Jump, 4 Gold Medals in the Standing High Jump and 2 Gold Medals in the Standing Triple Jump in the 1900, 1904, the Intercalated Games of 1906 and the 1908 Olympics

  • Marc

    After London there is simply no doubt Michael phelps is the best Olympian of all time. Respect to the other people but he blew my mind while watching him on TV. No time soon will anyone come close to his records.