The most titled Olympic champion
To win an Olympic medal – the highest achievement in the career of every athlete. For this he is ready to work for dozens of years to attend training three times a day, stick to a proper diet and even to injury. All this for one title, which would bring him worldwide fame and respect and put his name in history. The gold medal is especially valuable, but there are some athletes who managed to win her over not once but several times. So, below will be presented to the Olympians, climbing to the highest step of the podium at least 8 times. They are representatives of different countries and disciplines, but their success is equally worthy of respect and admiration.
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic champion
The only Olympian, during his career he won more than 10 gold medals of the Games was Michael Phelps. This truly is the most decorated Olympic champion has to his credit 23 highest medals that he began to get more in Athens. The athlete in the swimming pool, and he’s given almost all of the disciplines in this location: swimming freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, not to mention the relays. Is Phelps team USA.
In the sport swimmer it was by chance came to the pool to maintain General physical condition and recovery, and find yourself some real talent and lots of upside. At the age of 15, Phelps for the first time entrusted to represent the country at the Olympic Games, but he then took only the fifth place. But after 4 years he conquered the majority of subjects who put in his piggy Bank 6 gold and 2 bronze medals. The following Games in 2008, Michael became the champion in all categories in which it was made. This record still nobody managed to beat.
Michael Phelps, the legendary athlete, the pride of the USA, 50-times national champion and 3-time world champion. He was known by all who are somehow interested in modern sports. The swimmer appears on the posters, participates in various promotions and TV shows, earning these campaigns millions of dollars annually.
Until 2012, the Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina was an absolute champion in number of medals won at the Olympics. In its Arsenal there were 9 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze awards received in all the existing disciplines of gymnastics: exercises on the uneven bars and balance beam, vault, all-around, floor exercise. At the Olympic Games in London this figure was beaten by Michael Phelps, still not finished his career and continue to Fund the Olympic piggy Bank.
The title for most awards in athletics belongs to the Finnish marathoner Paavo Nurmi, who has on account of 9 gold and 3 silver medals. The athlete’s path was not easy: having a great physique for long distance running, Nurmi at a very young age was forced to stop training and go to work because his father died and the family needed the money.
He later returned to the sport and have mercy, the result of which was noticeable already at the age of 16, when Finn showed itself in official competitions and ran cross-country 3 miles in 10 minutes, 6 seconds.
After service in the army, Nurmi started his Olympic career. First he surrendered Antwerp, brought 3 awards of the highest standard, then Paris, that resulted in 5 gold medals, and then to Amsterdam, put in a piggy Bank 1 gold and 2 silver. After the third Olympics Paavo realized that age makes itself felt, triumphant and wanted to finish his career at the Games of 1932, however, the IOC suspended him from participation as soon as he learned that the swimmer participates in Amateur races and receives a considerable amount.
Nurmi was awarded the monument erected in his homeland, and the right to carry the Olympic torch in 1952 in Helsinki. He became a folk hero, the fame of which still has not dissipated.
Another legend of American swimming – mark Spitz, who won 9 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medals in just two Olympic games 1968 and 1972. First performance at competitions of such scale have brought the fin 2 of the gold mined in the national team. After 4 years in all disciplines, which was set up to Spitz, he was the indisputable champion, winning 7 gold medals and became the most decorated American Games in Munich.
American Carl Lewis was the first to number of athletics disciplines, in which he was declared at the Olympic Games. Prior to the completion of sports career, he had 9 gold and 1 silver awards. The first Olympics in which the athlete participated, was the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. In Moscow in 1980, Lewis is not included because the US has ignored the competition in the USSR for political reasons.
The athlete became the champion in these types of like running the 100 meters, long jump, relay races and more. He was part of team USA at the Games in Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, where he showed himself as a real fighter and a real winner. But still one of the top medal went to Charles after the announcement of the results: canadian Ben Jones, who finished first in the race for 100 meters, was later removed from the competition for doping, and its title went to Lewis.
The end of sports career, the versatile athlete had in 1997. By this time he had become a member of the basketball and the football League due to its incredible popularity, although these sports professionally was not engaged never.
One of the most famous athletes of our time – Usain Bolt, an Olympic gold awards which reaches 9. Since the Games, which were held in Beijing, Bolt has consistently been a champion in three categories: the 100-meter and 200-meter distances and in the relay 4 x 100 m. the Speaker for the Jamaica Sprinter, which is due to him thriving in running sports. However, one of the medals Usain in question: at the 2008 Olympics in the composition of a relay team of Jamaica were the Nest Carter, who discovered blood doping. If the court will decide on the deprivation of the athlete medals, Bolt will become eightfold champion of the Olympic Games.