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List of famous Olympic gold medal winners from every event, with photos of the athletes when available. These historic Olympic gold medal winners are listed by popularity, so the most historic Olympians are at the top of the list. Olympic medalists who have won the gold medal are among an elite group, as many athletes who train their entire lives will never even qualify for the Olympics. The famous Olympic competitors on this list may have either competed in the Summer Olympics or Winter Olympics, but what they all have in common is that they each took home a gold medal.

The list you're viewing contains people like Michael Phelps and Kobe Bryant.

If you're trying to answer the questions, "Which Olympians have won a gold medal?" and "How many people have won an Olympic gold medal?" then this list has you covered.

This list includes notable gold medal winners from almost every Olympics. They didn't all get their own Wheaties boxes, but every person who has ever won a gold medal is impressive enough to be included in this list.

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Carl Lewis age 54

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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Mark Spitz age 65

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Clara Hughes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Clara Hughes age 43

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Jesse Owens Died at 67 (1913-1980)

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Ole Einar Bjørndalen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Shawn Johnson age 23

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Angela Ruggiero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Matt Biondi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Matt Biondi age 50

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Halvard Hanevold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Paavo Nurmi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Paavo Nurmi Died at 76 (1897-1973)

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Armin Zöggeler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Apolo Ohno age 33

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Jason Lezak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Jason Lezak age 40

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Anja Pärson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Anja Pärson age 34

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Dmitri Sautin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Dmitri Sautin age 41

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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Greg Louganis age 55

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Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Dara Torres age 48

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
LeBron James age 31

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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Amanda Beard age 34

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Jenny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Cathy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Cathy Freeman age 42

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Klete Keller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Klete Keller age 33

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Gary Hall, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Nastia Liukin age 26

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Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Lindsey Vonn age 31

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Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Ian Thorpe age 33

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Cindy Klassen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Cindy Klassen age 36

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Grant Hackett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Grant Hackett age 35

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Andrea Henkel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Andrea Henkel age 38

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Kjetil André Aamodt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Kati Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Kati Wilhelm age 39

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Mika Myllylä is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Mika Myllylä Died at 42 (1969-2011)

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Kelly Holmes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Kelly Holmes age 45

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Tirunesh Dibaba is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Ryoko Tani is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Ryoko Tani age 40

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Hélia Souza is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Hélia Souza age 45

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Wang Meng is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Wang Meng age 30

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Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Kurt Angle age 47

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Ryan Lochte is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Ryan Lochte age 31

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Frank Shorter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners
Frank Shorter age 68

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Leontien van Moorsel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Becky Kellar-Duke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Fernando González is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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Alexander Dityatin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners