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Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

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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

    Michael Phelps United States of America

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

    Carl Lewis

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

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee United States of America

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

    Shawn Johnson United States of America

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

    Halvard Hanevold Norway

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    Paavo Nurmi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Olympic Gold Medal Winners

    Paavo Nurmi

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

    Natalie Coughlin United States of America

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

    Apolo Ohno United States of America

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

    Jason Lezak United States of America

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

    Dmitri Sautin Russia, Unified Team

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    United States of America

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

    Dara Torres United States of America

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

    LeBron James United States of America

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

    Amanda Beard United States of America

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

    Jenny Thompson United States of America

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

    Cathy Freeman Australia

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

    Klete Keller United States of America

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

    Nastia Liukin United States of America

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

    Lindsey Vonn United States of America

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

    Claudia Pechstein Germany

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    Australia

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

    Grant Hackett Australia

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

    Andrea Henkel Germany

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

    Kjetil André Aamodt

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

    Kelly Holmes United Kingdom

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

    Marit Bjørgen Norway

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

    Ryoko Tani Japan

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

    Kurt Angle United States of America

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

    Ryan Lochte United States of America

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

    Becky Kellar-Duke Canada

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