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The Best Olympic Athletes from United States Of America

Updated June 14, 2019 6.2k votes 353 voters 9.3k views204 items

List RulesAthletes from any sport who have competed in the Olympics

List of the greatest Olympic athletes from United States of America, with photos when available. These are the best United States of America Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. United States of America athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which United States of America Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from United States of America is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

A list made up of athletes like Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best United States of America Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from United States of America?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite United States of America Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on United States of America.
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  • Michael Phelps1
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    Michael Phelps

    Men's 100m butterfly, Men's 400m individual medley

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1985-06-30

    Place Of BirthBaltimore,United States of America,Maryland

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre butterfly,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metre individual medley,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay

    Weight91.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

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  • Jesse Owens2
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    22

    Jesse Owens

    Men's Long jump, Men's Athletics

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1913-09-12

    Place Of BirthOakville,Alabama

    Olympic SportTrack and field athletics

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump,Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres,Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Men's 4x100 metre relay,Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metres

    Olympic Medalist Games1936 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1936 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Jim Thorpe3
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    16

    Jim Thorpe

    Men's Decathlon, Men's Pentathlon

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1888-05-28

    Place Of BirthPrague,Oklahoma,Lincoln County,United States of America,United States

    Olympic SportModern pentathlon

    NationalityUnited States of America,France

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAthletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's decathlon,Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics - Men's pentathlon

    Weight91.6256648

    Olympic Medalist Games1912 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1912 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Serena Williams4
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    Serena Williams

    Women's Tennis, doubles

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1981-09-26

    Place Of BirthSaginaw,United States of America,Michigan,Saginaw County

    Olympic SportTennis

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionTennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Doubles

    Weight70.3

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Lindsey Vonn5
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    28

    Lindsey Vonn

    Women's Downhill, Women's Super-G

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1984-10-18

    Place Of BirthSaint Paul,United States of America,Minnesota,Ramsey County

    Olympic SportAlpine skiing

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionAlpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's downhill,Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's Super-G

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2002 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

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  • Shawn Johnson6
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    23

    Shawn Johnson

    Women's Gymnastics, team competition

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1992-01-19

    Place Of BirthWest Des Moines,United States of America,Iowa,Dallas County,Polk County

    Olympic SportArtistic gymnastics

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionGymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's artistic team all-around,Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Floor,Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's Balance Beam,Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's artistic individual all-around

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal

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  • Larry Bird7
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    Larry Bird

    Men's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1956-12-07

    Place Of BirthWest Baden Springs,United States of America,Indiana,Orange County,French Lick Township

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medalist Games1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Shaun White8
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    Shaun White

    Men's Halfpipe

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1986-09-03

    Place Of BirthCarlsbad,United States of America,California,San Diego County

    Olympic SportSnowboarding

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSnowboarding at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's halfpipe,Snowboarding at the 2006 Winter Olympics - Men's Halfpipe

    Weight63.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2010 Winter Olympics,2006 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Mark Spitz9
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    Mark Spitz

    Men's 200m butterfly, Men's 4x100m freestyle relay

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1950-02-10

    Place Of BirthModesto,United States of America,California,Stanislaus County

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre butterfly,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre butterfly

    Olympic Medalist Games1972 Summer Olympics,1968 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1968 Summer Olympics,1972 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal,Silver medal

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  • Peggy Fleming10
    34
    11

    Peggy Fleming

    Women's Singles

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1948-07-27

    Place Of BirthSan Jose,United States of America,Northern California,California,Santa Clara County

    Olympic SportFigure skating

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFigure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics - Women's Singles

    Olympic Medalist Games1968 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1968 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Kobe Bryant11
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    25

    Kobe Bryant

    Men's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1978-08-23

    Place Of BirthPhiladelphia,United States of America,Pennsylvania

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men

    Weight93.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Jennie Finch12
    Jennie Lynn Finch (born September 3, 1980) is an American, former collegiate All-American and...  more

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  • Apolo Ohno13
    53
    33

    Apolo Ohno

    Men's 1000m, Men's 5000m Relay

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1982-05-22

    Place Of BirthFederal Way,Washington,King County,United States of America,United States

    Olympic SportShort track speed skating

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionShort track speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metre relay,Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 1000 metres,Short track speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's 5000 metre relay,Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's 1000m,Short Track Speed Skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's 500m

    Weight61.0

    Olympic Medalist Games2006 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2006 Winter Olympics,2002 Winter Olympics,2010 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

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  • Greg Louganis14
    35
    15

    Greg Louganis

    Men's 10 metre platform, Men's 3 metre springboard

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1960-01-29

    Place Of BirthEl Cajon,United States of America,California,San Diego County

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionDiving at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform,Diving at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard,Diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform,Diving at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's 3 metre springboard,Diving at the 1984 Summer Olympics - Men's 10 metre platform

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1984 Summer Olympics,1976 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

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  • Stephon Marbury15
    34
    14

    Stephon Marbury

    Men's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1977-02-20

    Place Of BirthBrooklyn,United States of America,New York City,New York

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's basketball

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

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  • Chris Paul16
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  • Lacy Schnoor17
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  • Dorothy Hamill18
    29
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    Dorothy Hamill

    Women's Singles

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1956-07-26

    Place Of BirthChicago,United States of America,Illinois,Chicagoland

    Olympic SportFigure skating

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionFigure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics - Women's Singles

    Olympic Medalist Games1976 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1976 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Kurt Angle19
    33
    16

    Kurt Angle

    Men's Freestyle Wrestling, Heavyweight 90-100kg

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1968-12-09

    Place Of BirthMt. Lebanon,Pennsylvania,Allegheny County,United States of America

    Olympic SportFreestyle wrestling

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWrestling at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Freestyle Heavyweight

    Weight105.0

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Candace Parker20
    29
    14

    Candace Parker

    Women's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1986-04-19

    Place Of BirthNaperville,United States of America,Illinois,DuPage County,Will County

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Amanda Beard21
    32
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    Amanda Beard

    Women's 200m breaststroke, Women's 200m individual medley

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1981-10-29

    Place Of BirthNewport Beach,United States of America,California,Orange County

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre Individual Medley,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

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  • Allison Pottinger22
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  • Rebecca Lobo23
    27
    13

    Rebecca Lobo

    Women's basketball

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1973-10-06

    Place Of BirthHartford,United States of America,Connecticut,Hartford County

    Olympic SportBasketball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionBasketball at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Women’s

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

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  • Dara Torres24
    27
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    Dara Torres

    Women's 4x200m freestyle relay, Women's 4x100m freestyle relay

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1967-04-15

    Place Of BirthJupiter,United States of America,Florida,Palm Beach County

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre butterfly

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1992 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics,1984 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Bronze medal,Gold medal

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  • Bonnie Blair25
    26
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    Bonnie Blair

    Women's 1000m, Women's 500 m

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1964-03-18

    Place Of BirthCornwall,United States of America,New York,Orange County

    Olympic SportSpeed skating

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSpeed Skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m,Speed skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics,Speed Skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Women's 500m,Speed Skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics - Women's 1000m,Speed Skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics - Women's 500m

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Winter Olympics,1992 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1992 Winter Olympics,1994 Winter Olympics,1988 Winter Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal

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