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Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners

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List of famous Olympic bronze medal winners from every event, with photos of the athletes when available. These historic Olympic bronze medal winners are listed by popularity, so the most historic Olympians are at the top of the list. Olympic medalists who have won the bronze 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 bronze medal.

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

This list includes notable bronze medal winners from almost every Olympics. They didn't all get their own Wheaties boxes, but every person who has ever won a bronze 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 Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, ...more
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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Mark Andrew Spitz is an American former competition swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in multiple events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics ...more
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Jackie Joyner-Kersee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Track and field athletics
Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner-Kersee is a retired American athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the women's heptathlon as well as in the women's long jump. She won ...more
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Clara Hughes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Speed skating, Road cycling
Clara Hughes, OC OM MSC is a Canadian cyclist and speed skater, who has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports. Hughes won two bronze in the Summer Olympics in 1996 and four medals over the ...more
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Ole Einar Bjørndalen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Biathlon
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is a biathlete.
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Angela Ruggiero is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Ice Hockey
Angela Marie Ruggiero is an American ice hockey defenseman. She is a member of the International Olympic Committee and was a member of the United States women's national ice hockey team, ...more
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Matt Biondi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Matthew Nicholas Biondi is an American former competition swimmer, eleven-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in five events. Biondi competed in the Summer Olympic Games in ...more
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Halvard Hanevold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Biathlon
Halvard Hanevold, is a Norwegian biathlete and Olympic champion. Hanevold won the bronze medal in the men's 20 km individual and the silver medal in the men's 10 km sprint at the 2006 Winter ...more
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Matti Hautamäki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Ski jumping
Matti Antero Hautamäki is a Finnish former ski jumper. He is one of Finland's most successful ski jumpers, having won sixteen FIS Ski Jumping World Cup events, multiple medals at the Ski ...more
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Armin Zöggeler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Luge
Armin Zöggeler is a retired Italian luger and double Olympic champion. He is one of the most successful men in the sport, nicknamed Il Cannibale, for his notable series of victories, or The ...more
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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Short track speed skating
Apolo Anton Ohno is a retired American short track speed skating competitor and an eight-time medalist in the Winter Olympics. Raised by his father, Ohno began training full-time in 1996. He has ...more
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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Natalie Coughlin Hall, née Natalie Anne Coughlin, is an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. Ten days before her 20th birthday in 2002, she became the first ...more
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Jason Lezak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Jason Edward Lezak is an American competition swimmer who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. He formerly swam for Irvine Novaquatics. He graduated from Irvine High School in 1994, and then ...more
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Anja Pärson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Alpine skiing
Anja Sofia Tess Pärson is a Swedish former alpine skier. She is an Olympic gold medalist, seven-time gold medalist at the World Championships, and two-time overall Alpine Skiing World Cup ...more
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Dmitri Sautin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Dmitri Ivanovich Sautin is a Russian diver who has won more medals than any other Olympic diver. He was born in Voronezh. Sautin started diving at age seven; however, his diving career almost ...more
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Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Dara Grace Torres is an American former competition swimmer who is a twelve-time Olympic medalist and former world record-holder in three events. Torres is the first and only swimmer to ...more
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Basketball
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more
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Jenny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Jennifer Beth Thompson is an American former competition swimmer, and one of the most decorated Olympians in history, winning twelve medals, including eight gold medals, in the 1992, 1996, 2000, ...more
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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Amanda Ray Beard is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist. She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. Beard's success has earned her the American Swimmer ...more
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Klete Keller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Klete D. Keller is an American former competition swimmer who won medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics in the 400-meter freestyle and the 4×200-meter freestyle ...more
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Gary Hall, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming
Gary Wayne Hall, Jr. is an American former competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics and won ten Olympic medals. He is a former world ...more
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Teemu Selänne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Ice Hockey
Teemu Ilmari Selänne, nicknamed "The Finnish Flash", is a Finnish former professional ice hockey winger. He began his professional career in 1989–90 with Jokerit of the SM-liiga ...more
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Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Mary Lou Retton is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals. Her ...more
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Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Artistic gymnastics
Anastasia Valeryevna "Nastia" Liukin is a retired Russian-American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic individual all-around Champion, the 2005 and 2007 World Champion on the ...more
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Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Alpine skiing
Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the United States Ski Team. She has won four World Cup championships—one of two female skiers to do so, along with Annemarie ...more