Olympics 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

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Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Speed skating Claudia Pechstein is a German speed skater. She has won five Olympic gold medals. With a total of nine Olympic medals, five gold, two silver and two bronze, she is the most successful Olympic ...more

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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Ian James Thorpe, OAM is an Australian swimmer who specialises in freestyle, but also competes in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any ...more

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Cindy Klassen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Speed skating Cindy Klassen, OM is a Canadian long track speed skater. She is a six-time medalist having achieved one gold, two silver, three bronze at the Winter Olympics. Klassen is tied with Clara Hughes ...more

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Grant Hackett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Grant George Hackett OAM is an Australian swimmer most famous for winning the men's 1500 metres freestyle race at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. ...more

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Andrea Henkel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Biathlon Andrea Henkel is a retired German professional biathlete and the younger sister of Manuela Henkel, a successful cross-country skier. She trained at SV Großbreitenbach. Andrea Henkel ...more

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Kati Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Biathlon Kati Wilhelm is a German former professional biathlete. Like most German biathletes she is also a member of the German Armed Forces with the rank of master sergeant. She currently resides in ...more

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Mika Myllylä is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Mika Kristian Myllylä was a Finnish cross-country skier who competed from 1992 to 2005. He won six medals at the Winter Olympics, earning one gold, one silver, and four bronzes. ...more

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Kjetil André Aamodt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Kjetil André Aamodt is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Norway, a champion in the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup. He is the most decorated ski racer from Norway. ...more

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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Cross-country skiing Marit Bjørgen is a Norwegian cross-country skier and six times Olympic champion from Midtre Gauldal, Norway. She is ranked first in the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings with ...more

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Tirunesh Dibaba is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Track and field athletics Tirunesh Dibaba also known as Tirunesh Dibaba Kenene is an Ethiopian long distance track athlete and the outdoor 5000 metres world record holder. She is the current World and Olympic 10,000 ...more

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Kelly Holmes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Track and field athletics Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE, MBE, born 19 April 1970, is a retired British middle distance athlete. Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances ...more

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Ryoko Tani is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Judo Ryoko Tani is a politician and former judoka.

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Hélia Souza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Hélia Rogério de Souza, nicknamed Fofão, is a Brazilian female volleyball player who competed for the her country's national team in five consecutive Summer Olympics, ...more

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Wang Meng is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Short track speed skating Wang Meng is a Chinese short track speed skater. She is a four-time Olympic Champion and 2008 and 2009 Overall World Champion. She is the most decorated Chinese Winter Olympic athlete ever with ...more

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Ryan Lochte is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Ryan Steven Lochte is an American competitive swimmer and an 11-time Olympic medalist. His seven individual Olympic medals ranks near the top in men's swimming. As part of the American team, he ...more

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Leontien van Moorsel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Road cycling, Track cycling Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel is a Dutch retired racing cyclist.

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Alexander Dityatin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Aleksandr Nikolaevich Dityatin is a Russian gymnast, three-time Olympic Champion, and Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR. Winning eight medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics, he set the record ...more

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Ian Crocker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Ian Lowell Crocker is an American former competition swimmer, five-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. During his career, he set world records in the 50- and 100-meter ...more

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Fernando González is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Tennis Fernando Francisco González Ciuffardi is a retired professional tennis player from Chile. During his career he made it to the quarterfinal round of all four Grand Slam tournaments. He ...more

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Joaquín Capilla is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Diving Joaquín Capilla Pérez, born in Mexico City, was a Mexican diver. He won the bronze medal in the platform diving event at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England, the silver medal ...more

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Pieter van den Hoogenband is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband is a Dutch former swimmer and a triple Olympic champion.

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Alain Bernard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Alain Bernard is a former French swimmer from Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône. Bernard won a total of four medals at two Olympic Games. He also won numerous medals at the World Championships and ...more

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Libby Lenton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Lisbeth "Libby" Constance Trickett, OAM, née Lisbeth Constance Lenton, is an Australian competition swimmer. She was a gold medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2008 ...more

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Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Swimming Leisel Marie Jones OAM is an Australian former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medallist. A participant in the 2000 Summer Olympics – at just 15 years old – and 2004 Summer Olympics, she ...more

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François-Louis Tremblay is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Olympic Bronze Medal Winners
Short track speed skating François-Louis Tremblay is a Canadian short track speed skater and five-time Olympic medalist who competed at the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics. François-Louis Tremblay is ...more