Olympics Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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

List features athletes like Ryan Lochte, Nastia Liukin and more!

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

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

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Carl Lewis age 56 Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. ...more

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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Mark Spitz age 68 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 Silver Medal Winners
Jackie Joyner-Kersee age 56 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 Silver Medal Winners
Clara Hughes age 45 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 Silver Medal Winners
Ole Einar Bjørndalen age 44 Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is a biathlete.

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Shawn Johnson age 26 Shawn Machel Johnson is a retired American artistic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. Johnson became a member ...more

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Angela Ruggiero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Angela Ruggiero age 38 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) 8 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Matt Biondi age 52 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) 9 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Halvard Hanevold age 48 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) 10 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Matti Hautamäki age 36 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) 11 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Armin Zöggeler age 44 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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Paavo Nurmi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Paavo Nurmi Died at 76 (1897-1973) Paavo Johannes Nurmi was a Finnish middle- and long-distance runner. He was nicknamed the "Flying Finn" as he dominated distance running in the early 20th century. Nurmi set 22 ...more

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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Natalie Coughlin age 35 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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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Apolo Ohno age 35 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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Jason Lezak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Jason Lezak age 42 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) 16 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Anja Pärson age 36 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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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Greg Louganis age 58 Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only ...more

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Dmitri Sautin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Dmitri Sautin age 44 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) 19 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Dara Torres age 50 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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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Amanda Beard age 36 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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Cathy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Cathy Freeman age 45 Catherine Astrid Salome "Cathy" Freeman, OAM is a former Australian sprinter, who specialised in the 400 metres event. Her personal best of 48.63 currently ranks her as the sixth ...more

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Jenny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Jenny Thompson age 45 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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Gary Hall, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Gary Hall, Jr. age 43 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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Klete Keller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Klete Keller age 36 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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Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Nastia Liukin age 28 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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Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Mary Lou Retton age 50 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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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Ian Thorpe age 35 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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Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Claudia Pechstein age 46 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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Cindy Klassen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Cindy Klassen age 38 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) 30 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Grant Hackett age 37 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) 31 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Andrea Henkel age 40 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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Kjetil André Aamodt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Kjetil André Aamodt age 46 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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Mika Myllylä is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Mika Myllylä Died at 42 (1969-2011) 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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Kati Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Kati Wilhelm age 41 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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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Marit Bjørgen age 38 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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Wang Meng is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Wang Meng age 32 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) 37 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Ryan Lochte age 33 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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Frank Shorter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Frank Shorter age 70 Frank Charles Shorter is an American former long-distance runner who won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Summer Olympics. His victory is credited with igniting the running boom in the ...more

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Leontien van Moorsel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Leontien van Moorsel age 48 Leontien Martha Henrica Petronella Zijlaard-van Moorsel is a Dutch retired racing cyclist.

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Becky Kellar-Duke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Becky Kellar-Duke age 43 Rebecca Kellar is a women's ice hockey player. She currently plays for Burlington in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. Kellar played defence for the Canadian women's team at the 2006 Winter ...more

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Ian Crocker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Ian Crocker age 35 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) 42 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Fernando González age 37 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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Alexander Dityatin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Alexander Dityatin age 60 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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Joaquín Capilla is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Joaquín Capilla Died at 82 (1928-2010) 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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Jeremy Wariner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Jeremy Wariner age 34 Jeremy Mathew Wariner is an American track athlete specializing in the 400 meters. He has won four Olympic medals and six World Championships medals. He is the third fastest competitor in the ...more

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Pieter van den Hoogenband is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Pieter van den Hoogenband age 40 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 Silver Medal Winners
Alain Bernard age 34 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 Silver Medal Winners
Libby Lenton age 33 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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François-Louis Tremblay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
François-Louis Tremblay age 37 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

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Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Leisel Jones age 32 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