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

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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Mark Spitz age 68

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Clara Hughes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Clara Hughes age 45

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Ole Einar Bjørndalen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Shawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Shawn Johnson age 26

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Angela Ruggiero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Matt Biondi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Matt Biondi age 52

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Halvard Hanevold is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Matti Hautamäki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Armin Zöggeler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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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)

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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Apolo Ohno age 35

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Jason Lezak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Jason Lezak age 42

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Anja Pärson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Anja Pärson age 36

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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Greg Louganis age 58

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Dmitri Sautin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Dmitri Sautin age 44

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Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Dara Torres age 50

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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Amanda Beard age 36

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Cathy Freeman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Cathy Freeman age 45

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Jenny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Gary Hall, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Klete Keller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Klete Keller age 36

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Nastia Liukin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Nastia Liukin age 28

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Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Ian Thorpe age 35

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Claudia Pechstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Cindy Klassen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Cindy Klassen age 38

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Grant Hackett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Grant Hackett age 37

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Andrea Henkel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Andrea Henkel age 40

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Kjetil André Aamodt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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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)

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Kati Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Kati Wilhelm age 41

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Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Wang Meng is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Wang Meng age 32

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Ryan Lochte is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Ryan Lochte age 33

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Frank Shorter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Frank Shorter age 70

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Leontien van Moorsel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Becky Kellar-Duke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Ian Crocker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Ian Crocker age 34

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Fernando González is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Alexander Dityatin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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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)

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Jeremy Wariner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Pieter van den Hoogenband is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Alain Bernard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Alain Bernard age 33

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Libby Lenton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Libby Lenton age 32

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François-Louis Tremblay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners

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Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Olympic Silver Medal Winners
Leisel Jones age 31