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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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