Winning an Olympic gold is one of the toughest jobs in the world. However, some athletes are so talented that they make it all look way too easy. Moreover, some athletes have dominated in their respective sports for several years. They have gone on to win multiple gold medals as well as silver and bronze medals at the Olympics. To better understand their achievements, here’s a quick look at American athletes who won the most gold medals at Olympics.
Matt Biondi – During his career from 1984 to 1992, Matt Biondi won 8 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Olympics. He had also created records in 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events at that time. After retirement, Biondi spends time working as a school teacher and swimming coach.
Jenny Thompson – A swimmer, Jenny Thompson participated in Olympic games from 1992 to 2004. In her career, she won 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals at the Olympics. She had started training as a swimmer when she was just seven years old. She has won gold in a number of events at the Olympics. Owing to her achievements, she has been featured among the top 100 female athletes of all time.
Carl Lewis – A celebrated athlete, Carl Lewis has won 9 gold and 1 silver at the Olympics. His professional career was from 1984 to 1996. He won Olympic gold in 100-meter, 200-meter, long jump, and 4×100-meter relay. After retirement, Lewis took to acting and has made appearances in several films. He also dabbled in politics.
Mark Spitz – An ace swimmer, Mark Spitz has won 9 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at the Olympics. His best performance was at 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, where he won 7 gold medals. This was a record at that time, which was later broken by Michael Phelps. Spitz won gold in 100 meter and 200-meter butterfly, 100 and 200-meter freestyle, freestyle relay and medley relay. Spitz retired after Munich Olympics, even though he was just 22 years old at that time. This came as a surprise to many fans.
Michael Phelps – The legendary swimmer, Michael Phelps is by far the most successful Olympian of all time. He tops the list not just in US, but the entire world. During his sporting career from 2004–2016, Phelps won an astounding 23 Olympic gold medals. He also has three silver and 2 bronze medals to his credit. Phelps has won Olympic gold medals in various events such as 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, and medley events. Phelps has been so successful that he was accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs. However, none of the tests found anything on him.