Let us have a look at the top 10 most awarded Olympian who have excelled in their sport and are easily considered the best athletes of all time.
1. Michael Phelps
This Olympic phenomenon has been given all possible moniker to describe his near superhuman Olympic feat. Michael Phelps has surpassed 30 world records and is the all-time winner of most Olympic gold medals won.
2. Larissa Latynina
This Ukrainian female gymnast of the former USSR is regarded as the Olympian with most number of medals won in modern Olympic history.
3. Paavo Nurmi
He is popularly referred to as one of the Flying Finns. He is regarded as the fastest long distance and middle distance athlete in the 1920s. He has so far tallied 9 gold medals and 3 silver medals spanning 1920 Olympics, 1924 Olympics and 1928 Olympics.
4. Mark Spitz
He is hailed as the Swimmer of the Year in 1969 and for two consecutive years of 1971 and 1972 after having participated in 2 World Olympics. Mark Spitz holds the record of most gold medals worn is a single Olympic having tallied seven gold medals.
5. Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis is hailed as the greatest athlete of modern Olympic history. He competed in several track events and won a total of 9 gold medals and 1 silver medal spanning 4 Olympic stages.
6. Bjørn Dæhlie
This Norseman winter Olympian is regarded as the greatest cross-country athlete of all time. He is the only winter Olympian in the list.
7. Birgit Fischer
She is the only athlete in the list who has competed in a total of six Olympic stages. She won a total of gold medals and 4 silver medals for the period 1980 to 2004 Olympics.
8. Sawao Kato
He is the only Asian athlete in the list of top Olympians. He is regarded as the most successful Japanese athlete of all time. Sawao Kato is considered as the most accomplished gymnast in modern Olympic history.
9. Jenny Thompson
This eminent female swimmer tied Sawao Kato for the number 8 slot. She is the most decorated female swimmer of modern Olympic history.
10. Matt Biondi
Next to Michael Phelps, Matt Biondi comes next of four American swimmers making to the circle of 10 Olympian champions. He has won 8 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal during the 1984 Olympics, 1988 Olympics and 1992 Olympics.