25 Feb, 2023


Famous Olympic Gold Medalists: Now And Then?

By FactsWow Team

A snowboarder named Shaun White

A few points shy of a perfect score, Shaun White won gold in the halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics and is widely regarded as one of the best snowboarders ever. Despite having a high enough score, he decided to run again at the 2010 Olympics anyway, just coming 1.5 points short of a perfect score.

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The gymnast Nadia Comăneci

Nadia achieved a perfect score of 10.0 at the age of 14. She won six more gold medals and six perfect scores at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and six more gold medals. The athlete has won nine gold medals and four World Championship medals.

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A swimmer named Mark Spitz

The swimmer Mark Spitz won nine gold medals at the Olympics, one silver medal, and one bronze medal over four years. Among his other accomplishments, he won five gold medals at the Pan American Games, 31 titles at the Amateur Athletic Union, and eight titles at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Michael Phelps beat his record of gold medals at the Munich Summer Olympics in 2008. Since 2002, he has been giving motivational speeches worldwide as a stockbroker.

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Backstroke by Natalie Coughlin

While at the University of California, Natalie Coughlin became the first woman to swim 100 meters backstroke in under a minute. The 2008 Summer Olympics marked the first time an American woman won six medals in a single Olympics and the first time a woman achieved that feat in consecutive Olympics.

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The gymnasts of Gabrielle Douglas

A gold medal for Gabrielle Douglas and her Fierce Five team was earned at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her feats included winning the individual all-around title for the first time for a black woman.

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An athlete named Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee

Among her accomplishments as a long jumper and heptathlete, Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee is considered a legend. Olympic medals in both events were won at four Olympic Games, three golds, one silver, and two bronzes.

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Balance beam by Shannon Lee Miller

During the 1996 Summer Olympics, Miller won gold on the balance beam and the all-around world championships in 1993 and 1994. As of 2016, Simone Biles had won seven medals in the Olympic games, making her the most decorated gymnast in Olympics history. 

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The boxer George Foreman

The professional boxer indeed has his grill named after him, but he has accomplished much more than that. He is a two-time world champion, a former world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. A total of 76 of his 81 fights were won.

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Janet Evans is a swimmer.

Evans specialized in long-distance freestyle events during her competitive swimming career. In 1988 and 1992, Evans won four gold medals, setting world records and winning a world championship. 

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Sporting events by Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis competed in track and field from 1979 to 1996 and won nine gold medals. He is one of only three among the few athletes in Olympics history to win four gold medals simultaneously. He was found unqualified to run for the New Jersey Senate in 2011.

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