Started in the year 1896, Olympics are termed to be the most prestigious sports event happening all over the world where more than 200 nations participate and compete with each other to show their incredibility in sports.
Among all others, USA, from the year 1912 winning most of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively stands on the first place by receiving most number of gold medals. So, here are 10 Gold medalists from USA who have performed exceptionally to achieve it for their country.
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Born in the year 1985, Michael Phelps made his debut in Olympics as a swimmer and won Gold medal for United States of America as well in the Olympics of 2004 held in Athens, Greece. ‘When you are passionate about a thing, nothing can stop you from achieving it’. This catchphrase perfectly matches with Michael Phelps as, by the Olympics of 2012, he as an individual had won 18 Gold medals for USA in swimming.
Born on 10 February 1950, Mark Splitz is termed as one of the greatest swimmers of all time. He made his debut in winning the Gold medals in the Mexico Olympics in the year 1968 in swimming as a sport in the category of 4 x 100m-Freestyle Relay men. Going on, in the Olympics held in Munich, 1972 he bagged 7 Gold medals consecutive in the same sport and in different categories.
One of the greatest athletes United States of America was Carl Lewis. Born on 1st July 1961, Carl Lewis is one of only four athletes fromUSA who won 9 Gold medals for the country. Debuting in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics won his first Gold medal for 200 meters race completing it in just 19.8 seconds which was extra ordinary.
The only two swimmers that have won 7 consecutive Gold medals in Olympic games is Matthew Biondi and Micheal Phelps. Matthew Biondi made his unveiling of winning the Gold medals in the year 1984 in Los Angeles Olympics. Later in 1988 Seoul Olympics, seemed that he came up with all preparations where he won 7 consecutive Gold medals in swimming in different categories.
With his debut in early 1900’s, Ray Ewry entered as an Athlete and became a Legend. Even though the sports which he played are no longer held in the Olympics events namely Long Jump Standing, High Jump Standing and Triple Jump Standing, yet he has set an example and has been an inspiration to many others. He has won 8 Gold medals for USA, 3 in Paris Olympics(1900), 3 in St Louis Olympics(1904) and 2 in London Olympics(1908).
Being a motivation to many, Jenny Thompson was the only woman to win 8 Gold medals from year 1992 to 2004 in swimming. Bagging a number of 12 medals along with 8 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze for the United States, Jenny Thompson has set an example to many of them. She made her debut of winning her medals by first winning a silver medal in Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and then won consecutive 8 Gold medals in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and in Sydney (2000) respectively.
Born on 15th April 1967, Dara Torres won totally 12 medals including 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze. Her sport was Aquatics. She won her first Silver medal in Seoul Olympics in 1988 performing the best in 4 x 100 Medley Relay women, Freestyle Relay and 100 Butterfly women respectively.
Born on 23rd August 1982, Natalie Coughlin performed in Olympics in the sport of Aquatics winning totally 12 medals for USA. She won 3 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and 5 Bronze medals in total. She was known to be the pro in backstroke swimming and had won 2 out of 3 gold medals in the same in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics respectively.
Carl Osburn, a navy officer and a shooter by profession was born on 5th May, 1884. He performed in the summer Olympics of 1912, 1920 and 1924 respectively winning 11 medals in total for the country among which were 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 bronze. Taking individual and team medals in consideration, he is known as the most successful shooter USA ever had.
Sumner Paine along with his brother John Paine were the first to win a Gold medal ever in Olympics. Their field was – shooting, where they bagged the first position to win the gold medal in the event of military pistol shooting and free pistol shooting in the Olympics of Athens, Greece in 1896.