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Team USA's most decorated Olympians

These American athletes have won the most Olympic medals in our country's history.

MIchael Phelps, 28

Summer 23 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze 2004
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Summer
23 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze
2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio
Swimming
Phelps held several Olympic medal records entering the 2012 Games, including most medals at a single Olympics (eight, tied with 1980 Russian gymnast Alexander Ditayatin), most gold medals at a single Olympics (eight in 2008, one more than U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz in 1972), most individual gold medals in a single Olympics (five, tied with U.S. speedskater Eric Heiden and Belarus gymnast Vitaly Scherbo), and most career gold medals (14, 18 counting his London golds). In London, Phelps broke the all-time record for career medals, surpassing Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina (18). In the 2016 Rio Games, Phelps won five gold medals and one silver at age 31.

Ryan Lochte, 12

Summer 6 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze 2004
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Summer
6 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze
2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio
Swimming
Lochte, already a six-time medalist heading into the London Games, stole headlines from Michael Phelps with a win in the 400m Individual Medley. Lochte swam the event in 4:05.18, nearly three seconds faster than his bronze-medal winning performance in 2008. Phelps bounced back to top Lochte in the 200m Individual Medley.

Natalie Coughlin, 12

Summer 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze 2004
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Summer
3 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze
2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London
Swimming
Coughlin has won five individual medals -- including gold in 2004 and 2008 in the 100-meter backstroke -- and seven relay medals.

JENNY THOMPSON — 12 Summer 8 Gold, 3
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JENNY THOMPSON — 12
Summer
8 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens
Swimming
Thompson is one of the most decorated relay athletes in Olympic history. All eight of her gold medals came as part of relay teams. She won two individual Olympic medals, a silver in the 100-meter freestyle in 1992, and a bronze in the same event in 2000.

DARA TORRES — 12 Summer 4 Gold, 4
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DARA TORRES — 12
Summer
4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze
1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 2000 Sydney, 2008 Beijing
Swimming
After an eight-year hiatus, Dara Torres returned to the Olympics in 2008, the oldest U.S. Olympic swimmer (41) in history. She set an American record in the 50m freestyle, winning silver in the event. She also won two other silver medals in 2008 in relay events.

MATT BIONDI — 11 Summer 8 Gold, 2
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MATT BIONDI — 11
Summer
8 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona
Swimming
In Seoul in 1988, Matt Biondi won five gold medals and set four world records. He was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

CARL OSBURN — 11 Summer 5 Gold, 4
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CARL OSBURN — 11
Summer
5 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze
1912 Stockholm, 1920 Antwerp, 1924 Paris
Shooting
Osburn, a former United States Navy officer, won five individual medals (one gold) and six team medals. He was 40 years old in his final Olympics.

MARK SPITZ — 11 Summer 9 Gold, 1
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MARK SPITZ — 11
Summer
9 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich
Swimming
Before Michael Phelps, there was Mark Spitz. In the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Spitz competed in and won gold in seven events, a record that lasted 36 years until Michael Phelps won eight in 2008.

GARY HALL JR. — 10 Summer 5 Gold,
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GARY HALL JR. — 10
Summer
5 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze
1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens
Swimming
After he was shut out of gold in individual events in 1996, Hall, known for his pre-race antics, won gold in the 50-meter freestyle in both 2000 and 2004.

CARL LEWIS — 10 Summer 9 Gold, 1
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CARL LEWIS — 10
Summer
9 Gold, 1 Silver
1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta
Track & Field
The most decorated track and field athlete in modern Olympic history, Lewis was named the Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the Sportsman of the Century by the IOC, both in 1999. His four gold medals in 1984 (100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, 4x100-meter relay) matched Jesse Owens’ 1936 Berlin Games feat.

APOLO ANTON OHNO — 9 Winter 3 Gold,
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APOLO ANTON OHNO — 9
Winter
3 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze
2002 Salt Lake City, 2006 Torino, 2010 Vancouver
Speed Skating
Ohno is the most decorated winter Olympian in U.S. history. He was shut out of gold in 2010, but won two bronze (1,000-meters, 5,000-meter relay) and one silver (1,500m).

Nathan Adrian, 8

Summer 5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze 2008
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Summer
5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio
Swimming
Adrian won gold in the 100-meter freestyle in 2012 and followed it with a bronze in 2016. He also swam the anchor leg of both the men's 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100 individual medley relay teams for the U.S.

SHIRLEY BABASHOFF — 8 Summer 2 Gold, 6
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SHIRLEY BABASHOFF — 8
Summer
2 Gold, 6 Silver
1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal
Swimming
In 1976, Babashoff (far right) swam the anchor leg of the gold-medal winning 4x100-meter freestyle relay team, beating East Germany in the process. Babashoff’s brother, Jack, also won two Olympic medals.

RAY EWRY — 8 Summer 8 Gold 1900
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RAY EWRY — 8
Summer
8 Gold
1900 Paris, 1904 St. Louis, 1906 Athens, 1908 London
Track & Field
Ewry swept the standing high, long and triple jumps in 1900 and 1904, then won gold in the high and long jumps in 1908. He also won two gold medals in the 1906 Intercalated Games; those medals are not recognized by the IOC.

JASON LEZAK — 8 Summer 4 Gold, 2
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JASON LEZAK — 8
Summer
4 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London
Swimming
Lezak’s anchor leg in the 2008 4x100-meter freestyle relay is one of the most famous moments in Olympic history. Trailing the French team, Lezak overcame a deficit of several meters to win gold for the U.S.

ALLYSON FELIX - 8 Summer 5 Gold, 3
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ALLYSON FELIX - 8
Summer
5 Gold, 3 Silver
2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio
Track & Field
Felix became the most decorated woman U.S. track and field athlete as she earned her seventh Olympic medal -- a silver -- in the 400 meters in Rio to pass Jackie Joyner-Kersee. It was a dramatic finish, with Shaunae Miller of Bahamas diving across the line to take gold. She added No. 8 in the 4x100 relay.

AMANDA BEARD — 7 Summer 2 Gold, 4
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AMANDA BEARD — 7
Summer
2 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze
1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens
Swimming
Beard, 14 years old in 1996, won three medals in Atlanta, including a gold in the 4x100-meter relay. She intends to compete in the 2012 London Games after failing to make the finals of an event in 2008.

CHARLES DANIELS — 7 Summer 4 Gold, 1
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CHARLES DANIELS — 7
Summer
4 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
1904 St. Louis, 1906 Athens, 1908 London
Swimming
Daniels, who won five individual medals and two relay medals, was a member of the inaugural 1965 International Swimming Hall of Fame class. He also won a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle in the 1906 Intercalated Games; that medal is not recognized by the IOC.

WILLIS LEE — 7 Summer 5 Gold, 1
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WILLIS LEE — 7
Summer
5 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
1920 Antwerp
Shooting
More than two decades after winning seven medals in Antwerp, Lee held one of the highest positions — Vice Admiral — in the Navy during World War II.

SHANNON MILLER — 7 Summer 2 Gold, 2
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SHANNON MILLER — 7
Summer
2 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze
1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta
Gymnastics
The most decorated gymnast in U.S. Olympic history, Miller was shutout of gold medals in 1992 before winning a pair in Atlanta. She took first in both the team event and balance beam.

AARON PEIRSOL — 7 Summer 5 Gold, 2
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AARON PEIRSOL — 7
Summer
5 Gold, 2 Silver
2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing
Swimming
A force in the backstroke, Peirsol won five individual medals in the 100- and 200-meters, including three gold. He retired in 2011.

LLOYD SPOONER — 7 Summer 4 Gold, 1

LLOYD SPOONER — 7
Summer
4 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
1920 Antwerp
Shooting
Spooner won six team medals and one individual medal — bronze in the 600-meter Prone Military Rifle — in his lone Olympics appearance.

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