25 Most Remarkable Summer Olympians Of All Time

Let the games begin! The 2012 Summer Olympics began in London on July 27. In honor of this historical international event, we’ve made a list featuring some of the best athletes of the Summer Olympics throughout history. The competitors range from young to old, come from all over the world, and have competed in Olympics as far back as 1900. While some of them may not be the best in terms of number of medals won or quantity of records broken, they all deserve a spot on the list for beating the odds in their own ways. So in alphabetical order, here are the 25 most remarkable summer Olympians of all time.

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Elisabeta Lipa: Rowing, Romania

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One of only four people to win medals at six different Olympiads, Elisabeta Lipa is the most decorated rowers in the history of the Olympics. In addition to winning one bronze, two silver, and five gold medals, she holds the record among rowers for the most years between gold medals (20 years).

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Frank Kugler: Various Sports, United States

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While he may not be a gold medalist, Frank Kugler is the only competitor to win a medal in three different sports at the same Olympic Games. He won a silver medal in men’s freestyle wrestling, two bronze medals in men’s weightlifting, and one bronze medal in men’s tug of war at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.


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Guo Jingjing: Diving, China

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With four gold and two silver medals in her repertoire, this athlete known in China as “The Princess of Diving” has won more Olympic medals than any other female diver.

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Hubert Van Innis: Archery, Belgium

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Hubert Van Innis earned one silver and two gold medals for his archery skills during the 1900 Olympics. Then twenty years later, he won four more gold and two more silver medals, making him the most successful archer in Olympic history.


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Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Track and Field, United States

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Track and Field, United States- Jackie Joyner-Kersee took women’s track and field to the next level by winning three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals from 1984 to 1996. At 7,291 points, her performance in the 1988 heptathlon set a world record that has yet to be broken.

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