Michael Phelps the SWIMMER
Michael Phelps of the US has the most olympic gold medals (14 total in 2004 and 2008) and the most medals by a male athlete (16 including his 2 bronze medals).
Larissa Latynina (USSR) has won the most number of medals in the Olympic Games with an incredible tally of 18 medals (9 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze).Micheal Phelps (USA) has won the most medals by a male athlete with 16 (14 gold and 2 silver) and he has won the most Olympic Gold Medals with 14.
The most successful and decorated Olympic athlete as of 2014 is Michael Phelps. He has 22 Olympic medals with 18 being gold medals.
Michael Phelps won the most with 14.
Through the 2008 Games in Beijing, no British athlete has won 8 Olympic gold medals. The most Olympic gold medals a British athlete has won is 5 by rower Steve Redgrave. Redgrave also won 9 World Championship gold medals and 3 Commonwealth Games gold medals.
Michael Phelps, 8.
The US athlete that has won the most medals in swimmer Michael Phelps with 16 (14 gold, 2 bronze). He is second all time in medals behind gymnast Larissa Latynina of the Soviet Union who won 18 Olympic medals (9 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze).
That was nordic combined athlete Felix Gottwald with 3 (2 gold, 1 silver).
Michael Phelps (22 medals).
Prior to the start of the 2012 games, the most total medals won by a single athlete is 18 by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latyninawho competed in 1956, 1960, and 1964.The most held by a male athlete is 16 by Michael Phelpsof the US, who has 14 gold and 2 bronze. The 14 gold (2004 and 2008) are also the most by any Olympic athlete. 10 of his medals are in individual events and 6 in team competition.The male athlete with the most individual medals is Soviet gymnast Nicolai Andrianov with 12 medals, including 6 gold, between 1972 and 1980.
Sir Steven Redgrave has won the most gold medals by a British athlete, with 5 (coxed four 1984, 2000, coxed pair 1988, 1992, 1996) and has also won one bronze (coxed four 1988).