Michael Phelps (22 medals).
Larissa Latynina (18).
Bjørn Dæhlie with 12 medals.
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.
Currently Michael Phelps holds the world record for the most Olympic medals won at 22 medals.
Michael Phelps the SWIMMER
England typically competes under the flag of the United Kingdom during the Olympic games. The English athlete with the most Olympic medals is Chris Hoy.
Steve Redgrave (6 medals).
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).
Ole Einar Bjørndalen has won the most Winter Olympic medal with 13 total medals. The American with the most Winter Olympic medals is Apolo Anton Ohno with 8 total medals.
The most successful and decorated Olympic athlete as of 2014 is Michael Phelps. He has 22 Olympic medals with 18 being gold medals.
Apolo Anton Ohno has the most winter olympic medals for the United States at 8 and counting.