In history - 1) Dawn Fraser - Won gold medals in the 100 meter freestyle in 1956, 1960, and 1964. She was the first swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics.
2) Shirley Strickland - 7 Olympic medals, including 3 gold (80 meter hurdles twice (1952, 1956), 4x100 meter relay (1956)). She has won more Olympic medals than any other Australian in Athletics and was the first Australian woman to win an Olympic medal.
3) Marjorie Jackson - first Australian woman to win an Olympic gold medal (100 meter dash in 1952).
4) Teddy Flack - first Australian gold medalist winning the 800 meter run and 1,500 meter run in 1896.
5) Shane Gould - won 3 gold medals in 1972 in the 200 meter individual medley, 400 meter freestyle, and 200 meter freestyle. She was 15 years old at the time.
6) Ian Thorpe - 5 gold medals in swimming in the 2000 and 2004 Games.
7) Sarah Durack - first Australian woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics (1912 - 100 meter freestyle). Australian Mina Wylie won the silver in the event.
8) Nova Peris - first Aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal (1996 - Field Hockey).
9) Cathy Freeman - first Aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal in an individual event (400 meter run).
Through the 2008 Games in Beijing, Australians have won 19 gold medals in athletics:
1) Shirley Strickland de la Hunty - gold medal in 80 meter hurdles at the 1948, 1952, and 1956 Games. Also won gold in 4x100 meter relay at the 1956 Games.
2) Cathy Freeman - gold medal in 400 meter dash at the 2000 Games.
3) Betty Cuthbert - gold in 100 meter dash at the 1956 Games, 200 meter dash, and 4x100 meter relay at the 1956 Games, and 400 meter dash at the 1964 Games.
4) Marjorie Jackson - gold in 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash at the 1952 Games.
5) Herb Elliott - gold in 1,500 meter run at the 1960 Games.
6) Teddy Flack - gold in the 800 meter run and 1,500 meter run at the 1896 Games.
7) Ralph Doubell - gold in the 800 meter run at the 1968 Games.
8) Glynis Nunn - gold in heptathlon at the 1984 Games.
9) Norma Croker-Fleming - gold in 4x100 meter relay at the 1956 Games.
10) Fleur Mellor - gold in 4x100 meter relay at the 1956 Games.
11) Debbie Flintoff-King - gold in 400 meter hurdles at the 1988 Games.
12) Nick Winter - gold in triple jump at the 1924 Games.
13) Steve Hooker - gold in pole vault at the 2008 Games.
14) Jack Winter - gold in high jump at the 1948 Games.
Through the 2008 Games in Beijing, that is swimmer Ian Thorpe who has won 9 Olympic medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze).
Id have to say Kathy Freeman
us we inspire many athletes to compete for our countries
Some athletes have dual citizenship and will compete for the country in which they can make the Olympic team.
yes there are a few
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards
shaun white and kelly clark
The French have had a number of successful Olympic athletes. Some of these include Marie-Jose Perec, Thierry Henry, and Amelie Mauresmo.
Yes Jamaica regularly enters a team into the Olympic Games. Indeed Jamaica has some Olympic gold athletes.
Olympic sports contenders are not paid for the competition. Until the 1970s, Olympic athletes had to be amateur, not paid athletes. However, some countries' athletes practiced full time; others were very limited as to who could sponsor their living and coaching expenses.