The first man to win 4 Olympic gold in swimming was Charlie Daniels of the United States who won the 220 yard freestyle, 440 yard freestyle, and 4x50 yard freestyle at the 1904 Games in St. Louis and won the 100 meter freestyle at the 1908 Games in London.
The first man to win 4 gold in swimming in one Olympic Games was Don Schollander of the United States who won the 100 meter freestyle, 200 meter freestyle, 4x100 meter freestyle relay, and 4x200 meter freestyle relay at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.
As of the 2008 Games that would be Jenny Thompson who won 12 Olympic medals (8 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) in the 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004 Games.
As of the 2008 Games held in Beijing, Michael Phelps holds the world record with 8 gold medals in swimming.
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Kristin Otto (6 Gold medals in a single Olympic).
2 ... a silver in women's 800 meter freestyle swimming and a bronze in women's 400 meter freestyle swimming, both at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona.
The record for most Athletics Olympic medals won was 19 medals by Michael Phelps in swimming at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Michael Phelps currently holds the world record for winning the most swimming medals. He has won 14 gold medals from swimming during the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games.
The Munich Games 1972.SWIMMING !
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As of yesterday August 8, 2008, Mark Spitz owns the most Olympic GOLD medals for swimming in a singe Olympic Games. Seven in the Munich 1972 Olympic Games. The Question was about the most Olympic medals owned by an United States swimmer so that might not be the answer sought.
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Michael Phelps, USA Swimming
Michael Phelps in swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Through the 2008 Games in Beijing, Italy has won 17 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 9 bronze) in Olympic swimming competition.
she started when she was a baby and started competively when she was 9, in 2008 she has participated in her first olympic games in Beijing and has won 3 gold medals
The Australian who has won more Olympic medals than anyone else is Ian Thorpe. He won 9 medals (5 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze) over 2 Olympic Games in swimming.
She is an American called Jenny Thompson. She has won 8 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 1 bronzemedal.She won these medals in the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games.