Most Olympic Medals

By: Emeli Dean

Everything you need to know
about Olympic Gold Medals.

From who received the most olympic medals, which countries has the most gold, how much is each model medal worth. 

1) No Gold medals from 1896 to 1904
During the inaugural Olympics in 1896 in Athens, Greece. The first Olympic medals in 1896 were designed by French sculptor Jules-Clément Chaplain and depicted Zeus holding Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, on the obverse and the Acropolis on the reverse. 

  • In 1896 to 1904, the winners were given a silver medal and an olive branch. Runners-up received a laurel branch and a copper or bronze medal.
  • In 1904, the Olypic committee started the tradition of awarding gold, silver and bronze medals at Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 
  • In 1900 Olympic Games, most winners received cups or trophies instead of medals. This is the year Paris started the tradition of the host city minting the medals. For the next few Olympiads the host city chose the medal design. 
  • In 1912 Stockholm Olympics, the organisers gave out solid gold medal and that was the last time solid gold was given out. 

2) How much is an Olympic gold medal worth?

Modern Olympic gold medals are made of sterling silver that has been plated with real solid gold. The gold medal is actually made of 494 grams of silver and 6 grams of gold. The melted gold and silver of a gold medal is worth about $587 in current market prices.

3) Who Won the most Olympic gold medal?

  • Michael Phelps
    He won 23 Gold and 28 medals in total
    Michael Fred Phelps II  was born in June 30, 1985. He is an American former competitive swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps currently holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). As the most decorated Olympian of all time, Phelps net worth is estimated at $55 million.
  • Larisa Latynina
    9 Gold medals
  • Paavo Nurmi
    9 Gold medals
  • Mark Spitz
    9 Gold medals

4) Who is the greatest Olympian of all time

  • 1) Michael Phelps
    While Phelps' greatness is unquestioned, he cannot match Ewry for consistency.

  • 2) Raymond Clarence Ewry
    Ray Ewry won eight Olympic gold medals in 1900, 1904 and 1908, His unprecedented feats; the standing high jump, the standing long jump and the standing triple are now non-existent events.

    He was born in Lafayette in 1873. Orphaned at the age of 5. A doctor told Ewry he would never walk again. Ray had polio and was bound to a wheelchair. There was no cure. He was 7 years old. The rest is history. (We think he deserves to be the greatest Olympian)
  • 3) Usain Bolt
  • 4) Carl Lewis
  • 5) Birgit Fischer
  • 6) Aladar Gerevich
  • 7) Sir Steve Redgrave
  • 8) Paavo Nurmi

5) Country that won the most Olympic Medals

  • 1) United States 27
  • 2) Soviet Union 10
  • 3) Germany 24
  • 4) Great Britain 28

6) Countries that has yet to win Olympic Medals

Bolivia, Chad, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Bosnia, Albania, Belize, Bangladesh, Fiji, Gambia, and Guinea tha have yet to win any Olympic medals. 

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