These women have won the most medals in Olympic history

Outstanding Performance award, Larisa Latynina accepts her award during 1st ANOC Gala awards at Bangkok ANOC 2014. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant)
Outstanding Performance award, Larisa Latynina accepts her award during 1st ANOC Gala awards at Bangkok ANOC 2014. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant) (Getty Images)

The title of the most-decorated athlete ever belongs to United States swimmer Michael Phelps, who won 28 medals competing in five different Summer Olympics from 2000 to 2016.

But there are so many highly decorated female Olympians, too.

In honor of Monday being International Women’s Day and this being a pandemic-delayed Olympic year with the Summer Olympics now scheduled to take place in Tokyo in a few months, we rounded up a list of the female athletes who have won the most medals at the Games.

All of the women below have won at least 10.


Larisa Latynina (Soviet Union, 18 medals)

Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina of the Ukraine in action during the women's compulsory exercises at the Tokyo Olympics, October 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive) (Getty Images)

An artistic gymnast, Latynina won 14 individual medals and four team medals from 1956 to 1964, nine of them being gold. Her total was the medal record for any gender until Phelps came along.


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