Michael Phelps is slightly second in total medal count to Larisa Latin. The Russian gymnast won the highest number of awards at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics. She won 18 Olympic medals, including 9 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze. In addition, Larisa Latynina is an eight-time world champion, multiple champion of the USSR and Europe. After completing her Olympic career, she coached gymnast teams for the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
The third place is Paavo Nurmi, a track and field athlete from Finland. At the 1920, 1924 and 1928 Olympics he won 9 gold and 3 silver medals. The same number of gold medals is held by Mark Spitz, an American swimmer, as well as Carl Lewis, a track and field athlete from the United States. They finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Eight gold and 4 silver medals from Bjorn Daly, a cross-country skier from Norway, got the same result from Birgit Fischer of Germany, canoeing and kayaking. They finished sixth and seventh on the list of the most decorated athletes of the modern Olympics.
Slightly second to them Japanese gymnast Savao Kato and swimmer from the United States Jenny Thompson, they received 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal each.
In tenth place Matt Biondi, a swimmer from the United States, at the 1984-1992 Olympics he received 8 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. Besides, it’s worth noting Ray Yuri, a track and field athlete from the United States — he has 8 gold medals.