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Top 10 Best Olympic Swimmers of All-time

Swimming is a popular water-based sport all over the world. It is also one of the most difficult sports, which requires extreme fitness and determination. Swimming is probably the most exciting sport event in Olympic games, both male and female division. There are almost 16 recognized events of swimming, held in a 50 meter pool. Swimming is one of the most watched events in summer Olympic games every time. Over the course of time, there have been many famous swimmers, who are considered as the most respected athletes in the world. Our today’s article is all about the top 10 best olympic swimmers of all-time.

All these swimmers are the best in their individual style. They are the perfect athletes having the taste of success at the peak. Our list was made according to their achievements in the Olympic games, the ultimate platform to perform. All of them are incredibly strong performers and skilled swimmers.

Top 10 Best Olympic Swimmers of All-time

10. Johnny Weissmuller

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Full name: Johan Peter Weissmuller

Place of birth: Romania

Nationality: American

Years active: 1929-1976

Olympic medals: 5 Gold medals, 1 bronze medal

Johnny Weissmuller was best known for playing Tarzan in films of 1930s and 1940s. he was also the best competitive swimming records holder of 20th century. Johnny was one of the fastest swimmers in 1920s. He attained 5 Olympic gold medals in swimming and 1 bronze in water polo. Alongside Olympic, he also won fifty-two US Swimming Championships and set more than fifty world records there. He was the best glamorous swimmer with a celebrity status. Johnny Weissmuller is the no. 10 in our list of best Olympic swimmers of all-time.

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9. Alexander Popov

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Full name: Alexander Vladimirovich Popov

Place of birth: Lesnoy, Soviet Union

Nationality: Russian

Age: 44 years

Olympic medals: 4 Gold medals, 5 silver medals

Alexander Popov is widely regarded as the greatest sprint freestyle swimmer in the world. He is still the only swimmer in the Olympic history to achieve four gold medals in freestyle events. He started his training at the age of just 8 and later moved to Australia for advanced training in swimming. In 1992 Barcelona Olympic, he won 2 gold medals in 50 m and 100 m freestyle and in 1996 Atlanta Olympic, he repeated it to make history. One month after the Atlanta Olympic, he was  stabbed brutally by the street vendors, which threatened his life. He had to undergo surgery and recovered successfully. As soon as he gained his strength, he started to swim again. His return was so remarkable as everyone thought he’ll surely retire. Next year, he defended his 50 m and 100 m freestyle record in world championship.

8. Gary Hall Jr.

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Full name: Gary Wayne Hall Jr.

Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Nationality: American

Age: 41 years

Olympic medals: 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

Gary Hall Jr. is a famous Olympic swimmer. He achieved 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals participating in summer Olympics. He represented United States at 1996, 2000 and 2004 summer Olympic games. Gary Hall Jr. is well known for his “pro-wrestling like” antics in swimming competitions. He used to shadow boxing and flexing for the audiences. His father, Gary Hall Sr. was also a Olympic swimmer. Gary Hall along with his father established the famous “Race Club”, which serves as a training camp for the best swimmers around the world. He is one of the best Olympic swimmers with most colorful personality. He earned immense popularity among his fans worldwide.

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7. Aaron Peirsol

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Full name: Aaron Wells Peirsol

Place of birth: Irvine, California, USA

Nationality: American

Age: 32 years

Olympic medals: 5 gold medals and 2 silver medals.

The former American swimmer, Aaron Peirsol is basically a backstroke specialist. He is the former world champion and world record holder in Olympic. He currently holds world records in 100 m and 200 m backstroke events in world swimming. He participated in three summer Olympic games and won five gold medals and two silver medals for United States. He also won a total of 36 medals in major swimming competitions. After announcing the retirement, Peirsol is now involved in number of charities. Currently, he is acting as an ambassador for the Global Water Foundation.

6. Denis Pankratov

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Full name: Denis Pankratov

Place of birth: Volgograd, Russia

Nationality: Russian

Age: 41 years

Olympic medals: 2 Gold medals and 1 silver medal

The former Russian swimmer Denis Pankratov is widely famous for winning the butterfly double at 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He won 100 m event while swimming more than 25 m underwater in the first lap and then another 15 m in opposite direction underwater. It was regarded as one of the unique events in Olympic games. Pankratov has developed his swimming skill into the butterfly event since childhood. Now, he is regarded as the best butterflier in the world. Before he got retired in 2002, Pankratov set seven world records in swimming. Denis Pankratov was named male Swimmer of the Year twice, in 1995 and 1996. He is at no. 6 in our list of top 10 best Olympic swimmers of all-time.

5. Ryan Lochte

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Full name: Ryan Steven Lochte

Place of birth: Rochester, New York, USA

Nationality: American

Age: 31 years

Olympic medals: 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals

Ryan Lochte represents United States in the Olympic games. He is one of the dominant American swimmers, winning total 11 Olympic medals , which include 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze. He currently holds the world records in 4×200 m freestyle relay, 100 m, 200 m and 400 m individual medley. Lochte achieved World Swimmer of the Year award twice. Lochte started training swimming at the age of five by both of his parents. His father, Steven R. Lochte was his first swimming coach. The 31- year old is looking to gain more success in swimming pool. Hopefully, he will be taking part in upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics, representing United States.

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4. Matt Biondi

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Full name: Matthew Nicholas Biondi

Place of birth: Moraga, California, USA

Nationality: American

Age: 50 years

Olympic medals: 8 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medals

The former American swimmer Matt Biondi stands at no. 4 in our list of top 10 best Olympic swimmers of all-time. He competes in three Olympic games and achieved a total of 11 medals. He set three individual world records in 50 m freestyle and another four in 100 m freestyle. 1988 Seoul Olympic was the remarkable one for him as he won five gold medals and set a new world record in 50 m freestyle event. Biondi competed in world championship between 1986 to 1991 and won six gold medals. Matt Biondi is the member of International Swimming Hall of Fame. In recent years, he is working as a school teacher and a swimming coach in Hawaii.

3. Mark Spitz

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Full name: Mark Andrew Spitz

Place of birth: Modesto, California, USA

Nationality: American

Age: 66 years

Olympic medals: 9 Gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal.

The former American top Olympic swimmer, Mark Spitz is a nine-time Olympic gold medalist and an outstanding career holder. 1972 Munich Olympic was the most notable for him as he set new world record in all seven events of swimming he participated there. His remarkable Olympic career is graced with 9 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. He is the 3rd best Olympic swimmers to achieve 9 gold medals. Mark Spitz also achieved 5 Pan Americans golds, 31 Amateur Athletic Union titles and 8 NACC titles. He was named World Swimmer of the Year three times notably in 1969, 1971 and 1972. He was the most decorated athlete until Michael Phelps broke his 7-gold record in 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is at no. 3 in our list of top 10 best olympic swimmers of all-time. Mark Spitz is a name of swimming legend.

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 2. Ian Thorpe

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Full name: Ian James Thorpe
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Age: 33 years
Olympic medals: 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 1 bronze medal
Australian legendary swimmer, Ian Thorpe aka “Thorpedo” is a specialist in freestyle swimming. He holds the record by achieving most gold medals as an Australian athlete with 5 golds. He was the most successful athlete at 2000 Sydney Olympic games. Ian Thorpe is the youngest male athlete ever representing Australia at just 14 years old. He is also the first person to achieve six gold medals in world swimming competition. He has achieved eleven gold medals in World Championship so far which is still now the third highest of any swimmer. He was awarded the World Swimmer of the Year for a record four times. He has emerged as a philanthropist and runs a charity named “Ian Thorpe’s Foundation for Youth”.

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1. Michael Phelps

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Full name: Michael Fred Phelps
Nicknames: The Baltimore Bullet, the Flying Fish
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Nationality: American
Age: 30 years
Olympic medals: 18 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals
Michael Phelps is the top Olympic swimmer in our list. He is considered as the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 22 Olympic medals in his three Olympic appearances. He currently holds the record of winning most Olympic gold medals (11) in individual events. The 2008 Beijing Olympic was the most memorable for him as he created the record of most first-place finishes (8) at any single summer Olympic games. Michael Phelps was named World Swimmer of the Year for a record seven times. His record breaking performances in all class of competitive swimming earned him the status of best American swimmer ever. He is a complete athlete who has achieved everything. Michael Phelps is the no. 1 in our list of top 10 best olympic swimmers of all-time. He is preparing for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic. The whole world will be waiting to see what Michael Phelps would do in his probable last Olympic.

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Top 10 secrets behind Usain Bolt speed

The Jamaican speed star Usain Bolt is regarded as the fastest human being on earth. The sprinter is currently holding both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records. The reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt scored his best timing in 100 meters which is 9.58 sec in Berlin 2009. He achieved the record by reaching a speed of 12.2 meters per second. The astonishing 100 meters timing is the best ever since the fully automatic time measurement technology has emerged. He is a very popular athletic figure. The sports loving people all over the world cheer his style after winning a race. Usain Bolt is a very joyful character in the athletic world. Usain Bolt speed is amazing to watch.

Bolt won a total 6 gold medals in the last two olympic games he appeared. He made the Jamaicans proud by winning gold medals in all three categories of sprinting (100m, 200m, 4×100m relay). He is one of the most successful athletes in the world. Everyone wants to know the secrets behind Usain Bolt speed and his amazing success.The 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil is knocking at the door and Usain Bolt is preparing hard to mesmerize the world once again.  So, our team tried something here to find out the causes. Our prime target is to find out how fast is Usain Bolt on the tract and the reasons behind Usain Bolt fastest speed. Here are the top 10 secrets behind Usain Bolt speed. 

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Top 10 secrets behind Usain Bolt speed

The main reason behind Usain Bolt speed and his gold medal winning ability is that the sprinter has built one of the best bodies on earth. His 6’5” and 207 pound frame of body is one of mankind’s most sculpted bodies. He is an inspirational role model to any athlete. You can steal his fitness, but you will never catch him on the track. There are some reasons other than fitness in his grand success. We have figured out some of the Usain Bolt speed secrets.

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1. Less dynamic with more dragging force

The writers in the European Journal of Physics calculated that Usain Bolt attains his maximum power when he is at half of his maximum speed. The team also discovered that nearly 8% energy produced by his muscles are used for motion and rests are absorbed by drag. Considering Bolt’s body mass, air temperature and tract altitude, the team found out that his drag coefficient is actually less aerodynamic than that of the average man.

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When comparing Bolt’s body mass, the altitude of the track and the air temperature, they found out that his drag coefficient – which is a measure of the drag per unit area of mass – was actually less aerodynamic than that of the average man. It is the drag effort that makes him untouchable. The enormous amount of energy absorbed by his drag is truly extraordinary.

2.   Extraordinary large stride

Cambridge University’s John Barrow analyzed on Usain Bolt speed and found that his extraordinary large stride length is the main reason behind Usain Bolt record run. His vast lengthy stride gives him fastest time in the run. He has a very supportive body structure with lots of fast twitch muscle fibres, which allow him to respond quickly. He may be even quicker if he gets support from slightly stronger tail-wind. Top speed of Usain Bolt got it’s limit at Berlin when there was a tail-wind of only 0.9m per second. On the other hand, most of the runners need 45 strides to complete 100m. But, Bolt only need 40 strides because of his 6’5” height.

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3. The coach

Usain Bolt has been under the total guidance of Glen Mills, who coached majority of the Jamaican sprint stars. Sprinters like Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell were also supervised by Mills. He took the Bolt job in 2004 just after Athens Olympics. He acted as a head coach of Jamaican national athlete team from 1987 to 2009. Initially, Bolt was interested to run only 100m. But, it was his coach Glen Mills who motivated him and got him on the track to run 200m and 4x100m relay. And then rest is history. Mills holds the key behind all the secrets of Usain Bolt speed.

4. Feet like springs

Max Prokopy from University of Virginia studies the secret behind Usain Bolt speed. On his opinion, Bolt has tremendous genetic advantages which allow his feet springs off the ground with 453 kg of forces. The normal person can generate only 226 kg of force. This double spring energy is the another major reason for his unbelievable fastest speed. He can create an enormous motion with those spring like feet which is enough to break records after records.

5. Usain Bolt diet

Usain Bolt’s personal chef always works hard to ensure that his body remains rock-hard. The athlete indulges the superfood containing 177 calorie per cup. The diet is calculated to provide him 34% of daily vitamin C requirement, 40% of vitamin B6 (energy booster) and 26% daily Potassium requirement. Usain Bolt diet includes Ackee and Saltfish, yellow yam and potato at breakfast, chicken breast and pasta at lunch, Rice and peas at dinner. A simple calculated diet plan indeed.

6. Symmetrical legs

A study has been suggested that the Jamaicans have particularly symmetrical legs than the Europeans. The research also showed that children with symmetrical legs, particularly at the knees, have the tendency to sprint. When they become adult, they gain a perfect body structure with long legs, which give them big advantages as a sprinter. Usain Bolt is physically perfect Jamaican sprinter like Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter and Steve Mullings.

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7. Fear

It seems strange that fear is one of the secrets behind Usain Bolt speed. Yes it is. On the tract, he always pretends that he is being chased by something. In his words,

“I just visualize all the runners are big spiders and then I got super scared. It’s the fear that I always try to run from.”

8. Usain Bolt workout

Usain Bolt is very much concern to maintain his body physique. He goes to gym in a routine basis. In fact, he has to do huge leg work at the gym in order to run faster. He does a lot of hamstring curls, leg extensions and focuses on his core. At the gym Usain Bolt targets not to get bulky. He always try to keep his body weight static. It helps him to float like a feather and run faster than wind.

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9. Sleep

A perfect athlete maintains a schedule of working and rest. But Bolt is very much fond of sleeping. He is not tensed about waking early in the morning and going to gym. He is little bit lazy in this case.

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10. His thirst for more

Usain Bolt is the fastest athlete in the world. But still he is thirsty to break his own records, one after another. He runs with his soul in every race on the tract. He is becoming untouchable day after day. He is supposed to be get prepared for the upcoming Rio 2016. It is his own competition, where he always wins. Usain Bolt speed will cross the limit once again. The world is waiting to see another Olympic gold medals in his pocket and breaking his 9.58 sec in 100m.

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Top 10 All time Greatest Athletes in Olympics

Olympic Games are the biggest international sporting event in the world. It is the platform, where thousands of athletes around the world use to perform. The athletes get the chance to transform their efforts and dexterity into medals. It brings a great honor for their respective countries. The Olympic athletes are the true representatives of their nations. The Olympic games are held every four years interval and 2016 summer Olympic games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympic games originated date back to the time frame of 8th century-4th century, in Olympia, Greece. Firstly, the game was held to show respect to the Greek God, Zeus. Over the centuries, the Olympic games have sustained much evolution and now in this modern versions athletes from more than 200 countries participate to exhibit their athletic talents. We have made some steps to enlist the all time greatest athletes in Olympics till now. All of the mentioned 10 are superior athletes as well as best in their part. They are the golden assets of Olympic history.

We found it very tough to find just 10 greatest athletes from from thousands of greats. The list is actually made considering the fact of winning most number of medals. You viewers are free to give us your valuable comment regarding the all time greatest athletes in Olympics.

Top 10 All time Greatest Athletes in Olympics

10. Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens is a former American track and field athlete. He is considered as the “greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history”. His remarkable achievement came at the 1935 Big Ten track, scoring three world record within 45 minutes. It is regarded as the “greatest 45 minutes ever in sports” by Sports Illustrated magazine. While at Ohio State University, Jesse Owens showed his amazing skills in track and fields. In 1936, he participated in the Olympic games which was officially opened by German chancellor, Adolf Hitler at Berlin. Owens achieved 4 gold medals in that Olympics and enlisted top of the medal-table. In 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony, a footage of Owens running around the field was shown in the giant video screen as one of the most attractive scenes.

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9. Usain Bolt

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The Jamaican speed star, Usain Bolt is widely regarded as the fastest man in Olympic history. The “lightning Bolt” has built an amazing world record in 100 meters   sprint within 9.58 seconds in Berlin 2009. The sprinter started participating in Olympics from 2008. Usain Bolt won 3 gold medals in Beijing Olympic games 2009 and also won another 3 gold in 2012 London Olympics. He is equally successful in world championships winning 8 gold medals and 2 silver medals. He is also one of the highest paid athletes in the world . Ranking at no. 9 of all-time greatest athletes in Olympics, Usain Bolt was named IAAF World Athlete of the Year for a record five times.

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8. Nadia Comaneci

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Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci is one of the most perfect gymnasts of all-time. she first appeared in 1976 Montreal Olympic at the age of just 14, creating a gymnastic world record by scoring a perfect 10. It is surprising to note that the record of perfect 10 was thought to achieve impossible by the Olympic authority. Nadia won 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 Bronze in her maiden Olympic games.

The Romanian wonder girl made her bold appearance in 1980 Moscow Olympics, winning 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals. In addition, she also achieved 9 gold medals in European Gymnastic Championship. She ranks at no. 8 in our list of top 10 all time greatest athletes in Olympics. She has become an idol in world gymnastics.

7. Jim Thorpe

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Jim Thorpe is one of the most greatest and most versatile players in the world. he not only succeeded in American baseball and football but also achieved the peak in various events in Olympic games. According to ABC news, Thorpe was voted for the “Greatest Athlete of 20th century” along with Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth and Mohammad Ali for his amazing sporting skills. The legendary athlete participated in 1912 summer Olympic games in Sweden and won 2 gold medals for decathlon and pentathlon. He was literally the most skillful contender in every sports. The multi-talented also achieved the championship in 1912 intercollegiate ballroom dancing. His name was inducted in the Hall of Fame for many sports. Jim Thorpe is spotted at no. 7 in our list of top 10 all time greatest athletes in Olympics. Considering his outstanding sporting performance, Disney mentioned him twice in their films “ World’s greatest Athletes” in 1973. He is an unmatched hero in the history of American sports.

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6. Paavo Nurmi

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Paavo Nurmi is a former Finnish middle and long-distance runner. He is widely considered as the best long-distance runner of all-time. He was nicknamed as “Flying Finn” for his sole dominance in distance running in early 20th century. Paavo Nurmi was holding a record of being undefeated in consecutive 121 races at 800 meters and above running events. In 1920 Antwerp summer Olympics, he won 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal. The following Olympic in 1924,Paris, in his 2nd appearance, Paavo won 5 gold medals in distant running events. In 1928, at Amsterdam Olympic, he again achieved a gold medal and 2 silver medals, marking his name as one of the all-time greatest athletes in Olympics. Paavo Nurmi lighted the Olympic torch in 1952 Helsinki summer Olympics. He is considered as a prominent athlete in track and field history.

5. Mark Spitz

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The former American swimmer Mark Spitz is a best known for his remarkable achievement in Olympic games. He built world record in all seven events he competed in Olympics. Mark Spitz established himself as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history for long 36 years until his records were surpassed by Michael Phelps in 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Mark Spitz won 2 gold medals, a silver medals and a bronze medal. He again achieved 7 gold medals at 1972 Munich Olympics, which was regarded as the best ever performance by any athlete in the history of Olympic games.

Spitz was inducted in the international swimming Hall of Fame in 1977. He was equally competitive in international swimming competitions as he achieved 31 United States Amateur Athletic Union titles, 5 Pan American Gold medals and many more. This world class athlete was the reigning king in world swimming during his time.

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 4. Carl Lewis

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Carl Lewis is a former American track and field super star and many world record holder. His indoor long jump record has still remained unbeaten since 1984. Carl Lewis was a remarkable athlete who achieved below 10 seconds mark 15 times in 100 meters, and 20 seconds mark 10 times in 200 meters sporting events. He achieved 10 gold medals in his four consecutive Olympic appearances. He also won 8 gold medals and a silver medals in world championship. Carl Lewis was voted “The Sportsman of the Century” by IOC (International Olympic Committee). He was also named as “The Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated magazine. Carl Lewis has been selected for the no. 4 place in our list of top 10 all time greatest athletes in Olympics. He is indeed a phenomenal athlete, who has reached the peak of his success.

3. Nikolai Andrianov

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Former Soviet gymnast Nikolai Andrianov is probably the best male gymnast of all-time. He achieved a total 15 Olympic medals which established himself as the 3rd highest Olympic medal achiever in the history. He is still the most individual Olympic medal achiever in Artistic Gymnastics. He started his Olympic campaign in 1972 Munich Olympic, where he won a gold medal, a silver and a bronze. In 1976 Montreal Olympic, he attained the peak of his success, winning 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and a bronze medal. Nikolai again won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and a bronze medal in the next 1980 Moscow Olympic games. He is a stunning athlete with limitless determination. He was equally successful in world championships as he won 4 gold medals and 6 silver medals there. He stands at no. 3 in our list of top 10 all time greatest athletes in Olympics.

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2. Larisa Latynina

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Another Soviet legendary gymnast Larisa Latynina is famous and widely regarded as the best gymnast of all-time. she contributed at her best to establish the Soviet dominance in Olympic gymnastics. Larisa ended her successful career winning 18 medals in Olympic games, which include the undefeated 14 medals in the individual event of gymnastics. She won 4 gold medals in 1956 Melbourne Olympics, 3 gold medals in 1960 Rome Olympics and 2 gold medals in 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The golden girl also won 9 gold medals, 4 silver medals and a bronze medal in world gymnastic championship. She is the pioneer of artistic gymnastics and ranks at 2nd spot in the list of top 10 all time greatest athletes in Olympics.

1. Michael Phelps

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Here he comes, Michael Phelps, the American swimmer, the no 1 in our list. Considering the achievements in Olympics, Michael Phelps is the all time greatest athlete in the history of Olympic. He was nicknamed as “The Flying Fish” for his incredible ability to cut through the water.

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The legendary American swimmer Mark Spitz once said about Michael Phelps,

” It is apparent that not only is this guy the greatest swimmer of all time and greatest Olympian of all time, he may be the greatest athlete of all time.”

Michael Phelps has won the highest number of medals in the history of Olympics with 22 medals. He began his triumph at 2004 Athens summer Olympics, where he won 6 gold medals and 2 bronze medals and set 2 world records. Then he achieved 8 gold medals and made a world record in all events he participated other than 100 meters butterfly in 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2012 London Olympics, he again showed his proficiency by winning 4 gold medals and 2 silver medals. He is an American sensation, who achieved the greatness within a very short time and put himself at the apex of success. He was awarded the “The World Swimmer of the Year” for a record seven times by swimming World Magazine. Everyone’s eye will be upon him in this coming Rio Olympic 2016. The American glory will shine once again by Michael Phelps, the all time greatest athlete in Olympics.

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Top 10 interesting facts about Rio 2016

Summer Olympic games is an international multi-sport event which occurs every four years interval and organized by International Olympic Committee. 2016 edition of summer Olympic games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to August 21. The summer Olympics 2016 is commonly known as “Rio 2016”. It will be common place for over 10,500 athletes coming from 206 countries all over the world. Kosovo and South Sudan will take part in 2016 summer Olympic games for the first time. The Rio 2016 will feature 28 Olympic games. The summer Olympics 2016 sports events will be distributed in 33 venues at Rio de Janeiro and additional 5 venues located in Salvador, Brasilia, Manaus and Belo Horizonte. Today, we will present you some interesting facts about Rio 2016. It will be a major sport-event in the world this year and bears an unparallel significance in the sense of sports.

Top 10 interesting facts about Rio 2016:

With the few more months remaining at the calendar, Rio de Janeiro is preparing to arrange the greatest sports-event on earth, the summer Olympics 2016. After successfully arranging 2014 FIFA World cup, it has been a challenge for the Brazilians to prove themselves once again. All sports loving people are waiting to watch what Brazil brings to the world as 2016 summer Olympics host. Here we will focus on interesting facts about Rio 2016.

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Fact 1: South America’s first ever
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Summer Olympic games 2016 will be take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hence the 2016 olympic games is also named as “ Rio 2016”. It will be the first Olympic games to take place in South America-which leaves Africa as the only continent yet to arrange this greatest sports-event.

Fact 2: Opening and closing ceremony
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Maracana stadium—-image via: Wikimedia/Brazilian Government

Rio 2016 will also be the first Olympic games in the history at which the opening and closing ceremonies are not held in Athletics stadium. Instead, it will take place at Maracanã Stadium which is solely a football stadium. It is an interesting fact about Rio 2016 that, every stadium except Murambi stadium, were used as a football stadium before 2016 summer Olympics.

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Fact 3: New games at Rio 2016

Golf will be reintroduced in Rio 2016. Golf is returning at the Olympics about 112 years later. Golf is a very popular game in Brazil, specially in Rio de Janeiro. There is an interesting statistic that says around 17,000 new golf players took golf as their prime sport in last 10 years at Rio. Another game named “Rugby Sevens” is also coming at Rio 2016. It is variant of Rugby union, in which seven players are required instead of 15. It is one interesting facts about Rio 2016.

Fact 4: The Olympic village

The Olympic village of Rio 2016 will be over 185 acres. This huge area will accommodate 17,700 beds in 9,460 bedrooms in 48 multi-storied buildings. it is among the interesting facts about Rio 2016 that  each apartment is made up of three or four bedrooms. There will be thousands of athletes and delegates of different countries will be gathered in Rio prior to the Olympic games. Barra da Tijuca in Rio will their first destination, where the Olympic village 2016 is located.

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The Olympic village in Rio——–image via: Wikimedia/Barrazine da Barra
Fact 5: The Olympic stadiums

The Opening ceremony of Rio 2016 will be held at Maracana stadium. The stadium can accommodate over 90,000 spectators with 10,000 more capacities. The Sambódromo Stadium  will host the marathon and archery competitions while João Havelange Stadium will arrange track and field event of Rio 2016. The capacity of the stadium is permanently increased from 45,000 to 60,000 for the summer Olympics 2016. It is one of the interesting facts about Rio 2016.

Also read: Top 10 hints from Pele to stage World Cup Football and Olympics in Brazil

Fact 6: The events

34 venues have been selected in order to stage this mega-sport event. There are 306 sets of medals in 28 Olympic sports events. 18 of the  34 venues are already operating. The venues are located in four districts in Brazil, namely Barra de Tijuva, Deodoro, Copacabana and Maracana. The Olympic event of football will be held in various stadiums outside the city.

Fact 7: The renovation
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Metro In Rio ———image via: Wikimedia/Rodrigo Bethlem

Extensive renovation on transport has been initiated following Rio 2016. The Rio metro is building two underground lines and adding six more subway stations ahead of Olympics. The renovated transport system will be able to carry 230,000 passengers per day during the Olympic period. This gigantic task has been completed on December, 2015.

Also read: Top 10 facts on Maracana stadium in Brazil

Fact 8: The sky-high cost

The Rio 2016 summer Olympics will be supposed to cost over 37.6 billion Brazilian Real which is equivalent of around 10.24 billion Euros. Approximately 24.1 billion real has been estimated for the infrastructure of the city while 6.5 billion Real for sports facilities and 7 billion real for the operating cost of this mega event. Brazil has invested over 5.6 billion real to build the Olympic park in Rio. The success of this kind of mega event is largely depended upon the amount of money that is invested.

Fact 9: The Olympic mascot
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Mascots in Rio 2016—-image via: Flickr/Sebástian Freire

The official mascot of Rio 2016 summer Olympic games was unveiled on 24 November, 2014. The name of the summer Olympics 2016 mascot is “Vinicius”. It was named after the famous Brazilian musician Vinicius de Moraes. The mascot represents Brazilian wildlife, carrying the design of mammals. The concept of the mascot is that it was born from the joy of Brazilians after hearing Rio will be hosting the 2016 Olympics. It is obviously one of the interesting facts about Rio 2016.

Fact 10:  Summer Olympics 2016 tickets
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Best of Luck, Rio 2016——image credit: Pixabay/diema

The summer Olympics 2016 tickets will cost you 40 Brazilian Real to 4,600 Brazilian Real. The ticket price is quite affordable for the general public to watch the game. There will be a huge foreign visitors besides Brazilians at Rio 2016. The Brazilian government also aims to gather a huge revenue from this purpose. There are around 45,000 volunteers, 85,000 third party employees and 8,000 employees ahead of this game. Thus, Brazil is offering a huge job facilities for the people to fulfill this gigantic task.

With 173 days to go of Rio 2016, Brazil is going in full throttle. The Olympic city will stage 22 test events from February to May in 2016 to warm up the city prior to the Olympic games in August. The whole world is waiting eagerly to watch this mega event. Many are keen to know how the preparation is going and the interesting facts about Rio 2016. Let’s hope for the best . At this stage, it is only a matter of time for the summer Olympics 2016 to come at the South America’s soil.