Top US Summer Olympic Gold Medalists

Currently, the USA tops the list of countries with the most Olympic gold medals. By 2018, the country had 1,022 gold medals, but in total, its medal tally stands at 2,522. So who are the men and women behind these great performances?

Carl Lewis

Carl earned the ‘athlete of the century’ title for a reason. During the 1984 Olympics, he won four gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters races, long jump, and in the 4×100 relay. He will also be remembered for winning the long jump in for consecutive Olympics, a feat no other athlete has ever achieved. So far, he has nine gold medals to his name. Given the nature of the sport he took part in, Carl remains one of the greatest athletes America has ever had.

Michael Phelps

Phelps will go down in history as the man who won eight gold medals in a single Olympic event in 2008. He will also be remembered for winning six golds again in 2004. In total, Phelps has 28 medals, 23 of which are gold. Ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, his fans are more than eager to see their idol in action if at all he will be taking part in the event. He took part in his fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Jesse Owens

Do you know what Owens did in 1936 during the Olympics in Berlin when Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany were spouting white supremacy and hatred? Well, he won the 100, 200 meters races and the long jump throwing their racism back in their face. During the event, Jesse also won his fourth gold medal by taking part in the opening leg of the 4×100 relay. He was so great even the Germans cheered him on. Having passed away in March 1980, Owen’s legacy lives on.