Medals In Every Event Entered

We looked earlier at Olympians who won every event they entered at the Olympics – see “The Undefeated Olympians” from 25 June 2014. But what about those Olympians who may not have won a gold medal in every event, but still won a medal in every Olympic event they entered? How many of those have there been?

Well, that number is pretty big, but let’s look at those Olympians who entered the most events and still won medals in all of them. Here is the list for the Summer Olympics, including all those winning medals in 6 or more events:

Name Gdr NOC Sport G S B TM
Paavo Nurmi M FIN ATH 9 3 0 12
Natalie Coughlin F USA SWI 3 4 5 12
Ray Ewry M USA ATH 10 0 0 10
Carl Lewis M USA ATH 9 1 0 10
Gary Hall Jr. M USA SWI 5 3 2 10
Valentina Vezzali F ITA FEN 6 1 2 9
Zoltán von Halmay M HUN SWI 3 5 1 9
Isabell Werth F GER EQU 5 3 0 8
Kornelia Ender F GDR SWI 4 4 0 8
Aaron Peirsol M USA SWI 5 2 0 7
Tom Jager M USA SWI 5 1 1 7
Mariya Gorokhovskaya F URS GYM 2 5 0 7
Rudolf Kárpáti M HUN FEN 6 0 0 6
Kristin Otto F GDR SWI 6 0 0 6
Steven Redgrave M GBR ROW 5 0 1 6
Lucien Gaudin M FRA FEN 4 2 0 6
Matt Grevers M USA SWI 4 2 0 6
Kim Su-Nyeong F KOR ARC 4 1 1 6
Wu Minxia F CHN DIV 4 1 1 6
Viktor Sidyak M URS FEN 4 1 1 6
Doina Ignat F ROU ROW 4 1 1 6
Murray Rose M AUS SWI 4 1 1 6
Max Décugis M FRA TEN 4 1 1 6
Rebecca Soni F USA SWI 3 3 0 6
Renate Stecher F GDR ATH 3 2 1 6
Daniela Silivaş F ROU GYM 3 2 1 6
Rüdiger Helm M GDR CAN 3 0 3 6

Paavo Nurmi
There are 13 females and 15 males in the above list, with 11 sports represented. Paavo Nurmi leading with 12 medals in 12 events is not a surprise, but few would likely have picked Natalie Coughlin to tie Nurmi at 12.

For the Winter Olympics, there are less events and the Olympians tend to have won fewer medals, so we’ll look only at those who won medals in all of their 4 or more events:

Name Gdr NOC Sport G S B TM
Wolfgang Hoppe M GER BOB 2 3 1 6
Eugenio Monti M ITA BOB 2 2 2 6
Matti Nykänen M FIN SKJ 4 1 0 5
Jayna Hefford F CAN ICH 4 1 0 5
Hayley Wickenheiser F CAN ICH 4 1 0 5
André Lange M GER BOB 4 1 0 5
Samppa Lajunen M FIN NCO 3 2 0 5
Caroline Ouellette F CAN ICH 4 0 0 4
Bernhard Germeshausen M GDR BOB 3 1 0 4
Gillis Grafström M SWE FSK 3 1 0 4
Vladislav Tretyak M URS ICH 3 1 0 4
Jennifer Botterill F CAN ICH 3 1 0 4
Becky Kellar F CAN ICH 3 1 0 4
Meinhard Nehmer M GDR BOB 3 0 1 4
Yevgeny Plyushchenko M RUS FSK 2 2 0 4
Jan Behrendt M GER LUG 2 1 1 4
Stefan Krauße M GER LUG 2 1 1 4
Igor Kravchuk M RUS ICH 2 1 1 4
Bjarte Engen Vik M NOR NCO 2 1 1 4
Lyubov Kozyreva-Baranova F URS CCS 1 3 0 4
Josef Benz M SUI BOB 1 2 1 4
Bernhard Lehmann M GDR BOB 1 2 1 4
Fred Anton Maier M NOR SSK 1 2 1 4
Erich Schärer M SUI BOB 1 2 1 4
Angela Ruggiero F USA ICH 1 2 1 4
Jenny Schmidgall-Potter F USA ICH 1 2 1 4
Sten Stensen M NOR SSK 1 1 2 4
Radiya Yeroshina F URS CCS 0 3 1 4
Julie Chu F USA ICH 0 3 1 4
Jiří Holík M TCH ICH 0 2 2 4
Saku Koivu M FIN ICH 0 1 3 4
Ville Peltonen M FIN ICH 0 1 3 4
Leo Visser M NED SSK 0 1 3 4

Hayley Wickenheiser

The Winter list has 33 Winter Olympians with 4 or more medals, interestingly led by two bobsledders – Wolfgang Hoppe and Eugenio Monti with 6 each. There are 10 females and 23 males, representing 8 sports.

In both lists, those who were in our previous undefeated post can be seen – Ray Ewry with 10, Rudolf Karpati and Kristin Otto with 6 among the Summer Olympians; and Caroline Ouellette with 4 among the Winter Olympians.

3 thoughts on “Medals In Every Event Entered”

    1. Good find – she won 6 medals and entered 6 Summer events, but the database query got mixed up because she competed in both Winter and Summer Olympics. Corrected. Thanx – Bill M

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