Most Medals But No Golds

It is often said that an Olympian is unlucky when they finish fourth – see our previous post on “The Unluckiest Olympians” from 18 June 2014. But what about those Olympians who win medals, but never get to mount the top step, winning a gold medal? Which Olympians have won the most Olympic medals, but never won a gold medal? Here is the list of all those with 5 or more Olympic medals, but no golds:

Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport G S B TM
Franziska van Almsick F S GER SWI 0 4 6 10
Merlene Ottey-Page F S JAM ATH 0 3 6 9
Frank Beaurepaire M S ANZ/AUS SWI 0 3 3 6
Roald Larsen M W NOR SSK 0 2 4 6
Rintje Ritsma M W NED SSK 0 2 4 6
Piero D'Inzeo M S ITA EQU 0 2 4 6
Harri Kirvesniemi M W FIN CCS 0 0 6 6
Viktor Lisitsky M S URS GYM 0 5 0 5
Erika Zuchold F S GDR GYM 0 4 1 5
Anders Holmertz M S SWE SWI 0 4 1 5
Yang Yang (S) F W CHN STK 0 4 1 5
Miya Tachibana F S JPN SYN 0 4 1 5
Miho Takeda F S JPN SYN 0 4 1 5
László Cseh Jr. M S HUN SWI 0 3 2 5
Anita Moen-Guidon F W NOR CCS 0 3 2 5
Gustav Fischer M S SUI EQU 0 3 2 5
Fredric Landelius M S SWE SHO 0 3 2 5
Østen Østensen M S NOR SHO 0 3 2 5
Fritz Feierabend M W SUI BOB 0 3 2 5
Li Jiajun M W CHN STK 0 2 3 5
Gina Gogean F S ROU GYM 0 2 3 5
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen F W FIN CCS 0 2 3 5
William Merz M S USA GYM 0 1 4 5
Edvin Wide M S SWE ATH 0 1 4 5
Arianna Fontana F W ITA STK 0 1 4 5
Phil Edwards M S CAN ATH 0 0 5 5
Antje Buschschulte F S GER SWI 0 0 5 5
Arie de Jong M S NED FEN 0 0 5 5

Franziska van Almsick

Very tough for both Franziska van Almsick and Merlene Ottey-Page, and interesting that two women lead the list – and quite easily at that.

There are 11 women and 17 men in the above list, with 9 Winter Olympians, and 19 Summer Olympians. In all, 11 different sports/disciplines are represented, as follows: Athletics, Bobsledding, Cross-Country Skiing, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting, Short-Track Speed Skating, Speed Skating, Swimming, and Synchronized Swimming.

What about the goal of winning an individual gold medal and who has come the closest to that without ever winning one? In all 31 Olympians have won 4 or more individual Olympic medals, without ever winning an individual gold. Merlene Ottey-Page leads this list, which is as follows:

Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport IG IS IB ITM
Merlene Ottey-Page F S JAM ATH 0 2 5 7
Eizo Kenmotsu M S JPN GYM 0 3 3 6
Yury Titov M S URS GYM 0 3 3 6
Roald Larsen M W NOR SSK 0 2 4 6
Shirley Babashoff F S USA SWI 0 5 0 5
László Cseh Jr. M S HUN SWI 0 3 2 5
Uschi Disl F W GER BIA 0 2 3 5
Sofiya Muratova F S URS GYM 0 2 3 5
Masao Takemoto M S JPN GYM 0 2 3 5
Rintje Ritsma M W NED SSK 0 2 3 5
William Merz M S USA GYM 0 1 4 5
Hryhoriy Misiutin M S EUN/UKR GYM 0 4 0 4
Frankie Fredericks M S NAM ATH 0 4 0 4
Ivica Kostelić M W CRO ASK 0 4 0 4
Shuji Tsurumi M S JPN GYM 0 3 1 4
Frank Gailey M S AUS SWI 0 3 1 4
Adam Małysz M W POL SKJ 0 3 1 4
Paula Jean Myers-Pope F S USA DIV 0 3 1 4
Marlies Schild F W AUT ASK 0 3 1 4
Igor Basinsky M S BLR/URS SHO 0 2 2 4
Franco Cagnotto M S ITA DIV 0 2 2 4
Dara Torres F S USA SWI 0 1 3 4
Pavel Lednyov M S URS MOP 0 1 3 4
Frank Beaurepaire M S ANZ/AUS SWI 0 1 3 4
Edvin Wide M S SWE ATH 0 1 3 4
Teddy Billington M S USA CYC 0 1 3 4
Ato Boldon M S TTO ATH 0 1 3 4
Leo Visser M W NED SSK 0 1 3 4
Yordan Yovchev M S BUL GYM 0 1 3 4
Yelena Välbe F W EUN/RUS CCS 0 0 4 4

Merlene Ottey-Page

Of the 31, only 8 are women, possibly because there have been fewer Olympic events for women. By seasons, 8 are Winter Olympians and 23 Summer Olympians. There are 12 sports represented in this list, which are slightly different than the first list: Alpine Skiing, Athletics, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Cycling, Diving, Gymnastics, Modern Pentathlon, Shooting, Ski Jumping, Speed Skating, and Swimming.

Of the above, only a few athletes are still competing, and those that are are no longer competitive at the highest levels, so there should be nobody leaving the two lists.

3 thoughts on “Most Medals But No Golds”

    1. Thanx, fixed. If not careful, running queries on our database can generate problems when athletes start competing for different nations. Didn’t check it carefully enough. Thanx again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *