Silver and Bronze Medal Trivia

OK, we know that Michael Phelps has won the most Olympic medals, with 22, and the most Olympic gold medals, with 18. But what about silver and bronze medals – who has the most of the other podium medals?

For silver medals the list of all those with 5 or more is as follows:

Silvers Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
6 Aleksandr Dityatin M S URS GYM
6 Mikhail Voronin M S URS GYM
6 Shirley Babashoff F S USA SWI
5 Larysa Latynina F S URS GYM
5 Nikolay Andrianov M S URS GYM
5 Edoardo Mangiarotti M S ITA FEN
5 Raisa Smetanina F W EUN/URS CCS
5 Aleksandr Popov M S EUN/RUS SWI
5 Raisa Smetanina F W URS CCS
5 Zoltán von Halmay M S HUN SWI
5 Leisel Jones F S AUS SWI
5 Anky van Grunsven F S NED EQU
5 Yury Titov M S URS GYM
5 Katalin Kovács F S HUN CAN
5 Mariya Horokhovska F S URS GYM
5 Gustavo Marzi M S ITA FEN
5 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich F W GDR SSK
5 Dagmar Hase F S GER SWI
5 Bogdan Musiol M W GDR/GER BOB
5 Viktor Lisitsky M S URS GYM

How about individual silver medals? Who has the most of those? Here are all those who have won 4 or more individual silver medals?

IndSilvers Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
5 Larysa Latynina F S URS GYM
5 Aleksandr Dityatin M S URS GYM
5 Shirley Babashoff F S USA SWI
5 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich F W GDR SSK
4 Raisa Smetanina F W EUN/URS CCS
4 Raisa Smetanina F W URS CCS
4 Zoltán von Halmay M S HUN SWI
4 Mikhail Voronin M S URS GYM
4 Karin Enke-Kania F W GDR SSK
4 Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann-Kleemann F W GER SSK
4 Mariya Horokhovska F S URS GYM
4 Kirsty Coventry F S ZIM SWI
4 Kateřina Neumannová F W CZE CCS
4 Hryhoriy Misiutin M S EUN/UKR GYM
4 David Cal M S ESP CAN
4 Hryhoriy Misiutin M S EUN GYM
4 Frankie Fredericks M S NAM ATH
4 Ivica Kostelić M W CRO ASK

What about those who have won silver medals but no other Olympic medal? All they won were silver medals. Somewhat surprisingly, 10 Olympians have won 4 or more silvers, but no other Olympic medals. And here they are:

Silvers Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
5 Viktor Lisitsky M S URS GYM
4 Frankie Fredericks M S NAM ATH
4 Ivica Kostelić M W CRO ASK
4 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka M S JPN SWI
4 Hilkka Riihivuori-Kuntola F W FIN CCS
4 Vincenzo Pinton M S ITA FEN
4 Ian Stark M S GBR EQU
4 Frank Wiegand M S GDR/GER SWI
4 Kara Lynn Joyce F S USA SWI
4 Renzo Nostini M S ITA FEN

What about those athletes who only won individual silver medals – no team medals, no golds, no bronzes? We got that list too – here it is:

IndSilvers Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
4 Frankie Fredericks M S NAM ATH
4 Ivica Kostelić M W CRO ASK
3 Viktor Lisitsky M S URS GYM
3 Tsuyoshi Yamanaka M S JPN SWI
3 Raelene Boyle F S AUS ATH
3 Thor Henning M S SWE SWI
3 Peter-Michael Kolbe M S FRG ROW
3 Tim McKee M S USA SWI
3 Leah Poulos-Mueller F W USA SSK
3 Robert Pražák M S TCH GYM
3 Tan Liangde M S CHN DIV
3 Aleksandar Tomov M S BUL WRE
3 Ernie Webb M S GBR ATH

OK, that’s it for silver medal trivia. What about bronze medals? Who has the most of them? Here is that list:

Bronzes Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
6 Aleksey Nemov M S RUS GYM
6 Franziska van Almsick F S GER SWI
6 Heikki Savolainen M S FIN GYM
6 Merlene Ottey-Page F S JAM ATH
6 Harri Kirvesniemi M W FIN CCS
5 Natalie Coughlin F S USA SWI
5 Stefania Belmondo F W ITA CCS
5 Daniel Revenu M S FRA FEN
5 Phil Edwards M S CAN ATH
5 Antje Buschschulte F S GER SWI
5 Arie de Jong M S NED FEN

And here is the list of those winning the most individual bronze medals:

IndBronzes Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
5 Aleksey Nemov M S RUS GYM
5 Merlene Ottey-Page F S JAM ATH
4 Takashi Ono M S JPN GYM
4 Vitaly Shcherbo M S BLR/EUN GYM
4 Dmitry Sautin M S EUN/RUS DIV
4 Yelena Välbe F W EUN/RUS CCS
4 Anja Pärson F W SWE ASK
4 Roald Larsen M W NOR SSK
4 Yelena Välbe F W EUN CCS
4 William Merz M S USA GYM
4 Vitaly Shcherbo M S BLR GYM

Finally, who has won the most bronze medals, and the most individual bronze medals, while winning no other Olympic medals? Following are those two lists:

Bronzes Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
6 Harri Kirvesniemi M W FIN CCS
5 Phil Edwards M S CAN ATH
5 Antje Buschschulte F S GER SWI
5 Arie de Jong M S NED FEN
4 Vitaly Shcherbo M S BLR GYM
4 Jetze Doorman M S NED FEN
4 Robert Dover M S USA EQU

Now for the list of the most individual bronze medals, with no team medals, no gold medals, and no silver medals.

IndBronzes Name Gdr Ssn NOC Sport
4 Yelena Välbe F W EUN/RUS CCS
3 Angel Martino F S USA SWI
3 Stan Rowley M S AUS ATH
3 George Breen M S USA SWI
4 Vitaly Shcherbo M S BLR GYM
3 Hugues Duboscq M S FRA SWI
3 Curtis Myden M S CAN SWI
3 Amarilys Savón F S CUB JUD
3 Sheng Zetian M S CHN WRE
3 Hans van Helden M W NED SSK
3 Arnold Vanderlijde M S NED BOX
3 Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn F W GDR SSK
3 Marian Zieliński M S POL WLT

So with these lists, and probably about $4.50, you can get a nice coffee at Starbucks.

2 thoughts on “Silver and Bronze Medal Trivia”

  1. Hi Bill,

    Re: Individual bronze/no team/no gold/no silver. I think Stan Rowley (AUS) chipped in with a gold for Great Britain in the 5000m cross country.

    David Clark

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