THE PHELPSIES

OK, its near the end of the year when end of year lists always come out. Its also near the end of the decade although so some would demur that that will not occur until the end of 2020. Nevertheless, its time for some recounting of the Olympians of the 21st Century.

We often provide all-time lists of top Olympians in terms of medals won, gold medals won, etc. But here we are restricting ourselves only to a series of lists for the 21st century, and then some lists for the 2010s – to see who the top Olympians have been since the turn of the millennium and for the last decade.

And yes, its virtually always Michael Phelps, of course, who won 28 medals and 23 gold medals in his Olympic career from 2000-2016. So in his honor, we will leave him off the lists and because its also getting close to that time when there are all sorts of awards show, we present to your “The Phelpsies” – the 15 top Olympians (and ties) of the 21st Century and the 2010s, other than that swimming guy from Baltimore.

We will give out The Phelpsies for men and women, but also will list separate categories for women and for Winter Olympians, because there are fewer events at the Winter Olympics, and because, until recently, women have had fewer Olympic events than man in which they could compete.

Note also that for the 2010s many of The Phelpsies are given to Winter Olympians. That’s because there have been 5 Olympics in each decade of the 21st Century, but in the 2000s there were 3 Summer Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008), while in the 2010s there were 3 Winter Olympics (2010, 2014, 2018).

THE PHELPSIES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

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Most Medals – 21st Century

Medals

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

15

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

12

Ryan Lochte M S USA SWI

12

Natalie Coughlin F S USA SWI

11

Ole Einar Bjørndalen M W NOR BIA

11

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

9

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

9

Ian Thorpe M S AUS SWI

9

Sven Kramer M W NED SSK

9

Charlotte Kalla F W SWE CCS

9

Leisel Jones F S AUS SWI

8

Usain Bolt M S JAM ATH

8

Viktor (Hyeon-Su-) An (Ahn-) M W RUS STK

8

Bradley Wiggins M S GBR CYC

8

Nathan Adrian M S USA SWI

8

Emil Hegle Svendsen M W NOR BIA

8

Inge de Bruijn F S NED SWI

8

Allison Schmitt F S USA SWI

8

Jason Lezak M S USA SWI

8

Katalin Kovács F S HUN CAN

8

Veronica Campbell-Brown F S JAM ATH

8

Dara Torres F S USA SWI

8

Apolo Anton Ohno M W USA STK

8

Arianna Fontana F W ITA STK

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Most Gold Medals – 21st Century

Golds

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

8

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

8

Usain Bolt M S JAM ATH

7

Ole Einar Bjørndalen M W NOR BIA

6

Ryan Lochte M S USA SWI

6

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

6

Viktor (Hyeon-Su-) An (Ahn-) M W RUS STK

6

Chris Hoy M S GBR CYC

6

Jason Kenny M S GBR CYC

5

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

5

Ian Thorpe M S AUS SWI

5

Bradley Wiggins M S GBR CYC

5

Nathan Adrian M S USA SWI

5

Martin Fourcade M W FRA BIA

5

Aaron Peirsol M S USA SWI

5

Wu Minxia F S CHN DIV

5

Dana Vollmer F S USA SWI

5

Valentina Vezzali F S ITA FEN

5

Katie Ledecky F S USA SWI

5

Danuta Kozák F S HUN CAN

5

Zou Kai M S CHN GYM

5

Missy Franklin F S USA SWI

5

Georgeta Damian-Andrunache F S ROU ROW

5

Chen Ruolin F S CHN DIV

5

Anastasiya Davydova F S RUS SYN

5

Nataliya Ishchenko F S RUS SYN

5

Svetlana Romashina F S RUS SYN

Most Medals – 21st Century – Women

Medals

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

15

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

12

Natalie Coughlin F S USA SWI

11

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

9

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

9

Charlotte Kalla F W SWE CCS

9

Leisel Jones F S AUS SWI

8

Inge de Bruijn F S NED SWI

8

Allison Schmitt F S USA SWI

8

Katalin Kovács F S HUN CAN

8

Veronica Campbell-Brown F S JAM ATH

8

Dara Torres F S USA SWI

8

Arianna Fontana F W ITA STK

7

Wu Minxia F S CHN DIV

7

Dana Vollmer F S USA SWI

7

Valentina Vezzali F S ITA FEN

7

Libby Lenton-Trickett F S AUS SWI

7

Kati Wilhelm F W GER BIA

7

Petria Thomas F S AUS SWI

7

Kirsty Coventry F S ZIM SWI

7

Aliya Mustafina F S RUS GYM

Most Gold Medals – 21st Century – Women

Golds

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

8

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

6

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

5

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

5

Wu Minxia F S CHN DIV

5

Dana Vollmer F S USA SWI

5

Valentina Vezzali F S ITA FEN

5

Katie Ledecky F S USA SWI

5

Danuta Kozák F S HUN CAN

5

Missy Franklin F S USA SWI

5

Georgeta Damian-Andrunache F S ROU ROW

5

Chen Ruolin F S CHN DIV

5

Anastasiya Davydova F S RUS SYN

5

Nataliya Ishchenko F S RUS SYN

5

Svetlana Romashina F S RUS SYN

Most Medals – 21st Century – Winter Olympics

Medals

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

15

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

11

Ole Einar Bjørndalen M W NOR BIA

11

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

9

Sven Kramer M W NED SSK

9

Charlotte Kalla F W SWE CCS

8

Viktor (Hyeon-Su-) An (Ahn-) M W RUS STK

8

Emil Hegle Svendsen M W NOR BIA

8

Apolo Anton Ohno M W USA STK

8

Arianna Fontana F W ITA STK

7

Martin Fourcade M W FRA BIA

7

Kati Wilhelm F W GER BIA

7

Felix Gottwald M W AUT NCO

6

Janica Kostelić F W CRO ASK

6

Kevin Kuske M W GER BOB

6

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

6

Wang MenGold F W CHN STK

6

Anastasia Kuzmina F W SVK BIA

6

Martina Sáblíková F W CZE SSK

6

Eric Frenzel M W GER NCO

6

Claudia Künzel-Nystad F W GER CCS

6

Johan Olsson M W SWE CCS

6

Bode Miller M W USA ASK

6

Cindy Klassen F W CAN SSK

6

Anja Pärson F W SWE ASK

Most Gold Medals – 21st Century – Winter Olympics

Golds

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

8

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

7

Ole Einar Bjørndalen M W NOR BIA

6

Viktor (Hyeon-Su-) An (Ahn-) M W RUS STK

5

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

5

Martin Fourcade M W FRA BIA

4

Sven Kramer M W NED SSK

4

Emil Hegle Svendsen M W NOR BIA

4

Janica Kostelić F W CRO ASK

4

Kevin Kuske M W GER BOB

4

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

4

Wang MenGold F W CHN STK

4

André Lange M W GER BOB

4

Natalie Geisenberger F W GER LUG

4

Simon Ammann M W SUI SKJ

4

Dario Cologna M W SUI CCS

4

Tobias Arlt M W GER LUG

4

Jayna Hefford F W CAN ICH

4

Caroline Ouellette F W CAN ICH

4

Tobias Wendl M W GER LUG

4

Hayley Wickenheiser F W CAN ICH

THE PHELPSIES FOR THE 2010s

Most Medals – 2010s

Medals

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

13

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

12

Michael Phelps M S USA SWI

9

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

9

Charlotte Kalla F W SWE CCS

8

Emil Hegle Svendsen M W NOR BIA

7

Martin Fourcade M W FRA BIA

7

Allison Schmitt F S USA SWI

7

Sven Kramer M W NED SSK

7

Nathan Adrian M S USA SWI

7

Aliya Mustafina F S RUS GYM

7

Arianna Fontana F W ITA STK

6

Usain Bolt M S JAM ATH

6

Katie Ledecky F S USA SWI

6

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

6

Missy Franklin F S USA SWI

6

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

6

Dana Vollmer F S USA SWI

6

Anastasia Kuzmina F W SVK BIA

6

Martina Sáblíková F W CZE SSK

6

Sun Yang M S CHN SWI

6

Aly Raisman F S USA GYM

6

Ryan Lochte M S USA SWI

6

Eric Frenzel M W GER NCO

Most Gold Medals – 2010s

Golds

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

9

Michael Phelps M S USA SWI

8

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

6

Usain Bolt M S JAM ATH

5

Martin Fourcade M W FRA BIA

5

Katie Ledecky F S USA SWI

5

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

5

Missy Franklin F S USA SWI

5

Jason Kenny M S GBR CYC

5

Danuta Kozák F S HUN CAN

4

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

4

Emil Hegle Svendsen M W NOR BIA

4

Allison Schmitt F S USA SWI

4

Sven Kramer M W NED SSK

4

Nathan Adrian M S USA SWI

4

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

4

Dana Vollmer F S USA SWI

4

Simone Biles F S USA GYM

4

Natalie Geisenberger F W GER LUG

4

Dario Cologna M W SUI CCS

4

Mo Farah M S GBR ATH

4

Laura Trott F S GBR CYC

4

Tobias Arlt M W GER LUG

4

Nataliya Ishchenko F S RUS SYN

4

Svetlana Romashina F S RUS SYN

4

Tobias Wendl M W GER LUG

Most Medals – 2010s – Women

Medals

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

13

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

9

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

9

Charlotte Kalla F W SWE CCS

7

Allison Schmitt F S USA SWI

7

Aliya Mustafina F S RUS GYM

7

Arianna Fontana F W ITA STK

6

Katie Ledecky F S USA SWI

6

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

6

Missy Franklin F S USA SWI

6

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

6

Dana Vollmer F S USA SWI

6

Anastasia Kuzmina F W SVK BIA

6

Martina Sáblíková F W CZE SSK

6

Aly Raisman F S USA GYM

5

Danuta Kozák F S HUN CAN

5

Simone Biles F S USA GYM

5

Natalie Geisenberger F W GER LUG

5

Tessa Virtue F W CAN FSK

5

Brittany Elmslie F S AUS SWI

5

Park Seung-Hui F W KOR STK

5

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce F S JAM ATH

5

Alicia Coutts F S AUS SWI

5

Stina Nilsson F W SWE CCS

5

Tiril Eckhoff F W NOR BIA

Most Gold Medals – 2010s – Women

Golds

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

8

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

5

Katie Ledecky F S USA SWI

5

Allyson Felix F S USA ATH

5

Missy Franklin F S USA SWI

5

Danuta Kozák F S HUN CAN

4

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

4

Allison Schmitt F S USA SWI

4

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

4

Dana Vollmer F S USA SWI

4

Simone Biles F S USA GYM

4

Natalie Geisenberger F W GER LUG

4

Laura Trott F S GBR CYC

4

Nataliya Ishchenko F S RUS SYN

4

Svetlana Romashina F S RUS SYN

Most Medals – 2010s – Winter Olympics

Medals

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

13

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

9

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

9

Charlotte Kalla F W SWE CCS

8

Emil Hegle Svendsen M W NOR BIA

7

Martin Fourcade M W FRA BIA

7

Sven Kramer M W NED SSK

7

Arianna Fontana F W ITA STK

6

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

6

Anastasia Kuzmina F W SVK BIA

6

Martina Sáblíková F W CZE SSK

6

Eric Frenzel M W GER NCO

5

Natalie Geisenberger F W GER LUG

5

Scott Moir M W CAN FSK

5

Tessa Virtue F W CAN FSK

5

Lee Seung-Hun M W KOR SSK

5

Martin Johnsrud Sundby M W NOR CCS

5

Johan Olsson M W SWE CCS

5

Park Seung-Hui F W KOR STK

5

Kjetil Jansrud M W NOR ASK

5

Stina Nilsson F W SWE CCS

5

Tiril Eckhoff F W NOR BIA

Most Gold Medals – 2010s – Winter Olympics

Golds

Name Gender Season NOC Sport

8

Marit Bjørgen F W NOR CCS

5

Martin Fourcade M W FRA BIA

4

Ireen Wüst F W NED SSK

4

Emil Hegle Svendsen M W NOR BIA

4

Sven Kramer M W NED SSK

4

Darya Domracheva F W BLR BIA

4

Natalie Geisenberger F W GER LUG

4

Dario Cologna M W SUI CCS

4

Tobias Arlt M W GER LUG

4

Tobias Wendl M W GER LUG

3

Charlotte Kalla F W SWE CCS

3

Anastasia Kuzmina F W SVK BIA

3

Martina Sáblíková F W CZE SSK

3

Eric Frenzel M W GER NCO

3

Scott Moir M W CAN FSK

3

Tessa Virtue F W CAN FSK

3

Maria Höfl-Riesch F W GER ASK

3

Ole Einar Bjørndalen M W NOR BIA

3

Marcus Hellner M W SWE CCS

3

Kamil Stoch M W POL SKJ

3

Viktor (Hyeon-Su-) An (Ahn-) M W RUS STK

3

Charles Hamelin M W CAN STK

3

Jorien ter Mors F W NED SSK

3

Felix Loch M W GER LUG

3

Wang Meng F W CHN STK

3

Zhou Yang F W CHN STK

3

Johannes Høsflot Klæbo M W NOR CCS

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