Olympic champion

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An Olympic champion is an athlete who has won a competition in the Olympic Games .


The winners of the 1st Olympic Games received a silver medal

With the Olympic Games 1896 in Athens the winner of a competition was initially a medal of silver and an olive branch. The second placed received the bronze medal and the third received nothing. Only since the Games in 1904 has the well-known distribution of gold for the winner, silver for the runner-up and bronze for the third.

Not everyone who was able to win a competition remained an Olympic champion, as in some cases the gold medal, for example due to doping fraud , was revoked during the games or afterwards and had to be returned.

First modern Olympic champion

The first modern Olympic champion was James Connolly . In 1896 he took first place and thus the silver medal (see above) in the triple jump .

Successful Olympic Champion

One of the most successful Olympians of all time is the American swimmer Michael Phelps , who has won 23 Olympic gold medals during his entire athletic career.

See also

Web link

Wiktionary: Olympic champion  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Image of the silver medal by James B. Connolly