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The Greeks were the first to start the Summer Games in 776 BC (some 3000 years ago) in the plain of Olympia in Peloponnese. The ancient Summer Games grew and continued to be played every four years for nearly 1200 years.

In 393 AD, the Christian Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I abolished the Games because of their pagan influences. The successful campaign to revive the Summer Games was started in France by a young Frenchman Baron Pierre de Coubertin late in the 19th century. The first of the modern Summer Games opened on Sunday, March 24, 1896, in Athens, Greece.

Summer Games have been broadly divided into two major categories – Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics events. Number of great Olympians participate in both types of events to show their sporting talents. Initially, the Summer and the Winter Games were held in the same year but later it was decided that both of the events will be held after an interval of four years individually, and alternatively after a mutual gap of two years. The Winter Summer Games were started in 1924.

Winning an Olympic medal in any sport is an astonishing achievement; it is like a dream come true for a sports person and Olympian athletes. At present, almost 100,000 Olympians are known all around the world, who spread the message of Olympism. Some of the Olympian names that are considered the best among great athletes are: Frankie Fredericks, Merlene Ottey, Raelene Boyle, Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Heike Drechsler, Renate Stecher, Emil Zatopek and many more. At the first Summer Games, 311 male Olympian names appeared, but there were no female competitors.

Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes

SportAthleteCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal Medals
ArcheryHubert Van InnisBelgium64010
AthleticsPaavo NurmiFinland93012
BadmintonGao LingChina2114
BasketballTeresa EdwardsUSA4015
BoxingLászló PappHungary3003
 Teófilo StevensonCuba3003
CanoeingBirgit FischerGermany84012
CyclingChris HoyGreat Britain6107
DivingGuo JingjingChina4206
EquestrianReiner KlimkeWest Germany6028
FencingEdoardo MangiarottiItaly65213
Field HockeyLeslie Claudius & Udham SinghIndia3104
FootballChristie RamponeUSA3104
GymnasticsLarisa LatyninaUSSR95418
HandballAndrey LavrovRussia3014
JudoTadahiro NomuraJapan3003
Modern PentathlonAndrás BalczóHungary3205
RowingElisabeta LipăRomania5218
SailingBen AinslieGreat Britain4105
ShootingCarl OsburnUSA54211
SwimmingMichael PhelpsUSA182222
Synchronized SwimmingAnastasia DavydovaRussia5005
Table TennisWang NanChina4105
TaekwondoSteven LópezUSA2013
 Hwang Kyung-SeonSouth Korea2013
 Hadi SaeiIran2013
TennisVenis and Serena WilliamsUSA4004
TriathlonSimon WhitfieldCanada1102
VolleyballAna FernándezCuba3014
Water poloDezső GyarmatiHungary3115
Weight liftingPyrros DimasGreece3014
WrestlingAleksandr KarelinRussia3104
Artur TaymazovUzbekistan3104 
BaseballPedro Luis LazoCuba2204
PoloJohn WodehouseUK1102
Rugby UnionDaniel CarrollAustralia/USA2002
SoftballLaura BergUSA3104















Last Updated On : May 23, 2016