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Can you name the athletes with 6+ Olympic career gold medals?
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6+ Olympic Golds Quiz
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Jan 17th, 2009 at 05:16 GMT
58 people have tried,but I was the first one to get Thompson right,god bless the most common american names!
Jan 17th, 2009 at 05:56 GMT
wow that was hard. I gave up after just getting Phelps and Spitz.
Jan 17th, 2009 at 06:45 GMT
It might help some folks to put in nationalities. It certainly wouldn't help me.
Jan 17th, 2009 at 08:19 GMT
impossible... they're all russian!
Jan 17th, 2009 at 11:31 GMT
Nationalities would have not helped me as if I'd sat here all day with the first names, years and where they were born I'd have still got no more than the five I'd heard about (Phelps, Spitz, Lewis, Nurmi, Biondi)!
Jan 17th, 2009 at 14:04 GMT
Whne I saw how many fencers were on the list I knew I was sunk.
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Jan 17th, 2009 at 14:09 GMT
Im sorry but this one is kinda lame. Like anyone can remember any of those names or how to spell them. Should of been most American golds. Or most american wins. Totally lame that all those gymnasts are on there and none of them are mary lou retton or shannon miller who has 6 medals (2g,2s,2b)
Jan 17th, 2009 at 14:44 GMT
thought that might be ok, then phelps spitz and lewis later i find myself knowing nothing, though was slightly happy to find i'd never heard of any of the others.
Jan 17th, 2009 at 14:46 GMT
and @ littlegoldwoman, remember that www stands for WORLD wide web, I know the "world" series might have confused you, but there are more countries out there (194 more according to sporcle!)
Jan 17th, 2009 at 14:54 GMT
Well, hats off to all these guys and gals. They deserve more recognition. (Also, if Ian Thorpe had got one more gold, I'd've got one more answer, increasing my score by 50%. *sigh*)
Jan 17th, 2009 at 15:08 GMT
I know it's a very hard quiz...that was the point. I didn't just do americans because I know that there are alot of other countries out there and many people from other countries that go on sporcle.
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Jan 17th, 2009 at 16:02 GMT
What a ridiculous quiz - other than 2, they're all Eastern European! at least make it more British friendly and include Sir Steve Redgrave as a bonus answer... he got 5 golds :)
Jan 17th, 2009 at 16:19 GMT
@jackcos: Um. There are seven Americans, three Germans, two Italians, two Japanese and one each from Belgium, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Only 11/29 are Eastern European.
Jan 17th, 2009 at 17:01 GMT
I only got Lewis, Phelps, and Spitz, expecting to feel like an idiot over some I missed...but nope. Never heard of any of those guys. Showing my youth, I guess.
Jan 17th, 2009 at 17:08 GMT
geez, i got stumped on the winter medalists. I'm surprised more people didn't know ewry, one of the very old greats, and latynina(had some spelling issues with that one) who's owon a truckload of medals. 18 if my memory serves me correctly
Jan 17th, 2009 at 17:36 GMT
ooof I did terrible on that one. I went to put in Nadia Comaneci and someone else came up, lol
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Jan 17th, 2009 at 18:08 GMT
who all are american here?
Jan 17th, 2009 at 18:28 GMT
Not just did I only get four, but I couldn't have possibly gotten more than six (I missed Nurmi, and for some reason, I've always known about Ray Ewry but forgot him). This is a good quiz, but just too damn hard for pretty much anyone (hence why 94% of people have gotten less than five).
Jan 17th, 2009 at 23:10 GMT
I forsee a spin off quiz: Which of the Eastern Europeans took "sophisticated sports medicine" during their careers?
Jan 18th, 2009 at 00:15 GMT
Sam, I hate you. No, no, no, that's not really true! :-) I just hate it when someone *else* comes up with a great Sporcle quiz. To the few naysayers here, it wouldn't be any fun if all the quizzes were easy, now would it? This is the most fun AND educational Web site I've come across in quite awhile. Bravo, Sporcle, and bravo Sam!
Jan 18th, 2009 at 19:32 GMT
Thank you Lisa!!!!!!! Atleast somebody else agrees that every quiz shouldn't be easy.
Jan 18th, 2009 at 20:46 GMT
Wow. Is this the hardest quiz on here? Got the obvious three and didn't have a club beyond that.
Jan 19th, 2009 at 01:33 GMT
Hold the phone! Reiner Klimke won his medals in dressage...he rode a real horse, not a pommel horse. I knew there had to be at least one equestrian in there, considering how long their careers are.
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Jan 19th, 2009 at 23:03 GMT
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Mar 24th, 2009 at 14:02 GMT
Three right...take a wild guess which three.
Apr 4th, 2009 at 12:33 GMT
Phelps, Spitz and Lewis? I got 8, those 3 and Nurmi, Latynina, Ewry, Dählie and Nadi. The hardest quiz must be different types of squash.
May 20th, 2009 at 03:36 GMT
"Can you name the athletes with 6+ Olympic career gold medals?" ...no.
Sep 4th, 2009 at 03:19 GMT
I am hooked for everything Olympic so I got 13 right. Couldn't have possibly got more (heard of maybe 2 others) so I'm happy with this result. Odds and Ends: Latynina still leads the all-time list for medal of any color with 18 (9-5-4) followed by Phelps 16 (14-0-2); We all know Phelps took 8 golds in Beijing and 6 in Athens, and Spitz 7 (all with WRs!) in Munich 1972. Next are Otto (the last of the steroid dosed East Germans) with 6 in Seoul '88 (retired right after that), Scherbo with 6 in Barcelona '92 (took some more medals in Atlanta but none gold) and Biondi with 5-1-1 in Seoul; Ewry (1900-08 in now non-existing Standing High/Long/Triple Jump) and Nurmi (1920-28 in long distance runs) lead the career list for decades; All 8 of Jenny Thompson's golds came in relays (she has a couple of bronzes from individual swims).
Oct 30th, 2009 at 09:54 GMT
Only got 1 and i put fritz instead of spitz :(
Nov 20th, 2009 at 20:16 GMT
To answer ypur question, No I Cannot.
Jan 9th, 2010 at 23:18 GMT
Technically, Ewry has 10 gold medals. At the time,when he won 2 gold medals, the 1906 intercalated olympics were organized and recognized by the IOC as an olympic competition.
Feb 14th, 2010 at 06:02 GMT
You could include Apolo Anton Ohno (6) and Bonnie Blair (6), who are Winter Olympians.
Mar 2nd, 2010 at 03:10 GMT
Ohno has 8 now
Mar 20th, 2010 at 10:24 GMT
I spent almost the whole quiz trying to figure out why it wouldn't take Apolo Ohno and Bonnie Blair!
Sep 24th, 2010 at 04:17 GMT
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Biathlon (6 gold medals)is missing. Plx update.
Oct 9th, 2010 at 20:47 GMT
No bonus for Clara Hughes, the only Olympian to win summer and winter medals since the separation of the Winter games? (cycling 2 B, speed skating G-S-2B) Only one gold, but still.....
Nov 3rd, 2010 at 06:40 GMT
I agree that Ole Einar Bjørndalen needs to be added. Thank you
Feb 10th, 2011 at 07:53 GMT
Go Dæhlie! And yes, put Bjørndalen on this list, he is ranked as the second most winning winter olympian after Dæhlie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multiple_Winter_Olympic_medalists
Apr 16th, 2011 at 12:29 GMT
So it looks like the only changes needed here, as of April 2011, are that Bjorndalen (6 golds) should be added and that Klimke's sport should be switched to equestrian. No other new additions or changes to medal totals. If the Sporcle gods (all hail Sporclor) could update this, that'd be nice.
May 23rd, 2011 at 00:08 GMT
Can't believe I forgot Carl Lewis. And agreed that Bjorndalen should be added to this. I kept typing his name wondering if I'd spelled it wrong!
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