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Larisa LatyninaLarisa Latynina, Gymnastics (Soviet Union/Ukraine)

Until a swimmer named Michael Phelps came along, nobody had more medals in the Olympics than Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. Her success spanned three Olympic games in which she totaled 18 medals, nine of which were gold, five being silver and four bronze. In 1956 she won four golds, leading the Soviets to a team win as well as winning the All-Around, Vault and Floor exercise. She also had a silver in the uneven bars and bronze in the team apparatus. Four years later she again led the Soviets to a gold as a team while winning the floor exercise, and all-around. She got a silver in the uneven bars and balance beam that year with a bronze in the vault. Four years after that, she again led the Soviets to a third-straight team gold with a third-straight gold in the floor exercise. She had silvers in the All-Around and vault and bronze medals in the uneven bars and balance beam. At the World Championships she won another 14 medals, claiming nine golds over here career. She won seven golds and 14 total medals at the European Championships. Between the three high-profile international events Latynina has 25 gold medals, 15 silvers and six bronze.

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