Here’s a quiz question to test your knowledge about the Olympics.
Name the person who has won the maximum number of total career gold medals (i.e., cumulative gold medals over a period of time) in the Olympics.
A. Paavo Nurmi
B. Michael Phelps
C. Carl Lewis
D. Mark Spitz
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Michael Fred Phelps, the American swimmer, has won a total of 18 gold medals (6 golds at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 8 golds at the 2008 Beijing Olympics & 4 golds at the 2012 London Olympics). Larissa Latynina (gymnast) of the Soviet Union, Paavo Nurmi (athlete) of Finland, Mark Spitz (swimmer) of the United States, and Carl Lewis (athlete) of the United States) have won 9 total career gold medals each.