Michael Phelps stands alone on the Olympic mountaintop. He has 19 medals, more than any Olympian—summer or winter—in the history of the modern Games, which date back to 1896.
The list of most-decorated Olympians of all time has plenty of swimmers and gymnasts, as their sports lend themselves to multiple medals. But there are a few surprising sports in the mix.
Other than two honorable mentions, our list of the top medal winners in Olympic history is strictly by the book—whoever won the most medals made the list. No judgment is passed on the merits of those medals.
Regardless, few would argue that Michael Phelps doesn't deserve to be No. 1.