The Greatest Volleyball Player at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest volleyball player of all time based on Olympic Games performances? Using medals won as the measurement, we have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female volleyball player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance.

The best all-time performing indoor volleyball player at the Olympic Games is Cuban player Ana Fernández with three gold and one bronze from 1992 to 2004. This feat is also matched by US beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh three gold and one bronze from 2004 to 2016.

If you combine his indoor and beach volleyball perofrmances, the highest ranked male player is Karch Kiraly from the US with three gold medals. Kiraly won his medals in both indoor (1984, 1988) and beach volleyball (1996). As can be seen in the tables below, there is a large number of players with three gold medals each.

See also the best athlete from each sport, and the best overall.

Top Olympic Games Volleyball Players

Here are the top ranked athletes from indoor and beach olleyball, for performances at all Olympiads (including 2016), using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Indoor Volleyball at the Olympic Games

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
medals
rating
1 Ana Fernández Cuba F 3 0 1 4 19
=2 Mireya Luis Cuba F 3 0 0 3 18
=2 Marlenis Costa Cuba F 3 0 0 3 18
=2 Regla Torres Cuba F 3 0 0 3 18
=2 Regla Bell Cuba F 3 0 0 3 18
=2 Idalmis Gato Cuba F 3 0 0 3 18
=2 Lilia Izquierdo Cuba F 3 0 0 3 18

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Beach Volleyball at the Olympic Games

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
medals
rating
1 Kerri Walsh USA F 3 0 1 3 19
2 Misty May-Treanor USA F 3 0 0 3 18

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results from 2016). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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