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The Greatest Cyclist at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest cyclist of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Cycling athlete from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The best all-time performing cyclist at the Olympic Games is British cyclists Jason Kenny, who has won seven gold medals and two silvers. The top female cyclist is six-time medalist (five of which is gold) Laura Kennyalso from Great Britain. Great Britain cyclists take up the first four positions on the top medal winners list. See the table below to see how other athletes ranked.

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

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Top Olympic Athletes From Cycling

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Cycling for performances at all Olympiads, 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 Cycling at the Olympic Games (including 2021)

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
1 Jason Kenny Great Britain M 7 2 0 9 46
2 Chris Hoy Great Britain M 6 1 0 7 38
3 Bradley Wiggins Great Britain M 5 1 2 8 34
4 Laura Kenny Great Britain F 5 1 0 6 32
5 Leontien van Moorsel Netherlands F 4 1 1 6 27
6 Marcus Hurley United States M 4 0 1 5 25

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 4 gold medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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