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.

The best all-time performing cyclists at the Olympic Games are British cyclists Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny, who each have six gold medals and one silver. The top female cyclist is six-time medalist Leontien van Moorsel from The Netherlands. She competed between 2000–2004. 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

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
=1 Chris Hoy Great Britain M 6 1 0 7 38
=1 Jason Kenny Great Britain M 6 1 0 7 38
3 Bradley Wiggins Great Britain M 5 1 2 8 34
4 Leontien van Moorsel Netherlands F 4 1 1 6 27
5 Marcus Hurley United States M 4 0 1 5 25
6 Laura Trott Great Britain F 4 0 0 4 24
7 Daniel Morelon France M 3 1 1 5 21
8 Jens Fiedler Germany M 3 0 2 5 20
9 Ed Clancy Great Britain M 3 0 1 4 19
=10 Félicia Ballanger France F 3 0 0 3 18
=10 Robert Charpentier France M 3 0 0 3 18
=10 Paul Masson France M 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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