The Greatest Sailing Athlete at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest Sailing athlete of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each male and female Sailing 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 sailor at the Olympic Games is British athlete Ben Ainslie who won four golds and one silver between 1996–2012. There are only four sailors who have won three or more medals. See the table below to see them all.

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

Top Olympic Athletes From Sailing

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of Sailing 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 Sailing at the Olympic Games (including 2021)

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
medals
rating
1 Ben Ainslie Great Britain M 4 1 0 5 26
2 Paul Bert Elvstrøm Denmark M 4 0 0 4 24
=3 Valentyn Mankin Soviet Union M 3 1 0 4 20
=3 Jochen Schümann Germany M 3 1 0 4 20

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 gold medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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